Automation Test Lead

Business area: 

Quality Engineering



Job type: 


Start date: 

30 June 2022

3 Month Rolling

Security Clearance: 

Internal Background Check (DBS)

Job description

About us

Solirius Consulting delivers technical consultancy and application delivery to our clients in order to solve real world problems and allow our clients to respond to an ever-changing technical landscape. We partner closely with our clients, embedding our consultants into their businesses in order to provide a bespoke service, allowing us to truly understand our clients’ needs.

It is this close collaboration with our clients that has enabled us to grow rapidly in recent years and will drive our ambitious future growth plans. We currently have over 250 consultants working with a variety of key clients from both the public and private sectors such as the Ministry of Justice, Department for Education, FCDOS, UEFA, International Olympic Committee and Mercedes Benz; with plans to increase our client base further in the near future.

We operate as a flat organisation and believe in trusting and supporting our team to operate independently. We pride ourselves on being specialists at what we do, making the most of our consultants’ expertise in their fields in order to provide a best-in-class service to our clients. All our consultants have the opportunity to work on a range of different projects, providing a broad range of knowledge on which to develop their careers and progress in the direction they choose.

The role

We are looking for an experienced Automation Test Lead able to assist with leading a key project with one of our major government clients.

You will ideally have a strong understanding of automated testing, be able to apply this both in a hands-on approach coupled with experience in strong leadership with teams of test engineers at all levels.

Key Responsibilities:

You'll be required to support the overall test requirements with our client as well as to define and implement test strategies, review existing test strategies, and ascertain areas for improvement.

You will be a leader within the team, playing a key role in architecting the approach to Quality Engineering.

You'll have strong delivery management and leadership skills with a focus on helping our client to deliver high quality outcomes at pace.

As a QA Lead you'll be critical in providing technical leadership on improving the way things are done, providing advice and direction to team members and stakeholders.

You will work closely with senior delivery partners both from Solirius and our client and work with a variety of critical applications with large user bases. You will promote quality outcomes and values across our clients' projects.

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop highly effective working relationships with colleagues, IT suppliers and business stakeholders.

  • Develop the quality strategy across the business, evaluating what the current practices look like and identify areas for improvement.

  • Working closely with business stakeholders, understanding their needs and translating them into a QA approach.

  • Proven experience of defining and implementing test improvement strategies.

  • Experience in hiring, coaching, and mentoring high performing teams of SDET and Test engineers.

  • Deep Agile experience with CI/CD and shift left development practices

  • Solid testing background and experienced with Automation at a hands-on level

  • Experience with Delivery and Technologies ideally across the Government domain

  • Ability to manage multiple resources and allocate workload across varying teams and projects in parallel

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing objectives works well under pressure

  • Strong decision making and problem-solving skills.

  • Be an advocate of Quality Engineering, Continuous Improvement and industry recognised best practices

  • Project management experience and the ability to lead teams from pre day 1 strategies to project completion

To be considered for this role you will have:

  • Proven experience of strong stakeholder management in prominent high paced environments.

  • Previously held a similar role in another organisation.

  • Proven experience of improving processes, setting strategy, delivering improvements, maintaining a quality service, and driving change.

  • Proven experience of driving an automation and shift left strategy.

  • Knowledge of modern technologies and processes such as SecDevOps.

  • Strong proven experience in building and maintaining strong working relationships and leading collaboration with clients.

  • Outstanding communication skills both written and verbal. You will be required to work with stakeholders at all levels from a range of backgrounds so effective communication is vital.

Technical skills

  • Java focussed, with experience in other testing languages a bonus.

  • Can work with development teams to ascertain best practices for unit and other developer testing

  • Restful API - Good knowledge of HTTP, REST, microservices architecture, API Testing, OAuth2 protocol. Tools and techniques for API testing. (ie HTTP client, REST Assured etc.)

  • Testing Frameworks - Knowledge of Test Libraries for Acceptance and End To End Testing.

  • Build Automation Tools - Familiarity with open source build automation tools.

  • CI/CD Tools and Pipeline - Knowledge of at-least one build tool eg Jenkins CI.

Equality and diversity

Solirius Consulting is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to creating a work environment that supports, celebrates, encourages and respects all individuals and in which all processes are based on merit, competence and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality, age, disability, ethnicity, marital status or any other protected characteristics.


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