Our client currently have an opening for a QA Lead , based in their Lisbon office.
This role includes the management of the growing QA team, as well as ownership and continuous improvement of the QA / QC processes, promoting and embedding these across the team.
The right candidate must have an in-depth knowledge of testing principles and techniques and how they apply to the testing phases of an Agile or Waterfall software development lifecycle.
The individual should demonstrate the ability to manage a range of stakeholders from different geographies (business users, analysts, software delivery teams, 3rd party suppliers) as well the enthusiasm to learn functional aspects of applications and the underlying business needs.
The role will require occasional European travel.
Team Management :
Manage a team of Test Coordinators that execute the Quality Control for both Agile Software Development Factories and Projects
Provide training and coaching in Quality Assurance and Quality Control as needed to both Test Coordinators and Testers
Support the team and Project Managers in defining suitable resource allocation for the QA team
Represent the QA Team within the wider organisation
Quality Assurance Strategy & Leadership :
Define, agree and maintain the QA Framework
Establish and manage suitable processes and tooling as required to support QA activities
Responsible for closing the cycle on both Projects and Agile Factories, gathering lessons learned and applying them to the QA process of the Software Development Lifecycle
Be on top of the market trends on Quality Assurance, Quality Controls, Testing tools and methods
Sponsor and manage QA enhancement activities, driven by internal or external teams
Analyse Project Requirements, defining the optimal Test Strategy to be applied
Validate estimations on the effort required from the QA Team to perform the QC on the Project
Act as the key point of contact for Project stakeholders
Provide support to the Test Coordinators as needed in performing QC during Project
Agile Factories Testing Coordination :
Define and validate the QA and QC criteria needed for the on boarding of an application in the Agile Factory mode
Assist the Test Coordination in the validation of the Testing Stages deliverables, on the creation of Test Scenarios and Test Cases, and performing the Test Reporting
Standardise practices, tools and strategies across Factories
Make a qualitative analysis on the Testing phases of the Iterations
Ability to combine soft influencing, persuasion and consultancy skills with leadership qualities that encourage business leaders to positively respond to questions, and requests to meet deadlines.
Creative, proactive, logical and innovative and will not just accept the status quo.
Results driven, with the energy and determination to succeed in a fast paced environment where the pace of response and leadership is critical to success.
Good stakeholder and expectation management
Ability to have a clear, precise and affirmative communication style
Excellent English written and verbal communication skills, capable of working with people at all levels within and external to the business.
Demonstrates a commitment to Quality
At least five years’ experience of working as a Test Manager / QA Lead in a near-shore / offshore environment with matrix teams and multiple work streams.
Experience working with distributed teams and building relationships with stakeholders.
BA / BSc Degree in a relevant subject
BCS (ISEB) / ISTQB Software Testing Foundation (minimum), Practitioner qualification (preferable) or equivalent.
Experience of using Test Management applications such as JIRA, Zephyr or HP ALM QC
Ability to read and comprehend business requirements and high level design deliverables well enough to facilitate building of detailed test cases
In-depth knowledge of both Waterfall and Agile Software Development Methodologies, and of the QA / QC best practices applied in both Methodologies
Knowledge and experience of Test Automation solutions
Knowledge and experience of API and System Integration testing