Head of Test Automation

  • Job Reference: AWDO-P5428
  • Date Posted: 6 April 2020
  • Recruiter: AWD online
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Highly Competitive + Benefits
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

Head of Test Automation with excellent team leadership, management and ‘hands on’ skills with the drive and focus to enhance and create a world class team of Software Testers is required by a Global Company based in New Zealand.

Apply your specialist tech skillset to deliver client centred solutions and combine your great people management to grow a team of Test Automation experts.

If you have only ever recorded test automation scripts, this isn't the role for you! You must know how to architect and develop highly scalable, robust and maintainable solutions and lead successful teams and projects within traditional, Agile and scalable Agile environments.


IMPORTANT - LOCATION: This job is based in New Zealand - The Company is looking for UK based candidates who want to relocate and work overseas in either Auckland or Wellington New Zealand Visa Sponsorship and Relocation Package Available.



We have a fantastic new opportunity for a Head of Test Automation with excellent team leadership, management and ‘hands on’ skills with the drive and focus to enhance and create a world class team of Software Testers.

As the Head of Test Automation, you will consult with a top tier client base, to develop and deliver high calibre solutions. The role will be a mixture of onsite technical strategic delivery, operational leadership, and being responsible for growing the automation capability within the region.

As the Head of Test Automation, you will work with account directors and business development teams to provide technical guidance on proposals. Additionally, you will assist with staff mentoring, development, recruitment support, and global innovation projects. This is a technical role requiring a strong development background, with sound experience in OOP, and engineering modern automation solutions, both open source and commercial tools.

You will be skilled and well versed in securing, resourcing and delivering work of the highest standard to Blue Chip quality clients. You will be equally comfortable discussing best practice with developers and potential opportunities with clients. Knowing how to assess risk, enabling a positive ROI and possessing the ability to produce quality documented strategies are all fundamentals of this newly created position. Developing RFPs and delivering information to clients confidently is a must, but also having the technical expertise to fix complex issues and architect high-quality solutions.

The ability to travel nationally, from time to time, is essential.


The Company have head-hunted your most important asset - your team - from around the world and created a gathering of diversity and diversity of thought - They are proud of that! They are a strong team of Automation gurus (and growing) who constantly push the boundaries of technology. So, if you think you have what it takes to enhance and create a stronger world class team, then we think you are the right person.

For that, you need to be an Automation Guru+ yourself and have been hands-on with multiple tools, not because you need to work with them but because you know that unless you deeply understand technology you would not be able to innovate and wow customers by bringing better practices, and frameworks across different tools and platforms.



  • Analyse, design, build scalable and robust solutions both internally for the Company and their clients
  • Involvement with:
    • Automation
    • Quality Engineering
    • Scalable Agile
    • CI/CD
    • Continuous Testing
    • DevOps
    • Cloud (AWS / Azure / GCP)
    • Innovation
  • Manage stakeholder expectations, keeping them informed throughout the project
  • Work closely with the NZ Team and global practice leads
  • Work across multiple clients delivering strategic and tactical solutions and pre-sales work
  • Be an active member in the Community of Practice for Automation
  • Have overall responsibility for delivery across all projects.
  • Be responsible for contracts, negotiations and profitability


The Company has offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. This role could be based in either Auckland or the Wellington office.

New Zealand is slightly larger than the UK, and with a population of under 5 million there is less pressure on space and natural resources.  They don’t have the pollution, congestion and health issues found in many other countries.  New Zealand is stable, peaceful and safer than just about anywhere else in the world (according to the Global Peace Index 2019, NZ is listed as 2nd).

New Zealand has friendly, easy-going ways, relatively low crime rates and compact workplaces which means life is generally less stressed. With fantastic scenery, sweeping beaches, native forests and dramatic mountains what’s not to love?  New Zealand doesn’t have months of baking heat or intense snow; it is a temperate climate which means relatively mild, wet winters and warm dry summers.


The Company is a leading quality assurance provider with a global footprint across Australia, New Zealand, UK and India. They are respected and trusted in the market and their unrivalled experience in software testing enables them to consistently deliver high quality testing services across software development and integration projects. The Company proudly operates on 4 key values: Collaboration, Innovation, Passion and Quality.

The Company is going through a phase of tremendous growth. They are seeing considerable growth locally and they are seeking a passionate and highly experienced Head of Automation Consultant to join their New Zealand team on a permanent basis. You will work with the best in the industry and enjoy a variety of employee incentives including award-winning career development programmes.



  • Proven track record in managing successful teams
  • Solid understanding of Object Oriented development practices
  • Experienced in delivering high quality test automation solutions with tools such as Selenium, Cypress.io, Webdriver.io, Puppeeter, PACT, Ranorex, Tosca, TestComplete
  • Hands on experience with CI/CD tools such as Jenkins, Bamboo, Azure DevOps, GoCD, Circle CI etc.
  • Hands on experience with modern cloud technology such as Docker and Vagrant
  • BDD with tools such as Cucumber, SpecFlow, JBehave
  • Version control with GIT and a good understanding of branching and merging
  • Demonstrated ability to solve technical problems and implement innovative solutions
  • An aptitude for best practice development standards
  • Experience with cloud and hybrid cloud environments
  • Excellent relationship building and communication skills
  • Knowledge of business and people management



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