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Spike95 is an equal opportunities employer.

This role is permanent but a fixed term contract may be considered for specific engagements.

Spike95 is a technical testing consultancy founded in 2015 on the premise of being a company that organisations can count on to accelerate the delivery of their software and never compromise on quality or performance.

Our senior team bring years of technical experience honed in major UK software testing consultancies. They have forged a strong network and gained hands-on experience across multiple industries in some extremely challenging technical projects, notably in retail, finance, and technology companies either directly working for the end client or as part of a multi-supplier team. Learn more about us here – www.spike95.co.uk

We are looking for a Performance Architect to join our existing team, focusing on defining and implementing Performance test/engineering strategies, roadmaps, tools, frameworks & approaches across our growing client portfolio. You will be working across many different projects using a wide variety of performance solutions, technologies, and tools. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of Performance across different clients and applications, the ability to work in complex and challenging environments, and strong stakeholder management skills.

Key responsibilities:

  • Own and manage the performance test strategies, tools and techniques
  • Identify and recommend the performance testing processes and tools
  • Define performance testing solutions and develop workload models, performance testing scripts and scenarios for a wide range of technologies used on our various client engagements
  • Supporting the recruitment of new performance testing consultants into the Spike95 family
  • Determine & document detailed performance testing estimates and strategies to allow the Spike95 sales team to produce the necessary proposals and delivery plans
  • Supporting the Spike95 sales team in the pre-sales process
  • Shaping, designing and planning the performance testing service line, including managing the rollout of new services/solutions
  • Defining / maintaining the Spike95 performance testing service definition & supporting assets
  • Assisting the marketing team to develop marketing materials and position strategies for the performance services and solutions in conjunction with the Spike95 marketing message framework
  • Conduct regular project visits and reviews to support Spike95 delivery assurance
  • Maintaining a repository for performance testing delivery assets to support and encourage asset re-use
  • Lead, guide, train, and mentor Spike95 consultants across our projects

Required skills:

  • Proven experience in defining and developing performance testing strategies and/or approaches for multiple projects
  • Previous experience working in the retail or finance industry
  • Agile Software Development Lifecycle Processes and Methodologies
  • Experience of Microservice architectures
  • Knowledge and experience of web and API load testing tools such as JMeter, Gatling, NeoLoad, LoadRunner
  • Experience of integrating load and/or speed testing into CI/CD pipelines
  • Exposure to APM tools such as Dynatrace, AppDynamics, NewRelic, Application Insights
  • Exposure to data analysis and visualisation tools such as Kibana, Grafana
  • As required, able to be hands-on in all aspects of performance testing

Desirable skills:

  • Page speed testing and optimisation experience, i.e. use of Lighthouse, WebPageTest, PageSpeed Insights or similar to provide meaningful insight and prioritised recommendations
  • Experience of synthetic and RUM page speed monitoring tools such as mPulse, Blue Triangle, Rigor or similar

Start Date: ASAP

Salary: £70k - £80k per annum

Benefits package:

  • Annual performance & pay review
  • Leave entitlement of 33 days per year + Birthday off as leave
  • Leave exchange (buy or sell)
  • Pension with auto-enrolment to pension scheme after 1 month
  • Training allowance