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Working As A Director, Software Quality Assurance

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $126,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director, Software Quality Assurance Do At Catalina Marketing

* Business leader and a department leader, skilled in meeting the objectives of both, even when in conflict
* Establishes aggressive goals for employees that meet both business and departmental objectives
* Requires and rewards high performance
* Establishes objective measurements for evaluating employee performance
* Emphasizes the creation, active management, and reporting of departmental performance metrics that allow comparisons to other organizations or business entities
* Managing Work:
* Manages groups of projects in a way that aligns project goal achievement with the achievement of uniquely defined departmental objectives
* Demonstrates the ability to influence project scope with business leaders to achieve departmental objectives
* Employs the power of his/her position to actively achieve results
* Establishes and rigorously manages standards for work products
* Engineers and implements long term programs and strategies that achieve long-term departmental and business objectives
* Implements and manages work policies that guarantee success
* Identifies opportunities to improve existing conditions and processes for own team, other teams and other departments, implements solutions, & measures impact
* Defines short term strategic direction for area of responsibility based on yearly department objectives.
* Commits to action after analyzing financial information, developing and presenting alternatives, and getting approval.
* Maintains accurate forecasts and manages spending within that forecast
* Aligns department to achieve the highest and best results for the company
* Adapts as required to maintain appropriate focus
* Presents well defined short term goals and builds enthusiasm for their achievement
* Selects and invests in specific areas of innovation to achieve the highest return
* Creatively focuses resources and mind share, and eliminates unrealistic or impractical objectives
* Establishes standards and enforces work product quality
* Praises good work and does not tolerate sub-standard deliverables
* Ensures that the company and department has processes and deliverables documented that allow smooth transitions across one-time events
* Establishes high standards of excellence for the most critical processes and systems, and ensures that these most critical processes run flawlessly
* Establishes and manages fault-tolerant systems, organizations and procedures
* Eliminates vulnerabilities through the creation of systems that do not allow human error or external events to play a significant role
* Additional Responsibilities:
* Review, define, and prioritize requests and defects from users and testers
* Project planning and scheduling
* Resource planning and scheduling
* Oversee and improve SQA, software testing, Release Management, and Change Control procedures
* Make recommendations to development on ways they can improve the quality of the software that they provide to SQA
* Responsible for performing all managerial functions with respect to the Software Quality group of employees, managed service providers and contractors
* Salary administration
* Coordinate with development, support, and user groups to facilitate software releases
* Act as information resource for the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), overall process improvement efforts and the Software Development Lifecycle
* Mentor/train SQA and software testing personnel in respective “Best Practices”
* III

What Does A Director, Software Quality Assurance Do At Kforce

* Authoring end-to-end automated testing strategies for verification of application functionality, smoke testing and integration scenarios
* Document software test plans
* Verify software applications meet performance SLAs
* Evaluate and identify new technologies for test automation
* Maintain standards compliance
* Team Administration:
* Team Mentoring
* Lunch and Learn Committee
* Career Development
* Vacation Requests (PTO Management)
* Code Stewardship:
* Peer Code Reviews
* Team Code Reviews
* Source Control Management (Branching, Enforcing Check in Standards)
* Build Management and Versioning
* Technical Product Management:
* Ultimately Responsible for Timeliness and Completeness of Delivery
* Providing Feedback to Product Management on Scope and Work Item Breakdown Estimation
* Active Role in Sprint Planning
* Authoring Technical User Stories
* Maintaining Technical User Story Backlog
* This position usually requires a Bachelor's degree in a related area and at least 10 years of experience with applications development
* At least two years in a management or tech lead capacity
* years' experience testing web and desktop software using test automation frameworks such as Selenium, WatiN and SoapUI
* years' experience with OOP programming languages, preferably C# or Java
* Experience with SQL Server 2008/2012/2014, SQL and TSQL
* Experience designing and implementing test plans and test cases using Test Management Software
* Experience with Test Automation Studios such as WEBAI and Telerik Test Studio
* Experience with Microsoft development environments using Continuous Integration tools (Cruise Control, Hudson, Bamboo)
* Exposure to messaging technologies (MSMQ, ActiveMQ) and service bus architectures
* Experience with XML, XSLT, SOAP and web services
* Proven ability to analyze and deconstruct complex software systems when designing test automation strategies
* Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, while leading and directing the work of others

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Average Length of Employment
Software Director 3.9 years
Top Careers Before Director, Software Quality Assurance
Manager 3.3%
Consultant 2.1%
Top Careers After Director, Software Quality Assurance
Director 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$126,000
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$95,000
Min 10%
$126,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Director, Software Quality Assurance make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director, Software Quality Assurance in the United States is $126,738 per year or $61 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $95,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $168,000.

Real Director, Software Quality Assurance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Director, Software Quality Assurance Engineering Medidata Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $220,000
Director SW QA Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2015 $200,000
Director, Software QA Stellus Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 25, 2016 $200,000
Senior Director Software QA Engineering Sabre GLBL Inc. Southlake, TX Nov 21, 2016 $184,766 -
$222,800
Software Quality Assurance Director Virtusa Corporation Westborough, MA Oct 11, 2015 $165,000
Director, SQA Engineering Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Oct 01, 2013 $161,272
Director of Technology Testing & Software Quality Assurance Wellmark, Inc. Des Moines, IA Oct 31, 2016 $154,000
Senior Director Software QA Engineering Sabre GLBL Inc. Southlake, TX Feb 16, 2015 $142,272 -
$192,800
Technical Director, SW QA Engineering AOL Inc. New York, NY Oct 29, 2015 $140,000 -
$170,000
Director, Software Lifecycle Quality Assurance Avnet, Inc. Tempe, AZ Dec 09, 2016 $139,100
Director, Software Lifecycle Quality Assurance Avnet, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 03, 2016 $139,100 -
$210,820
Director, Software Lifecycle Quality Assurance Avnet, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jun 16, 2016 $139,100 -
$210,820
Senior Director Software QA Engineering Sabre Inc. Southlake, TX Aug 01, 2013 $137,966 -
$187,500
Software Quality Assurance (QA) Director Blackline Systems, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 09, 2014 $135,000

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Top Skills for A Director, Software Quality Assurance

  1. Test Cases
  2. QA
  3. Software Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed browser compatibility testing and user acceptance testing, and automated test cases using Rational Robot.
  • Incorporated Comprehensive Delivery Process into QA test environment to increase productivity and performance.
  • Established and managed the Lexington Software Development department, and oversaw all day-to-day operations.
  • Developed and grew the software testing, business analysis and project management capabilities for Apartments.com.
  • Handpicked to unify and streamline three distinct and disjoint SQA company wide teams and to improve overall quality.

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  2. California
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  4. Virginia
  5. Connecticut
  6. District of Columbia
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Director, Software Quality Assurance Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

20.9%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

16.7%

Dutch

16.7%

Japanese

16.7%

French

16.7%

Spanish

16.7%

Italian

16.7%
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Director, Software Quality Assurance Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

San Jose State University

10.9%

National University

7.3%

Northeastern University

5.5%

Bentley University

5.5%

Pepperdine University

5.5%

Washington State University

3.6%

Emerson College

3.6%

Stanford University

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.6%

Saint Mary's College

3.6%

Kennesaw State University

3.6%

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

Clayton State University

3.6%

Hofstra University

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.3%

Business

20.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Information Technology

4.9%

Management

4.4%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Project Management

2.7%

Economics

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Law

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%

Philosophy

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

41.0%

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

12.2%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

1.7%
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