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QA and Release Manager

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Recruiter: Penguin Random House UK
Listed on: 12th November
Location: Frating, Essex
Salary/Rate: £60,000
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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We're currently recruiting for a permanent Quality Assurance and Release Manager to join us to work in collaboration with our SAP and Finance systems teams at Penguin Random House UK.

In this newly created role, you'll provide expertise and effective solutions to support the efficiency of our internal system releases. You'll play an integral role in an agile team to provide a holistic view of testing and releasing, delivering and deploying developments, and managing general releases into test environments.

In this role, some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Test execution, tracking and reporting: Involving Test team, Product Managers, Business Analysts, Application Support team and business users.

  • Deployment process into the live environment.

  • Building relationships with external suppliers and internal development teams to define and manage a pipeline of delivery, testing, and deployment.

  • Identifying, managing and communicating any risks and dependencies between releases.

  • Working with Project Managers to ensure go live dates are communicated and co-ordinated with operational activity.

  • Working with application teams to design and implement changes to the test and release processes for all applications impacted by changes to the testing environments.

  • Co-ordination of release plans ensuring effective communication is in place with the business.

  • Coordination of UAT testing, liaising with end users to ensure requirements and timescales are communicated, planned and understood.

  • Managing delivery from both internal teams and 3rd party vendors, ensuring any issues and concerns over delivery and quality are managed, understood and resolved.

  • Provide regular progress reports as required to the team and stakeholders across the business.

  • Working with project teams to ensure any project delivered developments are tested and released into the live environment as part of a controlled release process.

Some of the key technical experience includes:

  • Knowledge of test automation methodologies and experience of implementing test automation best practices.

  • Expertise in SAP

  • Experience of using testing tracking tools, e.g. JIRA.

  • Experience in using automated testing tools (ideally Silk Test and Solman).

  • Experience of writing manual and automated test scripts, test plans and documentation.

  • Proven track record of testing medium to large technical changes and regression testing.

  • Experience of testing application code.

  • Understanding of interface testing and middleware.

If you'd like to join a dynamic, creative and fast-paced environment that thrives on constant improvement, then please apply with your CV and cover letter by Sunday 28th November.

Please note: Whilst we are currently working flexibly, all interviews will be held virtually, and a full job spec is available if you're invited to interview with us. This role will eventually be based at our Frating office(CO7 7DW) and we are happy to discuss flexible working options with you during your interview.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: Up to £60,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

    •      25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
   •      Medical cover
   •      Life assurance
   •      Cycle to Work scheme
   •      Discounted gym membership
   •      Generous pension scheme
   •      Summer working hours (role dependent) 
   •      Volunteering policy and charity matching
   •      Employee Assistance programme
   •      Mentoring programme
   •      Extended gender neutral parental leave
   •      60% Discount on Company books
   •      Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
   •      We plant a tree for every new employee to our business

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we're part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can't take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch. 

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here: www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/applying-for-roles-with-a-disability

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/