Test Architect/Programme Test Manager

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  • Location:

    Fareham, Hampshire

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  • Salary:

    £800 - £860 per day

  • Contact:

    Charlie Cameron

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Test Architect/Programme Test Manager

+ Role Type: Contract
+ Contract Length: 6 Months
+ Location: Whiteley - 2 days p/w
+ £800-£860 per day
+ IR35 Scope: Inside
+ Security Clearance: Must hold or be eligible for SC

Specific duties may include:

  • Strategic and technical leadership and direction to support the delivery of effective testing
  • Providing exceptional guidance and support in defining test strategy, process techniques, levels, organisation, tools/frameworks/technologies, infrastructure, environments and data across a variety of delivery and technology landscapes and methodologies, balancing a delivery and commercial focus
  • Development, promotion and communication of a clear vision and strategy for the integration and test team
  • Providing goals and objectives for the team in line with the Test Strategy
  • Leading and coaching a highly efficient integration and test team and grow its capability to achieve the best blend of automation and specialist skills
  • Working with the wider test community to stay current with evolving processes, tools and methods
  • Analysis and definition of effective test strategy and approaches for a variety of delivery and technology landscapes, ensuring cost effective testing solutions balanced with business and technical risk and implementing continuous improvement & cost efficiencies
  • Test documentation creation (Test Plan, Test Closure Report, Test Packs with test scenarios)

Required Skills:

  • Significant experience within large scale/systems of systems/portfolio systems integration programmes (£100M+)
  • Significant experience of test planning, management and execution, preferably in large scale, complex virtualised and cloud computing environments
  • Strong experience of managing third party suppliers including how to streamline their test campaigns
  • Ability to collaborate and influence across both technical and non-technical stakeholders, resources and teams
  • Experience of service testing, system testing, operational testing, functional & non-functional testing
  • Experience of testing to support failure mode and safety case related analysis
  • Exceptional understanding of technology and testing, including common solutions and architectures, test automation, emerging technology and testing trends, and test techniques/technologies/tooling.
  • Success in technical project management leadership
  • Comprehensive understanding and demonstrable implementation experience of defining & execution of various test strategies and methodologies at the portfolio/systems integration level
  • Able to use understanding of customer needs and expectations to generate mutually beneficial solutions or alternatives
  • Significant experience across a number of broad technology disciplines, including domains such as digital transformation, mission critical, application consolidation, infrastructure design & migration (including Cloud & Data Centre), software development, service integration, and data analytics

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of SOA/ITIL/Service Management methodologies
  • Earned Value Management
  • Prior experience of work package management of a test campaign
  • Seen as an authority/expert in the test domain
  • Management and hands-on delivery of exceptional test processes and practices in a variety of complex delivery landscapes
  • Extensive background and experience in system testing, including test automation
  • Can deliver clear messages through dialogue, written work and formal presentation
  • Demonstrates commitment to sharing ideas, technologies and best practices
  • Willingness to offer fresh, innovative ideas and/or unconventional approaches