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Test Lead

Date:  13-Sep-2021

Wellington, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



The Opportunity



If you are an amazing Test Lead specialist and want to use your skills to make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders, then you are just what we are looking for.



Do you want to be part of something new? We are on a journey implementing Agile working environments and are actively promoting agility right throughout the Ministry of Social Development. We are redeveloping our data warehouse and we are experiencing rapid change. We are looking for someone to help us deliver quality solutions faster to enable MSD to make better decisions to improve New Zealanders’ lives, by improved use of data, information, and evidence.




About the role:

We have a fantastic opportunity in our Wellington office, for a Test Lead to join a team of specialists in the oversight and management of our critical data assets in the ongoing development of our enterprise data warehouse.


You will be responsible for design and implementation of a test lead development practice ensuring that solutions are tested prior to implementation and upskill developers on testing and code development. You will be developing, maintaining, and enhancing a test led development framework and automated testing suites.


You will ensure adequate testing is performed to meet client expectations as defined in Test Plans, and within the constraints of the project schedule, cost, staffing, and test environments




What we are looking for:

This transformational environment can be both dynamic and challenging, therefore we are looking for an enthusiastic highly skilled professional who: 



  • Thrives in the fast-paced environment. 
  • Wholeheartedly embrace the Agile way of working and models the right behaviour for peers and colleagues. 
  • Experience in various types of testing in relation to data and can determine when each test type is suitable for use on various architectures
  • Ability to effectively utilise tools for the development and maintenance of test deliverables, including automation/scripting tools, change request and defect management systems
  • In depth exposure to various techniques used to analyse, prepare for, and execute tests
  • Extensive knowledge of Risk-based Agile Testing frameworks, Defect and Release Management, and the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Experienced in Leading and Coaching best ‘testing’ practices across a unit.
  • Data warehouse environments
  • Data migration testing
  • Integration testing
  • Developing automated test scripts
  • Risk-based Agile testing, Test Driven Development, DataOps.


If you think you have the skills and enthusiasm, we are looking for we would like to hear from you.


How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 
All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at 
Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

Closing date: Tuesday 5 October 2021


Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.