Test Lead

Birmingham (Wythall)

£38,000 - £47,000 + 10% bonus

Closing date: 26 July 18

Reference: 3151

Working pattern: Fixed Term

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12 month fixed term contract
Package includes a 10% bonus + excellent pension scheme and more
"If you are a great stakeholder manager/testing specialist….this may be the right role for you!"

The role:

Do you have experience of testing systems and business processes in a business facing role? We are the UK’s largest Closed Life and Pension Fund Consolidator and one of ‘Britain’s Top Employers 2018’ and we are looking for a Test Lead to join our Testing Team. This team is the post-build testing function, taking new system developments through to business and governance approval, so that they achieve authorisation for use within a production capacity. The function provides testing services to scheduled releases and projects, with the scope being the testing of all Finance owned systems (and testing oversight of changes which feed these systems, including Outsourced Service Providers and third party developments). This is an interesting opportunity which offers you the variety and potential to fulfil your testing expertise in role by interacting and working closely with the wider business at Phoenix. As the Test Lead you will set up and be the guardian of test standards. You will manage the delivery of the Test Strategy for each implementation, liaising with the project teams, coordinating defects and fixes as well as managing post implementation.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with a wide range of business representatives and stakeholders from around the organisation. This includes actuaries, accountants, design and build teams and project managers. (but don’t worry, you don’t need to have the skillset these SME’s do, but simply be able to communicate with them effectively)

  • Delivering the testing of a project or scheduled releases in accordance with the Test Strategy and ensure overall delivery of the deliverables in line with the agreed Schedule.

  • Owning the Test Schedule and drive forward the delivery of testing in close co-operation with Testers (including business testers).

What we’re looking for:

A talented professional with the blended balance of both testing best practice and excellent stakeholder management skills. You will have the confidence to drive the communication and relationship with them in order to achieve your testing objectives. In addition, you will need:

  • Excellent written, oral, presentation and facilitation skills.

  • A proven track record in testing accounting systems and regulatory change

  • Experience of testing actuarial systems and regulatory change desirable

  • Broad experience of producing test strategies, test scripts and leading the testing effort – including test analysts and project team.

  • Excellent test planning and co-ordination skills

  • Delivery focused with awareness to the wider business

  • Multi-discipline experience from large complex organisations.

  • ISEB / ISTQB Foundation Software Testing qualification

  • Track record of being able to challenge positivelSolid approach and understanding to the delivery and tracking of project benefits.

  • Use of test management tools for Test Scripting, Test Execution, Reporting and Defect Management (Service Now preferred).

  • Agile experience desirable

About us:

We value our employees highly and have been Britain's Top Employer for the last 5 consecutive years and are a member of the FTSE 250 index. We put people first in everything we do and are always looking for new professionals to join our talented team. Our funds are closed, enabling us to focus on areas that other businesses can't. This means that, among the many benefits of working at Phoenix (such as free lunches at our onsite restaurant, nature trail walk, putting green, free car parking, subsidised onsite sport facilities including gym, football & cricket pitches, tennis courts, excellent rewards schemes….we could go on!), our staff can enjoy exposure to a diverse workload not found elsewhere. We're proud of what we do, and we've recently gained recognition for our distinctive business model. We offer excellent training opportunities, career development and company culture.

Flexible working

Flexible working at Phoenix is: "A lifestyle that fuses your personal and professional life." We believe in a culture of flexibility, depending on the role we may be able to offer working arrangements that suit your needs. In today's world of work/life challenges we recognise getting this right is important to our employees and the success of our business.

Examples of this may include but are not exclusive to the following:

  • Part-time: You would work less than full-time hours for the business, perhaps by working fewer days or hours per week.
  • Flexible hours: Still working your contracted hours, you would have flexibility to start and finish within agreed core working times.
  • Job share: Where the role allows you would voluntarily share the duties of one full-time position with another colleague, splitting the hours on a pro-rata basis.
  • Home working: You would undertake some, or all, of your working duties from home or anywhere else other than the standard allocated place of work (including other Phoenix locations).


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Birmingham (Wythall) office

1 Wythall Green Way
B47 6WG
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What we offer

At Phoenix, we’ve built a hugely successful, well respected and rapidly developing business by putting our people first. Because we believe attracting, developing, motivating and inspiring exceptional people benefits our customers, our shareholders and ultimately, our performance.

So, join us and you can look forward to challenging and rewarding work, alongside highly skilled, expert colleagues. And, whether you’re based at Wythall near Birmingham, or our London office near St Paul’s Cathedral, or Basingstoke, you can expect excellent career development opportunities, outstanding rewards and benefits, and an unrivalled working environment.

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"The fact we have access to the Senior Management team and are listened to, and have our views taken into account is a massive plus for me."

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“The working environment at Wythall is outstanding! Excellent restaurant for lunches followed by a walk to the onsite gym, tennis courts, football pitches or exercise classes.”

“The team are some of the hardest working people I have met.”

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"My role was very demanding and diverse."