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Release Train Engineer (Program Manager)

Cox Automotive

South Jordan, UT
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Company Cox Automotive
Title: Release Train Engineer (Program Manager)
JobID: 1715455
Category: Information Technology
Industry: Cox Automotive
Job Type: Full-time


The Release Train Engineer’s (RTE) primary purpose is to support Agile Release Trains (ART) by steering them to success and navigating the complexity of delivering software consistently in large environments.  The RTE’s focus is to deliver value by managing program level processes, execution, and continuous improvement.

Release Train Feature Roadmap and Planning
  • Facilitates the coordinated preparation of release planning for the release train.  This includes:
    • Working with the Product Architect and Product UX Architect to assist the Product Manager who prioritizes the features to be considered in the next quarterly planning cycle. 
    • Assisting the Product Architect, Product UX Architect, and Product Manager in the refining of features to be considered in the next quarterly planning cycle to meet the Feature Definition of Ready.
    • Assists the ART (Agile Release Train) in communication and coordination with stakeholders and customers during feature definition and delivery.
    • Ensures effective communication and coordination for and during quarterly planning
    • Manages change to the ART’s quarterly plan and the impacts of those changes
  • Release Train Transparency
    • Assists the ART to remain transparent to itself, the teams on the train, and to the organization through:
      • Backlog Management and ALM tool data integrity for accurate reporting.  May include the collection of metrics, KPIs, investment mix reporting, and other reporting as needed by the release train or organization.
      • Facilitation and continuous improvement of periodic ART Reviews with organizational leaders and stakeholders to provide clarity on the expected value delivery and to gain stakeholder feedback on changes to direction the release train may need to take.
      • May include participation in and assisting in the improvement of the System Demo
    • Delivery Coordination
        • Drives the ART in the coordination of major feature releases and ongoing delivery of value to customers where multiple teams, release trains, or solution groups are involved in development and release by hosting RTC (Release Train Coordination) meetings as needed.
        • Drives the ART and the Product Readiness Managers in the coordination of program level initiatives that cross multiple release trains.
        • Drives the ART in resolving or reporting escalated issues involving risk, or dependency management that may be hindering the team’s ability to deliver features.  Scrum masters and teams facilitate the resolution of impediments, dependencies and risks within their span of influence.
      Continuous Improvement
        • Drives the ART to continuously improve through the facilitation of Art Retrospectives quarterly, or more often as needed, to improve backlog management, release train reviews, sprint reviews, or release train coordination and higher-level function.
        • Active membership 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.
      Other Operational Functions
        • The RTE may be called upon to lead projects that impact the ART but may not require work being added to team backlogs.
        • Assisting in the execution of product vision
        • Coordination of production support, and continuous improvement of operational workflows and communication, etc.


Required Experience, Knowledge and skills
  • 3-5 years’ experience as Scrum Master, Product Owner, or Agile Project/Program Manager
  • Servant leader and strong communicator with strong interpersonal skills who can:
    • Listen and support teams in problem-identification and decision making
    • 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, personal development, and continuous growth
    • Open and appreciates openness in others
    • 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 model is preferred

About Cox Automotive


Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, retail, financial and wholesale solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. The Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, VinSolutions®, Xtime®, incadea® and a host of other brands. With a complete and connected view of the automotive ecosystem, Cox Automotive is a global company connecting people, cars and capabilities with services that link the automotive value chain. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit

Organization: Cox Automotive

Primary Location: US-UT-South Jordan-10757 S River Front Pkwy

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing
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