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Business Test Manager

The Common Grid Model (CGM) Programme

Grid operators use mathematical simulation models of their network to simulate the grid behavior under various, including extreme, circumstances. Results of these simulations are notably used to decide on the list of actions transmission system operators (TSOs) need to take to maintain the reliability of the grid at the least cost and impact possible for customers and stakeholders (distribution grids, generators, traders, etc.).

Up to now, each TSO has been using its own grid model. As electrical networks become more interconnected and as European electricity markets are getting more and more integrated, there is a need to develop a common grid model of pan-European dimension. It will ease the cooperation between TSOs and will result in an even more secure and cost-efficient pan-European grid. The EU has recognized the benefits that this common grid model will bring and has thus made it a legal requirement in various Network Codes (CACM, FCA and SO GL) that methodologies for the common grid model and generation and data provision are developed by all TSOs and submitted for approval to all regulatory authorities. The Common Grid Model Business process requires a significant data exchange amongst all ENTSO-E members. The IT data exchange system which is under construction is called the Operational Planning Data Environment [OPDE] and is fully in scope of the Common Grid Model Programme.

The Operational Planning Data Environment is built up out of 3 interacting IT layers:

  • PCN: the underlying IT Physical Communication Network (PCN)
  • Connectivity Platform: a distributed software platform that allows secure and traceable data-exchange
  • Business Applications: multiple central IT business applications, which are plugged into the Connectivity Platform and process the data according to the agreed common grid model processes

CGM Programme has defined a range of business tests, to ensure that the CGM process and functionalities, involving TSOs, RSCs and ENTSO-E will be delivered and working as expected for Go-Live in 2021.

Basic CGM Build Process Test

The Basic CGM Build Process tests the basic business process and its related software applications. The test shows if the overall process is working within its expected process times and if the data is delivered, merged and processed as required. The Basic CGM Build Process shows the status of the maturity of all software applications and stakeholders.

Non-Functional Requirements Test

The non-functional requirements tests will ensure that the OPDE platform is capable to fulfil the quality and performance requirements, which have been defined in the Business Requirements specifications

User Acceptance Test (UAT)

The UAT is a verification of the functionalities and requirements from a user point of view. In the context of the CGM Programme the intent of the UAT is to verify the delivered functionalities of new OPDE releases.

General position description

The Business Test Manager, reporting to the Solution Delivery Manager, will work at Brussels offices. The Business Test Manager has a critical role in managing the end-to-end business test delivery with all relevant stakeholders and test participants.

International travel within Europe may be required.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

Key tasks include:

  • Development and maintenance of business test approach, scenarios, scripts –Estimates and obtains TSO, RSC and ENTSO-E support for the time, resources and participation required to perform the testing
  • Organises the testing kick-off meeting with all relevant stakeholders
  • Plans, prepares, implements and reviews the test deliverables and status at regular intervals to ensure smooth testing outcomes
  • Organises and leads regular meetings with all stakeholders to communicate accomplishments, plans and issues as well as any risks to the test plan
  • Focuses on the user acceptance test based on the agreed non-functional specifications
  • Monitors and controls the logging, prioritisation and re-testing of system defects

Profile

  • University degree in information technology is preferable
  • Energy sector knowledge will be a plus
  • At least 5 years of experience as a test manager or similar area of activity
  • Business fluency in English mandatory (oral and written)
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Experience both in waterfall and agile test management is preferable
  • Ability to work within a multinational and multicultural professional environment
  • Skilled in organisation and time management
  • Ability to work with all levels of client and internal resources

Please submit your complete application consisting of a motivational letter and curriculum vitae before 24 August 2020.