What does a Release Manager do?

Release managers keep software products moving through their cycles of development, production, and testing. They conduct tests on software products in their entirety alongside individual components to ensure a successful release. They work in collaboration with software architects, who are experts on integration issues and interdependencies among projects during the relief, to ensure the software works properly and is ready for the release.

Release managers serve as liaisons and communicate customer needs to project teams. They are required to help determine the best ways to schedule and utilize company resources to stay on budget and on schedule. Release managers communicate project-related tasks including plans, timelines and requirements between various teams. They coordinate the release schedule and resources required depending upon third-party applications, defect backlogs, planned releases, and infrastructure updates. They provide weekly updates on release activities and improve methodology to configure the management and development of software. Release managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalency.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Release Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£53,404 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £53K
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“Office I worked in was quite old but a new modern one was already being built.”

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23 Aug 2019

“Good exposure to technical aspects of the job which I didn't have to learn for my job but team members were happy to teach me.”

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17 Mar 2021

“My Manager lacks the experience and skills to help me grow and advance my career development.”

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17 Nov 2021

“I'm supported in my career development and I'm motivated to learn and grow.”

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24 Nov 2021

“I started as a travel technician and about halfway through my tenure there was promoted to Deployment Manager.”

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28 Jul 2019

“Salary package not so great”

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3 Jun 2020

“Opportunities to progress and develop in career field.”

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“Nice place to work with”

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