Job Details


Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2022-07-05 23:00:00


Lead Test Engineer (hybrid)

  • About Us


    The world isn’t standing still, and neither is Allstate. We’re moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers’ evolving needs. That’s why now is an exciting time to join our team. You’ll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.


    You’ll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.


    Allstate operate a very flexible hybrid working policy that will allow you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager with a blend of remote and office working for NI based employees as well as condensed working patterns (4 day week/9 day fortnight).


    Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance. 





    Belfast / Northland / Strabane


    Your role in the team


    The Quality Engineering Product Lead is accountable to lead and provide oversight of all QE activities on different internal/vendor teams within the Broker Distribution Enablement team, coordinate test activities, plan Integration testing, functional, Non-functional, UAT and end-to-end testing strategy, and help execute the testing within a hybrid Agile framework.


    The person will play a primary role in planning, implementing, leading, and executing all aspects of Quality Engineering within the Product application area and will be expected to work closely with business counterparts and stakeholders (both internal & external) in Canada and US to ensure requirements are implemented accurately.


    The role requires hands-on QE expertise, ability to take initiative and evolve existing QE processes. The right candidate should possess excellent communication skills and be able to translate their analysis of test requirements, prioritization, test methodology and automation objectives into an actionable plan that can be easily executed by various teams and reported up to product application delivery.


    The Product QE lead will support the Manager, Quality Engineering by providing performance review/input for the team members and trend analysis for Quality Engineering outlooks.



    Scoping and Requirement Gathering

    • Gathers business user requirements to understand functional user stories, define technical requirements and tasks, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement actionable items of broad scope and complexity.


    Designing, Developing/Coding, and Testing

    • Conducts product scoping, discovery, and framing by researching and analyzing input to understand user story acceptance criteria based on user information needs, system flow, data usage, and work processes, and translating desired features into application design.
    • Codes, tests (e.g. automated unit testing), scripts, and deploys solutions.
    • Participates in design and code reviews to provide feedback.
    • Evaluates, maintains, and improves the performance of existing software.


    Release & Change Management, Collaboration, and Product Support

    • Implements new or updated products and applications in collaboration with Quality Assurance (business), technology architects, and other members of the development team.
    • Identifies changes to epics and user stories to be raised as change tickets and conducts risk impact assessments, rollback, and implementation planning.
    • Participates in continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) activities in collaboration with cross-functional technology teams and business units.


    Practice Maturation

    • Proactively contributes to the wider community of practice through team knowledge sharing and maintaining abreast of technical and market trends and best practices
    • Coaches, reviews, and delegates work to less experienced team members.


    Hours of work


    • Standard hours Mon – Fri;
    • Flexibility to meet business needs as required;



    So, what are the essential criteria to apply?


    • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK
    • 4 years of Test delivery management experience leading a complex product delivery.
    • Ability to work with key stakeholders in a collaborative environment
    • Demonstrated ability to understand business issues and develop and implement business-appropriate solutions
    • Ability to work with both technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Prior experience with implementing Automation strategy and framework for modern and legacy technology stack.




    We also have some desirable criteria

    • Computer Science/programming in one or more object-oriented programming languages (e.g. Java, Python, etc.).
    • Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and application development best practices.
    • Agile methodology and best practices.
    • Object-oriented design principles (i.e. single responsibility, open-closed, Liskov substitution, interface segregation, and dependency inversion principles (SOLID) principles).
    • Writing test plans, technical and non-functional user stories, and tasks, and performing code reviews



    Travel requirements


    • Flexibility required to meet business needs



    What we offer


    As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 & 2022 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.


    Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.


    We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.


    We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.


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    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities


    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.


    We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.


    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.



    The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 6th July 2022.