Release Train Engineer

  • 20/01/2023
  • Permanent

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Location: Cirencester/Hybrid Working (2 days p/wk in Cirencester office)

Employment Type: Permanent

As a servant leader and coach for an Agile Release Train (ART), your main responsibilities will be to facilitate the ART events and processes and assist the teams on the ART in delivering value.
Working with the Agile Coaches, the Release Train Engineer will educate Scrum teams in SAFe™, Agile, Scrum and Kanban values and principles.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Responsible for leading delivery teams on the Agile Release Train (ART) through development and delivery.
  • Facilitate all ART level ceremonies including but not limited to Program Increment (PI) Planning, System Demo, Inspect & Adapt and ART sync events.
  • Lead and optimise the flow of value through the Program Kanban.
  • Establish and communicate the calendar for Program Increments (PIs) and Iterations.
  • Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and approaches.
  • Facilitate PI Planning readiness by fostering a continuous exploration process that drives the synthesis of a Program vision, Program roadmap and Program backlog, through pre and post PI planning events.
  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary.
  • Encourage collaboration between teams on the ART.
  • Escalate and track impediments/obstacles.
  • Work with Product and Solution Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment.
  • Drive continuous improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops.
  • Produce and track key metrics at Program level (e. g. predictability and flow metrics).

Who we’re looking for:

  • You’ll bring significant Agile experience with a proven track record of delivering multiple products using Scrum or Kanban within a SAFe™ environment.
  • Proven experience working as a Senior Scrum Master.
  • Solid understanding and experience of waterfall methodologies.
  • Scrum Master certified.
  • SAFe™ Release Train Engineer certified or SAFe™ Program Consultant certified
  • Solid understanding of JIRA™ and Confluence™
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to engage and influence effectively.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Effective time management and ability to prioritise to keep on track with deadlines.
  • A creative thinker, able to put forward new ideas and approaches.

Flexible Working

We know that everyone works best in different ways, at different times and in different environments. We value all of our employees and appreciate that everyone is different, and at different stages within their career. Recognising this, we have introduced a hybrid working policy to provide greater flexibility for part-time work, job-sharing, remote working, and flexibility on hours. Our people are encouraged to work in a flexible way that suits their lifestyle, so please ask the question and start a conversation!

Research tells us that applicants (especially those from underrepresented groups) can be put off from applying for a role if they do not meet all the criteria or have been on an extended career-break. If you think you would be a good match for this role and can demonstrate some transferable experience please apply, regardless of whether you tick every box.

Why work for us?


Our Rewards

In addition to an attractive salary and eligibility to participate in the discretionary annual bonus opportunities, you will also receive an excellent benefit package including:

Non-Contributory Pension – 10% (increasing with length of service) with further pension matching 

  • *Meaningful protection benefits with real value, such as 10X life cover, PHI, and critical illness.
  •   Best in class terms and conditions including 6 months paid maternity and paternity leave.
  •   Private Medical and Dental Insurance
  •  28 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (based on full-time equivalent) with the option to buy and additional up to 5 days
  •  Discretionary bonus scheme dependent on company and personal performance, varied by level

*Not applicable to fixed term contracts (standard uplift applies in lieu of the protection benefits)

Our Culture

Our culture is the glue that binds us together - It’s one of our biggest assets and one of the biggest reasons for our success. It’s underpinned by core values of doing the right thing, being the best version of ourselves and investing in long term relationships.

We want to embrace diverse backgrounds and experiences to connect with clients, solve problems and innovate. We raise our voice on the things that matter to us and drive change from the front. Contributing to our inclusive culture is vital, ensuring a space for everyone to be their authentic self, no compromises.

In all we do, we consider how our work affects the communities in which we belong. Over 96% of our group employees are involved in supporting our communities through financial education, charitable giving and volunteering. Over 80% of all our employees and Partners donate each month to our Charitable Foundation, which is now the 3rd largest corporate charity in UK.

SJP are delighted to have signed The Armed Forces Covenant, and we are active members of LGBT Great, 30% club, The Diversity Project, Disability Confident and more! Find out more:

Our Awards:

We understand it’s important to be proud of the company you work for, that’s why we’re proud to share with you some of our recent awards:

  • Wealth Manager of the Year – Growth Investor Awards 2021
  • Best Wealth Manager – Shares Awards 2021
  • Championing LGBTQ Inclusion - Financial Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards 2020
  • Top 75 Employer - Social Mobility Foundation Employer Index 2021

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