NewWave HQ

  • SAFe Solution Train Engineer

    Job ID 2018-1132
  • Overview

    NewWave Telecom and Technologies Inc. is an MBE certified, SEI CMMI Level 4 SVC and L3 DEV appraised, GSA IT Schedule 70 and ISO 9001:2015 Certified, full-service Information Technology and Business Services firm based out of Elkridge, Maryland. As a leading implementer of business solutions using service-oriented technologies, we specialize in providing end-to-end, mission-critical Information Technology (IT) solutions.


    NewWave has a proven track record in project management, full lifecycle development of enterprise applications, and constructing, testing, maintaining and managing IT software and infrastructure. We have a certified DCAA Accounting System and an Approved Earned Value Management (EVM) System.


    We partner with our clients through every phase of the project life cycle to identify requirements, define objectives, and develop and implement the right solutions. We have earned a reputation for our responsiveness, technical competency, and operational efficiency that has been validated by years of successful IT project implementation and support of our clients.


    The Solution Train Engineer (STE) is a servant leader and coach for the Solution Train. The STE’s major responsibilities are to facilitate the major events and processes, and assist the teams in delivering value. STEs communicate with stakeholders, escalate impediments, help manage risk, and drive relentless improvement. The STE facilitates and guides the work of all Solution Trains, Agile Release Trains, and Suppliers in the Value Stream.


    Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area within a department(s) which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:

    Manage and optimize the flow of value through the Solution Trains using various tools, such as the Solution Kanbans and other information radiators.

    • Establish and communicate the annual calendars for Solution Backlogs, Solution Kanbans, Solution Trains, Solution Demos, and Program Increments (PIs).
    • Facilitate Solution Planning and PI Planning readiness via fostering the preparation of Vision and Backlogs, and via Pre- and Post-PI Planning meetings.
    • Facilitate the Solution Planning and PI Planning event.
    • Aggregate into Solution PI Objectives, Program PI Objectives, and Team PI Objectives (and publish them for visibility and transparency).
    • Aggregate program PI objectives into Solution PI Objectives (the STE) and publish them for visibility and transparency.
    • Assist with execution and Capability and Capability-Enablers completion tracking (see Metrics).
    • Facilitate periodic synchronization meetings, including the Solution Train and Agile Release Train synchronization at the value stream sync for Large Solution Level and Program Level.
    • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating Capability and Capability-Enablers estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary.
    • Coach leaders, other Solution Train Engineers, Release Train Engineers, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets.
    • Help manage risks and dependencies.
    • Escalate and track impediments.
    • Provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks.
    • Encourage collaboration between Solution and System Architects/Engineering and Agile Teams.
    • Work with Solution and Product Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment.
    • Improve the flow of value through Value Streams, Solution Trains, Agile Release Trains, and Iterations using the Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps.
    • Help drive the Lean User Experience (UX) innovation cycle.
    • Report status to Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and support related activities.
    • Understand and operate within Lean Budgets.
    • Facilitate Solution Demos and System Demos.
    • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the agility level of the Solution Train, Agile Release Train, and Agile Teams help improve lean and agile thinking.
    • Foster Communities of Practice and the use of engineering and Built-in Quality practices.
    • Reports to the development organization or an Agile Program Management Office (PMO), which, in SAFe, is considered a part of Lean portfolio management.
    • Primarily function as servant leaders vs. widespread traditional top-down, autocratic, command-and-control, and plan-driven micromanagers who want authoritarian control over subordinates (rather fostering Lean-Agile-Continuous Delivery-DevOps Mindsets).


    • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) or equivalent in a related field such as information technology, computer science, or business administration.
    • 2+ years of direct professional experience as a SAFe Solutions Manager or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    • SAFe Certified


    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of business organization and management.
    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of an information technology business operation·
    • Ability to research, analyze, make recommendations, and evaluate technical requirements, functions, processes, and code to improve software development and facilitate the development of software solutions.
    • Ability to express and present ideas effectively orally and in writing.
    • Must be highly proficient in problem solving and have strong organizational and analytical skills.
    • Ability to interface/communicate professionally with management and other employees.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment.
    • Ability to handle and meet multiple deadlines and priorities. Ability to use word processing, databases and spreadsheet programs; preferably MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other systems.


    • Microsoft VSTS
    • SharePoint Online/2013/2010
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • Microsoft Project

    FLSA Status

    • Exempt


    Interpersonal Skills

    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – must be able to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing
    • Should be extremely facts and data oriented.
    • Should be deadline and closure oriented.
    • Strong communication, interpersonal, persuasion, facilitation and influencing skills.
    • High Energy Levels. Should be self-driven.
    • Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and work with cross functional teams including senior level individuals.
    • Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment with varying priorities, based on a team building culture.

    NWT is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. NewWave is a proud veteran friendly employer.


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