Principal Software Quality Assurance Engineer @ Kaiser Permanente - Pleasanton, CA

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Principal Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Kaiser Permanente - Pleasanton, CA

This position serves as an IT risk portfolio advisor for a large or complex technology portfolio by ensuring an ongoing awareness of the potential risks, providing guidance related to the assignment and understanding of risk factors related to the use of technology in a given IT functional area or line of business, and driving the management of technology risk in this area. In addition this role is responsible for driving the evolution of the enterprise cyber security architecture program by working with various information security groups, enterprise architects, and business stakeholders to define the security architecture function to support KP's strategic business direction and priorities.



Essential Responsibilities:

  • Drives the execution of multiple work streams by identifying customer and operational needs; developing and updating new procedures and policies; gaining cross-functional support for objectives and priorities; translating business strategy into actionable business requirements; obtaining and distributing resources; setting standards and measuring progress; removing obstacles that impact performance; guiding performance and developing contingency plans accordingly; solving highly complex issues; and influencing the completion of project tasks by others.

  • Practices self-leadership and promotes learning in others by soliciting and acting on performance feedback; building collaborative, cross-functional relationships; communicating information and providing advice to drive projects forward; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; providing feedback to others, including upward feedback to leadership; influencing, mentoring, and coaching team members; fostering open dialogue amongst team members; evaluating and responding to the strengths and weaknesses of self and unit members; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.

  • Provides overall direction and takes accountability for the delivery of quality assurance (QA) test strategies for IT initiatives across enterprise QA domains by reviewing and providing second-level sign off on testing scope and approach for large-scale or high impact initiatives.

  • Reviews and signs off on testing scope and approach, and partners with cross-functional IT and business stakeholders to review and approve the overall testing approach.

  • Develops a network of partnerships with cross-functional enterprise IT and business leaders to support the review and approval of testing approaches.

  • Conducts final review and approval of functional specifications to ensure business and architectural requirements are testable.

  • Oversees the review and validation of testable business processes, test data, and test environment requirements.

  • Develops guidelines and best practices to ensure test plans and timelines are aligned with project/program milestones.

  • Oversees and addresses critical issues, dependencies, and risks related to testing.

  • Collaborates with cross-functional IT teams to gain buy-in and approval of test plans, and tracks quality metrics across testing phases (e.g., SIT, Performance, UAT, Automation, Production, Validation).

  • Ensures quality metrics are tracked across testing phases (e.g., SIT, Performance, UAT, Automation, Production, Validation).

  • Oversees and ensures the development of test scenarios and execution of test cases meet established standards across all testing phases (e.g., SIT, Performance, UAT, Automation, Production, Validation).

  • Manages and oversees the adherence of entry and exit criteria according to Kaiser testing standards.

  • Publishes and reviews scheduled reports (e.g., test execution, defects, ad-hoc reports) with IT and business leadership.

  • Oversees quality assurance projects and initiatives by reviewing staffing needs and overall work plans.

  • Provides second-level authorization for exceptions and waivers, and meets with leadership to address contingency plans, as appropriate.

  • Reviews and integrates business processes to achieve business results and appropriate solutions for customers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum four (4) years SQA experience working across multiple IT domains and business units in a corporate setting.

  • Minimum four (4) years in a leadership role working with technical teams.

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field and Minimum ten (10) years experience in SQA, software testing, or related field. Additional equivalent work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of work experience in a role requiring interaction with executive leadership (e.g., Vice President level and above)

  • Four (4) years experience in a leadership role of a large matrixed organization.

  • Four (4) years experience working with IT vendors.

  • Four (4) years experience working on project(s) involving the implementation of software development life cycle(s) (SDLC).

  • Four (4) years experience writing technical documentation in a software testing or quality assurance environment.

  • Six (6) years experience working with integration technologies (e.g., web services, MQ).

  • Three (3) years experience working in and defining the requirements for virtual testing environments.

  • Five (5) years experience working in and defining the requirements for healthcare testing environments.

  • Five (5) years experience testing and defining the requirements testing business system applications.

  • Five (5) years experience working with and defining the requirements for data mart/data warehousing.

  • Quality Assurance Institute (QAI) or American Society for Quality (ASQ) or similar certification.

PrimaryLocation : California,Pleasanton,Pleasanton Tech Cntr Building A
HoursPerWeek : 40
Shift : Day
Workdays : Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
WorkingHoursStart : 08:00 AM
WorkingHoursEnd : 04:00 PM
Job Schedule : Full-time
Job Type : Standard
Employee Status : Regular
Employee Group/Union Affiliation : NUE-IT-01|NUE|Non Union Employee
Job Level : Individual Contributor
Job Category : Information Technology,Digital
Department : KPIT ADMIN - KPD T AND O - 9601
Travel : No
Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

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