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Test Lead

  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Salary: £33000.00 - £43000.00 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: IT & Information Security
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Capita Employee Benefits - Role Profile
Role: Test Lead

Primary purpose of the role: to lead delivery of the system testing and user acceptance testing of a range of projects across the Business Solutions Team
Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the delivery of testing (planning, preparation and execution) of systems and processes in accordance with the solution and / or techical, functional, non-functional or business requirements (as appropriate) of any project assigned, to achieve successful deliveries of project / test items (measured against agreed acceptance criteria).
  • Be accountable for a number of agreed projects that require test activities to be undertaken, ensuring that all Test responsibilities and schedules are clearly documented, communicated and agreed by all parties.
  • Attend regular scheduled project meetings, internal and client facing as appropriate, to ensure test activites remain informed and plans/schedules/resource profiles remain aligned.
  • Ensure that demand and capacity views remain up to date and accurate for allocated projects, and availability and conflicts are identified early with mitigating actions agreed and put in place. or issues escalated to the Test Manager.
  • Help to manage the use of relevant testing software across the teams, including test tools and test and defect management software (ALM and others as appropriate). Ensure they are used consistently and in the best way for efficient testing, and to be cost effective to realise identified benefits. Identify potential opportunities for test automation with appropriate tooling and embed as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the documentation and manintenance of the Transition and Change Test Policy, ensuring full team and wider stakeholder buy in.
  • Produce, issue and maintain test management control documentation required for the effective planning, preparation, execution and sign-off of testing
  • Adhere to approved test management work instructions and control documentation and assist the Test Manager to review/audit and monitor the adherence of other testers to the same
  • Liaise with all directors, managers, staff, clients and third parties affected by or involved in the project and escalate risks and issues to the Test and/or Project Manager where they cannot be appropriately resolved
  • Work with the Test Manager to manage a team of testers (including offshore teams) including the creation / maintenance of development plans, setting objectives and measuring performance against these via 1:1's and performance appraisals.
  • Working with direct reports to identify and recommend suitable process improvements to the Test Manager and help embed them in the team once agreed
  • Responsible for the timely provision of consistent MI/reporting relating to all test activities (progress against the agreed plan, variances between planned and actual effort/duration, defect summary and highlighting any risks or issues affecting the progress or completion of the testing requirement for the project) for dissemination to internal and external stakeholders, to ensure full visibility of test activities is achieved at all times
  • Make recommendations to the Test Manager for Testing sign-offs and recommendations to Go / No-Go meetings
  • Act as an authorisation point (with the Test Manager) for Job Requests and promotes of build activity into test environments
  • Assist the Test Manager with recruitment into the testing team
  • Undertake internal, external and on-the-job training to enable performance in the role at the required level including active participation in the company's performance management process
  • Perform duties efficiently and accurately within specified timescales in accordance with the work requirement (this may include performing other duties occasionally, working outside normal office hours or working away from the normal work location when reasonably requested by the management)


Key Tasks

  • Review and create test basis documentation
  • Create and document test strategies and/or Master Test Plans and test plans
  • Provide guidance on and peer reviewing of system test coverage and scenarios / scripts
  • Risk based prioritisation of the Test Execution Schedule and ensuring test execution is evidenced
  • Provide guidance and support to the end-user's test management for the planning and execution of user acceptance tests
  • Schedule work for Test Analysts on allcated projects
  • Report progress to project and line management as required, detailing the progress of testing against the agreed test plan and highlighting any risks or issues affecting the planning, execution and sign-off of the testing requirement for the project, including monitoring variances between planned and actual effort and duration
  • Record time accurately in the time recording system for all allocated projects and direct reports.

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