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Test Lead

Job Reference: JSRS15643

Salary: £35000 - £40000 Per Annum excellent benefits

Salary per: Annum

Job Duration: Permanent

Vacancy Posted: 06-08-2018

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: England, Hertfordshire, Stevenage

Test Lead – Stevenage

Based in Stevenage, our client who are a leading Insurance company are currently looking for a Test lead to join their small test team. You will be in charge of a team of 2 Test Analysts and will be required to monitor the teams performance whilst also maintaining a hands on approach. You will be liaising regularly with stakeholders at all levels of the business.

The client create an extremely positive and friendly atmosphere which allows the Test lead and all other employees the chance to thrive and grow within the business. They reward employees with a competitive salary and an extremely generous benefits package.

Role responsibilities:

* To maintain and expand the existing Information Systems Test strategy including the drive to more automated testing.
* To deliver initial estimates of the testing effort needed for new developments and functional enhancements.
* To deliver test strategies and test plans for all new developments and functional enhancements, plus risk assessments and the associated mitigation plans and contingency actions.
* To plan, monitor and control all the testing work, including User Acceptance Testing undertaken by subject matter experts situated within the business.
* To review testing requirement for change requests, assessing the impact on test plans and schedules.
* To report on the status and progress of all testing activities for new developments and functional enhancements.
* To be responsible for creating and maintaining the necessary test environments.
* To ensure proper configuration management of all the test documentation produced.
* To provide leadership and guidance to the test team on best practice, plus develop and agree realistic objectives, training and development plans.

Skills Required:

* Proven track record in a similar role with a minimum of 2 to 3 years practical experience of leading and developing test teams.
* Excellent interpersonal/Stakeholder managemen skills with the ability to communicate with people at all levels of the organisation
* Excellent knowledge of test techniques, methodologies and strategies including testing in an Agile environment.
* Proven track record of recommending and implementing improvements for both software development and test life cycles.
* Practical experience of implementing test automation tools.
* Demonstrable experience of testing web based applications together with a working knowledge of web based technologies.
* Demonstrable database expertise sufficient to create reasonably complex SQL queries.
* Experience of General Insurance business applications such as TIA – highly desirable
* Financial services experience is a must
* Use of project management tools such as Jira.
* Awareness of testing tools such as Selenium and test management tools such as Spira.

Benefits include:

* 25 days holiday with possibility of up to 3 more with 5 years service
* Excellent pension scheme – candidate contributes 9.1% and employer contributes 25%
* Training and development
* Sports and social club
* Health cash plan – optical, dental, personal accident etc

Test Lead – Stevenage

Due to the volume of applications received for positions, it will not be possible to respond to all applications and only applicants who are considered suitable for interview will be contacted.

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