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Release Planning Specialist

Requisition ID:  167888 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  IT Quality Engineering & Automation 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario; Alberta; British Columbia; Nova Scotia  

City: Mississauga / Calgary / Vancouver / Stellarton

Location: Tahoe Office, Calgary Office, Dartmouth Office, King St. Office 

Postal Code: L4W 0C7 


Our family of 134,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.



Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities and we are always looking for bright new talent to join our team! We currently have a full-time opportunity for an Release Planning Lead. This role can be based out of one our main offices including: Stellarton, NS; Mississauga, ON; Montreal, QC; or Calgary, AB.

Job Description

As a Release Planning Lead with Sobeys, you will:

•    Create, maintain and publish the environment portfolio and release calendar.
•    Support project planning activities and environment provision through cataloguing and tracking environment activities related to the roadmap.
•    Perform assessment using release intake submissions submitted by project and development teams.
•    Coordinate the scheduling and use of shared environments.
•    Manage and track environment dependencies throughout the release process.
•    Support testing and development teams to ensure environment readiness for testing activities.
•    Assist test teams in planning regression testing for external code releases and performance testing schedules.
•    Collaborate with testing and delivery teams to ensure availability to test new code or environments.
•    Coordinate with project and development teams to ensure releases stay on track and meet the acceptance criteria to move from one test phase to another.
•    Conduct Release Readiness, Milestone, and Go/No-Go reviews for environments.
•    Responsible for ensuring management is informed of all risks and blockers impacting testing from an environment readiness perspective.
•    Ensure future releases are coordinated with other roadmap initiatives to avoid collisions.
•    Work with developments teams on the acquisition of new technologies and provide guidance to determine the required number and use of environments.


Job Requirements


Your experience and resume will show us:


•    Bachelor’s degree preferably in Computer Science/IT or related discipline or equivalent experience.
•    5+ years of previous IT release planning and/or project management experience in a complex organization .
•    8+ years of experience working in software development.
•    Knowledge of the technology stack to include infrastructure and applications.
•    Excellent understanding of the SDLC and STLC.
•    Proven leadership and analytical skills.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•    Strong collaboration and coaching skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to coordinate cross-functional work teams.

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.



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