Senior QA Lead

  • Job Ref: 3423
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Type: Permanent


Senior Quality Assurance Lead for financial services regulator.

Job Details

My client is a dynamic, multifaceted organisation at the heart of Ireland’s financial system, and it will provide you with the opportunity for a challenging and diverse project portfolio career in an I.T. environment.

They currently have several vacancies for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Leads to report into the Quality Assurance Manager within the Information Management Technology Division (IMTD) on contracts of indefinite duration.

Working as a Senior QA Lead gives you; the opportunity to work within varying Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodologies requiring a range of QA and testing activities, aided by automation and testing tools to perform Functional and Non-Functional Testing on diverse projects, such as;

-Data Analytics projects

-Pan European data collection, analysis and exchange projects

-Operational & IT Supports (HR, Finance, Communications, Infrastructure, Security etc.)

Providing business solutions for this multifaceted organisation in the Irish and European context, demands excellence and progressive technologies. In delivering against our objectives, we rely heavily on strong quality assurance knowledge and the testing capability of our team. Consequently, the CBI is committed to the continuous career development of all staff through its Learning and Development Programme. This offers you;

-A structured personal development plan

-Technical training and industry recognised certifications

-Funded academic and professional training

Reporting to the QA Manager and forming part of the QA System Integration Test (SIT) Team, the Senior QA Lead is responsible for all QA lead activities for large complex projects/programmes delivered as part of the large portfolio of change. They work closely with the Project team to enable the delivery of quality solutions through collaborating with the necessary technical and business stakeholders both internal and external. 

The new Quality Assurance joiners will have the opportunity to be part of the foundations of the internal QA Team. This can take the form of constructively challenging to bring efficiency through innovation, new testing techniques, automation, new tools and technical skills application.

Senior QA Lead Activity:

Senior Quality Assurance Lead activities such as estimation, testing activities, resource planning and reporting for large complex projects/programmes, directing multiple Team Leads (1-4)  and Analysts (1-10) approx as part of a project team.

Quality Assurance Governance in the areas Operational Acceptance Testing (OAT), User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Performance Testing, Security Testing and Vendor Management by applying QA techniques and skills to guide others in the pursuit of quality outcomes.

Ensure relevant Stakeholders are advised of progress and/or challenges being encountered, escalating as appropriate so that project progress is maintained in line with commitments.

Provide coaching, mentoring and on-going feedback to team members to share expertise and ensure the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge are being developed in order to ensure that optimal Quality Assurance services are provided so that staff can develop their careers for their good and the good of the Central Bank.

Experience in leveraging automation to enable project efficiencies, whilst maintaining quality standards.

Proven experience in establishing vendor relationships and monitoring and managing of all associated deliverables throughout the SDLC.

Project QA Analysis and Reporting:

Responsibility for delivery of QA Project Milestones in line with all QA processes, procedures and standards within the agreed time, cost and coverage boundaries.

Produce management reporting including appropriate test metrics on planning, defects and execution.

Escalate risks and issues to the appropriate level to ensure resolution.

QA General:

Work closely with the IT Project Manager, Developers, Business Analysts, Business Stakeholders and all project team members in the pursuit of a quality solution delivery.

Full understanding of SDLC Methodologies and where the role of Quality fits in.

Act as a quality champion and take responsibility for ensuring quality is integrated into all facets of the SDLC.



7 years’ + experience in a software quality assurance with 4+ years in QA Management

Experience in implementing QA strategy and managing senior QA personnel.

ISEB/ISTQB in Software Testing

Diploma/Degree in Information Systems or IT subject or relevant industry qualifications.

Quality Assurance backgrounds in: Financial Industry, Regulatory Returns, Reporting languages Xml/ Xbrl, Calculation & Validation Engines, Business Intelligence and Analytics are desired.


Key Technical Competencies should include but are not limited to:

Excellent Quality Assurance & Testing Knowledge.

Excellent communications & reporting; (verbal & written)

Strong QA estimation, planning & management;

Strong coaching and mentoring skills.

Robust Automation Skills & Vendor management