Lead Quality Assurance Engineer

Salary: Competitive

Location: London

HR Director, Victoria James 19 March 2021

About the role

We work with a wide range of clients – the Royal Navy, Honda, Orange and many other leading global brands – and an even wider range of technology.

This role is a great opportunity to get your teeth into an exciting, enterprise-level platform that we have built from scratch as part of a Europe-wide IoT system and help drive and deliver new features and functionality.

Responsibilities

We need someone with experience working with enterprise-level software and smaller-scale solutions alike and the ability to solve problems you may not have encountered before in a considered, intelligent manner.

Day to day, we’d expect you to be carrying out the below activities as part of your job:

• Leading projects

• Mentoring other members of the QA team

• Contributing to improving our ways of working and processes

• Exploring and encouraging the use of cutting-edge technology

• Feeding in to estimates for projects

• Communicating complex scenarios and outcomes to both technical and non-technical audiences

• Solving interesting problems of all shapes and sizes

• Working effectively in a multi-supplier environment

Additionally:

  • Coach multi-disciplinary delivery teams to deliver projects and products and identify ways to improve project delivery
  • Develop relationships with your clients and work collaboratively with the Great State London and Bristol teams
  • Lead the collaborative planning process with the team and the client’s Product (or Project) Owner to define the roadmap and requirements for projects, and collaborate with the team to translate these into user stories which are clear and actionable to the team and client
  • Create and develop commercial project scopes and Statements of Work, estimates and timelines
  • Manage project commercials and financials following internal processes and governance, reporting and escalating risks
  • Working with the AD or Delivery Lead, identify wider commercial opportunities – i.e. additional scope to the existing project or new opportunities that may come up in discussions with client
  • Agree appropriate tools for managing the project delivery, team and communications (internally and with the client)
  • Facilitate team ceremonies including stand ups, planning, demos and retrospectives
  • With the Production Manager, ensure that the correct capability and capacity are available for the team
  • Understand technical approach, constraints, dependencies and risks
  • Manage any third-party relationships and dependencies
  • Ensure that all product deliveries are delivered to the appropriate level of quality, ensuring that the process is followed with regards to ISO compliance
  • Actively participate in sharing and applying skills and knowledge to bring about best practice and innovation

Requirements

We need you to be comfortable with the below:

• Have an excellent understanding of testing principles and methodologies

• Comfortable carrying out both manual and automated UI and API testing

• Using automated testing tools (e.g., Selenium, Cypress)

• Excellent understanding of security best practice and approaches to testing, in line with industry standards and guidelines (e.g., NCSC, OWASP)

• Good understanding of accessibility and SEO guidelines and best practice

• Good understanding of contemporary software architecture approaches

• Experience of testing within an Agile delivery team

• Performance/Load testing tools (e.g., JMeter)

• Mobile Application Testing

Bonus points if you also have specific experience with:

• Cloud infrastructure and services (e.g., Azure, AWS)

• CI/CD and Build pipelines

• Code branching & Pull requests

Tech aside, these characteristics are very important to us:

• Great problem solver

• Enthusiasm for what you do

• Be able to give and receive feedback with an open mind

• Passionate about the quality of the end product

• Have good awareness of industry trends, best practices and standards

• Adaptable at the pace of an agency

• Be able to take on the challenge of learning new tools and frameworks

• To own your place in the team and help to continuously improve the engineering team for everyone

We offer all the usual fun benefits associated with a digital agency plus flexible working hours, the ability to work from home and 27 days holiday, plus bank holidays. We welcome fresh opinions and strive for an inclusive environment.

Apply

To apply, please email careers@greatstate.co with your CV and a short cover letter. If you'd prefer a more informal conversation in the first instance, please get in touch using the same email address.