1+ months

Senior Release Train Engineer

Cox Automotive
Groton, CT 06340
*Primary Location: *115 Poheganut Dr, Groton, CT, USA
*Division: *Cox Automotive
*Job Level: *Individual Contributor
*Travel: *No
*Schedule: *Full-time
*Shift: *Day Job
*Requisition Number: *214698
Cox Automotive is seeking a *Senior Release Train Engineer* to join our team. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this is a temporary work from home role but will ultimately work in the Groton, CT office.
The Release Train Engineer (RTE) has primary purpose of supporting an Agile Release Train (ART) by steering it to success and navigating the complexity of delivering software in large environments. The RTE helps resolve and escalate impediments, manages risk, helps assure value delivery, and drives program level continuous improvement. The RTE is accountable for the overall coordination, execution and delivery of value through the program while ensuring alignment with company strategy, commitments and goals.
Key Responsibilities:
Program Management

* Facilitates the coordinated preparation and execution of release planning for the ART. This includes:
* Working with the ART team who prioritizes the features to be considered in the next program increment (PI) planning cycle.
* Facilitate the ART teams refinement of features to be considered in the next PI planning cycle to meet the Feature Definition of Ready.
* Assists the ART in communication and coordination with stakeholders and customers during feature definition and delivery.
* Ensures effective communication and coordination for and during quarterly planning.
* Manages change to the ARTs PI plan and the impacts of those changes.
Portfolio, Program, and Project Support

* Facilitates ART transparency with external parties, as well as with the teams on the release train. This includes:
* Backlog management and ALM tool data integrity for accurate reporting. May include the collection of metrics, KPIs, investment mix reporting, and other reporting as needed by the ART or organization.
* Facilitation and relentless improvement of periodic ART reviews with organizational leaders and stakeholders to provide clarity on the expected value delivery and to gain stakeholder feedback on changes to direction the release train may need to take.
* May include participation in and assisting in the improvement of the System Demo.
Business Process Improvement

* Assists the ART to relentlessly improve through the facilitation of ART Retrospectives quarterly, or more often as needed, to improve backlog management, ART reviews, sprint reviews, or ART coordination and higher-level function.
* Active membership in the RTE Community of Practice helping the organization to maintain alignment, learn new techniques, and improve technical and quality practices. Work with RTE community to determine ways to help ARTs across the company improve cross-train and solution group coordination and collaboration.
Release and Deployment

* Facilitates coordination of major feature releases and ongoing delivery of value to customers where multiple teams or ARTs are involved in development.
* Facilitates the coordination of initiatives that cross multiple release trains.
* Facilitates resolving or reporting escalated issues involving risk, or dependency management that may be hindering the teams ability to deliver features. Scrum Masters and teams facilitate the resolution of impediments, dependencies and risks within their span of influence.

* The RTE may be called upon to lead projects that impact the ART but may not require work being added to team backlogs.
* Assisting in the execution of product vision.
* Facilitate production support, and relentless improvement of operational workflows and communication, etc.
* Coaches the Agile release train to improve in the implementation of Agile processes, practices, and mindset.

Qualifications: - Where permitted by applicable law, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S. based job. (Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will be considered.)

* Bachelors degree and 5+ years experience OR 9 years equivalent combination of industry related professional experience and education
* Must understand the difference between "being Agile" and "doing Agile"
* Can demonstrate the comprehension of a lean-Agile mindset and practices with the ability to develop others in this area
* Servant leader and communicator with strong interpersonal skills who can:
* Facilitate effective discussions of any size across all levels of the organization
* Listen and support teams in problem-identification and decision making
* Communicate in an open, honest, and direct manner
* Encourage an environment that values mutual respect, openness, and courage
* Persuade by influence rather than authority
* Understand and empathize with others
* Think beyond day-to-day activities
* Support teams commitments and continuous growth
* Empower teams to be owners of their products and processes

* Strong technical aptitude and experience leading teams in delivering quality software
* Experience applying Lean Thinking and Systems Thinking in large organizations
* Experience with Lean Portfolio Management facilitation for program, portfolio, or executive-level
* Experience working in an Agile organization using Scrum, XP, Kanban, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), or other scaling models
* Prior experience as a Release Train Engineer (RTE), Value Stream Engineer (VSE), Scrum Master, Project or Program Manager
*What We Look For:*

* Advanced degree in industry-related subject
* Agile Certification (CSM, PSM, or PMI-ACP)
* Project Management Professional (PMP)
* SAFe Agilist (SA) or other SAFe certifications preferred

Who We Are
*About Cox Automotive*
Theres nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com, Manheim and vAuto.

*About Cox *
We are the Cox family of businesses. Weve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. Were also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. Were looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope youll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at coxenterprises.com.
Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, [visit our benefits page](http://jobs.coxenterprises.com/life-at-cox/benefits/).
Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individuals age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.
Statement to ALL Third-Party Agencies and Similar Organizations: Cox accepts resumes only from agencies with which we formally engage their services. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, Cox employees, Cox hiring manager, or send to any Cox facility. Cox is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes.


Posted: 2021-06-25 Expires: 2021-12-29

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