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DevOps Release Manager

| North Suburbs

Job Summary
Walgreens is looking for a DevOps Release Manager to join one of the largest initiatives in our company, Pharmacy Renewal. The Walgreens Pharmacy Renewal efforts seek to design and build the largest, most advanced pharmacy infrastructure in the world from the ground up. Empowered to operate as an innovation center, this effort represents one of Walgreens most important programs at both global and local levels. US, UK and Italy based teams will be leveraging the most advanced and exciting technologies to build on Walgreens strategic vision to service the 13,100 plus pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retails stores Worldwide.

The DevOps Release Manager will create the next generation of tools and infrastructure for build, test, release and monitoring, focusing on developer productivity, release velocity and product quality. Plan, manage, and socialize all release engineering activities. Facilitate cross-team communication for status and dependencies across product areas. Continually work towards making improvements in the build/release process. Focus on improving Engineering productivity by improving Engineering tools (Jira, Confluence, Portfolio, etc.). Monitor Build and Release pipeline. Follow up with appropriate teams in timely manner to resolve issues. Triage how these issues could be stopped from re-occurring. Create best practices and guidelines for app dev teams around build and pipelines. Also, work with non-appdev teams to evangelize best practices. Educate and roll out Pipeline related tools and processes. Quantify metrics around Pipeline and share with leadership.

Walgreens is revolutionizing its pharmacy technology infrastructure and the company has significantly invested in an initiative called Pharmacy Renewal. Pharmacy Renewal is empowered to not only replace our existing core system but internally develop a new platform that will enable a whole new level of differentiation and service to millions of customers. Our mission is to foster top talent by continuously investing in our team’s development while adding proven external talent to fulfill key roles. Through a shared vision of the future, our multi-disciplined team will be empowered to innovate beyond existing boundaries in the industry.

To be success in this DevOps Release Manager role, an individual will need to be proficient in some of the following:

  • Experience with version controller tools like Subversion (SVN), GIT, IBM Clear case UCM and PVCS
  • Experience with Atlassian tools like Bamboo, Jira, and confluence.
  • An ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies (Linux/Redhat) and cloud services such as AWS.
  • Experience supporting and troubleshooting relational databases and distributed platforms.
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations to all levels of an organization.
  • Software release experience in a Java environment.
  • Management structure in Agile and matrix organizations.

Job Responsibilities 

  • The DevOps Release Manager develops and executes operational activities that have moderate to significant impact on the direction of the specified functional area of IT and/or the organization, and may include responsibilities in the area of Security, Planning & Analysis, Strategy or Operations, such as:
    • Developing the highly- complex or industry- approaches to drive the development of broad reaching programs/designs.
    • Defining, deploying and institutionalizing functional area research approaches and related knowledge basis.
    • Forecasting and assessing industry trends and their impact on designs and methods of the specified functional area.
    • Establishing research guidelines, best practices and standards.
    • Analyzing, summarizing and presenting results to functional teams and decision makers.
    • Serving on the of the specified functional area team for highly important initiatives.
    • Developing programs that establish and enhance standards.
    • Interpreting highly complex results and analyzing trends.
    • Identifying and establishing relationships with internal/external partners.
  • Performs as the subject matter expert for the specified functional area and may become actively involved, as required, to meet schedules and resolve problems highly complex in nature.
  • Develops highly complex programs that establish and enhance standards. Develops the specifications of highly complex projects and may perform as implementation project lead.
  • Determines business approaches and/or develops major new technical tools.
  • Shares complex information related to areas of expertise and/or to gain acceptance of new or enhanced business solutions. "Evangelizes" new ideas / solutions to gain acceptance from a wide range of audiences.
  • Develops business approaches and new or enhanced processes.
  • Guides and mentors a wide range of audiences. May provide subject matter expertise to the business. May participate in teaching and training members of the work team.

Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

As the neighborhood drugstore and retailer, our goal is to make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment, and be a part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, team members and the communities we all call home. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • MVCLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • HBaseDatabases
    • HiveDatabases
    • Maria DBDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • SQLiteDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • Aha!Management
    • BasecampManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • Microsoft ProjectManagement
    • TrelloManagement

Location

Developed and diverse suburb in N.Chicago. Opening our new Tech Office downtown at the Old Chicago Post Office in January 2020!

An Insider's view of Walgreens

What’s the vibe like in the office?

You can expect to be challenged, every day. You can also expect an extraordinarily diverse environment of collaborative professionals who are putting their talents together to fulfill the vision and mission. There are plenty of opportunities to make an impact, to grow and to learn with the team. The future of Technology is bright at Walgreens!

Carlos

Director, RunOps

What does your typical day look like?

I'm a part of the product management team where I oversee the development of complex products. A typical day for me involves juggling multiple product lines, I could easily find myself working with designers to craft mockups, defining requirements for developers, tracking development processes, or running usability tests to drive product forward.

Katrina

Sr. Business Analyst

What makes someone successful on your team?

I think the most successful individuals are those who possess two key skills 1) the ability to quickly learn and synthesize information and 2) the ability to adapt to constantly changing challenges. Given the extremely complex nature of our industry,

Emmanuel

Sr. UX Designer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

In Rx Engineering, we are building the largest pharmacy software product suites in the industry. Innovation and quality is our DNA. We nurture through our “COOL” culture to build curiosity in new solution. We are challenged and fascinated with courage every day about this engineering journey which will change our customers’ life.

Ronnie

Director – Solution Engineering & QE

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are faced with a host of rapid changes occurring in the healthcare and retail landscapes.. To make the most of these changes, Walgreens is adapting to the fast moving technology world of today and is committed to deploying cutting edge solutions to support our business and customers.

Doug

Senior Product Manager, Pharmacy and Retail Operations

What are Walgreens Perks + Benefits

Walgreens Benefits Overview

Walgreens offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible team members designed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being while helping you balance work and life. In addition to company-paid life insurance and voluntary life & personal accident insurance, the benefits below are available to our team members. To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/benefits.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Walgreens is proud to be a Corporate Social Responsibility leader, setting the pace on some of the most important issues of our day, and our IT and digital teams are no exception.
Partners with Nonprofits
Money raised through Red Nose Day supports programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/it-culture
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Every day, in a multitude of ways, the foundational principles of integrity, respect and fair dealing embraced by our founder Charles R. Walgreen inspire us.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Walgreens employees can contribute up to $500 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 6 weeks at 100% base pay, 6 weeks at 50% base pay. 50% benefit may be supplemented by PTO, frozen sick, or frozen vacation.
Dental Benefits
For dental coverage, you may choose from four plan levels ranging from a basic-only option to those with orthodontia and other major service coverage.
Vision Benefits
There are three levels of benefits for vision coverage ranging from an exam-only discount option to an enhanced PPO with both in and out-of-network benefits.
Health Insurance Benefits
You have access to competitive coverage options through the Benefits Support Center, which is the Walgreens private corporate exchange.
Life Insurance
Benefit-eligible team members are eligible for company-paid term life insurance at a benefit equal to: • 1.5 times annual base salary and $25,000 for all other hourly-paid team members
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Walgreens team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams like the JP Morgan Chase Run.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Walgreens provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan called the Walgreen Profit Sharing Plan. After completing one year, we match 4% of contributions $1 for $1.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
After 90 days of service and an average of 20 hours worked per week, you are eligible to purchase WBA stock at a 10% discount off market value.
Performance Bonus
You are eligible for a corporate bonus subject to approval by the Board of Directors (unless you are covered under another bonus program).
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home. Work remotely 2 days per week and/or work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
The Transportation Benefit Plan allows you to save money by paying for your transportation and parking needs with before-tax dollars and payroll deductions.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball.
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Renewal host weekly Lunch and Learns on topics selected by our team.
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Walgreens offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible team members designed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being while helping you balance work and life. To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/benefits.

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