Test Lead - Manual & Automation - Insurance - Policy & Claims

4th August 2018
Permanent Stevenage
£40,000 - £44,000 + bonus + benefits
This vacancy is now closed


Our Insurance client is looking to recruit a Test Lead on a permanent basis to join their team in Stevenage. The successful candidate will be managing the existing test team as well as working on multiple projects, the main one being a system replacement for both Policy & Claims.

The purpose of the role is to plan, monitor and control all the testing activities and tasks, including the day-to-day management of the existing Test Team. The Post Holder will also be responsible for producing regular status and test reports.

This role is ideal for a hands on Test Manager or an experienced Tester with some experience of leading a team.



  • Annual bonus
  • Generous employer pension contribution
  • Free parking
  • 25 days holiday entitlement increasing +1 each year (max 30 days)
  • 9-5 working hours
  • Smart casual dress code



  • To maintain and expand the existing Information Systems Test Strategy including the drive to more automated testing.
  • To deliver initial estimates of the testing effort needed for new developments and functional enhancements.
  • To deliver Test Strategies and Test Plans for all new developments and functional enhancements, plus risk assessments and the associated mitigation plans and contingency actions.
  • To plan, monitor and control all the testing work, including User Acceptance Testing undertaken by subject matter experts situated within the business.
  • To review change requests, assessing the impact on test plans and schedules.
  • To report on the status and progress of all testing activities for new developments and functional enhancements.
  • To be responsible for creating and maintaining the necessary test environments.
  • To ensure proper configuration management of all the test documentation produced.
  • To produce Test Reports and actively participate in “Go / No Go” meetings.
  • To lead the recruitment of additional testers as and when needed.
  • To provide leadership and guidance to the test team on best practice, plus develop and agree realistic training and development plans.



  • Qualification in ISTQB or ISEB
  • Experience working on Policy & Claims system replacement projects
  • 2-3 years practical experience leading and developing test teams
  • Proven track record of recommending and implementing improvements for both software development and test life cycles.
  • Practical experience of implementing test automation tools.
  • Demonstrable experience of testing web based applications together with a working knowledge of web based technologies.
  • Demonstrable database expertise sufficient to create reasonably complex SQL queries.
  • Previous programming experience would be a bonus



  • Knowledge of automation tools
  • Knowledge of UK household insurance products.
  • Knowledge of General Insurance business applications such as TIA.
  • Use of project management tools such as Jira.
  • Awareness of testing tools such as Axe from Odin and/or Selenium