Job Title: Project Test Consultant

Job Title: Project Test Consultant

Job Description

Job Title: Project Test Consultant

About SLC
Student Loans Company is a non-profit making Government-owned organisation set up in 1989 to provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.We are responsiblefor student support delivery in the UK.
Company Mission
We enable our customers to invest in their futures by delivering secure, accurate and efficient assessment, payment and repayment services.
Company Vision
Our vision is to be valued as a digital, customer-focused, centre of excellence.
Job Details
Overview of department:
Testing Services Team within Software delivery in the ITS directorate.



Reporting to:

Immediate Line Manager - Testing Services Team Manager/ Senior Project Test Consultant
Budget Responsibility:

Line Management Responsibility:

Job Purpose:
Provide test consultancy for all Products and Services within the department. Carry out pre-project testing activities. Deliver tactical testing consultancy.
Key responsibilities:
  • Prepare documents for internal and external use to agreed standards.
  • Define and maintain project test strategies, test approaches and test processes.
  • Work with the ICT delivery teams, business owners, project test consultants, performance testers and senior system testers to provide overall direction and quality for all test activities.
  • Provision of specialist testing knowledge to support: functional systems integration, end-to-end, performance, UAT and operational acceptance testing.
  • Provision of specialist testing knowledge to support: a variety of delivery methodologies including agile and waterfall.
  • Ensure the department has the appropriate tools available to effect efficient and qualitative testing and ensure common use of the tools.
  • Provide assistance and support the recruitment process for all testers.
  • Develop and maintain a knowledgeable and experienced pool of staff.
  • Provide a quality assurance service against department standards and processes.
  • Keep up-to-date with emerging testing technologies and methods of delivery.
  • Champion best test practice within the department.
  • Provide input into work plans.
  • Track progress and provide status reports on a regular basis.
  • Assess, manage and evaluate risk.
  • Work with minimal supervision.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • A higher education qualification in a computer related discipline or sound demonstrable experience within ICT.
  • Expert knowledge in software testing best practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding across various testing arenas from functional, systems integration, end-to-end, UAT to performance.
  • Knowledge and understanding of high level systems architecture and design.
  • Knowledge and experience in both Agile and Waterfall methodologies.
  • Good knowledge and experience of the financial sector.
  • Experience of testing back-end or batch system processes/applications.
  • Understanding of, and experience with commercial ICT testing tools.
  • Working knowledge (or good understanding) of Oracle PL/SQL.
  • Proven track record testing software developments.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • ISEB certified in software testing.