Software Test and QA Manager

PLYMOUTH -  UP TO £50K DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE

COMPANY

At GOSS our mission is to ensure our clients maximise their online potential.  We do this by harnessing the best internet technologies to deliver innovative solutions that enhance customer experience, reduce costs, and provide a competitive advantage. To do this we have to stay on the leading edge of technology and innovation.

The GOSS Digital Platform helps to drive digital transformation within a wide range of public and private sector organisations across the UK, and each week more than 3 million people experience our work. Building software at scale is fun, challenging and changing constantly. We have helped our clients deliver new online services to their citizens including ferry disruptions, improved waste collection solutions as well complex integration into various 3rd party systems.

We are looking for full time Test and QA Manager to join our team here in our Plymouth office.

The Role

In this brand new role, we are looking for an experienced Test and QA Manager to redevelop and take ownership of the testing strategies used across many of the teams here at GOSS. You will have a proven track record in QA and testing and be able to drive change across the business, building upon the good practice already in place and leading in areas they identify for improvement. You will develop and own the company's testing strategy whilst scoping, producing, and implementing project test strategies that cover test team structure, tools, automated testing, development methodology and risk. Supporting and managing QA team members who are working on projects across various parts of the business you will promote effective collaboration and knowledge sharing across teams. You will contribute to project status meetings, agile planning, and daily scrums whilst creating an environment that promotes a high level of software quality.

You will be responsible for risk identification, documentation and impact assessment, then working to mitigate those risks. You will plan, prepare and facilitating UAT sessions as well as monitoring and reporting testing progress across teams. You will be responsible for reviewing test requirements based on software design and functional requirement documentation whilst also engaging and communicating with key business and client stakeholders

To support your success in this role we anticipate you'll spend the first six months familiarising yourself with the complete GOSS product range. You'll get hands-on with our existing QA team, testing ongoing product and client projects. With our Product, Platform and Solutions teams you'll work to develop our new QA strategy, then plan its roll-out.

Once you're up to speed you'll be tasked with implementing the new strategy. That will include support and mentoring as the strategy is put in place, reporting back on the KPIs defined at the planning stage, and using feedback to review and improve the way QA and testing are carried out across our teams of developers. You'll also be ready to meet our clients at our biannual User Groups.

The Person

We are looking for someone who has experience of website testing, including automated web testing, end to end testing across multiple systems and platform and an advanced knowledge of software testing theories and practices. You will have demonstrable and detailed knowledge of functional, non-functional, and security testing, experience of running coaching sessions and providing individual support to developers to improve their testing and risk analysis skills. You have previously worked in an agile environment and worked on multiple projects simultaneously. Experience in implementing tools and frameworks to improve the QA and development process is required. This may include building new bespoke tools. Demonstrable experience in software QA with well-developed exploratory testing skills and an understanding and appreciation of user journeys and customer experience.

ABOUT GOSS

GOSS was founded in 1999, and today comprises over 60 great people. We are a growing software business based on the edge of Dartmoor. Our clients range from the public sector (Police Forces and Government) to private sector brands such as Brittany Ferries & Caledonian MacBrayne.

At GOSS, our values help us to achieve our goals as well as contributing to making GOSS a great place to work and develop.

  • We treat GOSS like it is our company.  We take ownership for getting things done.  Each of us is responsible for the quality of everything we do.
  • We work together as one team, committed to and focused on achieving our company's core objectives and delivering value to our clients and their customers.
  • We enjoy what we do and we always operate with respect and trust, in an ethical way.
  • We value innovation and creativity.  Every experience is a learning opportunity.
  • We actively support our communities through various events such as charity events and local industry talks.

BENEFITS

  •  Flexible working hours and location
  • 31 days holiday including Bank Holidays, increasing by 1 day for each full year of service up to a maximum of 36 days
  • Company performance bonus
  • Long service award 
  • Enhanced maternity & paternity package
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to reduced rate fitness scheme
  • Free refreshments

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

SELECTION PROCESS

To apply, complete our short application form and upload your CV which you can find below.

INTERVIEW DETAILS

Initial interviews will be via telephone/Skype with our Technical Lead and a Senior Software Developer. If successful you will be invited to attend a competency-based interview here at the GOSS offices in Plymouth which will last approximately 1 hour. You will be expected to be able evidence previous examples of your work.

Applications from candidates living outside of the UK will be considered for the position provided the candidates can demonstrate that they are eligible to work in the UK.

GOSS is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. This means that decisions concerning recruitment will be based on the needs of the business and not any assumptions based on sex, race, age, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, married or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Due to the large volume of applications GOSS receive, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of applying, on this occasion its likely that you have been unsuccessful in your application.

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