Safaricom -Lead SDET (Channels and Core IT).

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Job Description

Lead SDET-Channels & Core IT  – (22000004)


We are pleased to announce the following opportunity in the Digital engineering within the Technology Division.   In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below.

Brief description

Reporting to Quality Engineering Lead, the position holder will be responsible for  defining and driving the software quality strategy and roadmap in functional/non-functional and automation within all quality chapters under channels & core IT. He/She will also be responsible for providing direction to the QE engineers and chapters to ensure the activities of the team are aligned with all stakeholders


  • Responsible for standardizing the quality engineering practice across all quality engineering chapters in channels & core IT domains.
  • Responsible for setting up quality gates and criteria for all testing activities within channels and core IT and ensuring adherence to these gates
  • Responsible for performing and providing guidance and mentoring on Blackbox & white box testing using best in class procedures and technologies
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining the test regression suites for Core IT systems, ensuring over 80% automation to reduce testing man hours and reducing testing times
  • Regular team and one-on-one engagements
  • Build the technical digital skillset according to the fit for future program
  • Team technical leadership and performance management
  • Responsible for automating test regression suites for core IT & channels to ensure 4:1 automation to manual test ratio.
  • Responsible for ensuring 100% use of test automation in all levels of testing within core IT & channels domain
  • Responsible for implementing the test automation framework
  • Responsible for ensuring 100% test coverage of functional requirements
  • Responsible for ensuring all quality chapters within channels & core IT adhere to the standard test process including defect management
  • Responsible for leading test activities in upgrades ,patches and fail overs in core IT systems ensuring zero defect leakage and revenue loss due to bugs
  • Responsible for 100% test coverage on non-function requirements (performance, security, compatibility)
  • Responsible for giving technical leadership in performance engineering and architecture optimization
  • Responsible for defing OAT criteria ensuring adherance
  • Accountable for the quality of all channel and core IT systems


  • Bachelor of Science Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Software Development or related subject.
  • Must have ISTQB Certification (Test Manager certification, Advanced test automation certification or performance testing certification)
  • 5 years + experience in software testing in a busy IT environment
  • Strong understanding of the software Testing Life cycle
  • Experience in managing large test teams
  • Ability to effectively manage competing resources and priorities
  • Experience and vast knowledge in Test Driven Development approaches
  • Must have experience in CI/CD tools such as Jenkins/Drone/Travis/GitlabCi
  • Experienced in at least one mainstream programming language (Java, Python, JavaScript) with a bias towards Java
  • Strong risk identification and mitigation planning skills
  • Experience in Micro services and containerization platforms
  • Experience in Test automation tools and techniques such as Selenium, TestNG, cucumber, Appium etc.
  • Experience in performance engineering and tools such as JMeter,, HP Load runner.

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