Senior Director/Director of Quality Assurance

Mississauga, Ontario, ca
Company: Optiva Inc
Category: IT
Published on 2021-03-15 19:58:47

This is a permanent opportunity within the Optiva R&D Organization for a Director or Senior Director of Quality Assurance. The successful candidate will lead a team of highly skilled QA Architects and Engineers across the complete Roadmap portfolio. This role will be part of the R&D executive team reporting directly to the CTO, driving the test strategy and quality initiatives within R&D. To be considered, the candidate must have previous experience at the director level in the discipline of QA.


  • Lead a team of 15+ software quality assurance engineers with a wide variance of experience within the Telecoms domain and discipline of QA
  • Be accountable for the Testing strategy within R&D including test case management, automation and associated frameworks, test tools.
  • Manage effectively the testing schedules for all significant releases and work closely with the engineering project manager team
  • Operate as a change agent for continuous improvement driving new initiatives that improve the efficiency of software delivery from a QA perspective
  • Provide feedback on post-release defects and implement a continuous improvement process to drive quality
  • Provide high level, and detailed input as required, into the testing strategy, testing scope, test coverage of a release and any associated deliverables
  • Provide strategic direction and mentor the team as needed to accomplish a First Time Right software release to our customers
  • Work with the Software Development Scrum Teams to understand the scope, the technical nuances, and testability of each EPIC and associated story
  • Help improve the overall software delivery process within an agile scrum framework
  • Drive post mortems for root causing defect leakage between the varying QA gates
  • Communicate to senior management the quality status of releases in development, in the release, in maintenance
  • Manage and coordinate the resources required by the team to achieve the goals
  • Motivate the team and promote the values and culture of the company. Manage the performance of the team and support the career goals of the individual team members.
  • Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10+ years of prior management experience to include director level
  • Experience of 10+ years within Telecoms
  • Minimum of 20+ years of experience working in IT Software Quality Assurance, including experience in software development, system design, and automated system testing
  • Proficiency with VersionOne, Java/JavaScript, Selenium, and SQL. Experience with other automated testing tools is desirable
  • Experience with change management/control methodologies and underlying systems
  • Hands-on experience with software quality testing software a plus, including manual regression testing tools
  • Experience with relational database methodology as well as methods for accessing and validating data via SQL
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, work environment
  • Deep Experience in working with automated testing frameworks
  • Experience in both Waterfall and Scrum Agile SDLC methodologies
  • Strong experience in testing complex backend software solutions
  • Strong Experience in testing Cloud-based solutions as well as bare metal solutions
  • Experience in leading a global and distributed team
  • Bachelors of Science degree (or equivalent) is required
  • Desirable Qualifications:

  • Software Quality (CASQ or CSQA) and/or Software Testing (CAST or CSTE) Certifications a plus
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