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English Language Learning Lead QA Engineer in Madrid, Spain

Role: Lead QA Engineer

Company: Pearson

Division: English Language Learning

Location: Madrid, Spain (Remote or Hybrid*)

About Pearson:

Our purpose: At Pearson we ‘add life to a lifetime of learning’ so everyone can realise the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. Pearson was founded in 1844 and has been built on our ability to grow with and adapt to a constantly evolving market. Our 20,000+ employees are dedicated to creating the high-quality, digital-first, accessible and sustainable resources for lifelong learning.

About English Language Learning:

In the English Language Learning (ELL) business unit, we aspire to become the world's leading destination to learn and improve English language skills. Our focus is on committed learners from around the world, who are motivated by outcomes because they want to reach their full potential through learning English.

Role overview:

The English Language Learning (ELL) division of Pearson is looking for a talented and motivated professional to join our growing organization as a QA Lead Engineer.

As a QA Lead, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the robustness and reliability of our products, working closely with developers, product owners, and other stakeholders. You will lead our QAs, hands-on, to a quality driven mindset where we always put our customers, first, and proactively break our product to ensure that our customers get the best possible, bug free, experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead testing efforts across backend, frontend, mobile, and REST APIs.

  • Plan and lead software testing, setting priorities in collaboration with the POs – our teams are spread across the globe

  • Establish, lead, maintain and continuously improve a suite of robust testing processes throughout development, pre-production, and post-release phases.

  • Continuously enhance our automated testing suite, ensuring comprehensive coverage of critical system components.

  • Promote high degree of QA automation as part of a CI/CD pipelines.

  • Define, document and enforce best practice SDLC processes and standards.

  • Collaborate with developers, product owners, and customer success managers to deeply understand customer business and use cases.

  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to identify and troubleshoot defects and bugs, and working to resolve these issues in a timely manner

  • Be responsible for testing tools, including but not limited to Mocha, Java + Selenide, Selenium, React Testing Library, Playright, Cypress, and Postman.

  • Developing and executing test plans and test cases

  • Verify the functionality and performance of software products and applications

  • Developing and maintaining automated test scripts

  • Participating in code reviews and providing feedback on code quality and testability

  • Creating and maintaining automated test suites to increase efficiency and effectiveness

  • Participating in release management processes

Qualifications & Skills:

  • 6+ years of Agile ways of working, and software development cycle.

  • 6+ years of experience in automation suites and manual testing

  • ISTQB certification - Test Manager level – is a plus

  • Proactive, curious, and driven mindset with a passion for breaking and improving software.

  • Ability to deeply understand customer business needs and use cases to ensure software quality.

  • Must have strong Leadership skills to support QA team members, and identify/resolve QA challenges through mentoring and guidance,

  • Effective communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional remote teams.

  • Detail-oriented, analytical, and possess strong technical skills to ensure that the software meets the required quality standards

  • Proficient in at least one programming language, preferably Java

  • Experience with Agile and team collaboration tools such as JIRA

  • Critical thinking skills to recommend original and productive ideas

  • Ability to work effectively with agility and resilience in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to analyse data and information to identify patterns and trends that may indicate problems with the software

  • Ability to prioritize tasks effectively and manage their time efficiently to meet project deadlines

  • Willing to learn innovative technologies and tools to stay up to date with the latest developments in software testing

  • Passion for education and learning

Pearson’s Benefits:

  • 24 Days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with every 2 years of continuous service up to 30 days)

  • Life insurance Policy

  • Work-Life Balance Benefits

  • Family Benefits

  • Complementary Benefits

  • Development and Training Benefits

  • Access to Pearson+: Pearson´s digital library

  • Discounts on books

  • Development and training: a wide access to internal learning platforms and development plan

Diversity: At Pearson we value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture wheredifferences are embraced as strengths and opportunities are equal and accessible.

Flexible working: Pearson is committed to hybrid working practices and has adopted flexible remote and virtual working. Where possible our employees can choose to manage their attendance to the office more flexibly.

How to apply: Thank you for your interest in applying for a role at Pearson. Please submit an updated CV and cover letter (optional) in English. If you have any additional questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

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Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Workplace Type: Remote

Req ID: 15416