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IT Quality Engineering - Manager - Contract to Hire

LoneStar Group Consulting Services Addison, TX

  • Salary $125,000 to $145,000 Annually
  • Benefits Offered Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental
  • Employment Type Contractor

Our client located in Addison is seeking a Head of IT Quality Engineering. This position is slated to go perm within 6 months! Below is the job description:

Summary

The Head of IT Quality Engineering will play a key leadership role on the IT Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) team. This role leads the IT Quality Engineering Center of Excellence (QECoE), which is responsible for the overall defining, implementing, and monitoring of Company's enterprise quality standards.

This position operates with a high degree of independence and thought leadership, collaborating with business unit, IT leaders, and IT vendors to deliver projects and systems that meet Company's enterprise quality standards. In addition, this position is responsible for ensuring the performance of QE Leads in the QECoE, including coaching and mentoring, and performance evaluation through regular feedback sessions, in accordance with Company's standards and processes.

This position is responsible for ensuring that Company QE frameworks and tools are adopted, and for the identification, evaluation, and implementation of new frameworks, technologies, and techniques in support of enterprise quality standards, as well as for advancing Company's Culture of Quality.

Collaboration with other IT and business leaders is critical to the success of the QECoE, ensuring teams have input on enterprise quality standards, and can support them, and that business objectives are met with the requisite level of quality. This role will be a direct report to the Vice President of Applications within the IT organization and will be based either in Dallas (Addison), TX or Montpelier, VT.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide overall QECoE leadership, mentoring and coaching QE Leads, vendor resources and Company employees on enterprise quality standards, frameworks, and industry best practices.

  • Collaborate with business and IT leaders to understand business and technical goals and objectives. Using this knowledge, define and achieve support for enterprise quality standards and a strategy to achieve those standards.

  • “Roll up your sleeves” and deeply understand all enterprise projects. Participate from inception in order to connect the portfolio and play a key role in delivery

  • Drive automation where possible to lower delivery timelines and improve quality

  • Drive quality standards across multiple development methodologies and platforms (waterfall, agile and DevOps and development platforms including mainframe, open systems and cloud)

  • Liaison with developers and business and lead the selection of tools, processes and talent for quality

  • Advise and influence senior and executive leadership on all software quality matters

  • Drive continuous improvement in QE performance by providing ongoing and regular performance metric reporting as compared to NLG quality standards & best practices.

  • Actively lead and manage vendors, both software and resource providers, to ensure compliance with National Life Group’s enterprise quality standards and expectations.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • 5-7 years of demonstrated, progressive leadership roles within Quality Assurance or Quality Engineering

  • Advanced certification from a nationally recognized entity such as ASTQB or QAI preferred

  • Strong QE knowledge and skills, with ability to lead teams through complex initiatives

  • Life & Annuity insurance industry experience desired

  • Experience working in an ITIL process environment

  • Experience working with and managing IT outsourced vendors with strong ability to effectively lead and manage remote and offshore teams

  • Must be a self-starter and be able to work independently as well as being a team player

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to think creatively and to drive innovation

  • Strong situational analysis and decision-making abilities

  • Ability to work collaborative across business units and IT customers

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; strong organizational skills a must

LoneStar Group Consulting Services

The LoneStar Group Consulting Services LLC is a privately held national IT Consulting & Staffing firm based in Dallas, TX. We serve as strategic advisors and thought leaders to our prestigious client base. We set ourselves apart from other IT consulting firms in our high-touch approach, sitting next to our clients at the "table" as we help them execute on their IT investments. We are technology independent/product agnostic, so we don't lock our clients into a pre-defined set of software and hardware solutions. Our clients value our approach as a company "big enough to do complex, high impact work, but also small enough to truly care". We specialize in IT Integration projects from corporate mergers and acquisitions to divestitures advising our clients from a Project Management, Program Management, and Enterprise Program Management perspective.
Posted: over a month ago