Sr. Release Manager

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You will own the Release lifecycle for large projects or program delivery with Esri’s wide ranging customer base. This can include scheduling, requirements gathering, management of testing, and coordinating deployments for the entire engagement. The releases can be inclusive of base deployment, application configurations, application updates, operating system patches, third-party integrations, data configuration and data updates. Where necessary and applicable you’ll provide tools and services to help project teams manage and deploy releases into production.

The Release Manager works collaboratively with all participants in software development projects and is supportive of developers and testers as they set up their dev/test environments. The Release Manager coordinates practices associated with continuously building, deploying, and updating software and environments.

The Release Manager will work collaboratively with project and program managers to assist in managing projects and program interdependencies to ensure milestone adherence and high-quality releases.


  • Manage risks and resolves issues that affect release scope, schedule, and quality
  • Measure and monitor progress to ensure application releases are delivered on time and within budget, and that they meet or exceed expectations
  • Conduct Release Readiness reviews, and Go/No-Go reviews
  • Review and estimate opportunities and proposals to incorporate Release Management support
  • Develop Test Plans, Release Plans, Deployment Plans and Checklists and Run Books
  • Manual execution of test scripts and deployment plans
  • Coordinate release content and effort based on backlogs and delivery schedules
  • Communicate all key project plans, commitments, and changes including requirements, QA plans, schedule, and scope changes
  • Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams at different locations
  • Coordinate and execute Test and Release Milestones such as Internal Acceptance, User Acceptance and provide Test and Release Reporting
  • Communicate release details and schedules to the Business as required
  • Negotiate, plan, and manage all test and release activities
  • Review Architecture Documents, Design Documents, Requirements Documents and determine and communicate project impact
  • Continually work towards making improvements in the release and deployment process
  • Lead and coordinate the Go-Live activities including the execution of the deployment Plans and checklists.
  • Support test and release automation
  • Develops scripts and automation tools used to build, integrate, and deploy software releases to various platforms
  • Researches new software development and configuration management methodologies and technologies and analyzes their application to current configuration management needs


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 4-6 years of previous release, technical management and/or project management experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management principles and methodologies. Waterfall and Agile/Scrum preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of software development lifecycle
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate cross-functional work teams toward task completion
  • Experience with relational databases such as SQL
  • Experience with scripting, Python or PowerShell

Recommended Qualifications

  • 2 years’ experience in information systems operations environment in systems analysis or development
  • Familiarity with installation and configuration of key Esri Enterprise products
  • Knowledge of automation of builds and deployments
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and analytical skills
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of Defect Management Systems such as Azure DevOps, Jira, or GitHub
  • Knowledge of MS Project

About Esri

Our passion for improving quality of life through geography is at the heart of everything we do. Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology inspires and enables governments, universities, and businesses worldwide to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them.

Carefully managed growth and zero debt give Esri stability that is uncommon in today's volatile business world. Privately held, we offer exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and much more.

Esri is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.


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