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Test Lead

Salary
Competitive
Location
Leeds
Shift Pattern
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours of Work per Week
35
Closing Date
06/08/2021
Ref No
1706
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We are looking for an experienced and skilled Test Lead (x2) to join the Technology Services department at StepChange Debt Charity in Leeds. 

What you will be doing

These roles are responsible for planning and managing the delivery of testing to support the delivery of strategic, tactical and BAU changes as part of the delivery team.   You will not have any direct reports, although you will mentor and lead a team of Test Analysts and Testers and monitor progress against plans ensuring defined process is followed.

Key accountabilities

  • Define and agree objectives, scope, and estimations for a particular test delivery
  • Production of quality testing documentation in line with the testing framework
  • Strong adherence to testing governance
  • Manage the prioritisation and reporting of defects in line with the testing framework
  • Work closely with the Analyst team to ensure that the user stories have been refined and are acceptable
  • Work closely with the Developers, ensuring all defects are formally raised, understood, fixed, and retested 
  • Ensure all test data and prerequisites for test execution are identified, planned, and managed
  • Ensure test quality gates are planned for and undertaken in line with the test framework
  • Provide regular, informative progress updates throughout the test cycle to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Raise testing risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies in line with risk management processes
  • Undertake escalations in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Provide test completion Reporting
  • Ability to discuss testing matters to a wide range of stakeholders - at all levels
  • Provides regular coaching and mentoring of Test Analyst and Testers
  • Works under the mentorship of the functional manager

Experience and knowledge

  • Thorough knowledge of test methodologies, techniques, and processes
  • Experience of planning test activities
  • Experience of risk management
  • Experience of organising test activities for self and others
  • ISTQB Foundation in Software Testing Certificate
  • ISTQB advanced Test Analyst (desirable)
  • Experience of testing mobile websites and applications (desirable)
  • SQL Transaction Queries (desirable)
  • V-Model Exposure (desirable)
  • Experienced with test tooling such as Team Foundation server, AzureDevOps
  • Experience of test automation (desirable)

 Skills and abilities

  • Proven track record of the testing life cycle - within Agile and Waterfall methodologies
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capability
  • Confidence to assume responsibility for delivery and success
  • Ability to lead on testing deliverables over multiple workstreams if required
  • An excellent communicator including negotiation, influencing and diplomacy skills
  • Be a role model, motivator, and advocate for testing and industry best practice 
  • Strong technical awareness
  • Highly effective in stakeholder management - at all levels

We value our colleagues

We don’t just care for our clients and those people who contact us for help. We also value our colleagues, and this role comes complete with a generous benefit package which includes:

  • 24 days annual leave (this increases by one day per year up to a maximum of 29), plus bank holidays
  • The ability to buy and sell annual leave
  • Travel season ticket loans
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Group personal pension scheme
  • Westfield Health cash plan
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Financial planning

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