Software Quality Assurance Team Leader (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:£38,592-£51,805
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Contract Type:Fixed-term: The fund
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Software Quality Assurance Team Leader (Fixed Term)

This is a rare opportunity to join one of the world's oldest and most prestigious institutions where you can make a significant contribution to the world-changing teaching, learning and research that the University performs through your expertise in test leadership and your passion for quality.

We are seeking an experienced and highly successful Software Quality Assurance Team Leader to play a fundamental role in the delivery of a business-critical HR Transformation programme. The role-holder will be central to enabling and delivering transition between HR providers and systems. This will include moving from on-premise solutions to a cloud-centric, Software as a Service solution.

The role-holder will lead successful testing teams without having direct line- management control. Some of these teams will be external providers, some internal users, some user representatives. The person in the role will need to articulate the testing strategy, the plans, exit and entry criteria and manage the phases, needs, risks, and issues associated with testing.

An understanding of business-critical systems, interfaces, and test data requirements is essential.

Previous experience of HR Transformation programmes would be an advantage, as would experience of testing Oracle products.

This is an exciting time to join the team. The University is in the middle of its greatest expansion in its illustrious 800+ year history and your skills, knowledge and abilities will be part of the ongoing legacy of Cambridge and its impact on the world.

Essential Attributes/Qualities:

  • Ability to lead diverse virtual testing teams
  • To create and manage test strategies that result in the successful transformation of business-critical systems and services
  • Ability to write clear and concise test assets and artifacts that can be understood by a large and diverse range of stakeholders
  • To be the primary testing representative on a business-critical programme
  • To identify risks and understand constraints (e.g., time, resources) and act accordingly
  • Ability to prioritise effectively. We cannot test everything. Knowing what to test, when to test it, and how to test it will be critical to success
  • Working with testing tools, specifically Jira, to manage the testing phases, report defects and track progress
  • Ability to create powerful and compelling, easy-to-understand data, dashboards and reports that articulate testing progress, defects, targets and blockages
  • To be an effective communicator. To work productively with other stakeholders to find solutions to problems but ensure that risks to quality are clearly articulated. The emphasis must always be to find critical defects and issues as early in the lifecycle as possible

  • Clear understanding of test data management and the role it plays in successful testing of business-critical programmes

  • Determination, flexibility and pragmatism. A focus on positively solving problems and finding solutions regardless of the challenge
  • Experience of complex integration testing of systems
  • Managing a number of test environments simultaneously
  • Working with Programme Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, User Experience, User Representatives and Service Managers towards a common goal
  • Understand testing from one service to another (e.g., benchmarking the current system, business processes and data, and comparing to the new system)
  • Ensuring that the quality expectations of the new service provider and cloud-based solutions are understood and any deviation from this should be escalated
  • Strong focus on maintaining and enhancing the professional reputation of the team
  • Ability to share knowledge
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

    Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

    We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part- time working or other flexible working arrangements.

    We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    For any queries regarding this position, please contact Mark Galvin via email [email protected]

    Please quote reference VC32380 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

    Further information
  • VC32380 Further information document
  • Department/Location

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    21 September 2022

    Closing date

    19 February 2023

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