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Job Title: Lead Software Tester
In Brief:

Set and uphold Helastel's technical software development standards.

As lead tester you will be defining and maintaining the software testing strategy for software testing within the company. You'll be setting quality standards and making sure they are consistently upheld across the board.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define a robust strategy for testing within the business with the Technical Director
  • Analyzing the requirements of projects in collaboration with Business Analysts and develop a plan, with stakeholder support, to mitigate the risks to system quality
  • Work with the management team to estimate and obtain support for time, resources and budget required to perform testing within defined timescales
  • Work with internal and external clients to develop test plans for tasks, dependencies and participants. Engage and collaborate with the project team and key stakeholders
  • Identify and arrange the requirements needed for a robust testing setup
  • Manage the testing process to include (but is not limited to) meetings, timelines etc. to ensure effective and efficient testing across all projects
  • Document, implement, monitor, and enforce all processes for testing as per the standards defined by the organisation. Additionally, ensure content and structure of all testing documents, artifacts and processes is documented and maintained
  • Keep track of new project requirements and changes in business requirements to ensure testing is continuously rigorous, accurate and up-to-date
  • Manage testing for Quality Assurance and User Acceptance Testing and produce guidance documentation for users involved in these processes
  • Work with software engineers to help them understand quality standards and contribute to the testing effort through automated testing
  • Hold a high standard of quality throughout a project process
  • Report on testing progress and dependencies to the Project Manager and Technical Director to ensure the timely delivery of different testing milestones
  • Be a gatekeeper on quality for project releases

Behaviours and Qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Personally organised and focused on delivering on individual, team and Helastel commitments
  • Flexible and pragmatic in approach
  • An influencer - demonstrates personal ‘presence’ and gains the confidence of others through temperament, capability and calibre
  • Works autonomously, taking ownership for personal and team delivery and outcomes
  • Continuously develops and applies professional technical knowledge to drive excellent organisational performance
  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues across the organisation



  • University education or equivalent industry experience
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a lead tester, owning the whole process
  • Minimum of 1 years experience delivering quality on products in a medium to large business
  • Experiencing testing enterprise web / mobile applications


  • Experience working with test automation tools

Does this sound like the kind of place you want to work?

Helastel is based on the Triangle in Bristol and makes bespoke software, websites and applications for clients in the UK and overseas. We’re a small company with big reach. We manage projects of great complexity for a company of our size. We’re commercially aware as well as super-techy - we communicate well and really understand our customers, and their customers’ customers. We’re informal and easy to talk to and we have great work-life balance.

This is what our software engineers sound like:

It’s really good working here. It’s partly because it’s a nice office in a great place with good people, partly because the work we do is cool and we’re mentored by experienced and seriously good brains, and partly the ethos of getting to know the client and why the software we’re working on makes a difference. But it’s mostly because we’re really into the work we do. You have to be able to make things happen to like working here - you have to really think and talk things out, find new ways of making things lovely, solve problems and produce work that you like doing and are proud of. No-one will spoon-feed you. That’s what keeps most of us here so long.

We write business-critical software, lots of it. Speed at coding isn’t the only important thing - fast is good but we’re also creative and collaborative. We’re often at tech events and hack days - one of our team made it to the final of the PayPal hack competition in San Francisco this year. We sport a good team for the PHP pub quiz and have hosted LAN parties in the office. We have to keep up with new stuff - you never know what’s going to turn up in the next project!