Senior QA Lead

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP


Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos has major hubs around the globe. More information is available at www.sophos.com


Senior QA Lead – Sophos Cloud


Sophos evolves to meet every new challenge, protecting more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs, our cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions are able to adapt and evolve to secure endpoints and networks against never-before-seen cybercriminal tactics and techniques. Managed through our award-winning, cloud-based platform, Sophos Central, our best-of-breed products work together through our unique Synchronized Security system to share threat intelligence and respond to evolving threats. The Sophos suite of products secures networks and endpoints against automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more.


Job Purpose

The QA lead is embedded with the developers and automation engineers who manage their projects from inception to release. The QA lead plays a pivotal role in gathering requirements from the product owner and uses this information to develop the test plan and strategy for the team to execute against.


In this team you’ll collaborate with the developers on a daily basis as you monitor and report on the quality metrics throughout the duration of your project. The team work to an agile methodology, so you’ll need to be comfortable contributing to daily stand-ups and regular planning sessions where you’ll develop your test plan and prepare test cases for release testing.


What this role offers you


Each project is managed by the team from start to finish, so you’ll be able to learn and develop all QA lead responsibilities under the guidance of the department’s QA manager. You’ll learn to drive quality best practices by leading team defect triages, plan testing based on risk analysis and liaise with other feature teams QA leads to co-ordinate cross-team testing effort.  


Main Duties

  • Requirement gathering
    • Work with the product owners to capture and understand all project requirements
    • Specify acceptance criteria on Epics and Stories
  • Test planning and execution
    • Define the test plan throughout the project lifecycle
    • Develop test matrix that combines manual and automated test coverage and risk analysis to ensure requirements are met and tested
    • Define non-functional testing for project, including performance, scalability and fuzz testing
    • Plan internal beta testing by establishing clear entry and exit criteria
    • Write and execute manual test cases
    • Coordinate test passes by estimating effort and allocating tests to team members
  • Monitoring and reporting of quality metrics
    • Test coverage using Sonar and other tools
    • BlackDuck reporting on third party library vulnerabilities
    • Review code smells reports and track improvements
    • Defect tracking and prioritising in sprint planning 
    • Monitoring automation test run results 
    • Review project release reports to represent and explain all test activities
    • Conduct project level triage with your team and product owners


Skills & Experience



  • Previous experience as a QA engineer, testing large scale systems
  • Previous experience authoring test plans, test cases and reporting on quality metrics
  • Technically curious and enthusiastic about technology
  • High-level analytical skills.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with PM and developers
  • Critical thinker with a focus on customer satisfaction.



  • Computer science, numerate degree or relevant experience
  • ISTQB certification
  • Experience setting up endpoint environments, installing software
  • previous scripting / programming experience

What’s Great About Sophos?

  • Our people are what makes Sophos special – we demonstrate shared vision, talent, innovation, and creativity, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit.
  • Employee-led diversity and inclusion groups that build community within Sophos and provide internal education and advocacy (eg. Sophos Women in Tech group to improve gender parity, encourage gender-balanced leadership, and support career progression at Sophos)
  • Sophos Environment Network and employee challenges to contribute to sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint
  • Annual commitment to charity and fundraising across our global sites and volunteer days for employees to give back to local communities
  • Global trivia competitions to keep our minds sharp
  • Global Mental Health days off work for all Sophos to help employees relax and recharge
  • Monthly employee wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing
  • Employee rewards and thanks, such as our free annual subscription to Calm


Our Commitment To You

We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants that can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Data Protection

If you choose to explore an opportunity, and subsequently share your CV or other personal details with Sophos, these details will be held by Sophos for 12 months in accordance with our Privacy Policy and used by our recruitment team to contact you regarding this or other relevant opportunites at Sophos. If you would like Sophos to delete or update your details at any time, please follow the steps set out in the Privacy Policy describing your individual rights. If you have any questions about Sophos' data protection practices, please contact dataprotection@sophos.com.

At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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