C042417: Build and Release Engineer

Job Location:

St. Louis, MO

The role:

As an IT professional with Ferguson Consulting, you will have the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art technical skills. You will need the maturity, motivation and some previous client experience to work productively in our client organizations. As a Ferguson employee, and a consultant to our end client, you will be able to focus on your technical skills development - which is what we do best.

Our rigorous screening for technical skills and client compatibility and our commitment to continuing education make our consultant’s valuable assets to the clients we serve. Our client’s know that Ferguson’s professionals will fit seamlessly with their operations and their staff.

We’ve learned over the years how to comply with our clients’ unique procurement procedures and to keep in step with their overall processes so we can be responsive to their requests and requirements.


Provide technical leadership, guidance, and support in formulating strategic technology approaches and systems architectures for our client's enterprise systems. This position is responsible for designing reusable technical assets and standards to support solution development, as well as consulting with project owners on how to best leverage these assets and standards. Broad knowledge of the information technology landscape - stretching from infrastructure, network, client, server, emerging technology standards and trends.


· Responsible to support initiatives associated with the integration of the Automic Application Release Automation (ARA) solution

· Maintain ARA Software support and provide escalation to Automic and our client's leadership for issues and problem resolution

· Establish ARA roles, governance and maintain system access

· Work with vendor to establish and maintain application lifecycle roadmap. Communicate to leadership and ARA customer base

· Establish and maintain ARA library of approved scripting artifacts. Work with IT teams to obtain and create new process artifacts as needed. Identify new ARA opportunities and establish use cases

· Create and maintain integration interfaces to other tools such as Remedy/Service Now, HP ALM, etc.

· Support the objectives of Service Management by contributing and influencing peers to help support ARA to achieve elevation

· Maintain library of Standard Operating Procedures for consistent and effective operation

· Provide ongoing best practices and application support knowledge transfer to co-workers. Train application teams on development and scripting process. On-board new application teams as required.

· Provides input to procedures for monitoring; receives alerts, evaluates diagnoses and establishes work plan to resolve system issues

· Drive business and IT alignment to leverage reusable architecture capabilities

· Collaborate with IT management to define and develop technology strategy, technology standards, roadmaps, and practices

· Act as a technical expert addressing problems relating to systems integration, compatibility, and multiple platform integration

· Interact and consult with appropriate business analysts, project managers and developers to understand application/project requirements and define architectural solutions to meet those requirements

· Work with the application solutions delivery teams in the development of services, components, standards, and frameworks required to support our client's business strategy (e.g. design patterns, reusable components)

· Ensure that projects follow the prescribed development life cycle and meets quality standards

· Assist with analyzing and recommending software acquisitions and alternative solutions/methodologies/strategies and tools

· Keep current with trends and technological innovations in the Cable and IT industry, and make appropriate development recommendations

· Identify risks associated with component or application implementation

· Rotating On-Call Duties


· Strong understanding of Enterprise Architectures, Java and Database solutions

· Sound database experience in SQL server, SQL, PL/SQL, and Oracle

· DevOps skills across SCM, Static Code Analyzer, Build and Release, Continuous Integration tools and frameworks such as, Git, ANT, Maven, Sonar, Jenkins, Artifactory

· Strong understanding and practical working knowledge of Unix Shell Scripting, Java, Python, Jenkins, Git, Maven

· Strong know-how of operating systems such as Windows, Linux & UNIX

· Experience administering application servers, servlet containers, and web servers (WebLogic, Apache Tomcat, etc.)

· Familiarity with Weblogic Scripting using WLST, Powershell Scripting, REST and SOAP Web Services, JIRA, Confluence and Splunk

· Experience with seamless/automated build scripts used for release management across all environments.

· Operations Team Experience

· Experience with unit testing and automated testing tools

· Experience doing project work


· 5+ years experience designing or configuring systems and/or applications

· 3+ years Relational Database Design and Maintenance

· 2 years of exposure setting-up and configuring Build, Release and Continuous Integration to best practices

· Familiarity with Automic Application Release Automation (ARA) /UC4 One Automation

  • Familiarity with BMC Remedy Change Management, Service Now or similar tools

The benefits:

We hire IT professionals who like to work with smart people and can hold their own in a demanding environment. Our employees build a career at Ferguson. Here IT isn’t a support function for our business – it IS our business. We strive to develop a professional relationship with each employee – and that is what you are, our direct employee. Our pay and benefit levels recognize the advanced skills of our talented staff members. In addition, we are unique in our market in the emphasis that we place on continuing education, including an annual training allowance that is an integral part of our compensation package. This kind of investment in our employee's professional development is an important contributor to making Ferguson a desirable place to build an IT career. As a W-2 employee, your first assignment will be just that – the first of many. Our goal is to establish a long-term employee relationship with you.

The compensation:

Highly competitive base salary.

Paid overtime

$.60/$1 401K match

160 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) Benefits

Bonus System

Health, vision, dental, and life insurance

Short-term and long-term disability

Training allowance for Leading Industry Professional Training with SLU/Wash U.

How to Apply:

If you are looking for a change and/or are interested in building or continuing your career as an IT professional and have the ability to thrive in challenging, fast-paced environments, we want to hear from you.

Please send your resume to Katie McElhone at kmcelhone@fergcons.com

Please review our website fergusonconsultinginc.com and find out more about who we are and what we can do for you.


Katie McElhone
Ferguson Consulting
1350 Timberlake Manor Parkway, Suite 500
Chesterfield,MO 63017
(636) 728-4406
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