Automation Test Leader – Great career prospects and benefits. Leeds FS client. REF563

September 11, 2017
Leeds, United Kingdom
Job Type
40,000 to 50,000 + 10% bonus and 3% flexi


Automation Test Lead



Leeds, West Yorkshire

Salary From: £40000

Salary To: £50000 +

Salary Text: + 3% flexible benefits + on target bonus of 10% + contributory pension

Job Type:Full Time

Department: Information Technology

The clients personal approach is why they’ve been awarded an Exceptional 3 star rating by Investor in Customer for the last two years and why they’re one of the UK’s leading financial services organisations.

They’re now looking for an Automation Test Lead to join their growing team. This is a great role to provide technical expertise in test automation and to manage a small team of System Test Engineers.

The successful individual will provide industry leading skills in testing solutions; defining future test strategies, tools and processes, and overseeing the quality and consistency of testing activities including writing test plans, tests scripts, managing defects, and executing tests and leading the transition from manual testing processes to test automation.

You’ll be responsible for:

o Defining, creating and managing the automation frameworks for the core applications

o Working closely with other development and test leaders, the role has full accountability of test activities across the team

o Managing the design and implementation of automation frameworks

o Writing automated tests, scripts and feature files

o Driving Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)

o Managing the testing team. Responsibilities include (but not limited to) resource planning, workload allocation, regular appraisals, mentoring and performance reviews.

o Overseeing a range of test types including but not limited to System Integration Testing, Operational Acceptance Testing, Security Testing, and UAT.

o Owning automation test processes – tools, strategies, processes and governance.

o Ensuring testing standards and conventions are adhered to throughout the SDLC.

o Validating all releases before submission to Change Advisory Board to ensure coverage, consistency and completeness of documentation and evidence.

o Managing all testing activities, strategic projects, and small changes allocating resource as required.

o Managing resources to reduce key person dependencies and single points of failure.

o Working with the Application Test & Product Manager to help deliver key testing initiatives.

You’ll need to evidence the following qualifications, skills and experience:


o Extensive technical testing experience
o Proven experience in test automation
o Experience of managing a small testing function
o Experience in using Selenium WebDriver & IDE
o Knowledge of Microsoft Test Manager (2013 & beyond) & TFS 2013
o Understanding of Continuous Integration tools (e.g. TeamCity)
o Experience of testing a range of systems – ETL, Applications, Batch processes,
o Proven history of implementing automation frameworks and automation test strategies
o Knowledge of software design principles and architecture
o Experience defining, building and maintaining test harnesses
o Experience of working within a structured IT delivery team
o Excellent interpersonal communication skills


o Working knowledge of.NET languages & T-SQL
o Experience in testing systems/applications in SQL, SSIS,.NET
o Experience in testing web based applications
o Experience of using SOAPUI and Visual Studio for automation purposes
o Financial services experience
o Experience in using SpecFlow - desirable
o Automated API testing experience - desirable
o ISTQB Advanced Certificate in Test Management (desirable)
o Relevant Test Automation certification (desirable)
o Degree level qualification (desirable)
Plus, we’re looking for someone who can demonstrate the following:
o Excellent people management skills
o Task orientated
o Strong communicator
o Strong analytical skills
o Prioritisation of personal workload to meet business needs
The Benefits:
o Competitive salary with annual bonus
o Contributory pension
o 3% flexible benefits - including cycle to work, critical illness, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, travel insurance, dining club, retail discounts and the option to buy up to one week’s worth of holiday subject to start date
o Free shuttle bus from Leeds City Centre
o Subsidised on-site restaurant
o Free on-site gym
o Excellent coaching and training

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