QA Lead

Posted on Mar 15

The Department

About the Company

Civis Analytics helps leading businesses, nonprofits and government use data to identify, attract, and engage customers, constituents and citizens. With a blend of proprietary data, technology and advisory services, and an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, developers, and survey science experts, Civis helps organizations stop guessing and start using statistical proof to guide decisions. Learn more about Civis at

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Your Role

About the Role

Civis Analytics is seeking a talented, motivated Agile QA Lead to help take our award-winning applications to the next level of automation. You’ll collaborate with a strong team of data scientists and engineers to build cutting-edge products that are changing the way data science is done. We take quality seriously and regard it a critical element in the growth and health of our products. The QA Practice Lead will report directly to the VP of Engineering.

We are looking for someone to bring significant existing QA experience with a focus on scalability through test automation and practice leadership. The person in this role has demonstrable experience applying a highly efficient automated approach to testing and instrumenting other engineers within the practice. You will promote software quality and best practices across the entire product suite as well as be an advocate for quality throughout the company.

You will lead by example as the first member of the testing team, developing automated tests and defining the testing patterns that the development teams follow. As the practice matures, you will hire, lead, and manage a QA engineering team to expand the scale and capabilities of your team. You will help establish and measure to metrics.

This role is focused on the advancement of our QA strategy through technology and automation; however, as an active member of the QA team will involve other day-to-day QA activities including non-automated testing.

You’ll do this by:

Working closely with Software Development Team Leads, Product Owners, and Design Lead to ensure that the quality standard is set and adhered to
Having lead responsibility across the entire QA function
Developing, communicating, training, and maintaining automation-testing strategies
Creating and maintaining a flexible/scalable test-driven development framework and integrated process by working with other practice leads
Identifying and adopting strategies for engineering test deliverables, including a balance of API automation, UI automation and exploratory testing
Building tools that help engineers be more autonomous, productive, write better code, and test it themselves
Working directly with department leadership to champion automation testing and quality assurance principles in a dynamic and fast paced environment
Participating in design, code and test plan reviews as needed and providing appropriate recommendations
Constantly seeking opportunities to improve our quality and testing approach and measure impact over time
Maintaining aptitude with the latest, most relevant QA technologies and trends
Measuring quality using metrics that matter to customers
Reporting quality-related KPIs and other relevant information to senior management



Four-year degree, preferably in Computer Science or MIS, or equivalent industry experience
5+ years experience in software testing (functional/non-functional/automated)
Have an eye for detail and hold a high bar
Ability to measure quality using objective metrics
Organized, manage time well, and have strong communication skills
Experience with testing modern web technologies, like React and Ruby on Rails
Strong technical skills and are comfortable with technical tools, scripting, and more
Take ownership and price in the software and user experiences you QA
Leadership experience or strong, demonstrable leadership skills and the desire to move into leadership
Experience with agile software development practices and continuous deployment
Experience with modern test automation, testing frameworks, services, their associated processes, and excited to instrument a cutting-edge company with these assets

Preferred Qualifications

Experience testing applications hosted on, and leveraging the managed services of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Computer, and/or Microsoft Azure
Experience with data science languages, libraries, and tools like pandas, scikit-learn, NumPy, SciPy, R or STATA
Specific experience with Selenium, TravisCI, RSpec, Cucumber, or Webdriver with the flexibility to work with new tools to scale testing across roles
Strong knowledge of data processing technologies and trends