IT Manager

IT Business Development Service (Corporate: Eco Point :Centurion)

Reports to: Senior Manager: IT Business Solutions Testing & Quality Assurance

Summation: Manage teams of software test analysts and testers, working on all stages of structured software testing (functional, integration, usability, regression and configuration). Plan Test projects, manage risks, budgets, timesheet and performance management, resource allocation/levelling, resource development, implementation of Systems and associated reports. Manage staff and budget.

Key Responsibilities:
- Plan test projects
- Implementation of tested system.
- Risk and issue Management
- Analyze and understand business/functional specifications
- Applying acceptance testing methodologies
- Log and escalate defects
- Progress Tracking and Reporting
- Financial Management
- Line Management
- Team Management
- Ensure the efficient management, control and compliance of function / resources in accordance with the stipulations of the PFMA, fraud prevention and risk management principles, corporate governance, legislation, company policies, processes, regulations, Delegation of Authority, etc.

Minimum Requirements:

Qualifications and Experience:
- Full credit bearing Bachelor's Degree (NQF Level 6) in: Information Technology , Computer Science
- Full credit bearing national diploma (NQF Level 5) in: Information Technology
- Minimum 3 years of experience managing a multi-platform test teams
- Previous experience in managing and developing a test team with proven record
- ITIL V3 Foundation Certification

Knowledge and Abilities:
- Knowledge of automation, atleast 3 years technical experience working automated test tools, eg. Mercury, Test director, WinRunner, LoadRunner, etc.
- Managing teams of software test analysts and testers, working on all stages of structured software testing (functional, integration, usability, regression and configuration), within a structured and rigorous test regime.
- Planning, control and management of assigned test and verification projects including coordinating and communication between QA and other business and development teams to ensure consistent understanding.
- Tracking progress against plans. Predicting potential risks and identifying work required to minimize any impact.
- Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of development and testing processes and methods.
- Providing Management Information Reports and statistics as required.
- Monitoring, supervising and motivating staff assigned to the projects and ensuring work is completed in a timely manner and to a high quality specifications.
- Ensure that UAT / Pre-Production test cycle is within the (SLA's) service level agreements agreed with the relevant stakeholders.
- Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of development and testing processes and methods.

Skills Attitudes and Attributes
- Ability to use own initiative and work independently
- Must be able to work in a routine mode (re-testing on a daily basis)
- Must be prepared to work irregular hours including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays if required.
- Organizational skills - ability to meet deadlines, ability to achieve and maintain expected productivity levels
- Strong problem solving skills coupled with analytical skills
- Well-developed analytical skills.

The South African Post Office is committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment, especially with regard to race, gender and disability.

If you wish to apply, please visit our website and log on to Careers OR

Send your CV to:
The Senior Manager: Recruitment and Selection
Human Capital Management: Corporate
PO Box 2042
Corporate Post Office

Closing Date: 03 June 2014
Position Number: 60022902

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you do not hear from the South African Post Office or its Agent within 3 months of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. The South African Post Office Limited reserves the right not to fill this position or to re-advertise the positions at any time.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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