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Test Lead - Smart Metering Programme

Vacancy Number:  9101
Category:  Regular
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With 8,000 employees and revenue of over €5bn per annum, we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies  we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives.  This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.


Technology plays a leading role in enabling and delivering ESB’s transition to a digital, low carbon utility, and it’s our people who ensure we succeed. With almost 800 people working across our IT Delivery and CIO functions, together we design, build and support a broad range of technologies and services to deliver on our mission to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers. We achieve this by harnessing all our resources, investing in our people and working collaboratively together.


To further enhance our Tech/IT capabilities, we are looking for talented professionals to start their journey with us to lead the transition to reliable, affordable low-carbon energy – a brighter future for the benefit of all.



Position Description


ESB’s IT Delivery are responsible for the design, delivery and support of all activities associated with ESB’s IT strategy through innovative IT solutions for all businesses. IT’s Project Management Office (PMO) provides a range of project management services to the IT function in ESB as well as to the ESB Business Units.


The BA & Test Services Team sits within the PMO and works with external Partners to provide a full range of test and Business Analysis services to IT project teams. These services include Functional Test Management, Functional Testing, Performance Test Management, Performance Testing, Mobile Testing, Test Automation and Quality Reviews. Demand for these services has grown significantly in the past year and we are recruiting Test Professionals with experience in Test Management to work across a range of IT Projects.


A specialised service provided by the BA&Test team is that of a Programme Test Manager. The Programme Test Manager is responsible for software quality on large system implementations within a designated programme of work.  They are responsible for the overarching Test Strategy, and the management of test teams who will deliver this strategy across multiple functional areas, or work streams.



Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities of this role will include but are not limited to;


  • Overall responsibility for Test Management activities within large programmes
  • Create and drive Programme Test Strategies in line with IT Quality Frameworks including functional and non-functional testing, and test Automation
  • Responsibility for Programme test resource planning and management of IT, Business and Offshore test resources to ensure successful deployment of project deliverables into Production environments
  • Chairing and managing the defect resolution process
  • Presentation of Project Progress/Status reports and Test Exit reports to Programme Managers and other key stakeholders across all test phases.
  • Responsible for Requirement analysis ensuring requirements coverage from a test perspective through a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM), and including test prioritisation and risk evaluation across multiple work streams
  • Working with Business and Tecnnical stakeholders to define software quality gates
  • Ensuring quality gates are adhered to as per the OverarchingTest Strategy for all teams
  • Management of Programme test risks/issues, ensuring timely escalation as required
  • Train and coach test team members where required
  • Prepare and validate Programme test effort estimations
  • Document and execute test cases, user stories etc. utilising IT Test Management tools
  • Deliver Test Management across a range of waterfall and agile Project delivery methodologies
  • Supporting the BA & Test Service Leads where required:
    • Review Technical standards to ensure consistent service delivery.
    • Validating estimations of effort by IT and Partners and assisting with the identification of future testing requirements on new and inflight projects.
    • Monitor and review technical standards to ensure consistent service delivery.
    • Proactively identify opportunities & implement improvements to Test Management practices on projects and contribute to improving overall Quality Management on projects.



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




Applicants should be delivery focused and have the following demonstrable knowledge skills and experience:


  • Minimum 7- 10 years’ relevant business/IT, with at least 5 years’ experience of managing and co-ordinating the testing of multiple work streams.
  • Outstanding reporting, analytical and documentation/writing experience
  • Demonstrable experience planning, controlling and delivering enterprise level testing on a number of projects.
  • Applicants should have excellent stakeholder management, negotiation and communication skills combined with strong analytical skills.
  • Experience in various structured project management techniques (Waterfall & Agile) combined with a knowledge of information systems and technology and the application of these to process improvement projects.
  • Experience with SAP landscapes and applications





  • Previous test management experience for SMART Metering technologies


Above all, applicants must be innovative in their approach and be able to demonstrate their ability to actively contribute to a team that delivers results.







  • Third level qualification in IT / Computing (or equivalent) or equivalent work experience
  • ISTQB in Advanced Test Management (or equivalent).




  • Experience using HP Quality Centre for Test Management.
  • Knowledge/experience in test automation frameworks





Base Location: Fitzwilliam 27, ESB’s new Head Office, Dublin (Smart/Remote Working suitable)   


ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working. 


The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction (Republic of Ireland), with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review. 


Reporting to:


The successful candidate will report to Team Lead, BA & Test Services, and IT Delivery PMO.



Further Information


Further information on all our current Digital/Technology/IT related roles, including information on our Smart Working as well as our new state of the art Head Office Fitzwilliam 27, visit www.esb.ie/careers/it-at-esb


We offer excellent career enhancing opportunities where our people can thrive in a fast paced, agile environment by giving them the tools, flexibility and autonomy to deliver on our purpose: leading the transition to a secure, affordable, low-carbon energy future for our customers and communities. 


We pride ourselves in the mentoring, training and development offered to staff, as well as our competitive and attractive rewards and benefits package.


We are also offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to empower our people to work smarter, enjoy the benefits of an inclusive, flexible working culture and significantly reduce carbon emissions through remote and hybrid working.




€65,000 - €70,000 per annum

Closing Date


25th January 2022



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