QA Portfolio Lead

New York, NY

Post Date: 06/19/2017 Job ID: 9866363 Industry: IT Perm
The Quality Assurance and Production Management (QAPM) division is responsible for the Testing, Assurance and Application Support for a range of custom Front, Middle and Back office applications used to support the business processes.

We are looking for a hands-on QA Portfolio Lead in New York office to lead testing on Projects across critical Reference Data Platform applications. You will be responsible for managing the testing delivery of multiple projects across Strategic reference data systems for elemental data, fixed income and equities reference data applications. You will need to work closely with the Developers, Development leads and Project Manager to manage delivery of QA testing on various mandatory and strategic projects. The development team is based in India, Montreal and New York.

Primary Responsibilities
Ensure timely delivery, thoroughly review test artifacts ensure testing gaps are addressed while meeting the defined standards on mandatory and critical projects and work towards improving these standards in an ongoing basis.
Communicate with developers, project managers, and management on project and testing status working across time zones.
Regularly interact with development teams with a view to propose and implement improvements.
Develop a close understanding of existing automation frameworks and constantly scan opportunities for additional automation.
Manage about 10 vendor resources including two test leads, ensure that there is a strong pipeline of trained resources, partner with vendor delivery managers to ensure the resources are motivated, trained and replace /upgrade them as applicable.
Take ownership and manage QA testing environments, ensure resources have refreshed environments in time and plan for improvements ahead of schedule.
Maintain solid understanding of software testing best practices, methodologies and terminology.
Participate in daily release /Project meetings as applicable.
Review QA metrics and ensure ALM is populated with metrics at right level of quality.
Manage and coordinate the testing effort for regular software releases, and build and train the team to improve the testing process over time.
Sign off releases in a timely manner and provide test evidence for the activities
Skills required
10+ years of Software Testing/Development experience within a technical environment
5+ years of Software Testing/Development Management experience with responsibilities for running the testing function across a broad range of client projects
Able to demonstrate process improvements across both QA and development teams under their control
Demonstrated experience of both local and remote team liaison and management
Experience of Backend and Frontend testing, Test automation using Perl/Python and Selenium
Proficiency in database testing and SQL queries (Sybase or DB2 preferred)
Experience with performance and stress testing frameworks
Linux/Unix/shell scripting
Strong Written and Oral communication skills

Skills desired
Experience in Defect management tooling (JIRA, ALM)
Hands on PERL/ Java automation skills
Domain skills or product knowledge
Experience of Investment Banking working culture


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