Willis Towers Watson Lead Software QA Engineer/Architect in Reigate, United Kingdom

Lead Software QA Engineer/Architect

Date Posted: May 15, 2018


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As a Lead QA Engineer, you will work alongside Software Engineers as part of a close-knit Scrum team to ensure our products meet high levels of reliability, maintainability, usability and performance.

This is a very senior, critical and hands-on SDET role within a highly-skilled team developing market-leading insurance pricing solutions. Whilst all members of the scrum team (software and QA engineers) are actively involved in defining/developing/executing a wide range of test frameworks and test cases, you will be accountable for all QA dimensions of the team scope and operations, contributing directly as well as guiding and coordinating the team members.

The Role

  • Working with Lead Engineers and Product Owners to ensure the appropriate test strategies and tools are in place to support the product roadmap, and leading the execution of these strategies,

  • Working with the Product Owner to help create User Stories, define acceptance criteria and translate them into test specifications, ensuring comprehensive test coverage and identifying opportunities for test automation,

  • Leading team members to define suitable test plans and overseeing the overall QA approach to ensure it provides the right level of coverage at the right level of effort,

  • Coordinating test activities across the team during the sprint execution to ensure committed stories can be closed in a timely manner, avoiding bottlenecks and ensuring appropriate knowledge sharing across team members,

  • Participating in software design meetings and leading Software Engineers to ensure testability and best practices are built into the architecture and code,

  • Investigating new test tools/methodologies and integrating them as part of the team practices and continuous integration processes,

  • Designing, implementing and documenting test environments and frameworks,

  • Developing C# unit tests and other automated test cases (integration/regression/stress/GUI) using various frameworks (e.g. Ranorex), refactoring product code as required to make it testable,

  • Reviewing and debugging product and test code to identify defects or performance bottlenecks,

  • Executing a wide range of functional/non-functional tests, manual and automated,

  • Validating defects raised by other team members and verifying fixes,

  • Analysing test data and producing test reports,

  • Participating in sprint planning meetings, daily stand-ups and sprint retrospectives, striving to continuously improve the team velocity, its processes and engineering practices,

  • Liaising with other teams to share test technologies and best practices.

The Requirements

The essential skills/experience for this position are:

  • Proficient in software development using C# .NET,

  • Experience of working in an Agile/Scrum environment with some level of QA accountability, leadership and coordination,

  • Extensive industry experience designing, developing and executing unit, integration, system and performance tests,

  • Industry experience with defect management systems and workflows

Other highly desirable, but not essential skills are:

  • Appreciation of current and emerging test-related technologies and methodologies,

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services or other version control systems,

  • Microsoft Test Manager or tools such as Quality Center,

  • GUI test automation with frameworks such as Ranorex or Coded UI,

  • MS Test or other unit testing frameworks,

  • Moq or other mocking frameworks.

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com .

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer

Willis Towers Watson believes that effectively managing a diverse workforce is vital to our business strategy. We have an obligation to our organization, ourselves and our clients to hire and develop the best people we can find. We will continually review our policies and practices to ensure that all areas of the employment process (including recruiting, hiring, work assignments, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, company-sponsored development programs and overall workplace experience) are free from discriminatory practices. We are committed to equal employment opportunities at Willis Towers Watson.

Unsolicited Contact: Any unsolicited resumes/candidate profiles submitted through our web site or to personal e-mail accounts of employees of Willis Towers Watson are considered property of Willis Towers Watson and are not subject to payment of agency fees. In order to be an authorized Recruitment Agency/Search Firm for Willis Towers Watson, any such agency must have an existing formal written agreement signed by an authorized Willis Towers Watson recruiter and an active working relationship with the organization. Resumes must be submitted according to our candidate submission process, which includes being actively engaged on the particular search. Likewise, for our authorized Recruitment Agencies/Search Firms, if the candidate submission process is not followed, no agency fees will be paid by Willis Towers Watson. Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer.


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  • Location:Reigate, England, GB

  • Date Posted:May 15, 2018