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Senior Release Train Engineer

Company: Black Enterprise Magazine
Location: Draper
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

*Primary Location: *13693 S 200 W, Draper, UT, USA
*Division: *Cox Automotive
*Job Level: *Individual Contributor
*Travel: *Yes, 5 % of the Time
*Schedule: *Full-time
*Shift: *Day Job
*Requisition Number: *217657
Cox Automotive, is seeking a Sr. Release Train Engineer to join our product and engineering team in Draper, UT.

*Job Summary:*

The Senior Release Train Engineers (RTE) primary purpose is to lead Agile Release Trains (ART) to success and navigate the complexity of delivering software consistently in large environments The Lead RTE resolves and escalates impediments, manages risk, assures value delivery, and drives program level continuous improvement. They play a critical link between multiple scrum teams; facilitating communications, opening the flow of information, and sharing important progress updates to ensure all teams involved in the ART are focused on successful delivery. The Lead RTE is accountable for the overall coordination, execution, and delivery of value through the program while ensuring alignment with company strategy, commitments, and goals.

At Cox Automotive, we offer the chance to take an important role in the digital revolution of the automotive industry. Our Lead Release Train Engineers (RTE) are part of an energetic team that build world-class solutions to benefit the auto buying public, dealers and manufacturers. At Cox Automotive, youll be immersed in an environment that values your teamwork and creative problem-solving techniques while encouraging you to continue to learn new skills and technologies.

Risk-taking is encouraged here and we reward great results. Collaboration and support are woven into the fabric of everything we do; from 24-hour Hackathons and brain-storming sessions to sprint reviews, youll be immersed in an environment that encourages bringing fresh ideas to the table with an innovative mindset.

Giving back to the community is important at Cox Automotive. You will be given time during working hours to volunteer at local charities.

*Your Role:*

* Facilitate the coordinated preparation of release planning for the release train, including communication and coordination with stakeholders and customers during Epic and feature definition and delivery.
* Manage changes to planning commitments and the impacts of those changes
* Actively manage the backlog, as well as ALM tool data integrity for accurate reporting. This includes the collection of metrics and KPIs.
* Drive continuous improvement through the facilitation of retrospectives quarterly, or more often as needed, to improve backlog management, release train reviews, sprint reviews, or release train coordination and higher-level function.
* Coordinate major feature releases and ongoing delivery of value to customers where multiple teams, release trains, or solution groups are involved in development
* Resolve/report issues and manage dependencies and risks across the ART and between ARTs.
* Leverage agile delivery metrics and regular Agile ceremonies to identify and drive continuous improvement, in order to maximize organizational performance and execution against the backlog
* Drive collaboration with director level product, engineering and architecture
* Coach scrum masters to continually improve how the teams are contributing to train level goals and observes scrum masters to improve that specific discipline
* Facilitate the flow of Epics and features between release trains leadership and teams
* Drives ownership of value stream driven dependencies (driving overlapping sequencing of delivery)
* Manages risks that cannot be eliminated with coordination and statusing
* Drive delivery while supporting transformation efforts, coaching on transformation & strategy execution
* Active participate 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.
* Use metrics to pinpoint areas in the release train that need attention relative to day-to-day productivity
* May manage up to 3 Scrum Masters
* Influence the behavior of 60+ people; drive execution and consistent practices within their train core and down to delivery teams
* 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.

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