TEST LEAD

KBR, Inc
Frodsham
Remote
GBP 40,000 - 60,000
Job description

The Programme and Project Partners (PPP) model was mobilised in 2019 with the purpose of transforming major project delivery at the Sellafield nuclear site.

The partnership brings together KBR, Jacobs, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Altrad Babcock and Sellafield Ltd to deliver a 20-year pipeline of major infrastructure projects to support the decommissioning of Sellafield and to create a clean and safe environment for future generations.

In delivering its pipeline of large-scale infrastructure projects, PPP is creating opportunities for its people, supply chain, economy and communities.

KBR’s rapidly growing nuclear team of teams is working at the forefront of the UK’s nuclear space on some of the most exciting new-build, defence and decommissioning programmes.

KBR was recently named a “Great Place to Work-Certified” company in 2023, an honour that underscores the company’s commitment to being a UK employer of choice for people who want to do work that matters.

TEST LEAD JOB DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW:

The Test Lead plays a pivotal role in ensuring the quality and reliability of software products by leading the testing efforts throughout the Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC). This role involves coordinating with cross-functional teams, developing test strategies, designing test plans, executing test cases, and overseeing the entire testing process. The Senior Test Lead should possess strong leadership skills, excellent communication abilities, and a deep understanding of testing methodologies and best practices.

Job Title: Test Lead for Sellafield Deliver Capability (DELCAP) / Common Data Environment (CDE) / Digital Asset Management (DAM) / Sellafield Coordination Centre (SCC)

Reports to: Head of Test

Security Clearance Essential UK SC

Sellafield Clearance (Prerequisite - Required Prior to Project Start)

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS

Qualifications - Educational: Essential: Technical Honours Degree, or equivalent

Qualifications - Professional Essential: Incorporated Engineer or equivalent

Certification in Testing Methodology e.g. ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) and/or SCRUM Practitioner Certification CSTP (Certified Software Test Professional)

Desirable: Chartered Engineer or equivalent

Experience and Skills: Essential:

• Proven experience as a Test Analyst or similar role in software testing and working in a leadership role.

• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Exceptional leadership, communication, and interpersonal abilities.

• Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deliver results in a fast-paced environment.

• Peer Reviews on Test Artefacts/Deliverables – QA.

• Mentoring Testers.

• Thoroughness and attention to detail for identifying bugs and ensuring comprehensive test coverage.

• Strong understanding of software testing methodologies like V Model methodology, Agile, Hybrid, including manual and automated testing techniques like SCRUM, Kanban, DevOps.

• Hands-on and proficiency in manual and automated testing techniques, tools and frameworks (e.g. Azure DevOps, JIRA, HPALM, Selenium, Junit, Cucumber, CI/CD, SoapUI, POSTMAN).

• Hands-on experience with test automation frameworks and scripting languages (e.g., Java, Python).

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.

• Support the engagement-with and contribute to the work of cross-functional teams to ensure that customer and user needs are being met throughout the deliverable/scope of work.

• Understanding of relevant regulatory standards and compliance requirements e.g. GDPR for data privacy

• Presentation of complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences when engaging with colleagues, users/customers, suppliers and partners.

• Application of creative or innovative thinking and design practises in identifying solutions that will deliver value for the benefit of the customer/stakeholder.

• Be able to work with minimal levels of supervision.

• Sharing knowledge and experience in own specialism to help others.

• Demonstrates good organisational skills giving the ability to deliver to timeframes and estimates.

• Projects within the Civil Nuclear Sector.

• Communications and Information Systems (CIS) delivery projects.

Desirable: • Projects to capture, optimisation, leaning and deploy workflows for business process.

• Projects at or for Sellafield Ltd

• Experience of working with the Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, or similar.

• Support the facilitation of collaboration between stakeholders who share common objectives.

• Support the management of organisations, customers, suppliers, partners and peers.

Intelligent Business Process Management tools, such as PEGA, Power Automate or similar.

Technical projects including Complex data environments; systems integration; business process management; Information security; architectural frameworks.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Delivery Capability (DELCAP):

The role is part of the PPP Digital Testing As a Service (TAaS) Team. DelCap is the mechanism through which project management and delivery will be transformed to enforce optimised processes. Sellafield is seeking to both improve the quality of project delivery across the enterprise and reduce the overspend that has occurred in previous years due to time and physical clashes between projects and programmes on the site.

The role is part of the PPP Digital Testing As a Service (TAaS) Team who provide support to the Common Data Environment (CDE), a collection of circa 50 applications platformed on a hybrid public, private Microsoft Azure based cloud. The PPP Digital Operations Team is integrated into the wider Sellafield Enterprise Information Services Organisation sharing common processes, policies and tools.

Digital Asset Management (DAM):

The role is part of the PPP Digital Testing As a Service (TAaS) Team. Sellafield Ltd requires Assets to be Operated and Supported more efficiently and consistently, to reduce time and budgetary overspend free up time that can be used to deliver operations and site management to work safer, faster, and cheaper. Vision for PPP support to DAM is to assist Sellafield Ltd to improve and innovate the optimisation, automation and embedding of core processes and solutions, required to manage asset operation and support in line with Sellafield’s Values and Strategic Goals.

The role is part of the PPP Digital Testing As a Service (TAaS) Team. The SCC uses a new digital platform that brings together existing Strategic, Tactical and Operational data from across the enterprise. Delivering an informed view of all sites wide activities in real time. The SCC will enable us to proactively highlight future threats and opportunities for efficient decision making for the benefit of the enterprise. 

Due to the nature of our work and security requirements, KBR does not offer sponsorship. We can only consider applicants with the right to live and work in the United Kingdom

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and strive to build a workforce that truly reflects the communities we represent. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic.  If you decide to apply for an opportunity with us, your application will be assessed based purely on your experience, the essential and desirable criteria, and your suitability for the role. 

KBR — Delivering Solutions, Changing the World.

KBR brings together the best and brightest to deliver science, technology and engineering solutions that help governments and companies around the world accomplish their most critical missions and objectives.

In everything we do, we are guided by our ONE KBR Values:

We Value Our People – We create diverse, inclusive environments in which each person can feel safe, respected and valued, and where everyone has opportunities to grow and reach their full potential.

We Deliver – We are uncompromising in our commitment to deliver innovative, high-quality, technology-led solutions for our customers and exceptional, sustainable value for all our stakeholders.

We Are People of Integrity – We value honesty, trust, courage, fairness, prudence and tenacity. We believe doing what’s right for the planet, the communities where we work, and our people is good for business.

We Empower – We empower our people with a shared purpose, the right tools and the supportive culture they need to be proactive decision-makers, to be adaptive to change, and to succeed.

We Are a Team of Teams – We have a will to succeed, but we value the achievements of our team of teams over individual accomplishments. Our collective focus makes us a better, stronger, more effective company.

We have also embedded environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles in every business operation and corporate function. Not only are we committed to operating safely, sustainably and equitably, but we are also committed to using our capabilities and expertise to help our customers accomplish their sustainability goals.

Worldwide, KBR employs a diverse workforce approximately 29,000 people strong, with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries.

At KBR, We Deliver.

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