SAP Release Manager

Portage, MI 49002

Employment Type: Contract To Hire Job Category: Project Management Job Number: 7105

Our South West Michigan client is adding a Release Manager to their ERP implementation team.  The SAP Release Manager is responsible for coordinating regular SAP Software Releases from demand request through deployment, while ensuring no disruption to production operations. This includes but is not limited to: coordination of IS demand, coordinating resource capacity, prioritization and scope definition, reporting/communication and management of release design/build/test activities through to production deployment.

  • Provide leadership, direction and definition for the SAP release management function including: planning, scheduling, test coordination and implementation of release deployments
  • Facilitates prioritization of open demand across enterprise (multi divisional priorities) and aligning to release
  • Coordinates resource schedule and capacity with Shared Services Management
  • Facilitates release scoping, design, build, test, change control, documentation and deployment activities with Shared Services delivery leads, IS Product Owners, Business Process Owners, OCM, Training, and other key stakeholders.
  • Manages business communication regarding release scope and deployment timelines
  • Define and report on release metrics to key stakeholders
  • Ensures appropriate risk resolution and mitigation for releases as issues are identified
  • Ensures no disruption to business operations upon deployment of releases to production systems
  • Ensures governance and compliance protocols are followed during the release cycles
  • Has solid understanding of SAP transport and release concepts and processes


Must have:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in an ERP release management function
  • Strong Project Management background
  • Solid and proven experience working on medium/large sized SAP projects
  • Working knowledge of SAP change and release management processes and methodologies
  • Experience coordinating across matrixed teams in multiple geographies
  • Self-motivated, able to work effectively within a team and open to after-hours and weekend work, including travel when necessary or appropriate
  • Demonstrated experience designing and maintaining a release management framework appropriate for a global ERP system.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, with strong influencing and relationship management capabilities
  • Requires a BS degree in computer science, engineering or equivalent


Nice to have:

  • MS degree in information Systems/Computer Science or related field
  • Any SAP certifications
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