Area Release Manager

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Allstate Insurance Company
Key Responsibilities Release Planning * Knowledge of all Enterprise Release milestones/checkpoint * Ensure all documentation stored appropriately * Manage relationships and coordinate projects between multiple teams in diverse locations Release Monitoring * Clearly understand the scope of the Release by working closely with Portfolio Management, Project Management, Testing and CTS Delivery Leads to track project UIN’s, PRB’s or INC’s in a Release * Guide delivery teams on creation of Release Advisory Board (RAB exception requests for projects that don’t fit in Release guidelines * Represent Release Management in RAB meetings for projects requesting exception approval * Track/Monitor/Report release health and identify risks and issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality and provide status (as needed) * Ensure requesters create and move change records through the approval process in compliance with the Enterprise Change Management guidelines * Work with other DCIOs in APLT to determine inter-dependencies of projects/changes when projects are added or pulled from a release * Ensure all deferred defects are logged and tracked * Monitor, Track and Report on projects for compliance to Enterprise milestones/checkpoints (ex: SCF, HCF, Deployment Completion Status) * Facilitate Go/No-Go decision for the Release and Communicate to stakeholders Release Deployment * Document and communicate overall Release Scope and Deployment plan with stakeholders * Monitor to ensure all change records are identified and deployed within the release (includes monitoring completion of closure code information) * Ensure proper contact names/phone numbers are available for deployment weekend support * Lead and coordinate the Go-Live activities including the execution of the deployment Plans and checklists (if applicable) * Measure and monitor progress to ensure application releases are deployed successfully * Tracks issues reported during deployment/validation process Release Post Deployment * Monitor all release issues through resolution and communicate status during functional release window * Facilitate completion of Lessons Learned documentation General Leadership * Change administration – possess the ability to explain the change process to change requesters for which you are responsible – be an advocate for your “area of responsibility” * Creation of release records in Service Now * Partner with Project Manager and delivery organizations to ensure completion of risk assessment at appropriate milestones during the SDLC  Job Qualifications * Bachelor's degree or equivalent related work experience * Experience in Technology Project Management * Working knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle (Waterfall and/or Agile) * ITIL knowledge required * ITIL Certification in Service Transitions (ST) or Release Control and Validation (RCV), preferred * Experience in Service Now * Exceptional ability to communicate and correspond effectively with all levels of Leadership, including C-level executives; this is a high-visibility role within the organization * Excellent organizational skills * Ability to present to a diverse audience on a variety of project and release topics * Ability to lead and facilitate meetings involving a diverse group on a variety of topics
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Job Description

The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America. Allstate was founded in 1931 and became a publicly traded company in 1993. We are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ALL. Allstate is widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate " slogan. As of year-end 2013, Allstate had $123.5 billion in total assets. In 2014 Allstate was number 92 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies in America.

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Job Description

The Area Release Manager will be responsible for implementing and monitoring release processes for the progression of initiatives/workstreams throughout the SDLC (all methodologies). The role is capable of support of DCIO releases based on assignment (moderate complexity), with some guidance, ensuring successful delivery and documentation of issues/risks/production deployment. Responsibilities are broken out by ITIL areas of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities

Release Planning
* Knowledge of all Enterprise Release milestones/checkpoint
* Ensure all documentation stored appropriately
* Manage relationships and coordinate projects between multiple teams in diverse locations

Release Monitoring
* Clearly understand the scope of the Release by working closely with Portfolio Management, Project Management, Testing and CTS Delivery Leads to track project UIN s, PRB s or INC s in a Release
* Guide delivery teams on creation of Release Advisory Board (RAB exception requests for projects that don t fit in Release guidelines
* Represent Release Management in RAB meetings for projects requesting exception approval
* Track/Monitor/Report release health and identify risks and issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality and provide status (as needed)
* Ensure requesters create and move change records through the approval process in compliance with the Enterprise Change Management guidelines
* Work with other DCIOs in APLT to determine inter-dependencies of projects/changes when projects are added or pulled from a release
* Ensure all deferred defects are logged and tracked
* Monitor, Track and Report on projects for compliance to Enterprise milestones/checkpoints (ex: SCF, HCF, Deployment Completion Status)
* Facilitate Go/No-Go decision for the Release and Communicate to stakeholders

Release Deployment
* Document and communicate overall Release Scope and Deployment plan with stakeholders
* Monitor to ensure all change records are identified and deployed within the release (includes monitoring completion of closure code information)
* Ensure proper contact names/phone numbers are available for deployment weekend support
* Lead and coordinate the Go-Live activities including the execution of the deployment Plans and checklists (if applicable)
* Measure and monitor progress to ensure application releases are deployed successfully
* Tracks issues reported during deployment/validation process

Release Post Deployment
* Monitor all release issues through resolution and communicate status during functional release window
* Facilitate completion of Lessons Learned documentation

General Leadership
* Change administration possess the ability to explain the change process to change requesters for which you are responsible be an advocate for your area of responsibility
* Creation of release records in Service Now
* Partner with Project Manager and delivery organizations to ensure completion of risk assessment at appropriate milestones during the SDLC
* Create Service Now reports to monitor owned changes
* Working with others to research, define, document, and implement process improvements to increase release and project health preparedness and readiness


Job Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree or equivalent related work experience
* Experience in Technology Project Management
* Working knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle (Waterfall and/or Agile)
* ITIL knowledge required
* ITIL Certification in Service Transitions (ST) or Release Control and Validation (RCV), preferred
* Experience in Service Now
* Exceptional ability to communicate and correspond effectively with all levels of Leadership, including C-level executives; this is a high-visibility role within the organization
* Excellent organizational skills
* Ability to present to a diverse audience on a variety of project and release topics
* Ability to lead and facilitate meetings involving a diverse group on a variety of topics
* Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite


The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.
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The Allstate Corporation is a Fortune 100 company and the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. We celebrate creative problem solving, full engagement and working together to keep all people in Good Hands®. Rooted in empowerment and accountability, Allstate employees are challenged to maximize their own focus, resourcefulness and diversity.
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