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Job Purpose

Responsible for designing, communicating and implementing test approaches in product development. Work closely with all members of the product development team. The Senior Tester will co-ordinate testing activities for a product and ensure the spread of good practice and knowledge.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Leading the definition and execution of the test approach for a product
  • Planning, estimating, reporting and directing test activities for a product
  • Collaborating and integrating with other product development team members to ensure the delivery of a product to specification
  • Creating manual and/or automated test cases to verify functional and non-functional requirements of a product in various stages of the development life cycle
  • Liaising with other product teams to ensure joined-up testing approaches for multi-team projects
  • Troubleshooting– finding critical bugs or verifying reported issues, identifying their underlying cause and seeing them through to resolution liaising with other teams where appropriate
  • Producing descriptive and concise reports that evidence the functionality of a product
  • Aligning with and supporting the test process to ensure its consistent application across multiple teams
    Communicating status information and issues to a variety of stakeholders, adapting appropriately depending on the audience
  • Supporting and leading change through experimenting and analysis to improve processes
  • Keeping up with developments in testing methodology by attending specialist interest groups and conferences, both externally and within the BBC
  • Contributing to the development of junior team members
  • Liaising with external suppliers
  • Play a leading role in the growth of a vibrant internal Test community
  • Engage with external organisations in order to exchange knowledge and raise the profile of the department in the wider tech community.

The Ideal Candidate – Knowledge, skills, training and experience:

  • Proven testing skills developed through experience
  • Ability to balance departmental strategy, audience experience, resources and technology constraints to regularly deliver value
  • Strong aptitude for learning new technologies and ways of working
  • Ability to create, adapt and execute effective test strategies
  • Ability to think creatively, problem solve, and innovate
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and comfortable communicating at all levels in the organisation
  • Work closely and communicating clearly within cross-functional teams
  • Ability to experiment, analyse and continually improve test practice
  • Ability to explain complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Working knowledge of product/defect/test case management systems
  • Good understanding of test automation and its value and application within agile delivery
  • Ability to coach and mentor junior team members
  • Ability to anticipate problems and tackle them with a pragmatic approach
  • An appreciation of good user experience and being prepared to be the users’ advocate

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