Head of Test / Test Manager

***Head of Test – Leatherhead, Surrey – up to £85,000 per annum + benefits***

We are looking for a hands-on Head of Test to join a client of ours within the Financial sector. The Head of Test will be accountable for the delivery of a high performing test team – this includes 2 direct reports, as well as managing a large off shore team.

The successful candidate will provide structure and guidance to the test team on testing requirements, software and associated documentation developed for the companies applications and solutions.

Key responsibilities:

  • Be directly involved with preparing and co-ordinating all test activities as and when required
  • Management of multiple interlocking test phases within any given project release in line with the overall change and support portfolio
  • Management of a team of on-shore and off-shore testers and coordination of wider test resources when appropriate
  • Work with the project and delivery teams to define estimates, test plans and reporting approaches in line with delivery methodologies
  • Advise on the level of outstanding risk when appraising the suitability of go-live for any delivery
  • Review all the test assets for all the projects
  • Provide weekly status reports, demonstrating progress, risks and issues
  • Define and agree goals and traceability management approach for testing
  • Coordinate schedules with business leads and business users for UAT testing
  • Oversee the teams when checking readiness vs. test entry criteria
  • Ensure the team manage test execution. Ensure testing dependencies and multiple, concurrent, test activities are being covered
  • Monitor and manage test plans and schedules and be accountable for the delivery of successful testing
  • Determine impact of change on schedules and quality objectives
  • Ensure the exit criteria process is being exercised
  • Manage the various project schedules to ensure full coverage across the portfolio
  • Continuously seek to improve ways of conducting testing, maximising efficiency and minimising costs
  • Obtain a solid understanding of the IT Infrastructure and test tools that will be required to execute tests
  • Line manage the team, with direction and support, also manage their yearly appraisals, along with setting challenging, but achievable goals and objectives
  • Manage the third party suppliers in the provision of test resources and approaches to testing

Key skills and experience:

  • Extensive test experience and management, preferably in the Financial Services or Banking background
  • Solid understanding of various test methodologies
  • Experience of working with third party suppliers of testing both on-shore and off-shore
  • Sound testing estimations skills and the ability to assess delivery risk
  • Very strong communication skills, both written and verbal in order to contribute to business requirement discussions, interpret requirements and create comprehensive test plans, test cases and scripts which can be understood and approved by business stakeholders
  • Strong team player who can build strong relationships across the organisation
  • Positive, flexible and adaptable and able to work under pressure in a continually changing environment
  • Excellent time management skills with the tenacity to achieve tight deadlines, will still focusing on quality
  • Strong working knowledge of TFS (or similar) with ability to configure and produce dashboards and MI

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Job Information

Salary From: £25000
Salary To: £30000
Job Industries: IT
Job Locations: Leatherhead
Job Types: Permanent

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