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QA Manager

Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
August 22, 2018

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Shanthala Priyamvada, 919-***-****

US Citizen


Senior technology professional with 20 years of experience in Software Quality Management and IT Service Management. Relentless advocate for Software Quality. Strategic thinker and influencer in the software development lifecycle. Proven ability to manage and build teams on-site and offshore. Experienced in managing end-to-end QA tasks in different SDLC (Agile, Iterative and Waterfall) for multiple projects. Responsible for delivering high quality products and mentoring the QA engineers to build the esteem QA team. Hands-on in developing new and improving existing automation frameworks using open source, proprietary and vendor-supplied tools.


Manage on-shore and offshore QA teams for a large investment banking project worth $40 billion corporate loans.

At Deutsche Bank, played a pivotal role in the transition of offshore Vendor QA team to build on-site robust QA automation team and designed / developed automation framework using Selenium / Java of the entire banking web application.

At Deutsche Bank spearheaded functional UI automation with Continuous Integration (CI) program for automated builds and deployments.

At Cisco Systems, formed a new efficient QA team from ground up and laid the foundation for QA process and standards. Have setup robust performance test lab to do cross-site performance testing using HP Load Runner for a Dev-QA augmented team.

Recognized and appreciated by IBM’s Design Partner Program for an outstanding value added support for one of IBM customer Cadence large scale enterprise IT deployments and for providing seamless quality control of IBM Rational Clear Quest.

Technical Expertise

Project Management: Jira, Confluence, Rally, MS Project.

Test Management: Test Planning, Test Metrics, Functional Automation, Performance Testing, Web Services Testing.

Testing Tools: Selenium, HP Testing Tools (UFT, Load Runner, ALM), IBM Rational Tools, JMeter, Junit, TestNG, Cucumber, Web Services testing (Rest Assured, SOAP UI, LOAD UI)

Other Technologies: Java, SQL/PLSQL, XML, WebSphere, Tomcat, Oracle, SVN, Git, Stash, Jenkins.

Professional Experience

Deutsche Bank – RTP: QA Testing Manager (2014 – Present)

Deutsche Bank Loan Exposure Management Group

Deutsche Bank Loan Exposure Management is a web-based application, designed for lending corporate loans, pricing loans, hedging of loans to CDS/CLOs and Reporting for various regionally distributed portfolios across the globe.

Build the robust QA team from the ground up and pivotal in the transition of the vendor QA team and domain knowledge of the application to on-site brand new QA team.

Evaluate the existing XML based keyword driven DB proprietary automation framework and recommended improvements.

Influential in the design and development of the automation framework using Selenium and java page object model for the entire web application.

Integrated the smoke test automation framework with continuous integration environment Jenkins, and enables email notification of test results of the build along with build status to LEMG cross-functional teams.

Demonstrate business value and show continuous improvement in Agile environment by providing the quality test metrics to cross-functional teams and setting GO-LIVE criteria.

Key point of contact from the QA domain in the cross-functional team meetings with development, business users, product management.

Responsible for technical direction, performance management, hiring, mentoring and team’s career development, while orchestrating the delivery of high quality to the stakeholders.

Streamlined QA process for the investment banking to in line with the financial institution regulations.

Key member of DB QA strategy group, that primarily focus on continuous improvement of the QA process and redesigned QA principles across Deutsche Bank Global technology.

Cisco Systems – RTP: QA Manager (2010 – 2014)

Cisco Project Portfolio Management and Requirements Management

Built the QA team from ground up by conducting interviews and helped management in the recruitment process.

Instrumental in driving the team for successful delivery of high Quality product across multiple releases.

QA point of contact for leadership and cross-functional teams.

Played a vital role to lay a foundation for QA process and standards in the team.

Developed test plan, test tasks and test schedule by working closely with project management.

Chair scrum and defect review meetings with project and business team stakeholders.

Performed Web Services and API testing using SOAP UI tool.

Set up a robust performance test environment to do cross-site performance testing using HP load runner 11.0.

Lead performance testing to establish the benchmark and identified performance lag in the transactional system.

Lead automation activities to build the automation framework using Selenium for functional regression and integration testing.

Accountable for the quality of test services during all stages of SDLC.

Closely work with Business team and Development team to ensure the test deliverables are coordinated with the business and functional specifications.

Leadership skills to mentor and train QE team.

Developed test plan, test tasks and test schedule by working closely with project manager.

Defined automation test objectives, strategies, standards and metrics.

Designed and developed automated test framework using HP Quick Test Pro for functional and integration testing.

Co-ordinated with Business and Development teams in risk analysis and mitigation plans.

Reports defects in the defect management tool and handles customer escalation defects.

IBM – RTP: Senior Quality Engineering Lead (2003 – 2009)

IBM Rational Clear Quest Web Client & Clear Quest Eclipse

Design and Automate the performance-testing suite for the Clear Quest Web client for Large Scale customer environments on multiple cross platforms.

Perform Internationalization (I18N) Testing.

Designed and automated the complete test suite for the CQ Eclipse client and CQEC client integration with the Rational Desktop Product Rational Software Architect RSA, which involves the streamlined processes oriented for a software development life cycle.

Used DB2 SQL Interactive Interface to query the CQ data / records at the backend database DB2 and run reports at the database end.

Opal Software – CA: Quality Engineering (2001 – 2002)

Tested E-services suite, which provides java based enterprise web application.

Sonata Software Ltd – India: System Analyst (1998 – 2000)

IBM Domino Lotus Notes developer to develop document database based sales automation application.


MS Computer Science, Bangalore University, India

BS Electronics, Bangalore University, India

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