Lead QA Analyst


Santa Ana, CA

Industry: Technology


5 - 7 years

Posted 140 days ago

  by    Praveen Kumar

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Job Title: Lead QA Analyst

Location: Santa Ana, CA


As a Quality Assurance Lead, you're charged with providing leadership, technical guidance and mentoring to local and off-shore QA teammates for your domain.

In addition to typical QA Lead activities like planning, tracking team execution, estimating/coordinating QA activities and reporting, you will be an active member of your domain's agile team and perform QA activities like analyzing stories, writing/executing test cases and documenting defects for application systems, programs, functions, services, and other related software components in response to the enterprise need for high quality. 

Lead Activities:

  • Leadership and testing experience throughout the software lifecycle including managing test cases, defects, metrics, and status reporting
  • Lead, guide and monitor analysis, design, implementation and execution of test cases
  • Evaluate team QA resources and leverage their strengths to meet team goals
  • Coordinate on-shore and off-shore QA activities, which may require off-hours calls
  • Track defect status and priority to ensure re-testing occurs in a timely manner
  • Embrace change and manage shifting program priorities
  • Work with Scrum Masters to document sprint progress and results using key metrics
  • Champion and implement processes that infuse quality into the early stages of product development
  • Understand how test automation can be leveraged to improve overall quality and speed of regression testing and to reduce risk
  • Work with release management tools to understand when expected code will be delivered to a test environment
  • Assist with program planning for non-functional testing (load/performance, security, DR, etc)
  • Contribute to QA process improvement initiatives
  • Contribute to your QA team's performance reviews
  • Be a servant leader to your QA team
  • Work closely with other domain QA Leads to ensure proper integration testing is exercised
  • Understands Distributed Architecture and how to test it
  • Champion for same-sprint automation and can drive this successfully

QA Activities:

  • Collaborate with agile team in planning, estimating and committing to sprint QA activities
  • Plan and review strategies to test features and stories with team
  • Collaborate with POs and BAs to understand feature and story conditions of acceptance and gain sign-off of written test cases
  • Create, estimate and update QA tasks during the sprint
  • Coordinate with off-shore QA team members to hand-off work as needed, may require off-hours calls
  • Demo completed features and stories to POs and business
  • Clearly document system defects with repeatable steps to reproduce
  • Re-test resolved defects by re-testing the original test case and related functionality
  • Regression test previous sprint test cases to ensure new functionality isn't impacting application quality
  • Report on progress in daily scrum stand-ups, raising issues, risks and blocks quickly
  • Actively participate in sprint retrospectives to improve team, agile and QA processes
  • Ensure traceability throughout the QA process
  • Excellent SQL writing skills required
  • Strong experience with web services testing / testing APIs

Basic Requirements:

  • 5+ years of technical and quality leadership testing enterprise level software
  • 5+ years of experience developing test plans and test strategies for enterprise level software
  • Experience with Agile development methodologies
  • Ability to work in a large, matrix environment
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on root-cause analysis
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills demonstrated through past experience and results
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Skilled at leading meetings and making presentations
  • A great attitude

Other requirements 

  • Experience writing SQL queries
  • Experience testing web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Experience testing sites built using architectural patterns such as Domain Driven Design and contract based testing
  • Experience testing WCF and REST services within a Service Oriented Architecture
  • Familiarity with Team Foundation Server and Microsoft Test Manager
  • Familiarity with the insurance industry.