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Quality Assurance Lead

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23 Feb 2021

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PHMG is the world's leading audio branding agency, working with more than 36,000 clients in 39 countries. Globally renowned brands such as Audi, Adidas and Coca-Cola trust us to make them sound as good as they look.To maintain our position at the forefront of our industry - and sustain our continual growth - we need an expert operational team behind us to support the smooth running of the business.Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 +Bonus

Office location: Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0PQ

Working hours: 8:45am - 5:15pm

Our Lead Tester will work in close collaboration with the Head of Product Delivery and our Software Development team to assess software quality - initially through manual testing but with a remit to introduce and implement end-to-end test automation. You'll have a passion for ensuring that every release provides the best experience and value for users.

You'll possess strong mentoring skills with a natural ability to build and improve on critical thinking in order to ensure that test and development strategies always have a customer centric. Through analysis of software and systems, risk mitigation and awareness of software issues, you'll evaluate and implement testing methodologies and approaches to ensure software delivery is seamless.

Our technical environment is a Microsoft Tech Stack and we'll need you to be familiar with a range of test suites - sourcing and pitching the best tools for the function. You'll have working knowledge of test management software (e.g. GitLab, qTest, Zephyr) and will present business cases for investment to the Chief Technology Officer with a focus on long-term ROI.

We want you to be curious and not to ignore the little things. Your high level of attention to detail is key. Confident and approachable, your expert communication skills will allow you to collate and convey functional and technical information clearly to colleagues from all department and at all levels.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Taking ownership of our existing testing, you'll first gain a detailed understanding of our current software design and end-user functionality
  • As part of our application modernisation, you'll lead us into a new model of agile automated testing, selecting the tools and techniques to allow us to succeed
  • Shaping technical solutions in collaboration with business analysts, developers and architects
  • Establishing a formal QA testing process to improve software quality, in line with the Agile methodologies
  • Writing test statements, executing test cases, analysing results, creating logs and reporting errors to the development team
  • Test planning, coordination, execution, reporting using test management tools
  • Maintaining defect reports and queues using defect management tools e.g. Visual Studio Team Services (TFS)
  • Using SQL to automate test efforts (generating test data and validating bug fixes)
  • Completing post-release and post-implementation testing

What You'll Need
  • A very strong technical background with extensive knowledge Quality Assurance
  • Detailed knowledge of QA testing processes to improve software quality, in line with the Agile methodology
  • Web, windows, mobile and API testing experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Automation Testing (e.g. Selenium, Cucumber)
  • Practical experience with cross-browser/mobile testing using relevant tools such as browser stack
  • Capability with data analysis and reporting and use of analytics to guide testing
  • Strong knowledge of Agile frameworks
  • Experience working directly on business transformation products and strategy
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of stakeholder manager and conflict resolution
  • Experience of change planning and management
  • A strategic mindset and ability to analyse and solve problems

What You'll Get In Return
  • Competitive salary and rewards
  • Career development and progression directly linked to your performance
  • Free gym membership at PureGym
  • All expenses paid company events in sought after venues
  • Birthday gifts and time off to celebrate
  • On-site barber and beautician
  • Exciting social scene and lively atmosphere
  • Creative, spacious offices with breakout areas and bar
  • Dry cleaning and tailoring service
  • Fundraising initiatives for our registered charity - the PHMG Foundation
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Smart pension scheme following a three-month probationary period

About PHMGEstablished in 1998, PHMG has grown from a renowned Manchester-based business to the world's leading audio branding agency - working with 36,000 clients in 54 countries across the globe. This expansive client list includes household names of the calibre of Samsung, Audi and Adidas, as well as SMEs in every sector of the global market. We give each of them a stellar production that combines creative copy, world-class voice artistry and an exclusive Brand-Sound-Track™ - strengthening their business identity in the most memorable, emotive way.
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