Lead Test Engineer

Kainos Published: September 28, 2017
London, Belfast, United Kingdom
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Lead Test Engineer is a technical leader and innovator in test, working in Agile team(s) to deliver high quality solutions for our clients from public/government sector within Digital Services.

For more information about the project, please visit our website: https://www.kainos.com/our-work/digital-services/

Lead Test Engineer will direct multi-skilled agile team(s) to deliver working application software that meets user needs and is of sufficient quality for promotion to users by:

  • Being an authority figure for all aspects of testing on a project, including automated and manual functional and non-functional software testing;
  • Providing a substantial contribution into or the ownership of a context-driven test strategy for the project;
  • Co-ordinating test planning, preparation, design and execution tasks;
  • Taking responsibility for the design and development of the test framework of the test automation infrastructure, architecture and framework for the team;
  • Taking responsibility for test coverage within the team by introducing appropriate test tools/technologies to support various test activities that are required on the project;
  • Working closely with developers to ensure all testing layers have adequate coverage, including unit and integration;
  • Working to maintain tests and ensure regression testing is performed to avoid regression issues;
  • Working to design and implement functional and non-functional tests that will ensure there is coverage of both expected and unexpected behaviour (these can be both automated or manual tests);
  • Devising mechanisms for collecting test metrics that can be used to provide accurate, meaningful, reporting;
  • Coaching and mentoring all team members on good test practice;
  • Working directly with customer to instill confidence in the test approach that is being followed on the project;
  • Accurately assessing the risk of development changes and reflecting this in test activities accordingly;
  • Creating, triaging and re-testing defects - working to reduce future defects by providing analysis of the causes of defects;
  • Demonstrating and advising customers on the acceptance of features;
  • Promoting innovation through leadership in new initiatives within your team(s) chapter and the wider business unit;
  • Have a focus on speedy and accurate product delivery;
  • Ensuring they and their team are testing to any defined testing standards including any performance and security testing guidelines;
  • Clearly communicating and reporting on all test related matters to various stakeholders on the project (both technical and non-technical);
  • Promoting knowledge sharing activities and motivating others to participate in the sharing of information;
  • Able to adapt and react to the changing needs of a project and delivery demands, as well as pre-emptively implement change to improve delivery.

Essential experience:

  • Operating within a Test Lead role (or similar) on a medium-large sized project;
  • Has led and mentored others in testing and testing activities in an agile environment;
  • Advising Test Managers and Architects on technologies and testing practices;
  • Creating and maintaining tests and test approaches within fast-moving Agile delivery.


  • Able to lead the testing on one or more projects and provide direction to teams, regardless of the delivery methodology being used (e.g., agile, waterfall, v-model);
  • Great communicator (has an open attitude to sharing information; able to advise customers of the test impact of user stories; communicate clearly about design of tests and the effort to implement the tests; mentored other testers);
  • Comfortable and effective when communicating directly with team members, clients and other suppliers;
  • Has been viewed and consulted as an authority figure for software testing;
  • Able to own and direct all aspects of testing on a project and take responsibility for the approach on each (including manual, automated, functional and non-functional testing);
  • Strong test automation skills using open source technologies/frameworks like Selenium, Cucumber, Protractor and FitNesse;
  • Proven experience devising efficient automation strategies for functional and non-functional testing;
  • Practical knowledge of at least two object-oriented programming languages (including Java);
  • Experience working in Continuous Integration environment and configuring tools for testing such as Jenkins and/or TeamCity;
  • Experience with version control systems such as Git/SVN;
  • Knowledge of project management systems such as JIRA and Mingle;
  • Able to work unsupervised;
  • Able to switch context between different areas of the project or, when necessary, between different projects;
  • Able to prioritise their own time and activities.

The following are desirable skills:

  • Experience with performance testing and tools such as JMeter;
  • Experience with security testing;
  • Experience with accessibility testing;
  • Has participated in testing communities;
  • Has contributed to open source projects;
  • An interest in new and emerging technologies.

Here's just a taster of what you can expect from Kainos:

  • Core hours (starting work between 8 and 10 AM);
  • 7,5 hours working day;
  • Skills for me scheme (additional budget to spend on personal learning and development activities outside work);
  • Online training portal access;
  • Career Coach taking care of your career progress in Kainos;
  • Private medical insurance;
  • Group personal pension plan;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Integration and family parties: Team Nights Out, Christmas Party, Summer BBQ, Pay Day Drinks;
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave;
  • Childcare vouchers scheme;
  • 3000 Pounds for refer-a-friend scheme.
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