Our client is recruiting for a Test & Environment Manager who will report directly to the Enterprise Architect you will be responsible for the managing the environments and any associated releases before they go live.
You will be responsible for setting up and running the organisation's Environment Management and associated Release Function, within the business and wider Change Programme.
This is a pivotal role within an organisation currently undergoing a large-scale IT Transformation programme.
You will oversee the integration and flow of development, testing and deployment of systems, and plan releases, including which fixtures and enhancements will feature in which release, working closely with Change & Project managers to coordinate release plans and deployments across the programme, this will include installing software release and tracking deployments, monitoring to ensure issues and bugs are caught early, and operating at the heart of the IT team to manage the environments.
You will be liaising frequently with QA, Production Support, Development, and Business users in order to help determine future environment capability and the requirements needed and in addition to this you will have the responsibility of ensuring the development proves is followed and that standards are enforced, as well as identifying areas of improvement.
Leading the strategic direction of the environment team, across multiple projects and programmes, in the disciplines of environment engineering
Driving and co-ordinating the deployment of software and hardware changes whilst ensuring the consistency and availability of environments to support the existing project portfolio
Cultivating strong, collaborative working relationships with the wider IT and business functions as well as 3rd parties, ensuring that deliverables are aligned to overriding requirements and expectations
Day to day management of the IT Environment team incorporating effective coaching, mentoring and development opportunities
On-going development and evolution of key metrics and reporting mechanisms in order to monitor progress and overall team performance
Ownership of core policies, processes and standards including the development and maintenance of appropriate controls in order to identify and mitigate internal issues and / or risks
Significant experience with Continuous Integration tools and industry best practices
Experience controlling testing environments and configuration management
Experience liaising with Development, QA, Production, and Business users
A tenacious can-do attitude and strong attention to detail
Ability to work autonomously and work in an undefined environment and be self-sufficient in delivery
Ability to interpret business requirements and relay to the technical streams for solutioning
Possess a wealth of experience in Environment Management, ideally leading through periods of large-scale transformation
Be a strong people manager, able to motivate up to, and including, Head of IT
Have proven stakeholder engagement and management capability, with demonstrable experience of gaining buy in from senior management teams and challenging, when necessary, in an appropriate and effective way
Have an excellent grasp of testing strategy and risk management / quality approaches, especially relating to the introduction of new modules, changes, fixes and upgrades
Have a wealth of experience in both automated and manual testing techniques and well as Functional and Non-Functional testing experience.
A working knowledge of Windows, SQL and Unix servers is also desirable.
Be fully up to date and proactive around ensuring working knowledge of latest testing methodologies, tools, standards and industry best practices
Strong negotiation and influencing skills,
Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
Sound business case development and approval skills
Team player who will work effectively and pro-actively with internal and external stakeholders with the ability integrate with all areas of the business
Proven working knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling programmes
Effective problem resolution
Proven coaching / mentoring skills
ITIL Foundation certification
Solid MS Dynamics 365 knowledge
Solid MS Azure knowledge
Agile testing patterns
SDLC experience within an Agile Environment