Sr. QA – Burlington

Sr. QA – Burlington

Sr. QA for Software Company

About the Job
The purpose of this role and why this role exists

Bringing on new clients and subsequently we are growing our small QA team. We’re looking for someone who can introduce QA best practices, new processes and workflow, and new tools. You will bring technical background, preferable as a software developer and you will help QA scale.

Perks
Why we’re a cool company

  • Flex time, partial work-from-home (100% remote for the foreseeable future)
  • Virtual on-boarding
  • Full benefit package
  • Regular v-Social events
  • Near QEW & Walkers
  • $1000 home office budget

Top Responsibilities
The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Review requirements specifications and technical design documents to provide timely QA estimates, author test cases and plans, prioritize, coordinate and perform testing activities for multiple simultaneous projects
  • Ensure all user stories have adequate detail in the acceptance criteria as input to test case development
  • Design, develop and execute automated regression scripts using open source tools
  • Ensure that quality issues and defects are appropriately identified, documented, tracked, and resolved
  • Articulate QA criteria to the third-party on-shore QA company. Coordinate QA work packages and manage resulting issues identified by them
  • Reproduce issues reported by clients

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see
All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • 5+ years QA experience in software companies vs. banks or insurance companies
  • Strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes
  •  Experience with creating test cases & plan, manual and automated regression testing, and load testing
  • Experience with web automated regression tools such as Ghost Inspector
  • Experience with load testing tools such as Siege
  • Positive Customer Service aptitude
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Quick learner, inquisitive and independent
  • You have the ability to work in a cross-functional team organization
  • You have strong professional communication skills
  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science

Connect with Us!
To learn more about this opportunity, the client, their culture, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: Sr. QA Analyst

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

Please include your resume. We’re searching for local permanent resources only, as we hope to reopen.

JAVA Developer – Mississauga

JAVA Developer – Mississauga

Sr. JAVA Developer for Software Product Company

About the Job
The purpose of this role and why this role exists

We are growing our team again.

Perks
Why we’re a cool company

  • Flex time, partial work-from-home (100% remote for the foreseeable future)
  • Virtual on-boarding
  • Full benefit package from Day 1
  • Monthly v-Social events
  • Near QEW & Winston Churchill

Top Responsibilities
The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Work with business analysts to translate user requirements and technical specifications into design solutions
  • Provide support and guidance to intermediate and junior developers covering development and implementation approach
  • Adherence to development and process standards, while refining, defining and establishing processes, templates, and software development

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see
All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • JAVA – 5+ years
  • Full-stack experience
  • Experience leading 5+ developers in a software development team
  • Experience with modern JS frameworks like React, Vue, Angular and responsive design
  • Experience building cloud native applications
  • Experience with design, implementation and integration with common enterprise application storage mechanisms including in-memory, object storage, RDBMS and NoSQL
  • Computer Science related degree or diploma ideally with coop terms

Connect with Us!
To learn more about this opportunity, the client, their culture, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: JAVA Developer

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

Please include your resume. We’re searching for local permanent resources only, as we hope to reopen.

Technical Writer | OAKVILLE

Technical Writer | OAKVILLE

Imagine crafting content for an Oakville software product company.

Perks
Why we’re a cool company

  • Flex time, partial work-from-home (100% remote for the foreseeable future)
  • Virtual on-boarding
  • Full benefit package
  • Near QEW & Dorval

Top Responsibilities
The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Content creation: blogs, whitepapers, testimonials, case studies, New Feature Releases
  • Working with developers and SME to create content
  • Within the content, utilize your knowledge of SEO/SEM and adwords to drive traffic (nice to have)
  • Designing and building web pages

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see
All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • Post-Secondary degree in a business-related field (Marketing, Sales, Management, Communications) or Technology
  • 3-years experience creating long-form content for technology companies, for a very technical audience
  • HTML/CSS
  • An exceptional attention to detail
  • A willingness to take the initiative
  • Excellent verbal, written, copy-writing, and presentation skills

Nice to haves
Experience developing value propositions for pragmatic and conservative enterprise-sized buyers

  • SEO/SEM
  • PPC, backlinks, Shopping carts, web analytics, CMSs
  • A successful candidate will bring a technical background with an understanding of B2B business workflows
  • Social Media tools and strategies
  • Adobe Creative Cloud or ability to edit or create imagery

Sound like you? Sent your resume to rick@searchvelocity.ca now!

Please include your resume. We’re searching for local permanent resources only.

About the Company

Our client is a 15-year old company.  They offer a relaxed work environment and walking distance to eateries (when they reopen).

Sent your resume to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca

Is the Talent Race is Entering a New Era?

Is the Talent Race is Entering a New Era?

Lack of work is causing many tech companies to reduce staff. When they try to recall these staff however, will they discover many are no longer available?

Employers are beginning to realize that the future of work is happening now. Virtually every employee will soon expect a remote-work option be added to their current and future job. They’ve tasted it, they like it, and won’t easily give it up. Is your company transitioning to a large remote-work option? If not, the new risk is losing the talent race. The talent shortage was already critical. Will it only get worse?

End of the Beginning?

This year’s April 1 was no joke. Projects are slowing down because clients are pausing or cancelling existing projects, and/or delaying, descoping or cancelling new projects, or you’ve lost clients. Your backlog is shrinking. The impact is technology companies taking a sharp look at their staffing levels. They are laying off staff, certainly under the premise that once this unprecedented period is over, and over soon we pray, they can simply be recalled and their businesses reset to normal.

Another strategy some companies are using is to reduce salaries. Will tech workers impacted by this wait indefinitely for their salary to be returned to 100%? It’s reasonable to assume they’re looking for a new job. Now.

At the beginning of March, and for as far back as anyone can remember, we had a net shortage of skilled technical people. Compounding this shortage is every company only wants to hire the top 25% of technology people. It was already really hard to find and hire these top 25% of seasoned tech people.

We are now seeing a growing pool of both displaced tech workers and receptive workers.

Currently

Many tech companies are still hiring, on-boarding, and will start to experience a field day attracting displaced or salary impacted tech employees.

Will your top 25% will be riding out the COVID-19 storm with you, while you have already laid off staff and/or reduced theirs or other’s salaries? Their refreshed resume is probably now in circulation, posted on Indeed, and their LinkedIn profile updated, resulting in them being approached often by would-be employers and recruiters.

Hopefully Soon

We will crest this COVID-19 curve and stress levels will begin to decline. Paused projects resume, delayed projects will receive new start dates, cancelled projects will be revisited with some rescoping or reprioritization and net-new projects will appear as new post-Covid-19 business opportunities are discovered. Companies will see their backlog growing and hiring freezes lifted.

Invariably you will reach back to your displaced staff, but will you find many have landed new jobs and no longer available?

When you start new recruitment drives, will you discover identifying the top 25% just got harder because too many of these skilled workers will have new jobs, many with a large remote-work component which they now desire, and will be unreceptive to your recruiting approaches and job ads?

Will we find our best and brightest have been picked up by BIG international firms?

While workers still like working alongside coworkers, right now they’re learning how to work not physically with them. Happening now are fundamental changes in the way we work and people won’t go back to exactly the same practices. The future of work is here.

When the dotcom bubble burst in 2000, it too displaced large numbers of tech people, and many left the industry altogether. Will that will happen again, further exasperating your recruiting efforts?

Will this be a good era however for new and recent grads as many companies will have no alternative but to hire junior-level resources and train them?

What’s Next

Maintain building your pipeline. Conduct online interviews now. Make offers now. Prepare for virtual on-boarding.

Expect the new normal of 50%+ of your workforce working from home for the foreseeable future, COVID-19 or not. Current staff will expect this. I suspect candidates will turn down offers that don’t include, in writing, high-degrees of remote-work.

If the talent shortage was already bad, is it going to get worse? Will every week you’re not transitioning your business be a week you’re falling further behind?

Is the Talent Race Entering a New Era?

April 13, 2020

iOS Developer – Mississauga

iOS Developer – Mississauga

If your career goal is to grow your skills in SWIFT then this role may be for you.

Top Responsibilities

  • Developing in SWIFT
  • Working on a new app every 6 months (approx)
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to define, design, full-stack coding of new features and functionality
  • End-to-end delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Potential direct interaction with the client
  • Providing effort estimates, planning out weekly sprints alongside 5 month objectives, while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks

Some of the Experiences & Background We’d Like To See

  • 3+ years of Objective-C and SWIFT
  • 3+ years of experience in software development roles
  • Successful track record of delivering projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: bring them to the interview!)
  • Should have published applications on the Apple Store
  • Git, or similar source code control systems
  • Agile Scrum environment
  • Effective communication skills as you will be in regular contact with the client – great opportunity to further refine your person/people skills
  • Experience implementing third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Nice to Haves

  • Experience in Video and media based development projects
  • Ionic HTML5 Hybrid Mobile App Framework / PhoneGap
  • Some experience with open-source development and technology foundations besides iOS (e.g. Android, web development, etc.) and a pragmatic approach to using the right tool for the job
  • HTML5 / CSS / SASS development based on both hand-drawn wireframes and/or full Photoshop design intent
  • SSH/Linux server administration experience

Sound like you? Sent your resume to rick@searchvelocity.ca now!

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