QA Team Lead

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Apr 21, 2023
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

QA Team Lead – Focusrite/Focusrite Pro

Based: High Wycombe / Hybrid (min 2-3 days a week in the office)
Term: Permanent, Full time
Salary: £40000 - £60000 pa + excellent benefits

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about music, audio technology, and recording?

Do you have a professional background in testing hardware, firmware, or software?

Are you an established leader, with 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 are looking for the right person to lead and manage our Focusrite QA Team, as they work to ensure that our next generations of audio interfaces and recording equipment meet our customers’ quality expectations.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the QA Manager, and as a member of the QA Leadership Team, you will be responsible for the successful delivery of all QA activities required to support the Focusrite and Focusrite Pro Product Roadmaps.

You will be managing a team of QA Engineers, providing technical guidance and review, day-to-day support, as well as facilitating their ongoing career development.

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:

  • Leading, managing, and coaching the Focusrite QA Team
  • Providing technical guidance, and review/approval of test approaches
  • Together with the QA Manager, agreeing project staffing and budgeting, including long-range planning and hiring
  • Leading ongoing process improvement initiatives across the team

An ideal candidate is likely to be:

  • From a testing or quality assurance background, with experience of working with hardware, software, or embedded firmware
  • A clear communicator, with a proven track record of technical leadership
  • Hands-on, with the technical credibility to guide and advise others
  • Used to working in Waterfall and Agile development environments
  • Self-motivated, with a track record of improving test processes and coverage
  • Familiar 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 music, audio technology, and recording

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

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, our solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eleven established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Ampify Music, Linea Research and Sonnox. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including six Queen's Awards, the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021 and regular appearances in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome, safe and positively represented, because at Focusrite they truly are. 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/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, group bonus scheme, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.