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Employee Story


QA Lead


Tell us a little about yourself

I originate from the Philippines, where I began a career in Software Development before moving to Singapore, Hong Kong, and then Australia. My knowledge in Cobol Mainframe for the finance industry and Cobol AS400 for the insurance industry was my passport to work overseas. Due to the global financial crisis in 2008, I decided a career change would be beneficial, finding an area where I could have more flexibility across IT systems but also enjoy the benefit of taking my work to other countries. This is how I entered the world of QA and arrived in Ireland, working in Finance, Telecoms, Retail, Insurance, and Healthcare industries. Outside of work, I love traveling, photography, reading books, and watching international films and tv series from all over the world. 

A typical day at work

  • I begin the day with meeting the test teams for updates on ongoing test execution and in the afternoon, I am usually involved in defect triage calls with various stakeholders. 

  • Writing test specifications and test reporting. 

  • Reviewing testers’ defects and helping the test team reach deadlines and execution targets. 

4 questions to sum up

Why did you choose to join Expleo as a QA? 

I knew Expleo has a diverse and welcoming culture, which I can say has been true to the word and far greater than any other company I have worked for in the past. Expleo has been fantastic in terms of welcoming, accepting, helping, and training their employees and encouraging them to grow their potential for greater career and personal growth.

What interests/ excites you about QA? 

Some of the main reasons I enjoy working in QA is the wide variety of industries, countries, and systems this profession has allowed me to access over the years. All types of organisations all over the world need some element of software or digital transformation to help their business succeed, so QA is an important cog in a big wheel!

How would you describe the culture at Expleo?

 I would describe the culture in Expleo as fun, diverse, sociable, engaging, and welcoming! Expleo as an organisation is inspired by growth, whether it be employee growth or business growth. I work in a busy environment which keeps me stimulated but at the same time, there is comfort in knowing my employer wants me to have fun at work and not burn out from exhaustion. It is all about the work-life balance, with an emphasis on well-being within Expleo.

How is Expleo helping you grow your career? 

I joined Expleo as a QA Coordinator and quickly progressed into a QA lead position, with the help and support of Expleo. Management has always encouraged the importance of personal growth. Expleo is helping me grow my career through various accredited training courses, seminars, and knowledge shares, along with social gatherings which also enhance my personal and career growth.


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Robert Matthews

What is your name and your role and how long have you been working at Expleo?

This year I’m celebrating my 12th year at Expleo. I started my career at Expleo as a Quality Auditor contractor, and then was offered a Staff position in the Life Cycle Management team, where I became a Deputy Team Lead, after which there was another promotion opportunity to an Engineering Manager, and later I was able to join our Marine division where I currently work.

Where and how long did you serve in the armed forces?

I served in the Air Force just shy of 25 years. I started my career as an Aero Engines Mechanic. My first posting was at Brize Norton working on VC 10s, Tri Stars & Hercules Aircraft. Then I went on to a technician’s course and became a Junior Technician, and then progressed into a leadership position as a Sergeant. I left the Air Force as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer.  

Robert Mathews
Rob in 2022 post remembrance parade in his local village. Remembrance day is very important to serving and veterans of the forces as it gives a chance to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country

What challenges did you have after leaving the Armed Forces?

My main challenge was worrying about Job Security. My manager was very supportive when I was still a contractor at Expleo and he transferred me over from contractor to permanent staff. I remember the conversation I had with him about the opportunities for secure job security and promotion.

And he said: “At Expleo, opportunities are out there for you, so go and get them”. And he was right, there are plenty of opportunities at Expleo. You just have to seize them. And every time I saw an opportunity at Expleo, I just went for it. 

I transferred a lot of my skills over to Expleo. For instance, the aircraft and engine experience, experience in fault diagnosis, and more in-depth engineering project management and of course my leadership & Management Skills 

How did Expleo help you to transition into your civilian job?

I found it quite an easy transition, as there were a lot of ex-forces colleagues within Expleo when I joined, some of which I knew already. For those that didn’t have a military background they were equally as welcoming.

How do you feel Expleo allows you to use your expertise you gained during your service?

Expleo gave me the freedom to use my transferable skills that I gained in the Air Force. My manager and colleagues had an open mindset for my ideas. I could bring those ideas into the office and illustrate how they could be implemented within a business setting They very much welcomed my ideas about improvements, and there is always an open environment for sharing ideas and previous knowledge. I also completed an Expleo Leadership Management course, which differed to the one I had in the Air Force. Combining the two gave me a much more rounded leadership and management mindset.

How do you connect with other members of the Armed Forces Community at Expleo?

I participate in careers transition workshops supporting recruiters. When Ex-Forces are looking for a new career, I attend the workshops chatting to the Armed Forces community sharing my experience and what I have learned.

What advice would you give to other members of the Armed Forces Community who are planning to join Expleo?

Expleo has many different opportunities, whether it be leadership management, various jobs in engineering, project management etc. Don’t think that you don’t have the skill set to join Expleo. It is within you; you do have those skills and Expleo can bring out these skills in people.

To find out about exciting opportunities available, please complete the form below and attach your CV for consideration. If you do not see the country you are looking for in the list below, go back to the Home page and select the relevant country.