QA Team Lead, Novation

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Jun 25, 2020
Full time Information Technology Project Management

Job Description

QA Team Lead, Novation
High Wycombe, UK (with some work from Tileyard, London, and Remote)
Permanent, Full Time
Dependent on experience

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about electronic music making?

Do you have a professional background in Test or QA, with experience of hardware, firmware, and software testing?

Do you have a flair for leadership, and a desire to help others realise their potential?

If you’ve answered yes to all the above, we’d love to hear from you! We’re looking for the right person to join our Novation QA Team in a brand-new leadership role.

The role will involve some line management responsibility, either from day one, or later as part of ongoing development. It would therefore suit either an established leader and manager, or someone looking to develop their career in that direction.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the QA Manager, you will take responsibility for the successful delivery of all QA activities required to support the Novation Product Roadmap.

You’ll be working closely with a team of QA Engineers with varying levels of experience, providing both technical guidance, and day-to-day coaching and mentoring.

You will also be engaging with other key stakeholders; Product and Project Managers, Hardware, Software and Firmware Developers, and the wider Engineering Leadership Team.

Key activities include:

  • Coaching and mentoring the Novation QA Team
  • Providing technical guidance to the team, and review/approval of test approaches
  • Undertaking your own Project QA activities, and modelling best practice
  • Together with the QA Manager, agreeing project staffing and budgeting, including long-range planning and hiring
  • Encouraging ongoing process improvement across the team

An ideal candidate is likely to be

  • From a testing or quality assurance background, with 3+ years of professional experience working with hardware, software, and embedded firmware
  • A clear communicator, able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, with a history of coaching and mentoring others (either formally or informally)
  • Qualified to degree level in a relevant discipline
  • ISTQB certified (Foundation Level or higher)
  • Used to working in both Waterfall and Agile development environments
  • Self-motivated, with a track record of improving test processes and coverage
  • Comfortable with using automated testing to improve efficiency
  • Flexible, and able to effectively prioritise and schedule across multiple projects
  • Methodical and rigorous, with a logical approach to problem solving
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about electronic music making, MIDI, and synthesis

I don’t have all the experience you’ve asked for, should I still apply?

Our priority is to find the right fit for the team, and for the company, and we’ll always do what we can to support individual development. In other words, if you don’t quite have all the experience listed above, we’d still be interested in hearing from you. Let us know what you’d bring to the role, and why you’d be a great fit for the team.

About Us

Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity. We want to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy making music, from musicians trying to capture their unique sound, to the professionals delivering the greatest shows on earth.The Focusrite Group has an illustrious history with four Queen's Awards for Enterprise among a host of other accolades. We comprise six successful and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning over four decades, our brands continue to shape the music-making world.

Focusrite leads that world in audio interfacing technology – more musicians record through Focusrite than any other brand. The Focusrite Pro team are focussed on the complex needs of the audio professional for whom sound is not just a passion, but a way of life. Martin Audio have been uniting audiences for almost five decades with their awe-inspiring touring and installation loudspeaker systems. Based in Berlin, ADAM Audio are precision innovators in the field of professional monitoring and loudspeaker technology, made famous by their unique ART ribbon tweeter. Novation is obsessed with helping electronic music makers find new ways to produce and perform new music. Born out of that team and based in Tileyard, King's Cross, London, Ampify Music make innovative music-making apps that are highly accessible, yet extendable and deep.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in, and that’s not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means remaining open to new ideas. We enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture, where we can all contribute and everyone is heard as we grow and develop, both as individuals and as a team. We encourage innovation and fresh-thinking and are passionate about the inspirational solutions we create. Behind our success is a tightly knitted, like-minded family of music and audio lovers. We’re always pulling together to try and make a difference; our frequent appearance in ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ is testament to this.

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage people to apply regardless of religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognise the diversity shortcomings of our industry and are committed to driving change. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible working, home working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, share options, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions, hold making things easy days, encourage personal development training, run lunch and learns and facilitate external visits.

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