Test Manager - MilKey

BAE Systems.
Milton Keynes
18 Feb 2019
23 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The Test Manager is able to plan and undertake the full lifecycle of testing activities on a project. This includes defining the testing and acceptance strategy for a project, planning system and acceptance tests and co-ordinating the execution of these plans and managing the relationship with the client with regards to the testing, acceptance and test results. As well as technical skills, the Test Manager requires team leading skills and communication skills.

Common role accountabilities include:

  • Collaboration with the wider development team to ensure a test-first approach to any development activities;
  • Planning, management and execution of tests using appropriate tools and techniques accepted within the company in line with industry best practice and relevant standards;
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies;
  • Support continuous improvement by investigating research on alternative technologies, tools and methods.

Depending on the particular job being performed, seniority and experience the test manager may typically have a range of these specific accountabilities.

Core engineering- entry level accountabilities (Career Level 3+)
  • Understand the testing effort by analysing the requirements of a development project;
  • Estimate and obtain management support for the time, resources and budget required to perform the testing;
  • Co-operate with stakeholders and senior staff as required to agree the testing strategy;
  • Arrange the hardware and software requirements for the testing;
  • Take responsibility for the management and reporting of the testing activities within a development project;
  • Plan or oversee the planning of the system and acceptance tests and co-ordinates the execution of these plans;
  • Apply available standards, methods and tools in an intelligent and effective way, and produce a consistently high standard of documentation of both a technical and a descriptive nature;
  • Successfully accelerate development by helping develop teams help themselves;
  • Work with the development teams to automate testing wherever possible.

Core engineering - mid-level accountabilities (Career Level 4+)
  • Work with/as-part of the development teams to ensure sufficient testing is being performed appropriate to the cadence of the development cycle;
  • Ensure content and structure of all testing documents/artefacts is documented and maintained;
  • Identify improvements to the testing process and assists in their implementation;
  • Lead stakeholders in defining acceptance tests and takes responsibility for their proper execution.

Core Engineering - top-level accountabilities (Career Level 5+)
  • Develop organisational commitment to on-going test quality and improvement by ensuring that the quality test assurance process is robust and is based on the best industry practice;
  • Provide authoritative advice and guidance to colleagues on any aspect of test planning and execution;
  • Modify existing process improvement approaches and/or develop new approaches to achieving improvement.

Expert accountabilities (Career Level 6+)
  • Provide specialist guidance on the interpretation of relevant national and international standards (e.g. ISO 9001) with respect to the quality system;
  • Be recognised as an expert and point of contact for test management across the organisation;
  • Define and lead the future direction of test management within the company;
  • Contribute to the wider test management community and/or practices both internally and externally to the company;
  • Report on the effectiveness of testing for the whole organization and identify any deficiencies or improvements to the testing process;
  • Give direction and leadership to other testers and determines improvements to the role of testing within the organization;
  • Operate as a specialist and consultant on all aspects of software testing and gives advice to both client/user and management to determine the most appropriate testing strategies for complex projects or programmes of projects within the constraints and operational requirements of the organisation.

Delivery/lifecycle management accountabilities
  • Ensure the timely delivery of testing milestones;
  • Keep track of the new requirements/change in requirements of the Project;
  • Escalate issues regarding project requirements (software, hardware, resources) to senior stakeholders;
  • Organise relevant test meetings and appropriate status report (Daily, Weekly etc.) to senior stakeholders as required;
  • Take responsibility for the management of the testing activities within a project;
  • Take responsibility for the production and approval of testing deliverables and achievement of testing milestones during a project.

Team leadership Accountabilities
  • Build a team of professionals with appropriate skills, attitudes and motivation;
  • Manage the team;
  • Motivate the team;
  • Review the performance of team members;
  • Identify any training needs of team members;
  • Nurture and guide the technical ability of the team members;
  • Provide input into the performance reviews of any team member;
  • Provide career guidance to the team members.
Company information

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