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Release Train Engineer

Posting Country:  South Africa
Date Posted: 
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

Joining Vodacom is more than a job, what we do matters. We don’t just carry minutes, texts and data – we carry people’s lives. And that’s a huge responsibility. If you think for a minute about the people you rely on…the likelihood is they rely on us.

Customers are at the heart of everything we do and we want to make a difference to the lives of our customers, and the communities in which we live and work. We support our people to give something back to the causes that mean the most to them through helping them give time and money to the charities they love.

And what’s it like to work here? We have created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Are you a financial services expert stuck in a professional rut? Do you want to flex your creative muscle and bring innovative ideas to life? Are you looking for an employer who understands the importance of work-life balance? Do you have more than 5 years lending experience? 
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ve come to the right place. Vodacom’s innovative and fast-paced Financial Services division might have the perfect opportunity for you. 
With more than 17 million customers, Vodacom Financial Services is gearing up to make a significant impact in the South African financial services industry. We’re looking for motivated, creative and innovative professionals to join us on a journey to reshape the financial services industry.


CLOSING DATE: 29 May 2020 

The Purpose of this role:

The Release Train Engineer is responsible for the planning, coordination, and deployment of all releases into production within a particular domain or business outcome. This role is responsible for identifying, managing, and mitigating cross-program risks and issues, in order to facilitate on-time delivery of capabilities and features aligned to the business outcome vision. It is responsible for working closely with the domain or business outcome Product Manager and supporting Product Owners to coordinate delivery of capabilities. It is also responsible for defining release readiness requirements against business outcome needs and validating readiness before release into production.

Your responsibilities will include:

Execute Agile Release Train based on agreed PI objectives:
• Drive multiple release planning sessions
• Facilitate the resolution of impediments and risks within span of influence. Once an impediment is outside of a Scrum Master’s span of influence this role will step in to remove or escalate the impediment
• Work with other program leaders to drive the definition and refinement of the program backlog and execution alignment.
• Maintain metrics that provide visibility to stakeholders on program-level plans, progress and quality.
• Support Product Owners with various requirements gathering and scrum activities as needed
• Manage program planning of engineering delivery
• Manage the deployment of all releases into production and define / assess release readiness according to business requirements
• Coordinate and communicate the release pipeline to deliver frequent releases across business outcomes; manage external dependencies, ensuring alignment across key partners and vendors
• Continuously improve release processes, implementing best practices consistent with agile methodologies
Tech Lead/DevOps Contributor:
• Oversee squads focused on technical issues, including software development, product releases, and engineering tasks. This includes collaborating with colleagues to address technical issues and evaluating the team's work processes and best practices and implementing changes to streamline operations.
• Create and implement risk mitigation processes and oversee security audits to determine weaknesses in applications.
Solution Design Contributor:
• Play an important role in the development cycle, ensuring the quality of requirements and directing the activities of the design team. This role requires excellent attention to detail, as the RTE frequently needs to work with the solution analysist and participate in translating them into a solutions that align with enterprise-level systems.
• In addition to guiding the squads, this role is responsible for participating in the research on existing systems and devising solutions that work within those systems.

The successful candidate will have:

•    At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration, or other related field
•    Eight or more years’ experience in coordinating and delivering major projects and programs
•    At least 5 years lending experience is essential 
•    Extensive experience in managing dependencies effectively across multiple delivery teams, meeting deadlines and business outcome objectives
•    Formal training and/or certification in Scaled Agile Framework or similar preferred
•    Certified Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Professional Scrum Master (PSM) or similar
•    Extensive experience with one or more project/program management methodologies, such as PMI PMBOK, PRINCE2, Agile and MSP and across a range of project types
•    Experience with project management tools e.g. JIRA, MS Project


The base location for this role is, Corporate Park, Midrand
The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.
Vodacom is committed to an organisational culture that recognises, appreciates and values diversity & inclusion and is committed to support LGBT+ people at work. If you do not hear from us within 30 days please deem your application to be unsuccessful.

Commitment from Vodacom

Vodacom is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a flexible, motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognized, developed and rewarded. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business and we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment which respects, values, celebrates and makes the most of people’s individual differences - we are not only multinational but multicultural too. At Vodacom you will have access to our excellent flexible benefits programme that you would expect from any global company.