Head of Testing - Manchester

Twist IT
£60k - £65k pa
12 Apr 2017
12 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
I am looking for a Senior Testing professional for a Head of Testing role with a leading organisation based in Manchester. The company are experiencing an exciting time significant investment being made in their recently approved technology strategy.

As Head of Testing within the organisation you will be responsible for ensuring the predictable and successful delivery of software for the company's key operational systems through leading an effective test function. You will be responsible for the Test Team, ensuring that all software delivered is tested in line with defined requirements, industry best practices, departmental standards and wider policies / procedures. As part of the role you will be expected to inspire and develop the team as part of a wider technology re-platform and move to Agile focusing on Automated Testing approaches as part of the build/delivery pipeline. You will be a key member of the Software Solutions leadership team to ensure that testing is an integral part of the development activity from inception to release.

This will include devising, embedding, maintaining and continuously improving testing processes and policies as part of wider Software Development Lifecycle whilst ensuring all testing activities are fit for purpose and carried out in-line with industry best practices, departmental and wider company policies. You will be active in the development and mentoring of team through effective line management aligned with wider departmental continuous improvement activities. You will have line management of the test team and will be responsible for embedding a culture of collective ownership, openness and active collaboration, acting as a role model

To apply for this for this role I am looking for a Senior Testing Professional with experience in People and team management. You will have experience of successfully introducing Quality Assurance working practices in another organisation in a technical role and of using one or more testing tools in supporting implementation of agile practices e.g. MTM, TFS, JIRA etc. You will have considerable experience working in an Agile environment in a technical role achieving a balance between quality and delivery as well as experience of line managing small teams, including active performance management

Key Skills

- An excellent understanding of software testing, its use within a variety of software development and delivery contexts.
- An understanding of introducing Automation to support testing and measuring of quality within an Agile context e.g. Continuous delivery
- Excellent understanding of the different types of testing e.g. functional, non-functional and user acceptance including relevant artefacts associated and suitable application
- Knowledge of managing a testing function, with a mix of internal and external teams/individuals working in different geographic locations
- An excellent understanding of a software development environment
- Knowledge of a range of development methodologies and how testing would support and compliment these
- A ISEB or equivalent testing qualification
- Proven ability to manage, mentor and develop a team to achieve personal and business success
- Expert in embedding testing into software development environment, to ensure positive outcomes in a proportionate way in line with business needs

If you have the skills required and are looking at working on a large exciting project then please call Gill Twist on ************* or apply on line