Testing Senior

Freddie Mac McLean, VA
Position Overview

Freddie Mac has an exciting opportunity for a Testing Senior to lead quality assurance for the Development Factory. We are seeking a motivated individual who can provide leadership, direction, and guidance to a focused workgroup in driving execution of testing frameworks across various projects. Are you someone who thrives on independently lead Testing solution delivery of a project, program or the entire portfolio? Are you passionate about championing quality assurance that improves test delivery processes and be a role model and mentor to the junior and midlevel Testers? If you have proven test management and development experience, know what it takes to be an internal consultant and can successfully lead a team, we are your next destination employer!

Your Work Falls Into Four Primary Categories:

Strategy Development and Implementation

* Provide appropriate level of consultation within the organization to understand needs and develop a strategy in support of the department delivery model and feedback from key stakeholder groups

* Provide resolutions to an extensive range of complicated problems. Solutions are innovative, thorough, and practicable, with work being accomplished without appreciable direction.

* Understand testing needs and processes; identify solutions, present and guide Test team /sponsors in identifying best solution.

* Work under limited direction. Independently determine and develop approach to solutions. Work is evaluated upon completion for adequacy in satisfying objectives

* Employ extensive professional expertise as a test lead, with experience in creating and implementing test solutions, processes and practices across large, complex projects

Best Practice Research and External Support

* Contribute to the enhancement of Testing standards, tools and processes.

* Keep abreast of best-in-class and current trends testing and quality assurance practices and make recommendations to improve or better align offerings with the goals of the company

* Leverage learning industry trends to foster greater efficiency and deliver innovation and positive learning experiences

Team Management and Leadership

* Interact with senior customer personnel on significant technical matters frequently requiring coordination across organizational lines.

* Ensure team is operating in the most effective way possible and have the appropriate level of skills and capabilities to be successful

* Proactively contribute to the growth of a high-performance QA team by providing critical energy and input into team strategy and priorities.

Operations and Technology

* Provide/Seek relevant data on metrics for module he/she is part of.

* Engage with the project teams at deep level when there is a need and making use of the best available test techniques, strategies tools given scope of situation

* Understands the test cases / scenarios across multiple projects, provides input and guidance for medium to complex scripts (automation, performance and any other specialized testing).

* Interface with business for issue resolution. Communicate with project managers, initiative leads and other test leads on the project data requirements, plan detailed tasks, and timeline for the development effort of Test scripts


* Broad application of principles, theories, concepts, practices, and standards. Full knowledge of industry practices.

* 5 to 7 year(s) of experience using Test Management, Defect Tracking, Requirements Management, and Modeling tools, including automated testing tools framework experience.

* BS in Computer Science or Information Technology, or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience from which knowledge and skills may be obtained.

* Strong Project Management Skills is essential.

* Strong ETL and Mainframe skills are desired.

* Experience in a test lead or test management capacity or role.

* Experience in AGILE and Waterfall based project development.

* Strong analytical/problem-solving skills, able to work effectively under tight deadlines.

* Adept in reporting test status on timely basis to Project Managers/Directors.

* Experienced in leading a test team and acting as a mentor for less experienced test engineers.

* Ability to think through complex testing plans and derive solutions.

* Use expertise to identify, adopt and/or develop more effective strategies and provide thought leadership in testing and developing applications.

* Experience in defining functional and non-functional test framework across products.

* Ability to analyze testing metrics and trends and recommend actions to address areas of concern.

* Experience in understanding the architecture of complex applications.

Key to success in this role

* Intellectual agility and interpersonal flexibility

* Strong consultation and communication skills

* Change leadership

* Ability to work with and collaborate across the team and where silos exist

* Ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships inside and outside of the department

* Deep curiosity to learn about new trends and how to do things better

* Comfortable in the space between no longer and not yet

* Ability to use data to help inform strategy and direction

Top 3 Personal Competencies to possess

* Leadership - Set and execute upon a clear vision, strategy, and/or goals

* Seek and Embrace Change - Continuously improve work processes rather than accepting the status quo

* Growth and Development - Know or learn what is needed to deliver results and successfully compete

Preferred Skills

* Strong decision making and problem-solving skills and experience with Testing delivery.

* Strong knowledge of databases (Sybase, DB2 UDB, SQL Server, Oracle etc), Structured Query Language, UNIX Shell Scripting

* Experienced with Tools like HP ALM, Version One, DOORS.

* Comfortable working with middle and senior management.

* Mortgage and/or Financial services industry experience preferred.

* Prior Freddie Mac experience preferred.

* Technology certifications in development and/or testing are desirable.

* Strong written and verbal communication and negotiation skills.

Closing Statement

Today, Freddie Mac makes home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Join our smart, creative and dedicated team and you'll do important work for the housing finance system and make a difference in the lives of others. Freddie Mac is an equal opportunity and top diversity employer. EOE, M/F/D/V.