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Senior Software Quality Assurance Specialist required to create something special for an AI driven product that is the brainchild of one of the UK’s most successful business minds and  has gathered strong interest from one of the world’s largest banks.

Rewarded with stock options after a qualifying period, this is one of an extremely limited number of opportunities in the East Midlands that could make a huge difference in the financial outlook of the successful candidates in a relatively short time frame.


The product is an AI computing platform that enables extensive knowledge mapping and is targeted at organisations, knowledge workers and students involved in research. Don’t be fooled by the big names on the market in this arena, the true power of AI is just about to get started and our client is regarded as at the forefront of the sector, working with top universities, tech leaders and with strong interest from the some of the world’s largest banks.

The current objective is to take the product from stealth start up to functioning business and to do this we are looking for geeks who absolutely love their craft.

With £10million already invested this start up organisation, with a specialised team of 12, using the very latest tech in high performance computing has already developed a powerful and fully functional MVP and is in the final stages of shaping the organization for its next stage of growth.


We require a senior software quality assurance specialist to take overall control (planning AND executing) of the test programs for mobile, web & backend technologies that will support a revolutionary product within the AI sector that is aimed at the worlds leading research institutes.

This role requires an individual who is adept at both hands-on testing and leading a team of QA professionals to ensure the highest quality standards in our software development lifecycle.


  1. Test Program Development: Design, develop, and implement comprehensive test plans to ensure quality control standards are met for Web, Mobile, and Backend technologies.
  2. Automated Testing: Develop and execute automated test routines using appropriate tools and frameworks.
  3. Quality Assurance Leadership: Lead and mentor a team of QA professionals, delegating tasks and ensuring effective collaboration.
  4. Test Execution and Reporting: Execute test cases (manual or automated) and analyze results; create detailed reports of findings and track defects.
  5. Process Improvement: Continuously evaluate and improve testing processes and methodologies.
  6. Cross-functional Collaboration: Work closely with development, product management, and customer service teams to identify and resolve quality issues.
  7. Tool and Technology Proficiency: Stay up-to-date with new testing tools and strategies, implementing them as appropriate.
  8. Problem Solving: Proactively identify and solve complex quality issues.


Successful Candidate

The successful candidate is going to be someone who wants to own the quality of this product and will do everything to ensure it is achieved. 

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field.
  • Clear experience in leading software quality assurance, with a proven track record in both automated and manual testing.
  • Expertise in automated testing tools and frameworks.
  • Strong knowledge of Web, Mobile, and Backend technologies.
  • Familiarity with various testing methodologies and tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor a QA team.
  • Possess certifications such as ISTQB or CSTE.
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum methodologies.

Working Situation

The office is based in Derby however, we will consider candidates on a hybrid basis that can comfortably come to the offices on a regular basis.


£30,000-£65,000 depending upon experience

Lucrative stock options will be applied after a qualifying period.

About Ford & Stanley Group

Ford & Stanley Group are in the business of people and performance. Our mission is to create one million better workdays through facilitating great recruitment, leadership and occupational mental fitness.

Ford & Stanley Group Ltd is a Disability Confident Committed employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all opportunity seekers. We shall adhere to such a policy at all times and will review on an on-going basis all aspects of recruitment to avoid unlawful or undesirable discrimination. We will treat everyone equally irrespective sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief or political beliefs and we place an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy.


    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: Derby
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:£35000 - £65000

    This opportunity is being managed by:

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    Zac Morris

    Recruitment Consultant