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.

What you will do:
•Ensuring all Nexus Transition test activities including user testing, non-live pilots and dress rehearsals are planned, resourced and delivered to time and quality.
•Managing dependencies, risks and issues in end to end, performance, stress and operational acceptance testing.
•Matrix Management of users testing and running non live pilots
•Working closely with the Head of Test and relevant programme delivery teams to refine existing test strategies and approaches to the Transition Test Plan.
•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.

Key experience / expertise sought:
•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
•Significant experience of Key Stakeholder management both Internally and with external third parties
•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

About AQA
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.

At AQA we recognise our employees’ contribution and in return we are proud to offer an extensive reward and benefit package. This includes –

•25 days annual leave rising to 30 days, plus all Bank Holidays and additional Christmas leave
•5 paid days per year for voluntary service
•Excellent contributory pension scheme
•Life assurance
•An enhanced maternity/paternity and sick pay scheme

How to apply

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter including your current and expected salary as one document via our website.

Closing date for applications is 10:00 Tuesday 17 September 2019 (but the advert may be closed early should a suitable candidate be found. Telephone interviews will be held initially followed by Face to Face interviews

However, applications will be reviewed as we receive them and if a suitable candidate is identified, we reserve the right to close our adverts sooner.

No agencies, thank you.

AQA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. AQA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment. Our Safeguarding Policy is available on our website.