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Software Test Lead

Acendre - Tanjil Bren, VIC

Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


Company Profile

Acendre pioneered online talent management in Australia in 1997 and has grown to become an international leader in the market. Acendre’s mission is to help organisations recruit, engage, and develop their people. Our goal is to delight our customers with high quality SaaS products that deliver these essential human capital capabilities. Through the use of advanced analytics, we provide our customers data-driven insights that enable them to optimise their people processes and their overall effectiveness. We believe that talent management technology - underpinned by people-centric analytics - is fundamental to enabling high organisational performance.

Otto Berkes is Acendre’s Chief Executive Officer. Otto has an extensive background in innovation including co-founding Xbox, leading the development of DirectX graphics, and building HBO’s streaming services. He and the Acendre team are passionate about the power of innovation and the opportunity to provide organisations fundamentally better ways to realize the full potential of their most critical resource: their people.

Acendre is backed by Strattam Capital who invests in established companies with high-quality products and services across three IT business market segments: enterprise software, digital infrastructure, and technology-enabled services.

About the Position

We are looking to add a Software Test Lead to Acendre’s rapidly growing development organisation. This role will be responsible for ensuring overall quality, performance, scalability and availability for multiple SaaS products within the Acendre product portfolio.

The Software Test Lead will be instrumental in defining, implementing, and managing the overall product testing strategy and team in the context of an over-arching Agile/DevOps delivery model.

Job Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Define and manage the development quality assurance processes and staff
  • Provide leadership and technical expertise within the team and across the broader company
  • Develop overall software testing strategy including test automation, performance, scalability, reliability and high availability testing, etc.
  • Develop a strategic direction for the Quality Assurance team that tracks the objectives of our business as a whole and fits in the big picture.
  • Oversee a nimble Quality Assurance team that promotes a culture of automation and continuous improvement and meets the quality requirements for our product portfolio.
  • Drive and support rapid continuous delivery from a quality perspective by increasing focus on test automation for regression, integration, load, and performance.
  • Adapt processes and systems over time to accommodate new initiatives, meet the needs of internal stakeholders, and support our fast pace of growth.
  • Develop and track key performance metrics and make regular reports to our executive team, operationalizing leadership direction quickly and efficiently.
  • Model a can-do and mission-driven attitude and willingness to take on new tasks, projects, and responsibilities.
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle from ideation, to specification, to release

Skills and Experience

  • (10+) years of software quality assurance experience
  • (5+) years of experience managing direct reports
  • Direct experience recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, mentoring, and developing QA team members
  • Well established track record of leading high-performing quality assurance teams that deliver high quality testing results while establishing/maintaining stakeholder relationships at all levels
  • Comfortable as a “hands-on” manager and willing to roll up your sleeves to get things done
  • Self-motivated with strong task and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills coupled with an open and honest attitude
  • Strong Analytical and data driven decision-making abilities
  • Extensive understanding of end to end testing from unit/functional/system/security testing through user acceptance testing including hands-on experience with industry leading test management and test automation tool sets
  • Knowledge of test and service delivery automation for multitenant, cloud hosted solutions (e.g., AWS, Azure or Google)
  • Ability to weigh competing priorities, manage tradeoffs, and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with stakeholders, driving to consensus, while maintaining a clear focus on overarching business priorities
  • Strong understanding of Agile methodologies (e.g., Scrum and Kanban) and how quality is blended within the development and DevOps delivery process.
  • Experience using an Agile management solutions (e.g., DevOps, TFS, Jira, Agile Central…)

Opportunities to Grow

As Acendre is growing rapidly, the role of Software Test Lead may evolve over time and additional responsibilities could emerge that can be explored as further growth opportunities.

What’s on Offer? (when the world returns to ‘normal’)

  • Great location next door to Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre - close to public transport, pubs, and restaurants!
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Shower and locker-room facilities
  • Nearby gyms and bike-trails
  • Birthday day-off
  • Team ship-it celebrations
  • Discounts on products and services through our third-party partners


A competitive compensation package will include a base salary, incentive plan, benefits, and equity participation.


A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Acendre is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.