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Job #: R-00068881
Location: Remote
Category: Systems Integration
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 75%
Clearance Required: Other Clearance


Job Description:

Test Architect

We currently have a permanent vacancy for a Test Architect to join our team to provide technical leadership into various delivery programmes & bids across National Security & Defence and Civil Portfolios. You will require an active SC Clearance (and be willing to undergo DV clearance in the future). The role will be a mixture of working remotely, but also based on-site at the Leidos Farnborough facility (with some business travel to Customer locations)

Are you ready for your next career challenge?

At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams in the UK to address some of the most complex problems in defence, government, safety and security, and transportation. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business.

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

The Test Architect will be responsible for all test related responses to the bids and proposals, including project plans, estimates, outline test strategies, test automation strategies, and test tooling architecture as well as providing technical assurance during internal reviews that the proposals are deliverable. The Test Architect will also be responsible for the test strategy across all the projects, ensuring it is up to date, using best practice and supporting the teams in implementing it. Applicants must have experience of Test Architecture or Management on various projects, including large scale Systems of Systems / Service Integration (£500M+) and Cloud Transformation programmes.

The successful candidate will be required to select appropriate test tools, methods and strategies in response to the bids and proposals, applying a rigorous and repeatable process to develop the required test response material. The successful candidate will also be responsible for maintaining a library of reusable material (documents, diagrams, templates, estimation models etc.) for use in subsequent proposals. To be successful in this role, we are looking for someone who can quickly assimilate large, complex sets of requirements and solutions, provide innovative approaches to integration and testing and work as part of proposal teams to meet tight submission deadlines. Within a delivery environment, the successful candidate will provide leadership to integration and test teams comprising up to 30+ engineers from Leidos, suppliers and our customer. This will require the ability to shape and refine the overall Test Strategy, develop that strategy into practical working approaches and support execution of these in key areas such as performance testing, resilience and failure recovery testing on virtualised infrastructure.


The successful candidate will have a broad set of experience including a good understanding of various test methodologies and approaches, from Waterfall to Agile, including test automation and delivery via DevOps. Using their experience in Test Architecture and/or Management to deliver successful projects and programmes, the successful candidate will create innovative, efficient and effective approaches to testing and assurance across domains essential to the UK.

Specific duties within delivery may include:

  • Define and implement Test Strategies and Plans for testing within an Virtualised environment
  • Develop, promote and provide a clear vision and strategy for the integration and test team
  • Provide goals and objectives for the team in line with the Test Strategy
  • Lead and coach a highly efficient integration and test team and grow its capability to achieve the best blend of automation and specialist skills
  • Working with the wider Leidos test community to stay current with evolving Leidos processes, tools and methods
  • Planning, coordination and control of the various test activities
  • Working with Clients, Suppliers and other Stakeholders up to Director level
  • Technical management of teams of testers with various levels of skills located across multiple locations

Specific duties within proposals may include:

  • Creating and presenting storyboards to outline the test response in the proposals
  • Creating outline Test Strategies, including specification of all standards, methods, processes and tools to be used
  • Creating project schedules for testing, including estimates and justification for those estimates (Basis of Estimates)
  • Reaching out to the wider Leidos test community for input, examples and references
  • Working with the wider Leidos test community to stay current with evolving Leidos processes, tools and methods
  • Maintaining a library of example proposal documents, templates, project references, estimating models etc. for reuse in later proposals

Required Skills:

  • Significant experience (5 – 10 years) within large scale/systems of systems/portfolio systems integration programmes
  • Significant experience (10-15 years) of test planning, management and execution, preferably in large scale, complex  virtualised and cloud computing environments
  • Success in technical project management leadership, including test management
  • Extensive background and experience in system testing, including test automation
  • Comprehensive understanding and demonstrable implementation experience of defining & execution of various test strategies and methodologies at the portfolio/systems integration level
  • Experience with agile development methodologies
  • Able to use understanding of customer needs and expectations to generate mutually beneficial solutions or alternatives
  • Can deliver clear messages through dialogue, written work and formal presentation
  • Demonstrates commitment to sharing ideas, technologies and best practices
  • Willingness to offer fresh, innovative ideas and/or unconventional approaches
  • Significant experience across a number of broad technology disciplines, including domains such as digital transformation, mission critical, application consolidation, infrastructure design & migration (including Cloud & Data Centre), software development, service integration, and data analytics.
  • Experience of working with DevOps teams
  • Experience of transitioning from legacy systems to new capabilities, with new capabilities hosted on commercial (e.g. AWS, Azure) Cloud infrastructures
  • Experience of SAFe

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of professional engineering practices and best practices for the full development life cycle
  • Knowledge of web services testing, performance testing, load testing (tools and good practices), resilience and DR testing (business continuity)
  • Experience of delivering into a Service Management organisation
  • Experience of using tools to support planning and tracking of timeboxed or agile approaches
  • Ability to provide clear technical leadership whilst working collaboratively with a wider solution and bid team
  • Strong problem-solving with the ability to work cross-functionally in a fast-paced and rapidly changing work environment
  • Strategic thinker, coupled with an output focused approach to getting the job done – particularly in a bid scenario.
  • Quick learner with an in-depth understanding of the capability
  • Strong knowledge of Service Management and its application to the delivery of successful services
  • Knowledge of TSQL and XML
  • Knowledge of Service Oriented Architecture;
  • DOORS, JIRA, HPQC (ALM) experience or equivalent tools;


At Leidos we are PASSIONATE about customer success, UNITED as a team and INSPIRED to make a difference. We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance.

We provide an employment package that attracts, develops and retains only the best in talent. Our reward scheme includes:

  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 33 days Annual Leave (including public and privilege holidays)
  • Access to Flexible benefits (including life assurance, health schemes, childcare vouchers and cycle to work scheme)

Commitment to Diversity

We welcome applications from every part of the community and are committed to a truly diverse and inclusive culture.  We foster a sense of belonging, welcoming all perspectives and contributions, and providing equal access to opportunities and resources for everyone.

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know, and we will respond in a way that best fits your needs

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