Head of Software Quality
Progressive Edge
CapeTown, South Africa
19h ago
source : Executive Placements

Head of Software Quality

Cape Town

An established company based in Cape Town, build complex solutions for governments and businesses worldwide. Through the integration of a broad portfolio of technologies with workflow management tools, and consulting services, the company provides fully configurable, scalable solutions.

Their R&D team is looking for an experienced team player to join their organisation as a Head of Software Quality.

Duties & Responsibilities

Take overall responsibility for quality standards, as agreed to with Head of R&D and Head of Product Engineering

Manage a transparent regression test programme of the product suite, covering the following areas :

functional regression testing, performance / load testing and security / penetration testing

Provide matrix management of QA testers within scrum teams to : allocate regression work packages, provide guidance and training in software quality standards

Lead an initiative to extend automated testing on the product suite, linked to the continuous integration pipeline to : define the scope of work, perform automated test scripting / coding , support and train testers to perform automated test scripting / coding , define stories for developers to update products to enable efficient testing

Work with the Delivery and Content Manager to : prioritise the fixing of bugs identified during testing, modify regression scripts to prevent recurrence of bugs in problem areas

Line management for QA staff outside of scrum teams

Required Skills

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

A passion for setting and maintaining standards, and instilling a quality-first mindset in others

An independent mindset, yet able to work collaboratively

Ability to proactively identify problematic behaviour that impacts on quality standards, and work with others to change this

Understanding of RESTful web APIs and web application architecture

Expert-level knowledge of a test automation framework such as Selenium web drivers, along with Atata and C# or an equivalent scripting environment

Qualifications and Experience Required

Tertiary education in a relevant technical field, e.g. B.Tech or BSc

10 years of combined experience working on large scale Enterprise IT projects as a Test Engineer, QA analyst and Testing Manager

Proven understanding of testing concepts through the software development lifecycle (unit, performance, regression) and capability to lead a team to write effective test cases and test plans

Proven ability to create a comprehensive test strategy and integrated testing plan for functional testing and load / performance testing

Prior experience managing a small team

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