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QA LEAD - Automation/Data

  • Location: Minneapolis, 55402
  • Salary: $55 - $60 / hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 12 days ago

Quality Assurance Lead
Location: Minneapolis, MN/Hybrid remote 2 days a week (Tuesday/Wednesday in office)
Length of Contract:  6 months with possibility for extension or conversion to FTE 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate directly with Capability Managers, Project Managers across various functional areas to gather information on scope for projects in pipeline and forecast/estimate for these projects
  • Resource planning for upcoming project demands
  • Work with appropriate vendors to acquire testing resources
  • Participate in Requirement walkthrough and design review sessions
  • Actively contribute to estimation and planning, risk assessment, contingency planning, tracking and management of progress, issues, risk, and resources.
  • Ensure test process, methodologies and tools are applied appropriately and that test phase entry/exit criteria are agreed to by stakeholders and applied by the test team.
  • Define Project Test Strategy, Test plans and gain approval from stakeholders for the same
  • Work with business/UAT team to define test scenarios/test cases, execute test cases and update test results
  • Prioritize testing tasks based on goals and risks of projects and ensure testing milestones, activities and tasks are completed as scheduled.
  • Collaborate with Business Teams to define UAT Test plans and strategy
  • Ensure all sign offs on deliverables (overall test strategy, test plan, test cases, etc.) and that testing meets governance requirements.
  • Collect and report quality metrics report of testing activities such as testing results, test case coverage, required resources, defects discovered and their status, performance-baselines etc.
  • Presentation of metrics dashboard at the end of a phase or at the completion of project.
  • Identify opportunities for automation of test projects and provide recommendations for the same
  • Lead and mentor fellow QA Analysts regarding testing best practices and processes


Required Qualifications

  • Written Communication - Ability to produce a variety of business documents that demonstrate command of language, clarity of thought and orderliness of presentation. 
  • Problem Solving - Knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving problems including ability to utilize various system utilities, networking, and verification tools to pinpoint abnormal behaviors. 
  • Verbal Communication - Ability to express oneself and communicate with others verbally; recognizing that verbal communication is more than just language - it includes tone, style, and structure. 
  • Application Testing (Web testing, Functional and Performance testing)- Ability to design, plan and execute application testing strategies and tactics to ensure software quality at all stages of application development. 
  • Managing Multiple Priorities - Ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities. Effective judgment in prioritizing and time allocation. 
  • Standards, procedures, policies - Understanding of and ability to use and administer the organization's policies, practices, standards, and procedures. 
  • Quality Management - Knowledge of quality management methods, tools and techniques used to create and support an environment that meets the needs of the organization. 
  • Project Management - Knowledge of and experience with tools and techniques for planning, organizing, monitoring, and controlling projects. 
  • Application Delivery Process - Knowledge of major tasks, deliverables, formal methodologies, and disciplines for delivering new or enhanced applications. 
  • SDLC/Methodologies –Knowledge of overall functions of SDLC, experience with Waterfall, Agile, Iterative methodology
  • Onsite/Offshore Model – Experience working in onsite/offshore model and understanding of challenges and complexities in the model
  • Testing Best Practices – Should have knowledge about testing best practices

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of or working experience with various areas of insurance domain
  • Experience in agile methodology
  • Certified System Test Professional (CSTP) and Certified Test Manager (CTM), Project Management Professional(PMP)
  • Experience in HP Quality Center, QTP, IBM Rational toolset and Loadrunner
  • Experience in functional automation testing


8-10 years of experience in software application development/testing areas


  • BS/BA degree in computer science, related discipline, or experience equivalent.

• Lead the QA test effort across multiple large, complex projects
• Planning: estimate QA effort, resource projects (onshore/offshore/vendor model), complete Test Strategy and Plan, gain stakeholder approval for test plans.
• Execution: lead execution effort, manage execution resources, defect management, gain end of test approval from stakeholders.
• Actively work to uplift the QA capability and portfolio. Improve the portfolio by driving change - automation, regression coverage, identify opportunities for increased QA coverage.
• Communicate with and build relationships with diverse group of stakeholders at numerous levels of the organization.