Nationwide IT Application Suite Test Lead in Des Moines, Iowa

Job ID: 51143

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*This position can be filled in Harlesyville, PA(preferred) or Des Moines, IA. This role will have accountabilities and oversight for Test Planning and Execution activities, provide guidance and thought leadership opportunities and continuous improvement suggestions, support across -location capabilities (including offshore), and mentoring for other test analysts. Management of both functional and non-functional tests will be required.

Collaborate with vendor partners on staffing, and help define automation approach and needs.

During the testing cycle, monitor the test progress by constantly assessing the work assigned to each of the resources and re-balance or re-allocate them as required. Present timely status to the stakeholders & management and instill confidence about the work being done.

Familiar with test-program concerns including test environment and data management, trouble reporting and resolution, and test design and development.

This role will need to be familiar with different test tools, defect tracking tools, and other test-support tools and their use as well as understanding the application business area and application requirements.

This role will create and enforce testing processes within the Application Suite and help with the adoption of the test plans and scripts delivered by Commercial Lines Transformation. This will include identifying and coordinating the automated test management from those delivered by CLT.

This role will help lead Continuous Improvement efforts within the BSA and application suite to improve existing testing processes.

In addition to the above,this role will require both capability and delivery experience to help support skill uplift, maturity effectiveness and road mapping exercises

Required SkillsStrong negotiation, written and verbal communication skills.Ability to communicate with a wide range of people (including business partners / testing team / project teams)Strong analytical and logical thinkingContinuous attention to technical excellence and good designAbility to motivateDecision MakingPlanning, time management skills

Preferred Skills:Experience with automated testing on large programs or application suites.Experience with a broad range of test capabilities across different formats (XML, SQL, PDFs, SoapUI, etc.).

Experience with Guidewire PolicyCenter is a plus. *

JOB SUMMARY: Top level expert in one or more highly specialized aspects of IT Analysis. Acts independently or with limited direction. Formulates and defines systems scope and objectives through research and fact-finding combined with an understanding of applicable business systems and industry requirements. With this knowledge, develops or modifies the most complex information systems. Includes analysis of business and user needs, documenting requirements, and revising existing system log difficulties as necessary. Guides and advises less-experienced analysts . Considers the business implications of the application of technology to the current business environment.REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to: Director/AVPCORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Prepares detailed specifications, requirements, scope documents and logic flowcharts for the development and implementation of the most complex application programs and modifications.2. Conducts quality-control tests and analyses to ensure that software meets or exceeds specified standards and end-user requirements. Ensures the most complex project requirements are executable, testable, complete and not ambiguous.3. Analyzes the most complex systems requirements and existing business processes and information systems and develops cost-effective information technology solutions.4. Serves as the top-level expert in the analysis of the most complex application systems issues and provides technical solutions.5. Validates the most complex requirements, including functional validation and traceability and consensus building.6. Tests and analyzes each component/phase of the systems development life cycle including the project requirements, design and programs. Develops the most complex test strategies.7. Executes the most complex tests according to established plans and scripts, documents and communicates results. Collaborates with developers and/or end users to determine appropriate solutions. Retests corrections to ensure problems are resolved.8. Leads in the development, implementation and maintenance of complex test data files with valid and invalid records to thoroughly test program logic and verify system flow.9. Leads activities related to User-Centered Design Analysis including the following: Conceptual Design, including UCD and end-to-end experience design; Interaction Design, including Information architecture and workflow analysis; Visual Design, including page design and rapid prototyping.10. Leads complex user research and validation, including usability testing and contextual inquiry/analysis.11. Performs other duties as assigned.MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:Education: Undergraduate studies in computer science management information systems, business administration, Usability and Design/Human Factors, insurance or related field is preferred.Knowledge: Sound understanding of the Nationwide business. Knowledge of the Solution Delivery Framework and Methodology. Familiarity with development methodologies such as Agile, Waterfall, or Rational Unified Process (RUP). Knowledge in one or more technical areas that support application development, applications, or infrastructure components. Knowledge of business process framework. Industry certification is preferred.Experience: Eight years of experience in related IT professions, including at least four years of experience in IT Analysis.Skills: Expert knowledge and demonstrated expertise in Conceptual design, User-centered design, end-to-end experience design, Information architecture, Workflow analysis, User research & validation, business acumen, use of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodologies & tools, Workforce planning and management, ESDm, requirements specification, static testing, traceability, test script creation/execution, test strategy creation/execution.Expert knowledge and demonstrated expertise in Conceptual design, User-centered design, end-to-end experience design, Information architecture, Workflow analysis, User research & validation, business acumen, use of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodologies & tools, Workforce planning and management, ESDm, requirements specification, static testing, traceability, test script creation/execution, test strategy creation/execution. Demonstrated competence in the following skills: Interaction design, Visual & page design, rapid prototyping, Usability, Contextual inquiry/analysis.Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.Staffing Exceptions: Staffing exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: Vice President and Human Resources.JOB CONDITIONS:Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible (exempt)Working Conditions: Normal office environment.ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to the principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some associates assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.Job Evaluation Activity: Created April 2010 JDC/JLJob Family/Function: MIS/TAN