Agile Release Manager

London (Greater)
02 Dec 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Cognizant is currently seeking an Agile Release Manager Lead to be based at a key client site in London, UK.

Cognizant Infrastructure Services – Provides IT infrastructure & Cloud services for clients across industry verticals, including both Consulting/Professional and Managed Services, across Enterprise Computing, Data Centres, End User Computing, Service Desk, Network Services, Environment Management Services, DevOps and Cloud.

Release Management is critical from Online success in terms of ensuring a successful release to production of Online change on a regular basis. We release software every 3 weeks across a number of applications and also ensure that other impacting releases via other streams can work effectively alongside online. It is important that we are working at continuously iterating the release process through continual review and improvement. This role has very much that focus utilising Continuous Delivery techniques working with the various delivery teams.


You will manage the release cycles identifying changes coming in to the release ensuring the components are known and tracked.

  • Identify change in monthly releases through interaction with programme, product and other delivery teams outside of online.
  • Ensure change is catalogued using ITIL based methods and that these are clearly identified by technical and business components.
  • Publish and manage release information using tools such as Aha, JIRA and Confluence. Automate the process where possible using various Agile, Kanban and release based techniques.
  • Setup new ways of working to ensure Releases are quality managed into the release through set metrics and sign off criteria.
  • Manage Release Plan for Online Releases across all channels.
  • Chair and manage daily stand ups and regular Release planning sessions.
  • Work with Integrated Release Board and Change Management to ensure Release information is managed in to the Ops team correctly and any clashes managed.
  • Work with other projects or programmes outside the release to ensure issue and risk mitigated.
  • Work with Environments and Ops implementation to ensure the release notes are handed over.
  • Manage Release Retrospection looking at continuous improvements of the process. Ensure that output is clearly published and then actioned.
  • Establish a clear process to measure the release management improvement process.
  • Manage Release go live reporting and issue resolution.
  • Able to work in a large organisation with different delivery models.
  • Able to build successful relationships with stakeholders and teams
  • Manage the release budget and finances on a monthly basis
  • Skills:

    You will have a background in Release Management and Agile skillsets and be able to articulate plans, risks and issues to key stakeholders.

    • Project Management (Prince2)
    • Release Management ITIL
    • Agile knowledge including Scrum and Kanban
    • JIRA, Confluence skills utilising Release Management and Reporting aspects
    • Aha tool management and integration into JIRA
    • Test and Implementation background

    Cognizant (NASDAQ-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 230 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.
    This job was originally posted as