Test Lead

USS

Test Lead

Business Area: Group Transformation

Place of Work: Liverpool

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
 
Our mission
To be the pension service of choice for the higher education sector for the long-term
 
The role
As a Test Lead working in the Business Analysis & Test team, you will take a leading role in defining high-quality test approaches and plans, in addition to designing and executing tests in support of USS’ large and complex project and small change portfolios. In your capacity as Test Lead you will develop key relationships with business and technical colleagues, senior and executive stakeholders across the organisation. This will require diligent and robust co-ordination of multiple third party suppliers who provide different elements of architecture, requiring full integration testing. You will also take leadership responsibility for programme/project Test Analyst resource.

This role also requires that you develop knowledge of USS’ business, products and services and industry best practice in testing. You will also take ownership of the key responsibilities listed below, whilst recognising that the role requires personal flexibility and adaptability to support the business in the delivery of change.

Key responsibilities
Take a leading role in the robust planning, design and execution of testing aligned to the agreed testing strategy, including:
- Producing high-quality test plans developed in collaboration with and approved by project stakeholders.
- Planning and designing the required tests, ensuring the correct test approach is selected including test objectives, levels of testing, number of cycles and defect management planning.
Establishing risk-based approaches to testing, where appropriate, and agreeing with project stakeholders.
Preparation and execution of designed tests including key deliverables to agreed standards (e.g. test scenarios and test scripts) and scheduling all testing activity.
Developing and agreeing suitable metrics for measuring testing progress and evaluating the quality of the testing delivered and the product.
Adapting the plan, based on test results and progress, and taking the necessary action to overcome any obstacles or delays.
Producing test reports, using the agreed metrics, to keep project stakeholders informed of testing progress, including summary reports at project closure.

Proactive collaboration with Digital Architect, Business Analysts, third-party suppliers (e.g. web design agencies) and the wider programme and project teams to ensure that business requirements and solution designs are fully understood as part of the preparation of high-quality testing deliverables, including:
Ensuring that The Test Team is fully engaged at the appropriate stages in the change and testing life-cycles to review, assess and understand business requirements as part of test preparation.
Reviewing and assessing solution designs for testability and incorporating into test specification deliverables.
Ensuring end-to-end traceability of business requirements through to test execution, proving test coverage and providing stakeholder assurance.

Lead the design of tests and preparation of tests using appropriate testing tools, for automation and management, and implement test environments that are aligned to USS’ target operating model for change delivery, including:
Designing and agreeing the phases of testing e.g. Integration Testing, User Acceptance Testing [UAT], Regression Testing, necessary to support the delivery of quality assured software through external third party suppliers or internal providers for multiple platforms including Digital delivery of customer facing web applications.
Use appropriate testing tools to design and execute tests that are automated where possible and provide repeatability across test cycles, particularly in respect of regression testing;
Ensuring that the necessary test environments are in place from both external third party suppliers and internal providers, to support all testing activity, including mechanisms to refresh data.
Diligent and robust co-ordination of multiple third party suppliers e.g. web design agencies and platform providers, to assure full integration testing on an end to end stack. This includes ensuring processes are in place for acceptance criteria and defect management across suppliers.

Establish collaborative working relationships across the organisation and with external partners to contribute the testing perspective to change initiatives and ensure its impacts and value are understood.

Support the continuous improvement of USS’ testing capability by ensuring that industry best practice in testing rigorously applied.

Actively managing own workload, whilst also supporting the team’s workload management by providing estimates for deliverables that enable capacity and project planning.

Provide support and mentoring in testing best practice, technical skills and product knowledge, to less experienced members of the team when required.

Your experience
Essential 
Exceptional test planning, design and analysis skills;
Able to demonstrate experience of the full testing life-cycle from business requirements to test execution through various test phases including risk-based testing approaches;
Digital deliveries including end-to-end integration testing through a full stack from web front-end applications through to back end platforms;
Testing API components for Digital delivery including e2e integration and interface protocol testing;
Excellent communication skills: able to present complex scenarios with clarity to key stakeholders at all levels;
Stakeholder management up to executive level;
Desirable
Industry recognised qualification in testing e.g. ITSQB;
Mentoring less experienced Test Analysts within the team;
Pensions administration system and/or investment platform knowledge;
Automated test design and execution using industry best practice and testing tools e.g. Selenium and FitNesse for repeatability and regression;
Experience of Azure DevOps;

USSL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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