What is the purpose of the role?
This role is responsible for the management and provision of all test environments to support new or changed IT service projects to meet business needs on behalf of Thames Water. You will be responsible for liaising with all in-flight and pipeline projects to map project environment requirements to current availability. You will also manage all environment issues and incidents to completion. You are adept at managing environment contention issues to a solution. This is a key role within our busy Service Transition Team and will involve you building relationships both within this team and other departments across our business.
What makes this role unique?
As part of our exciting plans, the IT operations team structure is growing to strengthen and increase our in-house capability and capacity. This is a chance for you to work in our innovative creative office space where you will be able to visually demonstrate your skills, ideas and insights openly. This is a challenging role which requires you to help deliver the best next generation services to all our customers. Thames Water are about to embark on a very exciting journey to improve our IT services. You will be part of a new team creating our own in house multi-million pound ITIL service management framework. You will be involved in continuously improving our service for our current and future long term vision.
What will this role involve?
The Test Environments Lead role and responsibilities are as follows:
To support project/BAU delivery whilst minimising the risk of change to operations and assess and mitigate the risk of environment sharing.
Communications to stakeholders i.e. scheduling, freeze periods, outage.
Plan environment usage to ensure that all environments are available to projects within given timeframes.
You must have configuration management experience to manage and understand any changes within the environment from a data set and code configuration management perspective.
Technical knowledge of and experience within SAP, SQL, Azure, AIX, Wintel environments.
Provide progress reports, including risk mitigation, as directed and attend CAB to provide environments approval for change.
Continuous service improvement - Develop, make recommendations and own Environment Management CSI activities to improve overall process delivery Cognisant of GDPR compliance.
This role requires excellent service management and environment.
Management skills with a high level of understanding of IT operations.
Experience of working within a matrix organisation with a significant level of outsourced / off-shore suppliers is essential.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone with a heavy environment management background with solid understanding of project management principles - adhering to ITIL/ITSM standards whilst meeting the customer needs. ISTQB, ISEB Software testing You must have good technical knowledge of IT infrastructure and systems used within a corporate environment, along with development environments such as continuous delivery and DevOps. Technical skills we are looking for are environment management, customer service techniques, technical understanding of environment delivery techniques. E.g. Database sizing, disk sizing etc and stakeholder management. The right candidate, will have the ability to influence senior customers and stakeholders with a strong team working method and excellent collaboration skills.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based at our Reading head office and is offering a salary of up to £52,000. Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension and holiday scheme and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 28/09/2018.