test automation lead.

South Africa or UK-based, Permanent

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test automation lead.

We’re looking for Test Automation Leads to join our ever-growing Test Practice. You’ll be responsible for performing an automation leadership and architecture role with a focus on building strong teams, approaches, and ways of working. Applying a variety of techniques and your extensive experience, you’ll be guiding our clients towards success in Test Automation.

We’re looking for individuals passionate about the development and implementation of test frameworks and automated tests. You’ll want to collaborate with developers and other stakeholders to define and achieve successful delivery of our products and services. The role will involve act as assisting with pre-sales, building the technical approach, delivering the first tests, and acting as pioneers. As one of our Test Automation Leads, you will guide multiple squads including Test Architects and SDETs who you’ll assist in successful onboarding to support in the delivery of test automation. You’ll guide the direction of the project and the development of the overall automation approach and delivery alongside providing coaching and support to your squad members. Working independently and as part of a team, you’ll be focusing on the quality and sustainability of developed solutions with effective communication and the ability to adapt and evolve.

Above all, you will be the face of REPL, part of Accenture, for clients: Guiding, advising, and directing them towards exceptional quality through automated testing.

What you’ll be doing:
  • Be an expert in the selection, design, and build of test automation frameworks and tools
  • Deliver the capability for successful automated functional and regression tests that support the needs of the client
  • Coach and support Test Automation Architects, SDETs, developers and testers in their squads
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at the highest levels and team members, to perform business analysis and produce relevant
  • acceptance criteria
  • Highly Commercially aware and able to support Pre-Sales activities including a strong ability to present to a diverse audience
  • Ability to design and write exceptional quality, re-usable object-oriented code
  • To work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver software development projects
  • To be an expert in Agile development practices including ATDD, TDD & BDD and their application
  • Expert in planning successful test automation implementations
  • Organise and own any technical workshops and resulting outputs
  • Delivery of quality data and metrics
  • Has a continuous improvement mindset based on data and results
  • Provide continuous feedback on the product and process as required by the team
  • Proactively form part of R&D initiatives, including independent work on specific problems and opportunities


What we’re looking for:

  • Knows how to develop and guide others and get the best out of people
  • Expert in 2+ languages such as: Typescript, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, C++, Python, C#
  • Thought Leader in test automation tooling such as Cucumber, Mocha, Selenium, Appium and Cypress.
  • Exceptional knowledge of HTML, CSS, HTTP and API development
  • Expert in API testing programmatically/ via a tool (JMeter, Postman, SoapUI)
  • Expert knowledge in databases, SQL, PL-SQL
  • Expert in major browsers and browser development tools
  • Expert in major mobile app automation and tools
  • Expert knowledge in manual testing techniques, processes and procedures
  • Expert knowledge of version control systems to ensure version control of
  • test/development artifacts
  • Expert knowledge in application of automation on cloud platforms
  • Expert knowledge on test management tools e.g. Zephyr, HP ALM or the like
  • Expert knowledge of a CI system to create builds. (Azure DevOps Pipelines)
  • Performance Testing application an ability to guide team
  • ISTQB certification
  • Proven level experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of managing multiple teams
  • Ability to apply structured and unstructured testing principles
  • Relevant degree level (or equivalent experience) qualification

About you:
  • Superb communications skills with proven experience engaging a wide range of stakeholders
  • An eye for innovation coupled with a pragmatic approach to delivery within a large multisite team
  • This position will absolutely require a self-starter who can lead by example and hit the ground running
  • Exceptional attention to detail with an ability to prioritise workloads and deliver to tight deadlines 

It would be great if you had experience of / a desire to learn about:
  • Experience delivering of end-to-end Integrated environments
  • ITIL Foundation Certificate v3 or later
  • IT Architecture experience
  • Security Testing exposure

REPL is an equal opportunity employer, and we know the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce. We have very active communities for Women in Tech, Automation and Innovation and we are also closely involved with the local community. As such, we particularly encourage applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.


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get to know us.

REPL Group, Part of Accenture, is a world-leading consultancy and technology group specialising in workforce management, supply chain, customer experience and enterprise systems.
Since 2007, the highly specialised retail technology team has developed intimate partnerships with businesses to deliver long-lasting value. Hundreds of businesses around the world rely on REPL to solve critical enterprise problems. Driven by doing the right thing for its customers, team, and the world at large, REPL has enjoyed year-on-year growth and international acclaim.
As part of Accenture, REPL Group helps clients reimagine their supply chain, people and store technologies to become more eff­icient and meet new customer needs.

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