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Test Environment Lead

  • Job
    Senior & Expert Level
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • Southampton

AI generated summary

  • You must be a self-starter, strategic thinker, and stakeholder manager with experience in Agile, DevOps, and hybrid cloud environments. Embrace creativity, inclusivity, and accountability to drive transformation in a large organization.
  • You will lead test environment usage & requirements, support project teams, govern processes, and drive strategic improvements for future ways of working.


  • Required Skills & Experience:
  • Self-starter with the ability to work autonomously but keeping in close touch with the wider team.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to provide objective summaries of complex information.
  • Ability to think and work strategically as we work through transformation.
  • Comfortable with context-switching throughout the day.
  • Comfortable working without the rigid structure and processes of Production as we navigate & improve what this needs to look like in the future.
  • Desirable (but not essential) experience:
  • Experience working in a large multi business unit organisation
  • Experience working with Hybrid Cloud & On-Premise Environments
  • Experienced in Agile and DevOps methodology.
  • Knowledge of automated pipelines.
  • Service-oriented background.
  • Be Customer Focused – constantly improving our customers’ experience
  • I listen to my customers
  • I use available data to help make decisions
  • Be Human – leading with purpose, humanity and care
  • I do the right thing
  • I am respectful
  • Be Curious – thrive on learning, thinking beyond the obvious
  • I build and share new ideas
  • I try new things and share my learnings
  • Be Agile – building trust and empowering people to work with agility
  • I have courage to be creative
  • Done is better than perfect, I aim for 80/20
  • Be Inclusive – inspiring diverse teams to achieve together
  • I embrace allyship
  • I have self-awareness and a desire to learn
  • Be Accountable – owning the plan, delivering results and growth
  • I own my actions
  • I understand the Kingfisher plan and how it relates to my role


  • You will spend a proportion of your time on strategic improvements within the team, as you will be part of an exciting transformation of the Environment Management Team’s future as we navigate our way into hybrid Cloud models and DevOps ways of working.
  • Responsibilities:
  • Ownership of Non-Production Test Environment usage & requirements for projects and programmes of work, including:
  • Analysis of new demand and identifying timeline, usage costs, point of contact, requirements & recommended route to Production.
  • Support users in booking the appropriate Environments & review booking requests for accuracy & alignment.
  • Governing the adherence to our processes.
  • Collaboration with project/programme teams, as Environment point of contact.
  • Escalation support for Non-Prod Incidents and Requests
  • Understand ways of working & promote Environment governance including in low-adherence areas.
  • Supporting strategic improvements including:
  • Be part of a lively programme of work to align the Environment Management Team with future ways of working, including a decommissioning project, a move to a new booking tool, creation of the Configuration Management Database, redefining and detailing our purpose, policy, and processes, raising the profile of the team and improving the core skills of the team.
  • Understanding and detailing integration/middleware methods - driving the work of those involved in the support of environments for integration and ensuring that information and knowledge are detailed.
  • Facilitate and maintain an inventory of environment components and landscape, to feed into our new Configuration Management Database, including branching into technical details.
  • Produce and maintain environment architecture change schedule, including but not limited to minor/major changes, OS, security, and network changes.


What are the key responsibilities of a Test Environment Lead?

The Test Environment Lead is responsible for owning Non-Production Test Environment usage and requirements for projects, analyzing new demand, supporting users in booking appropriate Environments, ensuring governance, serving as the primary escalation point for any Non-Prod Environment-related issues, and supporting strategic improvements within the team.

What skills and experience are required for the role of a Test Environment Lead?

The ideal candidate for the role of Test Environment Lead should be a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously, have strong stakeholder management skills, think and work strategically, be comfortable with context-switching, and have experience working in a large multi-business unit organization. Experience with Hybrid Cloud, On-Premise Environments, Agile, DevOps methodology, automated pipelines, and service-oriented background is desirable but not essential.

How does the Test Environment Lead contribute to the strategic improvements within the team?

The Test Environment Lead plays a key role in supporting strategic improvements within the team by being part of the transformation towards hybrid Cloud models and DevOps ways of working. This includes aligning the team with future ways of working, integrating/middleware methods, creating a Configuration Management Database, detailing environment architecture change schedules, and improving core skills of the team.

What benefits and rewards are offered to a Test Environment Lead at Kingfisher?

The benefits and rewards offered to a Test Environment Lead at Kingfisher include Private Health Care, Kingfisher Pension Scheme, 25 Days' Holiday, Staff Discount at B&Q and Screwfix, Kingfisher Share Incentive Plan (SIP), Life Assurance, Competitive Bonus Scheme, and Kingfisher Share Save. Additionally, there are opportunities for career growth and development within an innovative and collaborative environment.

What is the application process like for the role of Test Environment Lead at Kingfisher?

The application process for the role of Test Environment Lead at Kingfisher involves submitting an application through the Kingfisher Careers website, a review by the Talent Acquisition team, a telephone interview/one-to-one conversation with a recruiter, a face-to-face or virtual interview, and feedback on the application. Successful candidates will receive details of a job offer following the interview process.

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Mission & Purpose

Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with approximately 1,900 stores, and operations in eight countries across Europe. We operate under retail banners including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix, TradePoint and Koçtaş, supported by a team of over 82,000 colleagues. We offer home improvement products and services to consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and via our e-commerce channels. At Kingfisher, we believe a better world starts with better homes. We help make better homes accessible for everyone. As a Group, we use our core strengths and commercial assets, and we power our retail banners to address the significant growth opportunities that exist within the home improvement market #PoweredByKingfisher