Agile Release Train Engineer


Job Description
The selected candidate will join a high performing agile team that uses the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) methodology to support a nationally significant and fast-paced program. Program execution follows DEVOPS best practices and employs robust development, test and production environments. Test Driven Development (TDD) and test automation tools are utilized alongside a full suite of team collaboration tools. The program is focused on injecting new technology and adding advanced capabilities in support of an on-going operational system.
Job Description
The Agile Release Train Engineer will serve as the leader for an Agile Release Train (ART) executing on a program implementing Large Scale SAFe. He/she will report to a Solution Train Engineer (STE) in the Large Scale SAFe structure and will facilitate the ART events and processes that assist the team in delivering value. The selected candidate will serve as a project engineer/project manager over the ART and focus on ensuring the ART's Feature commitments are met. This includes working with the teams to determine if teams will complete the Features, understand why something might not complete and help mitigate issues preventing Features from completing. The ART Engineer will facilitate horizontal and vertical communication across teams and identify any impediments that may hinder team progress while working mitigation plans as needed. The selected candidate will be responsible for sensing, determining, and leading discussions when issues need to be analyzed or triaged. Strong attention to detail and focus on task completion is critical.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Manage and optimize the flow of value through an Agile Release Train (ART)
  • Manage schedule execution and plan the software/architecture releases for the program
  • Ensure that new projects are within scope and remain within scope
  • Facilitate Program Increment (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 Program Increment (PI) Planning, including logistics and technical preparation
  • Facilitating cross-team collaboration within program via Scrum of Scrums meeting and other less formal forums in support development, testing, and deployment efforts
  • Summarize Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives and publish them for visibility and transparency
  • Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities through Metrics across program's agile and DevOps teams
  • Briefing customer on development progress throughout PI cycle and on the status of testing, deployment, and release readiness
  • Work closely with the STE and operations team to coordinate release trains, assess the impact to other DevOps processes, and schedule release timelines for those fixes
  • Acquire in-depth understanding of the large complex software system, and assess risk and understand varied customer needs
  • Assessing skillset needs and collaborating with leadership to staff program openings
  • Coaching teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Project/Program Leaders in agile practices
  • Promote teamwork to achieve PI goals
  • Lead the teams towards agile maturity
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment, across diverse systems and groups
  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets
  • Escalate and track impediments
  • Manage resources and provide input on program resource allocation to address critical bottlenecks
  • Work with the contractor Program Management Office (PMO) on program execution
  • Understand and operate within budgets provided by the CAM/TTOM and ensure adherence to Guardrails
  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the agility level of the ART and help them improve
  • Foster Communities of Practice and the use of engineering and Built-In Quality practices
  • TS/SCI with Polygraph


Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
· At least 5 years of experience supervising or leading teams or projects
· Previous Release, Project, or Program Management experience
· Experience working with SAFe Agile software development teams and managing project deadlines (ideally in a Scrum Master, Product Owner, or Development Lead role)
· Experience with briefing leadership and/or customers of key status of project progression
· Experience communicating with and briefing status to external stakeholders, including customer/government representatives
· Experience-affecting change in organizations working towards agile adoption
· Certified Scrum Master (CSM), SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) or similar agile project management certification (PMI-ACP)
· Experience using agile project management tools (e.g. Jira, VersionOne, Rallye, IBM RTC)
· Experience working with multi-disciplinary development teams
· Must have the ability to understand technical concepts and communicate them effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
· Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, and time management skills are a must
Preferred Qualifications
· Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in a technical field such as System Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering Science, Engineering Management, or related discipline
· Experience working with large software systems including hardware integration and test
· Experience using SAFe as the agile development methodology including experience participating in Program Increment Planning sessions
· Scaled Agile certification such as SAFe Agilist (SA) or SAFe RTE
· Experience in the software development lifecycle - as the developer, tester, analyst, product manager, project/program manager, etc.
· Experience with applying test automation, test-driven development, continuous integration, and continuous deployment to achieve built-in quality by the team


About BAE Systems Intelligence & Security
BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it's what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts - defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team-making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you'll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

Intelligence & Security (I&S), based in McLean, Virginia, designs and delivers advanced defense, intelligence, and security solutions that support the important missions of our customers. Our pride and dedication shows in everything we do-from intelligence analysis, cyber operations and IT expertise to systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance services. Knowing that our work enables the U.S. military and government to recognize, manage and defeat threats inspires us to push ourselves and our technologies to new levels.

At BAE Systems, we celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We're laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.