Covetrus is a global animal-health technology and services company dedicated to empowering veterinary practice partners to drive improved patient health and financial outcomes. Headquartered in Portland, Maine, with more than 5,000 employees and more than 100,000 global customers, our passion for the well-being of animals and those who care for them drives us to advance the world of veterinary medicine. In the USA, we bring together products, services, and technology into a single platform that connects our customers to the solutions and insights they need to work best. Now, our mission is to bring this technology to veterinarians and their clients worldwide.
The Release Train Engineer (RTE) is a servant leader and coach for the Agile Release Train (ART). The RTE’s major responsibilities are to facilitate the ART events and processes and assist the teams in delivering value. RTEs communicate with stakeholders, escalate impediments, help manage risk, and drive relentless improvement.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage and optimize the flow of value through the ART Train using various tools, such as Kanban and other information radiators
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 meetings
Facilitate the PI Planning event
Summarize Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives (the RTE) and publish them for visibility and transparency
Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities
Facilitate periodic synchronization meetings, including the ART sync at the Essential Level
Provide escalation avenues and provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks
Encourage collaboration between teams and Architecture with Product and Solution Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment
Improve the flow of value through value streams by improving and assessing the practices associated with DevOps and Release on Demand in the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
Understand and operate within Lean Budgets and ensure adherence to Guardrails
Facilitate System Demos and Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the agility level of the ART and Solution Train and help them improve Foster Communities of Practice and the use of engineering and Built-In Quality practices
Other duties as may be assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Experience
3+ years of experience in Software Product Development
2+ years of experience using Agile methods (Scrum, Kanban, XP, or SAFe)
Agile Certification from Scrum Alliance Inc., Scrum.org, or Scaled Agile
COMPETENCIES (SKILLS AND ABILITIES)
Highly adaptable in a fast-paced hyper-growth environment; able to thrive within ambiguity.
Ability to work independently, on multiple initiatives as a time, and under pressure
Listen and support teams in problem identification and decision-making
Create an environment of mutual influence
Understand and empathize with others
Encourage and support the personal development of each individual and the development of teams
Coach people with powerful questions rather than use authority
Think beyond day-to-day activities
Apply systems thinking
Support the teams’ commitments
Be open and appreciate openness in others
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
Remote working environment; or
Pet-friendly office environment
Extensive computer use
International travel may be required
Covetrus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.