Service Care Solutions Ltd

Test Lead

Service Care Solutions are recruiting for a Test lead to work for a Counter Terror Police contract.

Please see below for more information or to apply please contact Lewis on 01772 208962.

The Portfolio Test Manager has responsibility for ensuring all IT capabilities delivered to CTP meet the quality expectations of the end-users; in terms of their function, appearance, usability, and performance, whilst also ensuring they are secure, accessible, reliable and resilient.

Location:Hybrid 1 day a week in SW6


12 month contract

Candidates must already be SC cleared in order to be put forward.

The Portfolio Test Manager role demands a certified IT professional with 10+ years' experience of managing the testing across large, complex, multi-million pound National IT delivery projects and programmes, as well as an awareness of the unique demands and specific challenges of working within the counter-terrorism (CT) or policing domain.
The Portfolio Test Manager must have knowledge and experience, both technical and business-oriented, of existing MPS SO, CTP, UKIC, and wider HMG systems is required.
Whilst requiring demonstrable expertise in test management, this role also demands a breadth of knowledge in allied disciplines e.g., project management, release management, performance testing, test automation, computer networking, security testing, and solution architecture.
The role-holder has responsibility for leading a large team comprising 15+ direct reports, ensuring it is suitably resourced at all times with the skills and capabilities needed to support delivery; experience of line management, recruitment, selection, and the professional development of staff is required.
They must be cognisant of the unique constraints presented by the counter-terrorism (CT) domain; this extends to the policies and rules governing the design, development, verification and validation of highly-secure National ICT solutions; ensuring the testing is always proportionate, is based on recognised industry standards and good practices, and is reflective of the organisation's core CT mission.
The role-holder is expected to hold professional BCS/ISTQB certifications in software testing, test management and also in programme and project management (i.e., PRINCE2, MSP and DSDM Agile), and IT Service Management (i.e., ITILv4); they must have a proven track record of successfully delivering the end-to-end testing lifecycle across both traditional delivery (e.g., Waterfall or V-Model) and Agile-based projects.
Though a senior management role with a strategic focus, they must be technically skilled and prepared, when required, to play an active, hands-on role with a good working knowledge of modern defect management (e.g., Jira, TestRail) and collaboration (e.g., SharePoint, Confluence) tools.

Qualifications Required:
Educated to Bachelor's degree level, preferably in Computing Science or Information Technology (or an equivalent subject of study).
Expert or Advanced Level Certification in Test Management awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., ISTQB or BCS).
Practitioner Level Certification in Project or Programme Management awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., AMPG or PMI).
Practitioner Level Certification in Agile Project Management (e.g., DSDM Agile or similar) awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., APMG).
ITIL v4 Foundation Level Certification in IT Service Management.

Desirable Qualifications:
Master's degree in Information or Cyber Security, preferably a NCSC-certified degree course.
Certification in Agile Testing or similar course, awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., ISTQB or BCS).
Certification in Security Testing awarded by a recognised examination board (e.g., ISTQB or BCS).

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