Principal Test Architect

Ref No. BHN536830
Location London, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open

Introduction

A global leader in defence, aviation and biomedical research is looking for a permanent Principal Test Architect to join their proposal teams to provide technical leadership into all company bids and proposals.

Important

Test Architect, Test Strategy, Test Management, Bids, System Testing, Test Automation

The Job

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A global leader in defence, aviation and biomedical research is looking for a permanent Principal Test Architect to join their proposal teams to provide technical leadership into all company bids and proposals.

The Test Architect will be responsible for all test related responses to the bids and proposals, including project plans, estimates, outline test strategies, test automation strategies, and test tooling architecture as well as providing technical assurance during internal reviews that the proposals are deliverable. Applicants must have experience of Test Architecture or Management on various projects, including large scale Systems of Systems / Service Integration programmes (£500M+).

The successful candidate will be required to select appropriate test tools, methods and strategies in response to the bids and proposals, applying a rigorous and repeatable process to develop the required test response material. The successful candidate will also be responsible for maintaining a library of reusable material (documents, diagrams, templates, estimation models etc.) for use in subsequent proposals. To be successful in this role, we are looking for someone who can quickly assimilate large, complex sets of requirements and solutions, provide innovative approaches to integration and testing and work as part of proposal teams to meet tight submission deadlines.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will have a broad set of experience including a good understanding of various test methodologies and approaches, from Waterfall to Agile, including DevOps and automation. Using their experience in Test Architecture and/or Management to deliver successful projects and programmes, the successful candidate will create innovative, efficient and effective responses to test related sections in bids and proposals.

Specific duties may include:

    • Creating and presenting storyboards to outline the test response in the proposals
    • Creating outline Test Strategies, including specification of all standards, methods, processes and tools to be used
    • Creating project schedules for testing, including estimates and justification for those estimates (Basis of Estimates)
    • Reaching out to the wider test community for input, examples and references
    • Working with the wider test community to stay current with evolving processes, tools and methods
    • Maintaining a library of example proposal documents, templates, project references, estimating models etc. for reuse in later proposals

Key Skills & experience

    • Significant experience within large scale/systems of systems/portfolio systems integration programmes
    • Significant experience of test planning, management and execution, preferably in large scale, complex virtualised and cloud computing environments
    • Success in technical project management leadership, including test management
    • Extensive background and experience in system testing, including test automation
    • Significant experience in bids and proposals
    • Comprehensive understanding and demonstrable implementation experience of defining & execution of various test strategies and methodologies at the portfolio/systems integration level
    • Experience with agile development methodologies
    • Able to use understanding of customer needs and expectations to generate mutually beneficial solutions or alternatives
    • Can deliver clear messages through dialogue, written work and formal presentation
    • Demonstrates commitment to sharing ideas, technologies and best practices
    • Willingness to offer fresh, innovative ideas and/or unconventional approaches
    • Significant experience across a number of broad technology disciplines, including domains such as digital transformation, mission critical, application consolidation, infrastructure design & migration (including Cloud & Data Centre), software development, service integration, and data analytics.
    • Experience of coordinating with enterprise stakeholders to prioritize product backlogs for sprints and releases.
    • Experience of applying strong baseline, configuration and release management.

Desired Skills and Experience:

    • Knowledge of professional engineering practices and best practices for the full development life cycle
    • Experience across 2 or more of the Customer domains
    • Experience of transitioning from legacy systems to new capabilities
    • Knowledge of web services testing, performance testing, load testing (tools and good practices), resilience and DR testing (business continuity)
    • Experience of delivering into a Service Management organisation
    • Experience of using tools to support planning and tracking of timeboxed or agile approaches
    • Ability to provide clear technical leadership whilst working collaboratively with a wider solution and bid team
    • Strong problem-solving with the ability to work cross-functionally in a fast-paced and rapidly changing work environment
    • Strategic thinker, coupled with an output focused approach to getting the job done - particularly in a bid scenario.
    • Quick learner with an in-depth understanding of the capability
    • Strong knowledge of Service Management and its application to the delivery of successful services.
    • Scaled Agile Practitioner
    • Certified Scrum Master
    • Experience of applying & developing ITIL aspects including Service Management Roles & Processes.

 

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