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Release Manager

Location: Bellevue, WA
Job Code: 646
# of Openings: 2


Job Title
Release Manager

Position Summary

The Release Manager works in a key role that is primarily focused on ensuring we release with expedience and quality through the implementation of lightweight processes, identification & remediation of single points of failure, clear visibility into upcoming changes & their contents, and generally un-quagmiring quagmires while keeping a level head and partnering with the Development, Test, and Security teams to do the right thing for our customers.

What You Will Do

  • Negotiate, plan, schedule, coordinate and facilitate software releases, manage risks and resolve issues related to release plan and implementation.

  • Implement and facilitate release and change management workflows for the progression of code in the development, staging, beta, and production environments.

  • Maintain, and communicate the Release Calendar by working closely with internal key partners and external vendors.

  • Measure and monitor progress to ensure software releases are delivered on time and that they meet or exceed expectations.

  • Facilitate Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, and Go/No-Go decisions.

  • Lead Deployment planning meetings and work with Development, Test, Security, and DevOps teams to capture any risks.

  • Coordinate and lead the Go-Live activities including the execution of the Deployment Plans and checklists.

  • Maintain release documentation and manage key information such as build and release procedures, dependencies, and notification lists.


What You Will Bring

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a software development environment preferred

  • 5+ years of experience working in Agile Scrum software development environment.

  • 2+ years of experience in as a technical project management or game producer preferred

  • Experience with SCM tools (such as Github, Jira, Confluence)

How You Will Be Successful

  • Communication:  Impeccable written and verbal communication with ability to translate technical information in a non-technical format. You’re able to distill and synthesize complex ideas into concise, meaningful information.

  • Bias for Action : You have an eagerness to take initiative and persist in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks. You work to establish the appropriate level of urgency and ownership and resolve requests and incidents accordingly.

  • Great people skills: You know the “how and why” are as important as the “what” and you aim to build effective relationships across internal and external teams. You are mindful of diverse perspectives and engage colleagues in a professional manner.

  • Passion & Pride in your work : You love what you do and take pride in how you can add value. You enjoy teaching process to help colleagues ‘work smarter’ while supporting their project needs.

  • Logical and analytical:  You’re adept at prioritization and organization with attentiveness to detail and consistent follow through.

  • Growth mindset : You thrive in a dynamic and fluid environment because you are a self-starter who is eager to learn, grow and build something great together; building and enhancing programs appeals to you.  You have a desire to stay current on technology trends and Information Technology concepts.

What to Expect

We offer a professional, fun and creative work environment. While we maintain a good balance between work and life, additional hours may be required at peak times or for specific initiatives.

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of people so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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