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Service Transition Manager


Corby, ENG, GB, NN17 9FH

Brand:  RS Group
Function:  Digital & Technology
Location Class:  Hybrid

Service Transition Manager
Location: Hybrid (London or Corby)

RS Group is presently looking for a Service Transition Manager to become a permanent member of our team. In this role, you will be tasked with overseeing changes to live services, including the introduction, modification, or retirement of services. The Service Transition Manager will collaborate with project teams to evaluate incoming changes, ensuring their suitability and assessing readiness against established service acceptance criteria (SAC) across various portfolios.


What you’ll be doing

  • Oversee all service transition activities, including Operational readiness, Go Live acceptance criteria, Early Life Support (ELS), and Handover into Business as Usual (BAU).
  • Define and manage Early Life Support arrangements and activities, collaborating closely with program and operational teams through a well-documented ELS process and support model.
  • Work with the Project Manager to create transition plans, contributing to the overall project plan, and track key service readiness milestones from pre-Go Live (ELS Entry) to project closure (ELS Exit).
  • Ensure planned Early Life Support (ELS) is effectively communicated to key stakeholders, managed throughout the warranty period, and meets agreed KPIs for acceptance into BAU.
  • Organize and chair Early Life Support (ELS) meetings.
  • Collaborate with Live Services, Partners, and project teams to fulfill Service Acceptance into Live criteria.
  • Plan, track, and report on Knowledge Transfer from project delivery to support teams.
  • Coordinate with Live Services for final closedown and handover activities.
  • Understand, document, and actively manage risks associated with the service transition.
  • Capture and transfer lessons learned for ongoing Program and Transition planning.
  • Produce service transition deliverables.

About you
In this role, you'll serve as the interface for IT Operations teams, leading Service transition and introduction activities across a portfolio of projects at RS. The ideal candidates should have expertise in the following areas:

  • Service Transition Management experience of delivering / transitioning services into production
  • Demonstrates a strong customer focus and proficiency in process management.
  • Manages Complexity: Experienced in operating within complex operational environments with multiple interdependencies across internal and external matrix organizations.
  • Ability to handle conflicting demands and priorities, with a proven track record in managing the change and transition aspects of multiple simultaneous new/changed IT services.
  • High level of ITIL awareness, actively practicing ITIL Service Transition Management best practices, preferably holding ITIL certifications. ITIL foundation v3 or v4 qualification is a minimum requirement.
  • Understanding of Agile software development and Project Management practices, such as Prince 2.
  • Knowledge of the ITSM toolset (preferably with direct experience in ServiceNow, Confluence & Jira tools).
  • Experience in Service Transition related to Infrastructure, Digital, SaaS, Application (SAP), or Supply Chain technologies.

The extras you’ll get

At RS, as well as the usual employee benefits you’d expect from a FTSE listed company, including annual performance bonus, enhanced maternity and paternity leave, private healthcare, in the UK&I, we’ve just introduced a number of new Family Friendly Policies including:​

  • Help for people to take control of ongoing Health conditions such as diabetes or asthma with £500 a year available for monitoring & consultation​
  • Support for Neurodiverse colleagues and families with neurodiverse members with needs assessment, diagnosis and post diagnostic support for autism spectrum, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome​
  • Support for Women at different life stages from streamlined fertility support through to diagnosis and monitoring of both endometriosis and menopause​
  •  Helping our LGBTQ+ community through enhanced coverage for trans colleagues, including voice coaching, facial surgery and gender confirmation surgery​
  • Additions to Fertility coverage including IVF for lesbian couples and information/support around surrogacy and adoption for all. 


We are RS

At RS we’ve been solving engineering problems for over 80 years: big ones, small ones, easy and difficult ones. We turn the ‘what ifs’ into the ‘why nots’, the impossible into the possible.  ​

Our purpose? Making amazing happen for a better world.  ​


We offer service and product solutions. We send out a parcel every 2 seconds, to over 130 countries. We provide over 700,000 in-stock and over 3 million unstocked products to more than 1.2 million customers.  ​

We want people like you, as you are curious about things, you like doing things differently and also in a human way with empathy. Because that’s exactly how we partner with people – our customers, suppliers, colleagues and communities – to solve problems.  ​

We’ll also invest in your development and wellbeing – because building a more diverse and inclusive culture, being ethical, responsible and committed to our Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) action plan is at the heart of everything we do. ​

Come and join us and we’ll help you to think big, do more and unleash your brilliance, so you do amazing things too.​




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