Saturday , April 13 2024

BBC Jobs – Test Team Lead

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About the job

Package Description:

Band: D

Contract type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Salford, Media City

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits– We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days(1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Job Introduction:

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Test Team Lead who is passionate about device testing, as well as developing people. They will lead our embedded testers in our BBC iPlayer Mobile teams, based in our Media City office in Salford. The ideal candidate would be someone who excels in people management and engagement, values communication, and collaborative approaches to find the right solution, is willing and excited to learn new skills, and share their knowledge with others. You will lead 4+ test engineers embedded within highly collaborative, multidiscipline engineering teams. We value our people, offering regular training and development opportunities, as well as ‘10% time’ – allowing dedicated time for self-improvement, learning and innovation.

Reporting to the Test Manager, and working with others in the Test Leadership group, you will be responsible for recruiting, managing, leading, setting direction and co-ordinating test across a group of product test teams or a programme of work. You will also be responsible for managing, coaching, and mentoring 4+ direct line reports by supporting and helping them to develop their strengths and invest in their talents

“The BBC iPlayer brand speaks for itself: one of the four pillars around which our digital portfolio is built. iPlayer is one of the biggest streaming destinations on the UK internet and vital to the BBC’s future. Our goal is to provide an exceptional online product experience across a wide variety of platforms: from big screens in the living room, through mobile apps, to the web”. BBC Mobile Applications Software Engineering is an integral part of delivering on our strategy, for a Digital-first BBC, which creates distinctive, world-class content and services.

We are self-organising and highly collaborative teams of engineers, testers, UX designers, technical architects, and product owners. We take the time to reflect and improve on how we’re working via team retrospectives and mentoring. We’re hard-working, supportive, care about each other, and promote a healthy work-life balance with opportunities for flexible working hours, in a friendly and inclusive working environment.

The iPlayer mobile teams navigate the fragmented yet massively popular iOS and Android ecosystems to deliver iPlayer on the widest possible range of devices. The teams are primarily frontend-focussed, leveraging native mobile languages (Kotlin and Swift) in their development practice to add or refine functionality on iOS and Android, and to shape their automation practice. They follow an agile methodology shipping incrementally and often. The team ensures the testing is robust, that the pipelines are steadfast and monitor their systems and products in production to understand the impact of change every time they release value to our audiences. An intuitive and engaging product experience is integral to the audience’s enjoyment of the rich content that we offer and the sense of value that they get from the BBC.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for the design and implementation of test approaches across a group of product test teams or programmes of work.
  • Recruit, lead, mentor, coach, develop and manage 4-8 test engineers embedded in multidiscipline teams.
  • Ensure close collaboration and sharing cross site with other iPlayer teams
  • Provide test expertise and support to stakeholders at all levels in communicating strategy, product fit and effectiveness
  • Own testing across complex, multi-team, distributed technology programmes.
  • Advocate and implement agile and lean development and testing principles, encourage continuous improvement, and ensure efficiency of the test process and practices.
  • Ensure troubleshooting and resolution of issues throughout the product life cycle is carried out.
  • Implementing test management and reporting frameworks across multiple teams.
  • Represent test and provide support when liaising with internal and external stakeholders, manage relationships and deliverables with external third parties, and direct the test processes of third-party engineering projects.
  • Define risk-based test scopes, from a combination of product knowledge, user reach analytics and technical variation between devices/platforms.
  • Ensure automated tests and tools are used appropriately and are effective.
  • Work with other test leaders in the broader organisation to share best practice and standards.
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and help introduce them where appropriate.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate – You may have experience of some, but not necessarily all, of the following:

  • Experience of leading software testing – designing and implementing test approaches for complex online products in a fast-changing environment with rapid release cycles.
  • Experience in people management, including recruiting, leading, mentoring, coaching, and career development
  • Experience of innovating in testing technology and processes.
  • Experience of Android and iOS devices testing
  • Knowledge and experience of automation testing frameworks that support (Objective-C, Swift, Java, or Kotlin)
  • Leadership and collaboration inside and beyond the team. The ability to influence diverse and senior stakeholders effectively.
  • Consulting and client management skills including a track record of good relationship management including motivation, collaboration and influencing or internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience leading large teams in high-pressure environments.
  • Expertise in agile software development methodologies including behaviour and test-driven development.
  • Expertise in problem solving and providing creative solutions.
  • Good written and spoken communications skills; comfortable engaging at all levels in the organization.



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