ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. ENTSO-E coordinates the cross-border system operations, system development and electricity market activities of the 43 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) which cover 36 countries. ENTSO-E is assigned important tasks in EU legislation, including the development of Europe-wide electricity network development plans, and of more than 10 network codes which themselves become binding European laws.

The ENTSO-E Secretariat in Brussels is the focal point for technical, market and policy questions for all European TSOs in their cooperation with each other, in their joint fulfilment of their legal mandates, and in the intensive interactions with European Commission, regulatory agencies, associations representing network users and other stakeholders. The role of the TSOs and their cooperation in ENTSO-E is crucial to ensuring security of supply; completing the largest and most competitive electricity market in the world; and successfully integrating large volumes of renewable energy into the system.

ENTSO-E applies a project-aligned method of working. This covers the business case, well-defined scope and deliverables, clear roles for decision making and controlling responsibilities and plans for resources, quality and risk management.

The scope and diversity of ENTSO-E’s work has grown rapidly and is expected to grow further with implementation of network codes and the current challenging energy policy discussions.

General position description

The Common Grid Model Program of ENTSO-E

**CGM Program summary **

Grid operators use mathematical simulation models of their network to simulate the grid behaviour 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 recognised 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 Exchange Platform [OPDE] and is fully in scope of the common grid model program.

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

  • ATOM: the underlying IT communication network

  • Connectivity Platform: a distributed software platform that allows secure and traceable data-exchange

  • Multiple central IT business applications: these apps are plugged into the Connectivity platform and process the data according to the agreed common grid model processes .

The successful candidate will work on the three layers, responsible of the integrated and horizontal quality assessment of the final product delivered to our stakeholders.

This position is based in our premises at ENTSO-E Secretariat in Brussels.

Specific responsibilities and tasks

  • **Management/Coordination **

    • Reports to ICT programme manager and participates in status meetings. Prepare the high-level and detailed level testing schedule with the different projects team

    • Communicate the high-level testing schedule and its progress according to the different audience level

    • Communicates projects team and Integration/User acceptance testing schedule by including them to Detailed level testing schedule distribution list.

    • Primarily focus on the technical side of testing the solution, prior hand-over to the business manager to perform the end user/acceptance tests based on the agreed functional specifications

    • Potential evolution to conduct the user acceptance tests if needed

    • Work with suppliers on test automation and reporting

  • **Tests Management **

    • Define the test strategy and all related documentation.

    • Coordinate with Applications Leads on the Test Case document and execution.

    • Test planning/scheduling and execution management

    • Integration, user acceptance and performance tests scope validation

    • Cross check with Business requirements to assure 100% test coverage, using for example a created requirements traceability matrix

    • Testing progress follow up and reporting

    • Tracking of test related efforts with other teams: test case and scripts creation, test data, authorisations, environments and system solution

    • Assure tests deliverables compliance to ENTSO-E standards

    • Conduct Entry and Exit Criteria meetings, opening and closing test phases, checking quality assurance indicators are met (No High or Showstoppers defects are open)


  • University degree in information technology is preferable

  • Energy sector knowledge will be a plus

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience, performing as a test manager

  • Full English proficiency (oral, written)

  • Strong knowledge of testing tools, and capable to propose best of the breed testing tools and processes tailored to ENTSO-E organisation

  • Experience both in waterfall and agile test management

  • Good Communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to deal with different providers and/or contributors located in various countries

  • Ability to work in a dynamic and multi-cultural environment

  • Need to quickly possess a vision of the end product from the point of view of our stakeholders, as well as its technical particularities (multi-layered distributed architecture)

  • Committed, able to work against tight deadlines

  • International travel within Europe will be required