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Xcel Energy SR IT Solutions Lead - Release Train Engineer Job in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis; CO - Denver

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Position Summary

The Release Train Engineer is responsible for managing and optimizing the flow of value through the Agile Release Train using various tools, such as the Program Kanban and other information radiators such as Jira, Confluence, ServiceNow, etc. They establish and communicate the annual calendars for Iterations and Program Increments (PIs), facilitate PI Planning readiness by fostering a Continuous Exploration process which drives the synthesis of a Vision, a Roadmap, and Backlogs, and through Pre- and Post-PI Planning events. They coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets. They lead a team in end-to-end lifecycle management of an assigned IT Portfolio capability. Accountable for planning, delivery and operation of services, products and processes, as well as people leadership and vendor management. They continuously innovate their product or service, and contribute to achieving IT and Enterprise Strategies and KPIs.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Relationship Management: Partner with business areas, customers and other stakeholders to understand needs and opportunities. Establish and maintain collaborative partnership with internal partners. Provide coaching and work direction to less experienced team members.

  • Solution Delivery: Lead efforts in end-to-end solution lifecycle from strategic planning, through demand management, delivery lifecycle activities, and operation. Ensure solutions drive great user experience and operational performance. Drive speed to deployments and continuous delivery to meet changing customer and stakeholder needs.

  • Strategy & Planning: Lead efforts to understand operational health, customer satisfaction, and total cost of operation and build awareness of opportunities and risks. Represent business partners/stakeholders in strategic planning and investment prioritization.

  • Operations Management: Drive alignment with stakeholders on maintenance activities and schedules. Ensure delivery practices uphold continuous integration of operational functions. Provide escalated support as needed to drive restoration of service disruptions.

  • Subject Matter Expertise: Stay abreast of industry and technology trends to continuously improve solution delivery practices and customer satisfaction.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ten years of related functional experience. Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Science, Business or related field, or 4 years of experience equivalent to the position.

  • Excellent communication skills, effective with varying organizational levels and skill set, and able to translate between technical and non-technical concepts.

  • Excellent Relationship Management and collaboration skills, with a track record of working as one team cross-organizationally to drive innovation and business results.

  • Experience with Project or Product delivery practices, including SDLC, Agile and Waterfall.

  • Demonstrated ability to recommend innovative solutions to support complex business requirements.

  • Ability to drive continuous improvement through lean, agile, six sigma.

  • Demonstrated in depth knowledge of end-to-end process and system capabilities, industry standards and emerging technologies and methods.

  • Expertise in technical, functional, and operational details of respective solutions. Excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to build functional and technical subject matter expertise, process and tools expertise, and drive consistency in processes.

  • Experience with strategic planning, demand management, execution, and operation of IT solutions.

  • Experience with contract and vendor management.

  • In-depth expertise on core IT components within the respective domain.

Job Specific Skillset Requirements

  • Facilitate the PI planning event

  • Summarize Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives and publish them for visibility and transparency

  • Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities

  • Facilitate periodic synchronization events, including the ART sync, etc.

  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary

  • Help manage risks and dependencies

  • Escalate and track impediments

  • Provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks

  • Encourage collaboration between teams and System Architects/Engineering

  • Work with Product Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment

  • Improve the flow of value by improving and assessing the practices associated with DevOps and Release on Demand in the Continuous Delivery Pipeline

  • Help drive the Lean User Experience (UX) innovation cycle

  • Work with the Program Management Office on program execution and operational excellence

  • Understand and operate within budgets and ensure adherence to budget guardrails

  • Facilitate System Demos

  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the agility level of the ART and help them improve

  • Foster Communities of Practice and the use of engineering and Built-In Quality practices

  • SAFe Certified Release Train Engineer (RTE)

  • Minimum of 5 -7 years of experience managing complex IT initiatives, programs and projects.

  • Experience with medium to large program resource management.

  • Knowledge of release management and related ITIL practices.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Xcel Energy requires all new persons be fully vaccinated or receive a formal medical or religious accommodation prior to their start date, unless prohibited by state or local law.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

Posting Notes: MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis; CO - Denver || United States (US) || Customer And Innovation || 56745:IT-Enterprise Services || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $100,000 to $141,999 per year

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Requisition Number: 35448

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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