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IT Change and Release Manager

Posted 13 days 1 hour ago by Harvey Nash

£500 Daily
Not Specified
I.T. & Communications Jobs
Berkshire, Reading, United Kingdom, RG317
Job Description

IT Change and Release Manager

Location: Reading or Havant

Initial contract length: 6 months Inside IR35

Rate: £500 pay rate

Start Date: ASAP

This role supports a large, diverse energy company involved in the production, storage, distribution, and supply of gas, and the generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity and other energy services to over 9 million customers. The company is undergoing a significant IT transformation programme over the next 5+ years, aiming to harness data and analytics as a strategic capability.

Main Purpose of the Job:

  • Minimize business risk by effectively managing IT Change.
  • Plan, schedule, and control the build, test, and deployment of releases to deliver business value while protecting service integrity.
  • Own and be accountable for all aspects of the Change and Release Management processes, including development, governance, compliance, performance, reporting, and continual improvement.
  • Ensure the process aligns with documented requirements, targets, SLAs, and OLAs.
  • Work with other process owners to integrate Change and Release Management into the overall Service Management System.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain IT Change Management and Release Management strategies to minimize unplanned service disruption.
  • Ensure the risks associated with IT Change are understood, articulated, and communicated across IT, third parties, and business areas.
  • Provide visibility of planned Change activity to stakeholders and manage Change Freezes when necessary.
  • Reduce Change risk by grouping related Changes and managing their deployment via a defined Release Management process.
  • Ensure proper planning, design, build, configuration, and testing for all Release packages.
  • Ensure compliance with all aspects of the Change and Release Management process.
  • Define, document, maintain, and manage the process in line with ITIL guidelines and ISO 20000 requirements.
  • Regularly review and report on process performance using Critical Success Factors (CSFs), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and targets.
  • Ensure effective communication between Change Management, IT, Service Assurance, and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular reviews of the process with key stakeholders and practitioners to identify and document opportunities for improvement.
  • Maintain a process risk register and ensure all associated risks are managed.
  • Comply with corporate, statutory, and regulatory requirements associated with the process.


  • Degree in a related field or at least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • ITIL Practitioner level qualification or equivalent.


  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant experience.
  • Demonstrable understanding of IT Change Management and Release Management processes, acquired through similar roles.

Business Knowledge

  • Thorough knowledge of the energy sector.
  • Understanding of how IT Change Management, Release Management, and Service Management support business service delivery.

Functional and Technical Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years' technical or functional experience.
  • Knowledge of ISO 20000 standard and Service Management processes.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Fluent communicator with experience at all organizational levels.
  • Able to articulate points of view and present reasoned cases.
  • Self-motivated with strong personal effectiveness and independent workload management.
  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interactive communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills.
  • Good relationship-building skills.
  • Adept at using multiple problem-solving methodologies.
  • Able to identify and implement appropriate workarounds.
  • Experience resolving complex problems involving multiple technologies or business areas.
  • Continual review of process improvement opportunities.
  • Accountable for an entire technical or functional area.
  • Responsible for scheduling and managing all IT Change Management and Release Management activities.
  • Authority to suspend project activity in cases of non-compliance.
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