Head of Testing

Posted on Jul 11, 2019 by CV-Library

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Information Technology
Immediate Start
£50k - £55k Annual
Full-Time
Head of Testing

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experience Hands on Head of Test with significant experience of working in an information technology context, acting in a leadership or management role

The Head of Test will have experience of senior stakeholder engagement and management, Substantial experience in a Senior Test Analyst or Test Analyst role with proven experience of test case and defect management using tools such as Microsoft Test Manager, Azure DevOps and JIRA. Experience of leading and co-ordinating user acceptance testing workshops is also required.

The Head of Testing is responsible for leading and managing a team of test analysts and working with the Digital Delivery Management Team to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of IT solutions for the University.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the line management and personal and professional development of Test Analysts within Digital IT. There will also be matrix management of project resources such as developers and business analysts. Alongside the management duties, there will be requirement to be hands on and perform a certain amount of testing duties in line with the responsibilities of a Senior Test Analyst or Test Lead. In addition, the Head of Testing will define the key capabilities and competencies of the Testing Community of Practice, ensuring that a roadmap is place to build the Testing disciplines and practice.

This role will report into the Associate Director of Digital Delivery and will be part of the Digital Delivery Management team helping to devise and deliver the department’s overall strategy in the short and long term. The role will be expected to liaise with a number of stakeholders across Digital IT and the organisation to ensure that Digital IT projects are delivered to the highest standards.

Responsibilities:

* Line management responsibilities for the Testing team including personal and professional development of the Test Analysts

* Create a Testing Community of Practice across the university, defining best practice standards, processes, frameworks and guidelines

* Lead on scheduling and resource and capacity planning for testing related activities

* Working closely with Digital IT management, PMO, architects, project managers, business analysts and developers to produce accurate estimates from analysis through to design and delivery

* Working with colleagues to ensure technical testing standards, practices and processes are followed

* Ensure that knowledge is transitioned from projects teams into the business and other areas of Digital IT

* Building strong and robust communication for project and task status

* Matrix management of colleagues and teams across Digital IT and the wider organisation to ensure the successful delivery of projects

* Effective and efficient use of both organisation and third-party resources

* Work closely with relevant teams internally to ensure alignment and coordination across design and operations as part of the seamless implementation of existing and new systems

* Responsible for the identification, management and mitigation of all risks that have the potential to impact the directorate and organisations’ objectives

* Perform any other duties appropriate to the grade as may be required by the Associate Director Digital Delivery

* Comply with the personal health and safety responsibilities specified in the organisation Health and Safety policy

* To engage with the University’s commitment to put our students first and deliver services which are customer orientated, represent value for money and contribute to the financial and environmental sustainability of the organisation when undertaking all duties and aspects of the role

* Promote equality and diversity for students and staff and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment in accordance with organisation policy

Person Specification

Qualifications

* Graduate qualification or relevant professional experience

* Commitment to continuing professional development

* ISTQB certifications or equivalent experience

Background & Experience

* Significant experience of working in an information technology context

* Experience of acting in a leadership or management role

* Experience of senior stakeholder engagement and management

* Substantial experience in a Senior Test Analyst or Test Analyst role

* Proven experience of test case and defect management using tools such as Microsoft Test Manager, Azure DevOps and JIRA

* Experience of leading and co-ordinating user acceptance testing workshops

* Involvement and engagement with full lifecycle delivery of projects and products (PDLC and SDLC)

* Demonstrable experience of working with offshore and partner engagement teams

* Experience of customer facing systems with complex back office system integrations

* Experience of working in digital/software development projects

Knowledge

Developing test approaches, test scripts, test cases

Knowledge of different project methodologies i.e. Agile, Waterfall

Knowledge of best practice testing methodologies

Leading the testing delivery within system/software development projects in a structured environment and/or agile environment

Resource planning, scheduling and impediment resolution

Advancing and renewing legacy platforms

Knowledge of the higher and/or further education sector

Skills & Competencies

People management and the ability to lead, motivate and inspire Testing teams

Strategy planning and development

Definition and management of testing approaches, processes and environments

Ability to demonstrate resilience and pragmatism in the face of a challenging and continually changing environment

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Personal organisation and ability to prioritise and carry out multiple tasks

Problem-solving abilities and solution focused mindset

Reference: 210398434

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