US Director, Solutions Development - Quality Engineering - Military veterans preferred

2019-01-11
National Grid (https:\\careers.nationalgridus.com)
Defense Contracting

/yr

  full-time   employee


Waltham
Massachusetts
02451-1120
United States

About us

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry. 

 

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

National Grid IT team is currently seeking an innovative, adaptable, and results-oriented leader to lead major initiatives within our Enterprise Technology team as Director of Quality Engineering. Are you passionate about building quality software? Is your mission “Help others be productive”? Have you managed large teams and made sure the deliverables met expectations? We are looking for leaders who can balance the quality and productivity of teams as well as work as a gateway to releasing great software.

 

As the Sr. Director of Quality Engineering, you will shape processes and teams to help the larger organization develop with less friction and increased quality. You will help define the development and delivery pipeline ensuring fast and efficient software delivery. You will work with customers to resolve issues and ensure quality throughout the development and release process. You will work in a highly collaborative environment in agile, cross-functional teams.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develops and implements Quality Engineering vision and operating model; sets direction based on alignment to business strategy and technology opportunities
  • Sets technology strategy and direction for our Quality Engineering organization; partners with IT & business stakeholders and influences overall Quality Engineering strategy
  • Initiates and fosters relationships with business partners and executives, technology leaders, vendors, and partners; develops relationships that promote trust and increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Hires and leads managers and technical leaders; coaches and counsels team members, and determines and manages staffing strategy and plan, consistent with the needs of the team
  • Own & Drive the quality of the IT solutions delivered as part of the business change supporting National Grid business
  • Lead Quality Assurance portfolio teams across all IT solutions delivery globally
  • Develop and implement best in class Test Environment Management operating model that has high throughput.
  • Develop and implement industry standard quality engineering principles - quality metrics, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Defect Removal Efficiency (DRE), integration, security, penetration, regression, and performance testing.
  • Define & implement a scalable enterprise automation framework to support enterprise landscape for E2E testing
  • Continuous testing through enterprise CI/CD platform to support both legacy as well as cloud deployments with right data and environment strategy
  • Lead the delivery and release processes through engineering to all customers, internal and external
  • Align to organization’s digital and customer experience with shift left strategy complementing speed and agility
  • Set clear and company aligned goals for teams and individuals and help them succeed
  • Automate all possible tasks and reduce QA footprint to free up resources
  • Strong technical communication with great presentation skills to influence senior executives
  • Have a solid understanding of software security testing best practices and ensuring releases meet stringent security guidelines

Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of Agile software delivery models (Kanban, Scrum, SAFe, DevOps, etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge of leadership concepts, practices and techniques, especially change management and leading culture change
  • Ability to foster and role model a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to lead technology teams in different countries (US, UK)
  • Highly developed negotiation, facilitation and consensus building skills
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills; strong presentation skills
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science/engineering or in related field; Master's Degree preferred
  • Preferably worked on enterprise application landscape with products like SAP, Salesforce, Oracle Fusion, Mulesoft and custom-built applications in JAVA, C#/.Net

More Information

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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