As a Lead Tester you will support both SIT / Regression team activity and in-sprint test activity to the agreed standard, working under the guidance of the Head of Testing to achieve test team goals. Share experience in test methods, tools and techniques to enable the teams continued successful input to complex delivery programmes. You will contribute to the creation of re-usable test assets that both demonstrate the current state of the products under test and can be used to ascertain the status of future versions of the products under test.You will promote the test function and to maintain a positive representation of company decisions and mentor more junior team members and to help build a technically diverse team.Will gain an in-depth understanding of Hermes parcel life-cycle (physical and logical) as well as the Hermes architecture and product suite.This role will include direct line management duties and the you will be expected to have a proven history of people administration and management experience to a level that they can provide cover for the Head of Testing should the need / opportunity arise.This role will include:People management including recruitment, team development and disciplinaryInvolvement with senior management teamsPositive representation of Company decisionsCross-project planning and prioritisationRisk analysis and decision making'Control' of work into the teamEffective delegation of tasksControlled Trust over assumed trustIn-depth knowledge of Hermes architecture and product suiteTaking ownership / taking responsibility for the test functionActing as 'gatekeeper' to protect the team from unnecessary distractionSharing knowledge appropriatelyDiscretion with sensitive informationClear understanding of company structure, direction and goalsbuilding a team with succession planning in mindRelationship building3rd party interaction and controlTest tool analysis and selectionBudget management (with limits of authority)Ability to stand-in for the Head of TestingKey Accountabilities:Being the people manager for their functionContribute to design decisions – acting as the point of authority for their development squad to drive process and best practiceTo take decisions / guidance from the Principle and ensure compliance with process across the squad(s)Ensuring all design decisions align with the architectures team vision and product roadmapsAssisting in defining the teams technical solutions; enabling the teams to achieve their strategic goalsAdvising on product road maps and migrations plans enabling the wider team to achieve its strategic goalsLiaison with Product architects, product owners, ADM’s and function Principles to explore, suggest and agree appropriate technical solutions toachieve the required product featuresProviding technical advice to team members, supporting them in their delivery of project requirements and professional developmentProviding personal feedback to team members, supporting them in their personal growth and professional developmentCarry out all individual team progress reviews including 1-2-1', objective setting & review, probation reviews, etcAssist with recruitment into the squad with a clear succession planDriving continuous improvement action plans to improve the performance of their function and reduce operational expenditureDriving quality improvement plans by identifying the source of defects in their function and planning for resolutionPromoting the work of their function with the organisation and advocating a product perspective with the wider Hermes organisationTo design and develop scalable, high performance, highly available systems and platforms using proven technologies and frameworks in line withIT RoadmapTo foster an environment of continual learning and improvement within the IT communityEstablishing best practice for their function and promoting adherence within the IT communityTechnical skills and knowledge requirements:Minimum 4 years test experience in similar complexity test rolesISTQB or ISEB certifiedFrequent interaction with:FTPXML StructuresAPI callsProblem solving with specific examples supported by a clear description of starting position vs implemented resolutionHands-on JIRA experience for transitioning user stories to completionAbility to follow pre-authored regression scripts and to report accurately on the outcomes of these testsSome experience of basic database interrogationReasonable experience in MS ExcelAdditional requirements for automation specific roles:Minimum 5 years hands-on automation experience using programmatic automation (rather than pure record and playback).Definition of:Automation frameworksTest environment architecture (including scale-up . scale-down of Cloud infrastructure)Automation testing standardsFrequent use of:JavaSerenityRabbit MQOracleAWSSelenium Web DriverTranslation of gherkin into CucumberDevice emulation methods (iOS, Android, etc)Understanding of:S3 BucketsJ-MeterCassandraIf you are ready to develop your career in an empowering, growing yet supportive business then why not join us? 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