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DevOps Release Manager at Walgreens (Deerfield, IL)

Job Summary
Walgreens is looking for a DevOps Release Manager to join one of the largest initiatives in our company, Pharmacy Renewal. The Walgreens Pharmacy Renewal efforts seek to design and build the largest, most advanced pharmacy infrastructure in the world from the ground up. Empowered to operate as an innovation center, this effort represents one of Walgreens most important programs at both global and local levels. US, UK and Italy based teams will be leveraging the most advanced and exciting technologies to build on Walgreens strategic vision to service the 13,100 plus pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retails stores Worldwide.

The DevOps Release Manager will create the next generation of tools and infrastructure for build, test, release and monitoring, focusing on developer productivity, release velocity and product quality. Plan, manage, and socialize all release engineering activities. Facilitate cross-team communication for status and dependencies across product areas. Continually work towards making improvements in the build/release process. Focus on improving Engineering productivity by improving Engineering tools (Jira, Confluence, Portfolio, etc.). Monitor Build and Release pipeline. Follow up with appropriate teams in timely manner to resolve issues. Triage how these issues could be stopped from re-occurring. Create best practices and guidelines for app dev teams around build and pipelines. Also, work with non-appdev teams to evangelize best practices. Educate and roll out Pipeline related tools and processes. Quantify metrics around Pipeline and share with leadership.

Walgreens is revolutionizing its pharmacy technology infrastructure and the company has significantly invested in an initiative called Pharmacy Renewal. Pharmacy Renewal is empowered to not only replace our existing core system but internally develop a new platform that will enable a whole new level of differentiation and service to millions of customers. Our mission is to foster top talent by continuously investing in our team’s development while adding proven external talent to fulfill key roles. Through a shared vision of the future, our multi-disciplined team will be empowered to innovate beyond existing boundaries in the industry.

To be success in this DevOps Release Manager role, an individual will need to be proficient in some of the following:

  • Experience with version controller tools like Subversion (SVN), GIT, IBM Clear case UCM and PVCS

  • Experience with Atlassian tools like Bamboo, Jira, and confluence.

  • An ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies (Linux/Redhat) and cloud services such as AWS.

  • Experience supporting and troubleshooting relational databases and distributed platforms.

  • Experience developing and delivering presentations to all levels of an organization.

  • Software release experience in a Java environment.

  • Management structure in Agile and matrix organizations.

  • Job Responsibilities 

  • The DevOps Release Manager develops and executes operational activities that have moderate to significant impact on the direction of the specified functional area of IT and/or the organization, and may include responsibilities in the area of Security, Planning & Analysis, Strategy or Operations, such as:

  • Developing the highly- complex or industry- approaches to drive the development of broad reaching programs/designs.

  • Defining, deploying and institutionalizing functional area research approaches and related knowledge basis.

  • Forecasting and assessing industry trends and their impact on designs and methods of the specified functional area.

  • Establishing research guidelines, best practices and standards.

  • Analyzing, summarizing and presenting results to functional teams and decision makers.

  • Serving on the of the specified functional area team for highly important initiatives.

  • Developing programs that establish and enhance standards.

  • Interpreting highly complex results and analyzing trends.

  • Identifying and establishing relationships with internal/external partners.

  • Performs as the subject matter expert for the specified functional area and may become actively involved, as required, to meet schedules and resolve problems highly complex in nature.

  • Develops highly complex programs that establish and enhance standards. Develops the specifications of highly complex projects and may perform as implementation project lead.

  • Determines business approaches and/or develops major new technical tools.

  • Shares complex information related to areas of expertise and/or to gain acceptance of new or enhanced business solutions. "Evangelizes" new ideas / solutions to gain acceptance from a wide range of audiences.

  • Develops business approaches and new or enhanced processes.

  • Guides and mentors a wide range of audiences. May provide subject matter expertise to the business. May participate in teaching and training members of the work team.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree and at least 5 years of experience in Finance, IT, Strategy, Analytics, and/or Operations OR High School Diploma/GED and at least 8 years of experience in Finance, IT, Strategy, Analytics, and/or Operations.

  • Experience establishing and maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, in the business community and with vendors.

  • Experience using time management skills such as prioritizing/organizing and tracking details and meeting deadlines of multiple projects with varying completion dates.

  • Experience analyzing and reporting data in order to identify issues, trends, or exceptions to drive improvement of results and find solutions.

  • Experience identifying operational issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems.

  • Experience with project management (for example: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives).

  • Experience leading cross-functional teams.

  • Travel domestically and/or internationally may be required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or MBA.

  • Experience working with P&L.

  • Experience working in the IT Industry.

  • Experience interacting at the executive level.

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