Senior Manager, Quality Assurance & Testing

Columbia Threadneedle Investments
London, United Kingdom
Sep 30, 2022
Oct 26, 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Columbia Threadneedle Investments

What working at Columbia Threadneedle offers....

Working at Columbia Threadneedle Investments you'll find the promise we make to our clients is the same one we make to our employees: Your success is our priority.

Here, you'll find growth and career opportunities across all of our businesses. We're intentionally built to help you succeed. Our reach is expansive with a global team of 2,000 people working together. Our expertise is diverse with more than 450 investment professionals sharing global perspectives across all major asset classes and markets. Our clients have access to a broad array of investment strategies, and we have the capability to create bespoke solutions matched to clients' specific requirements.

Job Purpose Statement

Where you'll fit in & what our team goals are...

Provide general leadership and technical guidance to a team of quality assurance testing analysts in the areas of testing analysis, design, test execution, and defect reporting and analysis. Lead the testing strategy throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and work with program/project managers to ensure the effectiveness of the testing efforts by understanding key program/project testing requirements and success criteria. Major areas of accountability: Test Design, Test Management, Project Management, Test Execution and People Leadership.

Role Responsibilities

How you'll spend your time...

- Manage the planning and execution of product/system testing efforts. Develop an understanding of the technology solution to develop, design, and implement the appropriate testing strategy. Manage scope change impacts. Determine appropriate process, methodology, and techniques, which includes test tools and test automation methods, to apply to each testing project.
-Effectively lead a quality assurance testing team (employee and/or vendor) in a manner that ensures effective execution of project deliverables (in terms on time, quality and budget). This includes: recruitment, performance management, salary administration, career planning, and budget management. Lead and oversee a team accountable for delivering software testing at Ameriprise.
- Provide oversight of the end-to-end testing process to ensure adherence to testing strategies, standards, policies, tools, and procedures. Guide practitioners to consistently apply appropriate testing principles and standards during all phases of the SDLC and ensure that products meet established quality standards and customer requirements. Drive cross-organization testing issues.
- Regularly report testing progress, defect identification, and defect resolution statuses to project leadership. Educate Technology and business partners on the importance of following quality assurance testing methodologies and best practices. Ensure that all defects are documented and properly addressed.
- Work with the program/project manager to develop project plan, schedule, and resource model related to the required testing efforts. Develop detailed project work plans and monitor all testing activities throughout the project life cycle. Anticipate program/project release problems and take appropriate corrective actions, escalating, as needed, to resolve and deliver on project.
- Effectively plan, manage, and execute the testing processes to validate that all functional and non-functional requirements are met. Maintain records of all test results using the designated tool set. Review documentation as part of the testing process and make suggestions for changes or improvements where required. Actively participate in project phase end review sessions.

Key Capabilities

To be successful in this role you will have...
  • Solid experience leading a team of quality assurance testing professionals or other technology professionals.
  • Experience working with a variety of test management and defect tracking tools (e.g. HP Quality Center).
  • Expert understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and QA Testing concepts, methodologies, processes and tools.
  • Understanding and demonstrated experience working with Test Automation tools.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with implementation and administration of Software Quality Assurance metrics (e.g. defect profiles).

Desired Capabilities

If you also had this, it would be great...
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively with others to achieve company and project goals.
  • Ability to be assertive and diplomatic when working through project quality assurance testing issues.
  • Skilled in understanding business requirements, establishing credibility and building client relationships.
  • Extensive testing experience within the Financial Services industry (i.e. broker-dealer, advisor distribution, asset management, insurance, etc.)
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