Head of Quality Assurance

Location: Coventry
Job Type: Permanent
Discipline: Quality Assurance Testing
Reference: IAT30452
Head of Quality Assurance & Engineering

One of the West Midlands hidden giants are looking for a key QA hire who will help to transform the QA team over the next couple of years. This is a well established company who are a key software provider the 100's of companies around the world. The role is the strategic leader of our approach to both Quality Engineering and Quality Automation including the transformation necessary to drive an increase in the adoption of automation test coverage. As a company that delivers both core product features and project specific solutions, we have both automation and manual approaches to assuring our outcomes – although we are early in the evolution to automation.
You will be responsible for line/career management for the members of your team and also ensuring our people are in the right place to further their careers & deliver on our client commitments.

The role

The role is responsible for leading the Quality Engineering (QE) and Quality Assurance (QA) functions across internal Product Development areas and also the client facing project teams. Responsibilities will include:
* Setting the strategy for both QE and QA to support the Product and Project sides of the business on a global basis
* Leading the QA/QE team as part of the Engineering organisation to help develop our people in their chosen career path
* Creation of role specifications
* Creation of the career growth path including cross training between QE & QA
* The point of escalation to Product and Project for risks/issues related to QE & QA deliverables
* Metrics and KPIs to show the growth of test coverage across the organisation in respect of test automation and an overall improvement in the quality of releases
* Supporting the work to maintain our existing company-wide certifications (BSI 9001 & ISO 27001)
* Stakeholder to the evolving CI, CD & Infrastructure as Code strategy (driven through our DevOps group) to ensure QEs or QAs are not blocked on the access to testing environments
* Owner of the testing laboratories and test kit used in the delivery of Project and Product.

The ideal person will have
* From a QA perspective the tools that we’re seeking experience of working with are Zephyr – JIRA Integration, JIRA, Confluence, Fisheye, Windows & Linux Environments
* Oracle , Cucumber,
* Tools for API testing
* Within the QE space we’re looking for experience with these development languages: Java based automation, Scala, JavaScript
* Selenium Webdriver API, JavaScript
* A proven track record in ideally more than one place of creating a strategy around QA or QE and realising that with business benefits
* A leader that has led teams in Quality Engineering in their recent past and ideally in more than one organisation.

In return you will be offered an amazing role that will grown and shape a team. This is a home based role with occasional office meeting as and when is needed

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