Test Architect - Birmingham

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Job title: Test Architect

Level: Manager

Reports to: Principal Architect, Delivery Manager

Main purpose of role & level in the business:

As a Test Architect in Kainos, you’ll be responsible for ensuring we deliver high quality solutions which delight our customers and impact the lives of users worldwide. 

As an experienced test practitioner, you’ll lead our clients and the wider market on better testing and quality, whilst working with client stakeholders to agree a strategy for testing that addresses the needs of fast-changing digital services.

You’ll do this whilst advising Kainos about new tools and approaches, working with your peers to develop policy and standards, share knowledge and mentor those around you, with room to learn, develop and grow.

Minimum (essential) requirements:

  • Experience as a multifaceted agile test practitioner that understands the roles and responsibilities of testers in an iterative project lifecycle.
  • Has successfully designed and overseen the implementation of a test strategy for multi-tiered modern software applications.
  • Understands whole solution architecture concepts and how they impact and influence a test strategy and end-to-end test plans.
  • Can prioritise non-functional concerns for customers and has experience incorporating these into the end-to-end testing lifecycle.
  • Has experience testing with public cloud platforms, and SaaS and PaaS offerings.
  • Able to simply and clearly communicate test design and strategy in conversation, documentation and presentations.
  • Can design and make decisions around testing and quality within a fast-moving agile delivery environment.
  • Experience mentoring and coaching members of your team and wider community.
  • Active participation in knowledge sharing activities, both within the team and at a wider capability level and externally where appropriate.


  • Proven experience being accountable for all sizes of technology delivery challenges, e.g. project, multi-team, multi-product programmes.
  • Has pro-actively developed business across an account.
  • Able to prioritise their time across multiple major projects.
  • Actively shares their thoughts and views on test tools, frameworks and approaches.
  • Has participated in software testing communities.

Who you are:

Our vision is to enable outstanding people to create digital solutions that have a positive impact on people’s lives. Our values aren't abstract; they are the behaviours we expect from each other every day, and underpin everything that we do. We expect everyone to display our values by being determined in how obstacles are overcome; honest when dealing with others; respectful of how you treat others; creative to find solutions to complex problems and cooperative by sharing information, knowledge and experience. 

These values, applied collectively, help to produce an outstanding Kainos person, team and culture. 

About us 

Kainos is a high-growth IT services company providing digital technology solutions and agile software development to enterprise customers. Across our 30-year history, we have worked on transformational projects across government, NHS and a myriad of private sector clients.  

We’re an inclusive bunch at Kainos and we believe in equal opportunity. We welcome applications from all walks of life, including those with criminal records. Everyone who is offered a position here undergoes a background check, however no one is treated differently due to their background where it isn’t relevant to the role. It’s important to note – failure to reveal information which is relevant to the position sought, could result in us having to withdraw the conditional offer of employment.

In short: Having a criminal record will not exclude you from a career with Kainos. This depends entirely on the nature and requirements of the position, together with the circumstances and background of offences.