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Test Lead Specialist

Job Location: Location Negotiable

Job Number: 00476733


- Job description

Job Title: Test Lead/Specialist
Key features of the role
Successful applicants will be assigned to project roles, across a wide variety of industry sectors, including financial services, high-technology and communications, utilities, government and retail. The role will involve spending a large proportion of time at client sites so flexibility with work location is essential.
What's in it for you?
As a test lead, you'll be working with the dynamic project groups, the latest tools and software and will have the opportunity to deepen existing test experience on the job. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.
What we're looking for
Test leads who can manage a test team to deliver quality outputs in defined timescales. Following either agile or waterfall principles, you will successfully collaborate with multiple stakeholders and colleagues across multiple specialisms which could include; end users, key client representatives, business analysts, designers, developers, operations teams and more.
Specific activities can range from preparing and executing tests to defining strategies, implementing process improvements and coaching others.
Successful applicants will be responsible for helping clients realise the business value they desire, performing all aspects of testing to ensure applications meet business and user needs and are delivered to impeccable standards.
Experience Required:
Test Planning and Preparation
  • Undertake test planning activities for either Agile or Waterfall deliveries
  • Plan own workload and scope/requirements
  • Analyse functional and technical specifications and user stories to derive test cases and scenarios
  • Participate in document and peer reviews
  • Agree test scope and scenarios with key stakeholder and/or clients
  • Demonstrates knowledge and practical experience of test tools and industry standard best practice
  • Identify issues and risks relating to workload, escalate these appropriately and provide suggested mitigating actions
  • Prepare input test data and expected results
  • Review own test conditions, test scripts / user stories, input test data, and expected results for all test phases
  • Effectively prepare regression, ad hoc and re-tests as required
  • Develop test automation frameworks and test models
Test Execution
  • Execute tests thoroughly to ensure software quality including running automated tests
  • Identify faults/defects
  • For Agile deliveries, contribute to daily scrums, sprint reviews and retrospectives
  • Complete demonstrations to the client on the completed features of the system
  • Record problems and issues in accordance with the project's problem and issue management plans
  • Actively contribute to process improvement initiatives and enhancements to current procedures including recommending quality improvements
  • Test closure reports and gaining sign off from key stakeholders
  • Keep the team and relevant stakeholders informed of progress and any challenges
What skills and experience are we looking for?
We need people who want to help our clients’ business succeed and grow and who have a commitment to quality and strive to improve efficiency and deliver ever more effectively.
Specialists and Team Leads will, in additional to their core responsibilities, take responsibility for the technology solution, exhibiting deep technical skills or significant team lead experience. It will be the responsibility of the Test Lead to effectively deploy, execute, and deliver testing requirements as well as developing, supporting and
driving the activities of team members.
We are most interested in individuals with prior Test Management experience with the following skills:
Technical Skills
  • Test automation skills and knowledge of automated test tools for online applications e.g. Selenium (ideally including basic knowledge of Java and Cucumber)
  • Experience of Web,Client/Server and or Unix/Linux execution
  • Solid understanding of software architecture technologies (e.g. HTML, VB, .NET, XML, Java, Web Services, SOA, SOAP, Unix/Linux knowledge)
  • Experience of batch scripting/testing
  • Experience of SQL
  • Knowledge of performance test tools such as LoadRunner, JMeter, Gatling
Professional Requirements
  • Min 2 years test lead/management experience
  • Good knowledge and understanding of QA processes and the Testing industry
  • Good understanding of testing concepts and how testing fits in with the overall project life cycle
  • Fundamental knowledge of testing methodology (V Model, Waterfall, Agile etc.) and testing trends
  • Awareness/experience of Agile principles/practices
  • Knowledge of the software development lifecycle, testing and quality processes
  • Proven ability to deliver high standard deliverables and documentation
  • Ability to review project deliverables for completeness, quality, and compliance with established standards
  • Proven ability to challenge conventional thought and offer unique perspectives and ideas
  • Proven ability to deliver high profile activities to tight timescales
  • Proven success in both fostering and contributing to a team-oriented environment
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects, with exceptional organizational skills to coordinate cross-functional projects
  • Excellent leadership, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Strong relationship management
  • Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent
  • ISTQB certification or equivalent
  • At least one large project as test lead / /manager
  • Project management certification  
Please also note that Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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