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Digital Integration and Test Lead

Engineering · London, United Kingdom

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First Mode is seeking a Digital Integration and Test Lead to join our team!

The nuGen programme will deliver capabilities that are critical to safe and efficient mine operation. Deliverables must therefore undergo a rigorous test process to ensure that they are fit for purpose, while tight development and delivery timescales demand a proactive approach to integration and test activity that ensures defects are identified rapidly, at the earliest possible point in the development process. However, a formal integration and test function does not currently exist in the nuGen digital programme. The Digital Integration & Test lead role has been created to lead test strategy, implementation, and delivery of a first-class test and assurance process for the nuGen programme, and ensure all deliverables meet the high expectations of our customers.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Director, Digital Programmes and working closely with the Head of Delivery, Technical Delivery Managers, other Technical Directors in Data, Software, and Embedded Systems, and a wide range of other technical and non-technical stakeholders.

The Digital Integration and Test Lead will be responsible for Integration, Test, and Acceptance activity across the nuGen digital programme.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience defining and delivering integration and test activity for complex programmes, ranging from working with senior stakeholders to develop and agree test strategy to leading the execution of final-stage test and acceptance activity, technology trials, and operational acceptance. They will also use their expertise to support technology spikes, prototypes, and ideation activity, as well as supporting new technology assessment, operational service management, and continual service improvement.

The role will require a broad range of technical and non-technical skills, along with the ability to design and lead a highly effective integration and test programmes that enables nuGen to meet its cost, schedule, and quality commitments.

The role will not have line management responsibilities, but the successful candidate will be expected to support recruitment and supplier activity, lead technical teams, use their skills and experience to coach and mentor other engineers, and grow the understanding of integration, test, and acceptance activity in the First Mode organisation

Basic Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in an integration and test leadership role across the full lifecycle of large and complex programmes, from the definition of test strategy to leading test and operational acceptance activity.
  • Strong knowledge of best practices in the integration and test domain, including modern development and test methodologies, CI/CD pipelines, test automation, and software-in-the-loop / hardware-in-the-loop testing.
  • Experience leading test and acceptance for systems-of-systems that include hardware, software, and embedded components.
  • Experience monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of test pipelines across the whole development lifecycle, and driving targeted improvement to enable teams to find and fix issues earlier in the development process.
  • Commitment to driving continual learning and improvement across the integration and test team via retrospectives, lessons learned, mentoring, and adoption of best practice
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex test activities and trade-offs to a non-specialist audience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience assuring mission-critical applications, with high resilience and availability requirements
  • Experience with the test and acceptance of aerospace, defence, or automotive systems, or related domains.
  • Experience supporting the capture and documentation of requirements and the definition of test and acceptance criteria.
  • Experience with the test and acceptance of data-intensive applications
  • Experience with the test and acceptance of security architectures
  • Familiarity with cloud, on premises, and edge-based systems


  • The role is based from our London office where typical working days are Tuesday-Thursday, that being said we favour flexibility over fixed days so are happy to discuss what might work best for you

Total Rewards

Benefits & Perks

  • Annual bonus incentive
  • Equity-based awards
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical and dental)
  • Income protection
  • Pension with a 10% employer contribution from the start of employment
  • Annual leave
  • A culture that encourages professional growth with learning and development reimbursements
  • Hybrid work model

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