Head of QA


On the Beach isn’t a normal travel company and neither are our people. We’re united in our mission to become Europe's leading online retailer of beach holidays. We are taking over tech in the city, so join us now! Our award-winning team has relocated to our multi-million Tech HQ in the heart of Manchester and we are looking for passionate and ambitious like-minded tech superstars to join our journey.

About You

You have a strong technical understanding and passion for tech. You are a true self-starter - able to work autonomously and with conviction, with the ability to develop strong internal relationships across multiple business stakeholders. Stakeholder relationships will be yours to manage, steer and influence. Your understanding of all aspects of the test will help you communicate the benefits and goals behind every piece of work the teams pick up. You are specialised in delivery and transformation to take our teams to the next level.

Our culture and success thrive on a flat hierarchy, supported by an Executive team with a completely open-door policy and a hunger for new ideas and innovation. You have great personal and stakeholder management skills, and the ability to inspire and develop a QA team with a mix of backgrounds and experiences.

The Opportunity

As Head of QA, you will be responsible for defining the overall QA strategy and approach to testing standards. You will allow us to scale the testing function, dealing with recruitment alongside the Heads of Engineering and will allow us to think as a function, not in the current, but 3-12 months in the future, and beyond.

The primary aim is to increase the overall QA capability to ensure we have a product of the highest quality. You will be the champion of our product quality. This role is 25% hands on from a technical perspective, and 75% hands off with a focus on Tech/QA Strategy and process. It does not include any line management responsibilities and will perform as a horizontal function

You will research and ensure we are trying new and appropriate things from a testing perspective. You will be reporting directly into the CTO, whilst liaising with the Head of Engineering and Chief Architect to help drive the testing function forward.

Focus Areas;

Provide strategic direction and coaching to the QA team

Design, manage and maintain all Quality Assurance practices, standards, methodologies and metrics.

Drive automation framework development forward and promote the use of automation testing to maximize manual testing efficiency

Maintain product quality by enforcing quality assurance policies and procedures, collaborating to develop new product and engineering designs, development and training methods 

Utilise fact and data-driven metrics and communicates results, promotes cross-functional communication and ensures adequate information flow within the tech team

In partnership with Heads of Engineering; recruit, retain and develop great talent to be an asset to the QA team

Stay up to date on current and future software developments in order to ensure the delivery and maintenance of industry best practices in QA.

To be successful in the this;

Strong technical experience in functional/non-functional/manual/automation testing

Experience in implementing and shaping QA strategies & policies

Experience in mentoring and coaching QA Engineers in an agile environment

Comfortable with changes and solving problems

Advocate of the tech quality within tech teams and eager to take at the opportunity to mature the team’s view of QA.

Strong communication and stakeholder management skills

Familiarity with Ruby or .NET will be an asset

This is the PLACE…

To elevate your career and join a passionate team of like-minded tech enthusiasts, striving to produce the very best. We sell holidays, so the office is bright, people smile and we’re always excited

We believe in maintaining a positive work/life balance, so to help out, we offer flexible working, discounts on local amenities. To help you find the time to really relax (as well as helping you become a genuine beach expert) we offer generous staff discounts for your family and friends on our fantastic beach holidays. On top of this we offer Share Incentive Plan, workplace pension, wellness sessions, healthcare plan, training and development, social events, enhanced maternity/paternity pay...the list goes on.

And YES…

We do have hammocks!