Test Lead – CTP

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Test Lead – CTP
Interim Position

MPS 0006 EFAB / 1

Posted: 18th January 2023 17:17
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £507.56 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 12 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Test Lead – CTP   

Reference no: MPS 0006 EFAB / 1   

Pay rate up to £507.56 per day PAYE depending on experience

Hybrid role - 1 day in office 

DV/ STRAP Vetting 

The Portfolio Test Manager is accountable for assuring the successful delivery of all new National CTP IT projects and programmes, CTP Transformational Change programmes (e.g., the Counter Terrorism Operations Centre – CTOC); and all business-as-usual (BAU) services under support by the CTP Customer Service Centre (CSC); and for determining what is fit-for-purpose and ready for live operational service 

Key responsibilities: 


  • The Portfolio Test Manager owns the organisation’s Test Policy and sets the testing principles and strategy for all IT projects and programmes; the role is essential for ensuring high-quality IT capabilities (i.e., devices, applications, systems, and supporting infrastructure) are consistently delivered, and that the stated functional and non-functional (e.g., security, performance and resilience) quality requirements are always rigorously tested, and validated by the business. 
  • Ultimately, the Portfolio Test Manager has responsibility for ensuring all IT capabilities delivered to CTP meet the quality expectations of the end-users; in terms of their function, appearance, usability, and performance, whilst also ensuring they are secure, accessible, reliable and resilient 

A career in Counter Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) is like no other. Every day offers a variety of exciting challenges and exceptional opportunities played out on a regional, national and international stage. Your skills could help protect the UK. With the ongoing terrorist threat, there has never been a more important time to be working alongside some of the best and brightest to help keep people safe. Counter Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working with the UK intelligence community to help protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity. We do this by working in local to global partnerships, from policing teams on the beat and on the streets; supported by a national network of specialist officers and staff across the UK, to our investigators and expert advisors in every corner of the world. 

Uniquely the police service, and specifically the Counter Terrorism network contributes to all four Pillars of the governments National Counter Terrorism (CONTEST) strategy. The Counter Terrorism Policing headquarters, on behalf of government and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), ensures that the CT network has the funding, capabilities and resources it needs to deliver CONTEST effectively and to keep people safe from terrorism. It does this through the provision of corporate services, as well as national operational tasking and coordination. It houses a number of unique national CT capabilities that support the entire network, as well as overseeing delivery of CT policing across the regions to ensure that it operates in a way that is both effective and efficient. Crucially CTPHQ represents CT policing’s interest within government and with wider stakeholders, ensuring that the policing contribution to CONTEST is both understood and appreciated. Hosted by the Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism Policing oversees the UK’s National Counter Terrorism Policing Network. 

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria: 

  • Educated to Bachelor’s degree level, preferably in Computing Science or Information Technology (or an equivalent subject of study) 
  • Expert or Advanced Level Certification in Test Management awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., ISTQB or BCS) 
  • Practitioner Level Certification in Project or Programme Management awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., AMPG or PMI) 
  • Practitioner Level Certification in Agile Project Management (e.g., DSDM Agile or similar) awarded by a recognised exam board (e.g., APMG) 
  • ITIL v4 Foundation Level Certification in IT Service Management 
  • Must have knowledge and experience, both technical and business-oriented, of existing MPS SO, CTP, UKIC, and wider HMG systems 
  • An awareness of the unique demands and specific challenges of working within the counter-terrorism (CT) or policing domain 
  • 10+ Years’ experience of managing the testing across large, complex, multi-million pound National IT delivery projects and programmes 
  • Demonstrable expertise in test management, this role also demands a breadth of knowledge in allied disciplines e.g., project management, release management, performance testing, test automation, computer networking, security testing, and solution architecture 
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering the end-to-end testing lifecycle across both traditional delivery (e.g., Waterfall or V-Model) and Agile-based projects 
  • Skills and capabilities needed to support delivery; experience of line management, recruitment, selection, and the professional development of staff 
  • Skilled and prepared, when required, to play an active, hands-on role with a good working knowledge of modern defect management (e.g., Jira, TestRail) and collaboration (e.g., SharePoint, Confluence) tools 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items: 

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours. 
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this. 
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice. 
  4. DV/ STRAP Clearance. 
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed. 


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable: 

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience 
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for. 


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Test Lead – CTP
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