Lead Java Developer

Oliver James Associates
Haywards Heath
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bonus
20 Apr 2017
20 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work independently and take ownership of the entire automation application project for various applications.
  • Contribute towards creating automation framework for the whole programme and assist in creating automation strategy.
  • Produce automated test suites & scripts using regression test packs to test new and amended software or services. Amend existing test scripts to align them with changes in software.
  • Provide automation input during the analysis phase and assist the QA/development team on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Train the existing team on executing and editing automation test scripts. Manage and provide guidance to existing automated test analyst resources.
  • Provide business assurance by providing evidence of tests carried out to ensure fitness against purpose & business requirements.
  • Identify and feedback any potential improvements to both the organisations business and technology architecture.
  • Manage relationships with the business areas to ensure that change is accepted by the business before being business as usual.
  • Work with key business stakeholders to identify ways that the results of change initiatives can be fully tested for fitness against purpose.
  • Work closely with development & analysis teams and other suppliers to help them ensure that technical deliveries are fit for purpose.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required.

Job Specific Competencies:


  • Formal qualification in development/testing are desired but not essential if suitable experience can be demonstrated.
  • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.


  • Minimum 3 years' of software development experience in
  • Experience in developing application frameworks working alongside system architects.
  • Any experience in automation testing will be highly desirable.
  • Strong background in Object Oriented programming.
  • Expertise in development languages specifically
  • Experience in using java development IDE's like eclipse.
  • Experience of HTML is highly desirable.
  • Good working knowledge of SQL and database access via JDBC
  • Awareness of different development methodologies (Waterfall and Agile) and a range of technologies.
  • Experience of delivering software development projects in a general insurance or financial services environment is desirable.
  • Previous experience of direct line management responsibility.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills.
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to adopt a logical approach to solving problems.