Global Release Manager

Work type:
Australia, India, UK, Poland, New Zealand
Closing date:
28/05/2017 (closed)
  • Internal applications only


About the company

Bravura Solutions is a trusted provider of software solutions for the wealth management, life insurance and transfer agency industries, underpinned by functionally rich technology that enables modernisation, consolidation and simplification.

You will be part of a forward thinking business that has built its success on developing innovative technology. With over 1000 staff internationally, we are a true market leader and seeking someone with a similar mindset to join our growing business. We offer ongoing learning and development opportunities, a collaborative team and inclusive culture, flexible working practices and a comprehensive benefits scheme.


About the role

The Global Release Manager is a key member of the Sonata Development Team. Working within a team comprising a global set of Architecture, Engineering, Development and Delivery Managers. The Release Manager will be located in one of our Product Engineering locations but co-ordinating with all. The Global Release Manager creates innovative, robust solutions to meet our evolving and expanding requirements in an Agile environment. They are expected to contribute in a collaborative fashion to ensure that both their team and the wider Global Engineering team are successful in achieving their goals.


Main activities

Team Leadership

  • Acts as a Servant Leader (in the Scrum sense) and is able to garner respect from his/her team and be willing to get their hands dirty to get the job done.
  • Leadership of a team of Build Engineers, Technical Writers and a Release Project Manager across multiple global releases ensuring to-spec, on-time, high-quality delivery.
  • Works collaboratively with other leaders in an Agile environment to attain common goals.
  • Leads and demonstrates value-add principles to a team in a facilitative manner.
  • Mentors team members to help them grow within their roles and achieve their personal goals.
  • Reviews team member’s performance, providing regular and constructive feedback. If necessary, works with the Management to put in place performance management plans for underperforming team members.

Build Team Leadership

  • Quickly develops the Bravura domain knowledge necessary to contribute to technical decision making processes.
  • Provides insight for all work in progress within the team. Able to critique decisions and manage quality without necessarily being the technical ‘expert’.
  • Manages cross team communications in a positive way for impact assessment, CI of change, test planning.
  • Facilitates the smooth functioning of the team, ensuring that problems are overcome and responsibilities are understood.
  • Promotes Bravura’s global development methodologies, technical architecture, and processes within their teams and be pro-active in improving these.
  • Is attentive to the health of the global base product and suitability of all change being appropriate to other markets and products.

Sonata Release Management

  • Coordinates the readiness of release delivery to Global Development and Professional Services and Operations teams
  • Controls change into trunk/master, branching, tagging, release processes and gates
  • Coordinates dependencies within Development to ensure readiness of release to schedule
  • Manages and coordinates issues and risks related to trunk and branch Builds in a timely manner
  • Ensures the readiness of trunk and branch builds with Build Master
  • Readiness of technical documentation with the documentation team leader
  • Coordinates with Professional Services on any release-related matters
  • Responsible to train PS and Operations teams on new release deployments.
  • Plan out the release with PS and Operations teams
  • Assist the Programme Manager with release reporting function e.g. governance reports

Sonata Documentation

Responsible for the team that:

  • Documents functions and changes to new or modified modules
  • Assists in the development of user guides and training documentation for systems.
  • Ensures all applications are documented according to standards.

Sonata Build Infrastructure and Environment Management

Responsible for the team that:

  • Supplies the low level version control and build system technical infrastructure, with 24×7 availability
  • Contributes to and reviews deployment plans; schedules the installation of new modules, upgrades and fixes to the development and professional services environments.
  • Responsible for the design, setup and maintenance of environments/test bed
  • Builds automated deployments using configuration management technology.
  • Works with Release Management to ensure modules are production ready
  • Communicates risks, impediments and progress in a timely manner.

To be successful in this role candidates will require:

Skill Sets

Personal Competencies

  • Willing to work with new technologies and a quick learner pro-active in developing new skills.
  • Motivated, hard-working and persistent.
  • Adaptable, pragmatic and works well under pressure.
  • Develops a rapport with others and works well in a team.
  • Able to understand desired outcomes and focus on these.
  • Willing to take ownership and be accountable for both individual and team tasks.
  • Innovative and able to devise creative solutions to difficult problems.
  • Communicates well with both technical and non-technical staff.


  • Source Control using Subversion, GITHub
  • Maven, Jenkins, Artefactory, Anthill Pro
  • Advanced level knowledge of relevant Operating System tools, utilities and commands

Typical Experience       

  • Has experience with large/complex Software Product development.
  • Has worked within organizations where typical or best-practice software development methods and practices have been utilised.
  • Likely to have 10+ years’ experience in the computer industry, 5+ years’ experience in team leadership
  • Has a proven record of accomplishment successfully leading software engineering with a strong sense of quality ownership and focus on customer satisfaction.
  • Likely to have 3 years’ experience working on relevant Financial Services software product.
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Likely to have a computer or technology tertiary qualification.
  • Exceptional management skills: clearly communicate deadlines and guarantee success.

Desirable Specialist Knowledge

  • Knowledge of Financial Services.
  • Knowledge of Bravura tools.
  • Knowledge of Bravura software.

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