Transition Test and Pilots Project Manager - Fixed Term Contract

Job summary
Fixed Term Contract - 18 months

AQA have a brand new exciting opportunity for a Transition Test and Pilots Project Manager to oversee the delivery of the internal transition programme known as ‘Project Nexus’, running end to end testing and non-live pilot activity.

The successful Transition Test Pilots Project Manager will work with the Test, Delivery, Operations and Support teams to ensure that all Nexus Transition test activities including user testing, non-live pilots and dress rehearsals are planned, resourced and delivered to time and quality. The role also includes managing dependencies, risks and issues in end to end, performance, stress and operational acceptance testing.

The main testing period will run from June 2019 through to May 2020, where initially 20 various users will be testing and running none-live pilots, as such, applicants should have a managerial background. You will work with the Head of Test and relevant programme delivery teams to refine existing test strategies and approaches for the Nexus Transition Test Plan. The role will also require you to develop maintain and track the progress of the Transition Test Plan, ensuring milestones, activities, risks issues and dependencies are identified and communicated to key stakeholders and governance forums.

The Nexus programme itself is a major IT-enabled transformation programme to implement a new operational system that will be used by approximately 1500 employees and 35,000 external users, along with an external authentication product, and the design and delivery of an associated IT Support Model.

Applicants must;
•Have excellent understanding of the typical IT-enabled transformation programme environment
•Be able to demonstrate experience delivering test and pilot activities across a range of software packages
•Have experience matrix-managing complex teams in time-critical environments
•Have end to end testing experience
•Have experience of managing Non Functional Testing i.e. Performance Testing and Operational Acceptance Testing

We are an independent education charity and the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. With a turnover of over £170m, we set and mark papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels. In the summer of 2018 we will award over 3 million qualifications. Born out of five leading universities, we have over a century of qualifications expertise. Today, we employ more than 800 people and work with around 30,000 teachers, lecturers, subject experts and academics, who help set and mark our exams.


• 35 hour working week
• 25 days’ annual leave rising to 30 days, plus all Bank Holidays and additional Christmas leave
• Pension Scheme scaled up to 18.5%
• an enhanced maternity/paternity and sick pay scheme.

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter as one document via the AQA website.

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy if a high number of applications have been received. If you are successful and shortlisted for interview you will be contacted by email.

Closing date for applications: 10:00 Tuesday 28th May 2019 with interviews to be arranged the week commencing 3rd June 2019

AQA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.