Test Architect Lead - $120k in Charlotte, NC at Vaco

Date Posted: 7/1/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Test Architect Lead will be experienced in working with product teams and defining and executing test strategies with automation as a core component to transform QA to enable agile and continuous testing. The architect will define best testing practices, techniques and strategies that significantly increase the level of white box testing. This role will also be responsible for recruiting qualified SDETs that will be embedded within Agile teams.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with product teams to design test strategies with automation as the core component to transform QA to enable agile and continuous testing
  • Lead a team of Software Development Engineers in Test (SDETs) and Test Engineers to implement and execute a product test strategy
  • Participate in product design reviews ensuring quality practices are baked into the software development and deployment life cycle
  • Work with the team to identify and build automated tests into the software development and delivery pipeline (CI/CD) leveraging common frameworks
  • Work with internal teams to document test environment and test data management container strategies and provisioning for the different types of testing activities
  • Comprehend and decompose user stories/requirements to identify what tests need to be created and automated across the entire software stack (business logic, contract, journey, accessibility, visual, performance)
  • Understand end-customer needs and associated value chain to drive processes and practices to ensure flawless customer experience
  • Drive testability, diagnosability, automatability, and instrumentation across the enterprise development culture
  • Drive test quality through metrics and KPIs
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement standards, tools, processes and test design techniques to enable teams to deliver quality in an autonomous yet enterprise aligned manner
  • Define best practices for test coverage for existing and new products. Includes both functional and nonfunctional quality aspects
  • Work across teams to understand enterprise quality requirements and ensure adoption of core processes and standards
  • Mentor/guide others on best testing practices, techniques, and strategies
  • Prepare technical presentations and communications and deliver presentations tailoring the message to audience type


  • Experience defining and executing test strategies for the product under test
  • Experience leading a QA team in the development and execution of a test strategy in an agile/continuous testing environment
  • Experience decomposing user stories/requirements to define tasks to create automated tests
  • Experience defining tests for the different levels of testing (business logic, contract, journey, accessibility, visual, performance)
  • Experience developing test coverage maps to ensure quality across the entire software stack
  • Working knowledge of frameworks and tools like Junit/TestNG (Java), Qunit/Chai (Java Script), Android Studios/Mocha (android mobile), XcTest (iOS), SoapUI Pro, Selenium RC/WebDriver, UFT, Tricentis Tosca
  • Working knowledge of technologies like: BitBucket, Crucible, SonarQube, Jenkins, Maven, Docker, uDeploy
  • Experience defining and implementing test standards, tools, processes and test design techniques (including white box)
  • Working knowledge of software engineering best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control, build and release processes, continuous integration and continuous deployment concepts (CI & CD), and test suite development and maintenance
  • Working knowledge of application software development lifecycle concepts and test environment, test data, and configuration management concepts
  • Ability to critique work of self and others constructively
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and energetic with an inherent curiosity to break code
  • 7+ years' experience leading QA teams
  • 3-4 years' experience in test automation
  • 1-2 years working in Agile testing environment
7+ to 10 years' experience
Seniority Level - Associate
Management Experience Required - No
Minimum Education - Bachelor's Degree
Willingness to Travel - Occasionally