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Release Manager

Department: Software

Location: Boston

Req#: 5583

At Sonos, we're passionate about creating the finest sound experiences in the world. One of the keys to great experiences is great software. Great software is as important at Sonos as our award winning hardware. Great software takes hard work, solid processes, and good tools. It takes many iterations of experimentation, feedback, and adjustment. This critical iterative loop requires software pipelines that quickly deliver our latest ideas, captured in high-quality code, to our testers, partners, and customers. The Sonos Release Team is focused on this mission. On building and maintaining the software delivery pipelines that keep our customer experiences ahead of the curve. 
 
We’re looking for a great Release Manager with the right mix of technical background, project/program management experience, and interpersonal skills to deliver the ultimate user experience.  The ideal candidate has a background in software development and understands modern internet-of-things (IoT) architectures that combine hardware, software, and cloud services. We’re looking for someone with experience in Agile and Lean software development, continuous delivery, source control and workflow automation. Someone with tenacity, a positive attitude, and the ability to inspire and motivate others.

About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do

As a Release Manager, you’ll work across teams and groups to make features and releases visible as they move through the development pipeline. You’ll consult with Product Managers,  Beta Leads, Customer Care, Marketing and other stakeholders to create release plans. You’ll be responsible for managing source code in our shared and release branches and for creating release builds. Finally, you’ll coordinate activities on launch day to ensure a seamless update experience for our users.  

 

  • Understand the feature development and release process from planning through post-launch. 

  • Ensure visibility into feature and release status through real-time dashboards that track the development work, issues, feedback, and performance in the field. 

  • Be a technical expert in how Sonos builds, tests, and releases software. This includes copying source code between branches; enabling and disable features; creating builds; packaging and publishing releases.

  • Coordinate and communicate across the organization to make sure feature and release launches are smooth and uneventful. 

  • Help Sonos find and employ the latest release processes and tools to create a lean, automated release engine that brings the principles of continuous delivery to all of our software. 

Skills You’ll Need

    Experience using metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help drive decisions

    Experience with source control, build servers, workflow automation, and continuous delivery principles

    Strong understanding of work tracking and collaboration tools, such as JIRA and Confluence 

    Strong understanding of Scrum, Lean Principles and Lean Systems

    Great interpersonal and communication skills; ability to lead through influence rather than dictate

    2-3 years experience working with Agile Software teams 

    Background in software development or related field

    More About Sonos

    Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

    Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

    Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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