Software Test Lead - Johannesburg | iLAB

Software Test Lead – Johannesburg

iLAB (Pty) Ltd
March 20, 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
Job Type


Group Technology

Career Stream
Enterprise Quality Assurance

Job Purpose
Lead the Test Implementation in accordance with the agreed Quality Assurance principles and standards in order to manage the Product risk and inter-dependencies during the Product Life-Cycle. Ensure alignment across Business Analysis, Development, Quality Assurance and Environment to optimise the testing efficiencies across the Product delivery stack.

Manager of Self / Individual Contributor

Reporting Line
Enterprise Quality Assurance Tribe Lead


• Build a deep understanding of the business need in order to contribute to the ongoing value proportion.
• Participate in the overall test planning of the Product execution path and test estimation.
• Create the Test Charter, Strategy or plan and ensure alignment to the Product objectives.
• Ensure the Product is delivered within the timelines agreed with the delivery team.

Stakeholder Management

• Work closely with Test Leads, Chapter Leads, Developers, Architects, Product Owner and other Stakeholders to meet the expectations of our client.
• Build and foster deep relationship with Peers, Subject Matter Experts, Developers, Product Owner and other Stakeholders though honest communication which align to the Nedbank Values.
• Liaise with Stakeholders across Group Technology to build a network that will align to nWoW.

Process Management

• Participate in the sprint planning, test estimation and success criteria per story/epic.
• Participate in the Squad backlog grooming.
• Facilitate the daily stand-up and manage the issues raised by the Test Engineers and remove any blockers.
• Encourage the Test Engineers to collaborate across team to ensure efficient implementation of Product and ensure automation governance is adhered to by all Test Engineers.
• Facilitate the handover of test deliverables for all phases of testing.
• Review and ensure all test artefacts are stored centrally.
• Encourage continuous learning and questioning of the business and technology.
• Allow for and encourage significant investment in the end-to-end test design.
• Review and prioritise all issues raised by the Test Engineers.
• Work with the Enterprise Quality Assurance Tribe Lead on the metrics and reporting to communicate testing status.
• Ensure the test deliverables produced aligned to the test approach.
• Communicate the Product risk to the Enterprise Quality Assurance Tribe Lead and highlight any mitigating factors.
• Ensure the defect management process is adhered to by the Test Engineers and where necessary chair the defect triage sessions.
• Participate in the retrospective reviews and seek efficiencies which will ensure quicker delivery with high quality to our client(s).
• Produce a closeout report and monitor product health in production for 2 weeks to ensure any issues are referenced in the report for completeness.
• Elicit business and Subject Matter Expert participation and input where necessary.
• Encourage Peer reviews of the test artefacts (manual and automated test cases).


• Understand and manage own demand based on expected timelines articulated by the line-management and project expectations.
• Collaborate with Peers and industry experts to understand technical advances and its application within the Nedbank eco-system.
• Seek ongoing improvements in technical capabilities.
• Mentor the Test Engineers within the team to improve their technical capabilities.


• B.Sc. in Computer Science or a Bcomm in Information Systems or an Industry aligned Certification in software development.
• Agile certification and training in DevOps would be advantageous.
• ISEB/ISTQB advance certification.


Experience Level

• Minimum of 2 years' development experience and 4 testing experience (2 years' experience in a lead role).
• Minimum of 2 years' experience in Agile delivery and exposure to Test Driven Development and Behaviour Driven Development.

Technical Capabilities

• Ability to understand and interrupt logical solution architecture.
• Proficient in the use of tools like: Cucumber, Jbehave, Selenium, Appium, Soap UI, Jira.

Behavioural Competencies

• Mentoring.
• Coaching.
• Writing and Verbal Communication.
• Technical Debate.
• Flexibility.
• Expectation Management.
• Working under Pressure.
• Organisation and Cultural fit.
• Stakeholder Management.
• Time Management.
• Collaborative Engagement.
• Diversity Management.

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