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In Summary - Test Lead - Software

Involved in the planning, monitoring and control of the testing activities and tasks of a team, in the life cycle of a software development project.

Career Sectors

Test Lead - Softwares typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Computers & ICT
Software & Programming
Computers & ICT

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The Work - Test Lead - Software

The Test lead is responsible for managing the individual members of the testing team.

Test leads must estimate and obtain management support for the time, resources and budget required to perform the testing of software. Test leads must create testing metrics and reports.

The test lead must review test deliverables, defects and test results, identify risks and put measures in place to prevent glitches in the software.

Test leads must work with technical writers and business analysts to execute assembly and performance tests for software products.

Test Engineers perform similar duties, however, they would come from an engineering background with the ability to read engineering schematics and blueprints.

Tasks and Activities:

  • Guide and monitor the analysis, design, implementation and execution of the test cases, test procedures and test suites
  • Reviewing test cases, test case preparation, estimation, planning, reporting
  • Taking control of product quality assurance
  • They schedule the tests for execution and then they monitor, measure, control and report on the test progress, the product quality status and the test results, adapting the test plan and compensating as needed to adjust to evolving conditions
  • Planning, development and execution of manual, automated test suits for web application
  • Inspecting and testing materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications
  • Writing test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or repairs needed.


Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming

Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture of products.

Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. Computer Programming – Knowledge of a broad range of computer programmes and systems

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language with a high level of written competency necessary.


Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products to evaluate quality or performance.

Leadership – effectively leading a testing team and fulfilling the leadership role of a manager.

Effective communication skills – required to manage the testing team effectively. You will be required to write detailed technical reports.

Strong verbal communication skills - in order to report your test findings with other engineering departments during meetings.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Interests - Test Lead - Software

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


  • Strong leadership qualities in order to manage the testing team
  • Good organisational skills to plan and co-ordinate resources
  • Excellent attention to detail in order to decipher glitches
  • An ability to combine technical ability with creativity in order to solve problems

Entry Requirements - Test Lead - Software

Test Engineers will generally have a level 8 degree in software engineering with relevant courses available in most universities and IoTs.

Test engineers may also come from a background in Computer Science, or related areas. There are several conversion courses available for non- IT graduates.

To be a test lead, employers will expect excellent technical knowledge of as many programming languages and platforms as possible and to have a good understanding of the software testing lifecycle. Courses are provided by a range of colleges of further education to gain a platform of understanding in software programming.


Last Updated: October, 2014

Pay & Salary - Test Lead - Software

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €38k - €70k

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Test Lead - Software

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

As with programmers, the labour market indicators examined point to an occupation in high demand with strong employment growth and evidence that employers are having difficulties filling vacancies.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Shortages specifically include test engineers, systems engineers, network engineers and security engineers.  National Skills Bulletin 2018

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