Software Quality Assurance Lead

Position Purpose:

  • Our Client is looking for a QA Lead in our Software development team. Our team, which forms part of the company R&D, is re-writing our Enterprise Asset Management System, from the ground up.
  • You’ll enjoy working in a team using a mature development environment where you plan and collaborate with peers. You’ll be comfortable with challenging the status quo and working in an agile SDLC (we use Scrum).
  • Our Client are based in Bellville (Northern Suburbs), offer excellent company benefits, flexible working hours and working from home.
  • Our Client need you to take full responsibility of the Testing process, tools, techniques and standards.

What we need?

  • Leading QA team experience
  • Agile Experience
  • DevOps experience
  • Someone with a passion for technology and testing
  • A self-motivated team player
  • The right attitude, above everything else
  • Someone that will fit our culture and support our values

What are we looking for?

  • Matric, Relevant Tertiary Qualification would be preferential
  • 10 years’ experience in the Full Software Quality Assurance Lifecycle
  • 2 years’ experience in a Management/Team Leadership role – Building and managing QA teams, able to recognize and bring out the best in the team
  • QA related Test management certification i.e., ISTQB Testing Management
  • Demonstrable experience in manual and automated QA, ideally in a continuous delivery environment
  • Experience of modern QA automation and monitoring tools
  • Functional and non-functional testing experience
  • Microsoft .Net Experience preferred
  • Strong communication skills, dealing with all levels of management and peers within an organization
  • Working with stakeholders to ensure QA vision is understood and implemented correctly
  • Experience of working with teams following an agile methodology
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines

Why should you consider us?

  • We are serious about staff engagement
  • We are serious about people development and training
  • We value work-life balance
  • We are part of a larger R&D team that is working on industry leading trends
  • We are open, honest and act with integrity
  • We celebrate and reward brilliance

Key responsibilities will include:

QA Leadership:

  • Sign-off on the final release readiness for product and component releases in order to provide the company customers, stakeholders, and executives with assurance that the company product suite is released to the best possible quality standards
  • Establish Quality Assurance discipline as an integral component of the Software Development Lifecycle and report on measurable quality improvements
  • Mentorship and team enablement approach
  • Defect management
  • Testing effectiveness measurement
  • Test Scope determination
  • Be the primary contact for all matters related to QA
  • Set the product quality strategy and plan, and then measure and report on the effective execution thereof
  • Define the key measures for software and product quality and report on these at every sprint and release
  • Develop, publish, and maintain a QA roadmap of tooling and process improvement and ensure the team is aligned


Process and tooling:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS)
  • Plan, manage, and measure the Quality Assurance discipline (QA) at the company so that we can be confident that our QA team operates like an industry leading quality assurance team
  • Identify the correct tools and QA process, and ensure cadence with the Software Development team’s agile practices
  • Preparation and review of test plans
  • Monitor all QA activity, test results, defect rates and areas of improvement
  • Bearing continuous improvement in mind, constantly review the quality process and drive further efficiencies and improvements
  • Utilize all quality and testing tools optimally, including balancing automation versus manual testing


Continuous Improvement:

  • Demonstrate the value that quality processes add through a metric-driven approach
  • Champion the value and benefits of quality to the business and other senior managers through regular communication and knowledge-sharing
  • Keep up to date on knowledge of latest QA techniques and trends


Coaching and Mentoring:

  • Work with the QA team to develop personal development and training plans and provide opportunity for learning (report on this annually)
  • Mentoring and coaching to QA team members, ensuring the success of the team’s manual and automation testing
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