Launch and Release Manager

Job Req ID:  5931
Posting Date:  11-Jan-2023
Function:  Agile Capability

Aztec West, Bristol, United Kingdom

Salary:  Competitive with great benefits

Job Locations

Bristol (Primary), Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds & London


About BT

BT has a key role in British society, fostering change and leading technology innovation. From delivering the Olympics, to supporting the emergency services, to investing more into research than any other UK technology company, we take pride in everything we do - and in the people who work here.

We're now a global company operating at the forefront of the information age, employing 90,000 people in 180 countries. And we're on a mission. Guided by our core values of Personal, Simple and Brilliant our goal is to help customers, communities and businesses overcome barriers and release their potential.

So, if you're interested in the power of potential, why not join us today and release yours? You can read more here about what it's like to work at BT.


More about this role

This role will be responsible for delivering a repeatable Launch Readiness Function, with a high performing culture to successfully deliver key commercial and strategic outcomes for BT. 


The purpose of this role is to facilitate regular alignment and launch planning readiness by driving cross-squad synthesis of the delivery roadmap and Backlogs. The role encourages collaboration across the squads to help ensure execution alignment.  Drive and lead incremental delivery to production of a product and capability demand roadmap.  Delivery accountability spans from managing pre-launch planning readiness, through to execution during change and improvement planning.


BT’s new modernisation and simplification programme is an exciting, innovative, and ambitious programme of change that affects BT’s Digital Consumer function as well as our customers and partners.  We are focussed in transforming our services in a collaborative human centred way, shifting to agile working across the whole software lifecycle, strengthening our partnerships and improving our leadership and culture.  Our team structures and ways of working are changing.  We are growing our people’s skills for the future and we are evolving our platforms, architecture, data & insight, digital and tooling. 

Main responsibilities 

  • Leading and Influencing – Summarises launch objectives and publishes them for visibility and transparency. Assure major release and change management against commitments
  • Influencing/Governance - Senior stakeholder management including business value orientated progress reporting on cadence. Facilitate regular Launch Readiness Reviews and Synchronisation meetings.
  • Negotiating - Manage inter squad dependencies and drive issue resolution including impediment escalations where appropriate
  • Driving – Support programme leadership in the shaping and prioritisation of the backlog in readiness for launch
  • Reporting – Set and drive achievement against key performance metrics, socialising within key stakeholder groups.
  • Collaborating – working across all design and delivery partners to produce coherent project outcomes.


Main skills/experiences required

  • Be able to manage long term changes and adapting the Tribe/Release Train in line with business needs of frequent customer centric, high quality and low-cost product delivery
  • Be able to provide effective leadership to the project team, and take appropriate action
  • Be able to lead communication with stakeholders and work to drive strong, open and sustained communication channels both within the project team and with the wider stakeholder community.  Up to ‘MD’.
  • Have experience in communicating to senior leadership team with view to collaborative decision making
  • Proven successful delivery track record on complex, high-profile technology enablers and/or programmes that cross multiple domains/teams
  • Adept at building high performance teams



  • A target bonus of up to 10%
  • Pension contributions
  • Share save scheme
  • Access to exclusive staff products and savings


Who is the BT Group
We're the leading communications provider with customers in 180 countries. Across the world we enable customer's digital transformations so they can thrive. our focus is simple: be the global provider-of-choice for managed network and IT infrastructure services..