Test LeadJob Description:
Test leads check new computer systems and applications that are being created or upgraded.Job Category:
What you will do:
On a typical day, you may:
- learn about the products being developed
- create tests for each stage of a product’s development
- plan time and resources needed to complete the testing
- manage what the testing team is doing
- carry out manual and automated tests within deadlines
- identify and record faults or ‘bugs’ so they can be fixed
- review completed tests and analyse the results
- check that new systems and upgrades are working correctly
- write reports for the project management team
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- maths knowledge
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- organisational skills
- analytical thinking skills
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptable)
- persistence and determination (drive)
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- excellent verbal communication skills
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a degree or postgraduate course in:
- computer science
- business information technology
- software development
- software engineering
You may have an advantage when you look for work if your degree includes a work placement, internship or a year in industry.
You could do a software tester higher apprenticeship or a digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.
Then you’ll need to get more experience as a software tester or similar job to become a test lead.
You could join a company as a software tester, for example through a graduate training scheme.
Once you have built up enough experience, you could apply for jobs as a test lead.
You could apply directly for jobs if you have 3 to 5 years’ experience in software testing and quality assurance.
You may also find it helpful to have:
- experience in software development or systems engineering
- managed a project
- a professional certificate from a organisation like The Chartered Institute for IT (in the UK)
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in an office, at a client’s business or from home.
Career Path & Progression:
You can be a test lead in any industry or sector.
With experience, you can:
- specialise in a particular area, such as finance or telecommunications
- move into IT project management
- become a manager
- work as a freelance contractor for IT and business services