Digital Test Lead

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Work type: Permanent - Full Time
Location: Berkshire, M4 corridor
Categories: Business Development, Other, Managerial, Digital, Business Analysis, Continuous Improvement, Reporting and Analytics, Data Analytics, Data and Analytics

Digital Test Lead (512634)

Retail – Digital Studio

Forbury Place, Reading

Salary: £38,265 - £50,539 depending on experience


We pride ourselves on providing the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. We're involved in producing, distributing and supplying electricity and gas as well as providing other energy-related services. The core location for this role is our newly developed offices at No. 1 Forbury Place, conveniently located in Reading town centre. This new location offers flexibility in the way we work, and with this in mind, this role can be carried out by splitting time between the office and either your home or another SSE location.


Digital Studio Team


We are responsible for delivering continuous improvements and new capabilities to our web and app channels. Over the last year the Digital team have moved to an agile approach which has successfully delivered major projects such as Responsive Services and Online Smart Appointments on time and budget, while greatly reducing both risks and costs. We are now expanding our team and looking forward to delivering challenging new projects with continued success but we need to diversify our team, skill sets and generate new ideas.


Main Purpose of Job


With your positive can-do attitude and a little bit of curiosity, you will be working collaboratively and iteratively within your agile team(s); to seek out continual improvement in our ability to test our great software, primarily via automation but also some exploratory techniques.  Most of all we want you to share your opinions, hear what you have to say and make a real difference.   Have a little fun along the way and make it infectious.


Key Accountabilities  

  • Running a small but perfectly formed team of test engineers; you will appreciate that there are varying levels of skills and experience within the team and strive to get the best possible outcomes in order to maximise quality.
  • You will guide and mentor your team, but also willing to learn from them as well. 
  • Take ownership of all facets of testing, working closely with your Digital Engine colleagues to create great software outcomes for our customers.
  • Know your stuff and always seek out new ways of working.   You get a real kick out of sharing your knowledge and likewise receptive to learning from others.
  • You will appreciate test needs for each software iteration using ‘blink’ estimation techniques, amongst others, working with the wider delivery team.
  • You will ensure environments and data needs are provisioned as and when required.
  • You will take charge of reporting and resolve the defects.
  • Provide ‘in the moment’ feedback on any matters relating to testing activity.
  •  Embracing and actively promoting company values and initiatives in a leading role.
  • Represent Digital in various forums such as regular team briefings, brown bag sessions or an impromptu demo to stakeholders.

 Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  •  Proven experience of working as a Test Lead, in a fast paced agile delivery team for at least 3 years
  •  Have demonstrable knowledge of the latest testing techniques, as well as more traditional approaches
  • Able to self-organise and be assertive on your team plans and activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to review and critique current ways of working and generate innovative solutions to problems
  •  Not afraid to get stuck in with the team and be highly skilled in your technical understanding of the testing/development landscape
  • SDLC, CD, CI, BDD, TDD are just many of the acronyms that are second nature to you
  • Knowledge and experience of working with SQL (DB2, SQL server) 

Assessment process


As part of our selection process there will be a practical element involving automation in the language of C# or Java. It is vital for the Test Lead to be proficient in this as they will be involved in automation programming and providing related leadership and coaching on this to the wider team.


For us it's not just about being good at what you do - it's about enjoying what you do, too. So we'll encourage and empower you to be imaginative, share your great ideas, and do work you can be proud of. In return for being your best for our customers and colleagues alike, you'll also enjoy a variety of benefits and development opportunities. On top of a competitive salary, you'll enjoy generous holiday entitlement, a Group Pension Plan, share options and discounts on energy bills, phone and broadband.


I'm interested…. Where do I apply?


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We look forward to hearing from you.


Closing date for applications is: 27th September 2017


This vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. As a courtesy, internal candidates should please notify their line manager prior to submitting their application. Successful candidates will be subject to the company's verification and vetting process which includes a basic criminal record check.



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