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Director, Quality Engineering & Automation

Requisition ID:  160540 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  IT Quality Engineer & Automation 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario; Alberta; Nova Scotia; Québec  

City: Mississauga / Calgary / Montreal / Stellarton / Dartmouth

Location: Tahoe Office, Bureau de Montréal-Nord, Calgary Office, Dartmouth Office, Foord St. Office 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 127,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.




We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to join us as Director, IT Quality Engineering & Automation. Reporting to the VP, IT Shared Services & Head of Cyber Security you will lead the newly created Sobeys Quality Engineering & Automation team to enable our digital transformation and business growth.  


This role can be based out of one our main offices including: Mississauga, ON; Stellarton, NS; Dartmouth, NS; Calgary, AB; or Montreal, QC. 

Job Description

As the Director, Quality Engineering and Automation with Sobeys you will:

  • Build an engaged and high performing team
    • Coach and mentor leaders in the team to enable them to excel in their roles and support engagement activities, training, and career development for all teammates
  • Lead our enterprise-wide application testing & quality engineering program
    • Support our seasoned team of test leads to design, execute, and manage application testing across all portfolios within Sobeys. 
    • Partner with product and business leaders to understand their quality needs and incorporate that into the enterprise-wide quality engineering program
    • Work closely with our managed applications testing partner to govern intake, plan testing projects, and execute testing to drive quality engineering outcomes
    • Manage & evolve our various testing labs including store/retail testing labs
    • Work closely with the cyber security team and DevOps team to drive security testing during all phases of application development (DevSecOps)
    • Aggressively drive an Automation First mandate in all phases of testing. Define & improve quality engineering and automation policies and procedures
    • Ensure compliance with audit regulations for all applications and processes managed by the quality engineering team
    • Design, measure, report, and continuously improve quality engineering metrics 
  • Lead our release management program
    • Partner with our enterprise project management, product, and business leaders to execute a robust enterprise-wide application release program
    • Support the release planning leads to diligently manage intake and collaborate with stakeholders to plan deployments
    • Support the team to manage the various environments required for testing and production launches
  • Lead our automation program
    • Drive the implementation & growth of our Robotic Process Automation (RPA) factory. Work with product and business leaders to identify opportunities for automation, manage intake, and lead execution to achieve outcomes
    • Drive a culture of automation and continuously look for opportunities to drive automation across all domains
    • Design, measure, report, and continuously improve automation metrics 
  • Strategy & roadmap delivery 
    • Develop and maintain a 3-year quality engineering & automation roadmap, aligned with the IT roadmap and enterprise priorities. Plan and execute projects to deliver on the established roadmap

Job Requirements


What your experience and resume will demonstrate the following:

  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Engineering 
  • Minimum of 10 years progressive work experience in information technology
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in applications testing, quality assurance, quality engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years of people leadership
  • Experience with both functional and non-functional (load, performance, failure, etc) test design & execution
  • Experience leading test automation programs desired. Knowledge and experience with testing & automation tools
  • Knowledge and experience with process automation (RPA etc) desired. Experience with RPA platforms (ex. UIPath) desired
  • Knowledge and experience in DevOps, DevSecOps, and tooling (Jira, Confluence, SAST/DAST etc) desired


This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Canadian company with a clear vision and focus. If you feel that this describes the kind of work you want to do, and you are excited about what Sobeys has to offer, then we look forward to reviewing your application.  Please ensure that you take the time to ensure your profile shows us why you’re the most qualified applicant for the role.


Sobeys offers our employees many valuable benefits such as:

  • Growing organization
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Pension and Benefits
  • Profit Sharing Plan
  • Ongoing Training & Development
  • Opportunity for internal mobility to other departments and/or promotions (for employees who are strong performers)

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.



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