Platform Test Manager

10 Mar 2018
10 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job ID: R-64014
Full time

Aviva is revolutionising insurance and we want you to be at the forefront of it.

Life in our Digital Teams

Over the past 2 years Aviva has been on one of the most visionary digital transformation journeys of any company within Financial Services and we continue to move towards being a “Digital First” organization. We have built bespoke digital spaces for our teams in our London Digital Garage, Norwich and Bristol.

Insurance is ripe for disruption and that is what we have been doing. In fact, we are a 320 year old disruptor that is transforming the way customers engage with our products and services.

We approach software delivery with an Agile mind-set; passionate about delivering small, value-driven improvements, regularly and often. Our collaborative scrum teams are made up of an exceptional mix of digital experts and innovators from a wide range of industries. We craft brand new experiences, small changes to existing products as well as investing in maintaining our existing products.

As a Platform Test Manager you will be responsible for the overall test strategy and Quality Assurance management across various Digital web and mobile platforms.

The candidate will own the specialist capacity and feed into the overall Global Digital Test strategy, design of automation strategies for project and application platform teams, engaging at the very beginning of projects or later in a software delivery lifecycle to ensure that planning and resourcing of test authoring, provision and execution is properly conducted by the teams, and to raise the quality of specification and test automation planning across the platforms.

The role will require on-going engagement with a broad constituency across digital platforms, dealing with development and testing teams who are at varying stages of technology and test methodology adoption. The ability to successfully communicate with senior management and business stakeholders is essential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a distributed team of Test Engineers of different levels working on different projects (adaptation, mentoring, and supervising).
  • Collect personal performance feedback, summarize and communicate to team members.
  • Assist with skills development plan creation and implementation.
  • Ensure career development plan is aligned with the strategic direction of the Digital Platforms.
  • Assist with staffing of Test engineer positions on different projects, job description creation, candidates interviewing.
  • Assist with test strategy creation on different projects covering test team structure, tools, automated testing, development methodology and risk based test approaches.
  • Assess current test strategy and status of the test management on a project, analyse specific problems, propose effective solution and step-wise improvements and show how these are linked to achieving business goals of the organization or project.
  • Establish and lead a standard process for implementing test management in different projects with standardized delivery based on quality KPIs.
  • Act as an escalation point for major issues with testing and quality on different projects.
  • Improve scalability; understand demand within the teams (utilising statistics), identifying opportunities and working collaboratively to reduce effort / cost by removing non-value work and optimising the resource mix of the teams
  • Own continuous improvement actions and support teams to constantly refine their processes and improve their skills

Requirements/ Skills:

  • Strong agile test management experience with dotted line management and reporting
  • Proven track record of defining test strategies for large programmes involving multiple applications and dependencies
  • Good knowledge of functional, non-functional and security testing and their respective sign-offs
  • Manage expectations of various technical and business stake-holders and communicate testing progress throughout testing life cycle including risks and issues, helping them to arrive at an informed decision for various go-lives
  • Good knowledge of test automation and BDD, promote and influence ‘test first’ culture in various scrum teams
  • Experience in people management, mentoring and performance management of direct reports
  • Liaise with both internal/external teams and also with the vendors for tools management and optimal utilisation of various testing tools
  • Experience in using a range of tools used within the application delivery pipeline – Jira, confluence, configuration management systems, continuous integration tools, deployment tools etc.

What will you get for this role?

  • Salary between £30,650 - £59,050
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review
  • Minimum holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days
  • Up to 30% discount for some Aviva products through “My Aviva Extras” plus discounts for Friends and Family
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme

Bring to Aviva what makes you different and we’ll support you to do the best work of your life. We encourage applications from everyone who wants to help us achieve our purpose of helping our customers to Defy Uncertainty.

One of Aviva’s core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

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