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IT Test & Release Manager
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Recruiter: Odeon Cinemas Group
Listed on: 18th April
Location: Manchester
Salary/Rate: £60000 - £70000
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: PENDING_1555582186
Contact Name: Odeon Cinema Group

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As an IT Test & Release Manager will provide an effective level of rigor and assurance for testing all changes being made to the IT estate prior to deployment into production environments and live service operation.
The scope of changes to be tested cover a range of IT applications and infrastructure (public cloud facing platforms and distributed retail environments). The type of changes to be supported vary from more frequent digital sprint based updates, upgrades / new releases of packaged software platforms and infrastructure related upgrades some of which are compliance related.
Why Odeon Cinema Group?
It's an exciting time to join our IT team as we are currently launching ourselves into the future with regards to our front end applications and this role will play a pivotal role in this, from testing from the prototype stage to taking it into a full business as usual setting.
The Role

Develop and maintain a test strategy and framework including use of automation tools, processes and best practices that cover the UKI IT landscape (web/app, point of sale, integration, API testing, cloud-based platforms and retail infrastructure)
Maintain test environments so that they are capable of supporting functional and non-functional testing (including information security requirements) in relation to the level of demand from projects and BAU activity. This will cover the alignment of test environments with IT partners
Provide direct support to project and change programmes delivering new IT capability ensuring the test approach is agreed and resourced as part of the planning phase and appropriate to the scale / associated risk of the change being introduced
Plan, monitor and manage test approach (SIT, UAT, regression and all other test activities) to track and monitor the health of build and level of defects
Evaluate risks and issues while also feeding back to projects and key stakeholders on potential challenges to timelines associated with release plans across environments
Work closely with key IT partners to ensure their testing and QA approach is fit for purpose prior to being made available for systems integration and UAT
Providing regular test performance metrics to key stakeholders and IT partners, including risks, issues and defect tracking
Develop and maintain a release management schedule that sets out major release windows in conjunction with the Change Approval Board (CAB) to best support delivery of business outcomes

What does it take?

Proven background of building and managing test functions for multiple projects concurrently in a dynamic environment
Team leading experience in software testing, practices within different development methodologies - waterfall and agile
Excellent understanding of testing software, technologies and processes
Advanced knowledge of building and executing automated tests
Experience of web-based applications and API testing
Good knowledge of all phases of the software development lifecycle specialising in automated, performance, and database testing
Use of defect management with tools such as JIRA
ISEB/ISTQB qualification or equivalent

What's on offer?

A competitive salary and yearly performance bonus
A free film card for you and your friends
Private healthcare
Cycle to work
Plus much more

Living Our Values
Fun-Passion: I organise fun activities that keep the team engaged and celebrate our achievements
Trust-Respect: When managing others, I question and challenge in a way that respects others' input and builds trust
Quality-Service: I work hard to raise the bar for service, constantly looking for ways to make things better for guests at every stage of their journey
Co-operation-Accountability: I take responsibility for my team's performance and make sure people are motivated and able to achieve targets
Strategic Leadership: I lead activities to measure our success so that we can keep improving
Inspirational Leadership: I encourage open feedback that enables people to learn and develop
Change Leadership: I take personal responsibility for my team's performance and sense of company direction