Akshay Barve, Developer in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Akshay Barve

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Manual QA Developer

Toronto, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
February 1, 2020

Akshay has over 13 years of experience in software quality assurance with a focus on manual testing. He has worked in multiple business domains such as ERP-SAP, e-learning, commercial finance, alternate fund services (AFS), digital commercial business, digital media working on various IT Platforms like ERP - SAP, web applications (responsive), mobile applications, N-tier applications, ETL data migration, and cloud-based applications.



Preferred Environment

SAP ECC, HP QuickTest Professional (QTP), HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), HP Quality Center (QC), TestRail, Jira

The most amazing...

...project I've completed was carrying out effective regression testing for 12 applications using a risk-based testing approach on a shortened timeline for UBS.

Work Experience

Product Owner/QA Specialist (Part-time)

2017 - PRESENT
ITWorks101 - Novumlogic
  • Designed and Implemented hands-on software testing (QA) training program into a workshop facilitated experiential learning for freshers and aspiring IT professional.
  • Conducted more than 10 workshops with a minimum capacity of three candidates per batch. Led interview prep, resume, and profile development sessions for newbies and seasoned IT professionals.
  • Configured JIRA Agile Management tool for all projects and maintained it by adding and updating user stories, defects, and epics for all client projects.
  • Onboarded new team members on projects and assigned appropriate access to demo environment and management tools such as JIRA, G-Drive, etc.
  • Conducted periodic defect triage meetings and follow-ups with the offshore development team for new features and defects fixes.
  • Carried out functional, exploratory, and regression testing and circulating execution results to the client and offshore team.
  • Developed business/project proposals and statements of work documents by eliciting with business owners and offshore development team to provide software solutions (web and mobile).
  • Managed offshore development team to customize and WordPress websites for ITWorks101, MICS Canada, and Future Pass Worldwide.
  • Managed an eCommerce platform migration project for Chhandart from Shopify to WooCommerce by defining business requirements and getting it implemented with the help of an off-shore development team and onsite QA team from QA101 workshop.
  • Implemented HubSpot CRM and PayPal and Stripe Payment from setup to maintenance of MICS Canada operations for Canadian Immigration services as per IRCC guidelines.
Technologies: PHP, WordPress, Business Processes, eCommerce, Quality Assurance (QA)

Manual Tester

2020 - 2020
AAA Media
  • Managed testing for influencer based subscription platform over web and iOS platform.
  • Carried out exploratory and regression testing on the web platform on a regular basis and tracking defects on a Trello board.
  • Implemented and maintained a test suite of all test scenarios for regression and release testing on Trello.
  • Worked as an integral part of the development team and contributed to new features and defect retesting during the Sprint.
  • Attended daily and weekly status meetings to provide status on testing during the sprint.
Technologies: Snapchat, Trello, Git, PHP

QA Lead

2018 - 2019
Cigniti Technologies - Holt Renfrew
  • Managed system integration testing between SAP and external WMS systems and EDI integration for a legacy system migration to SAP project by sending weekly status reports to primary project stakeholders.
  • Understood requirements by soliciting with business users to identify core business functionality to define the scope and develop test scenarios for systems integration (SIT) and end-to-end test scenarios for user acceptance testing (UAT).
  • Planned and managed end-to-end testing for SAP integration with DHL WMS system (Manhattan), Hybris ECOM (website) and Radial WMS systems, Fiori (sales) cloud-based application, and custom-developed inventory tracking, ticketing, and forecasting applications.
  • Managed all of the testing artifacts in TestRail (test management tool) by defining test management structure and added 200+ reusable test scenarios for SIT and UAT execution cycles and tracking defects in JIRA (defect management tool).
  • Managed supply chain (SCM), retain stores (SD) in Fiori, and project structure (PS) business areas by eliciting with business owners and developing process documents (e.g. use cases, business process, and SOPs) to support business post-launch.
  • Served as a test coordinator/lead who managed communication between vendor IT teams and business owners (primary stakeholders) and presented go/no-go reports at formal project meetings.
Technologies: SAP

QA Lead

2017 - 2017
Cigniti Technologies - Aecon
  • Managed a cross-functional team for automating 700+ SAP regression test cases across all modules of SAP (SD-PS, SCM, FICO, EQP, HR, MM) for Aecon.
  • Worked closely with the Aecon project team to understand the business requirements and provided daily/weekly status reports (DRS/WRS).
  • Acted as a subject matter expert (all SAP modules) in refactoring the old test cases, and updated them as per the current business process by scheduling walk through sessions with Aecon SAP experts team (ACE team).
  • Optimized the testing process and developed 25% additional test scenarios for the upcoming CR transports to validate integration points between SAP and non-SAP applications (i.e. Primavera P6, Hard Dollar, etc.).
  • Implemented the BPT framework by contributing 20+ reusable functions in VBScript to support automation test script creation.
  • Improved scripting standards by implementing a peer review process on automation test script creation.
  • Automated around 40+ test scripts using QTP/UFT, and reviewed over 100+ test scripts.
  • Initiated and supported disaster-recovery testing (DR) using the NON-BPT automated regression suite.
Technologies: SAP ECC

QA Specialist

2017 - 2017
  • Carried out exploratory and regression testing during the sprints, and presented summary reports upon completion to the senior leadership team.
  • Used agile methodology, designed test strategy/plan for user acceptance testing (UAT) phase for the Hayes & Jarvis travel web applications.
  • Delivered a high volume of 450+ complex test scripts covering multiple interfaces and platforms.
  • Implemented TestRail (test management tools) for the UAT phase; facilitated the UAT phase by executing and assigned test cases to the business users and coordinated with them to update the test results.
Technologies: PHP, Drupal, Business Processes, Quality Assurance (QA)

QA Specialist

2015 - 2017
Oracle - UBS/MUFG (Alternate Fund Services)
  • Coordinated with business users to identify core business functionality to define the scope and develop a test strategy.
  • Planned and executed lift and shift (data center migration) projects for transitioning 24 integrated applications.
  • Participated in designing and documenting test processes and procedures for improving test standards for the UBS/MUFG testing division.
  • Onboarded new QA members during lift and shift (data center migration) projects.
Technologies: .NET, Java, Business Processes

QA Specialist

2012 - 2015
  • Managed the QA team in understanding cross-functional testing leverage to increase coverage and reduce test data management issues.
  • Communicated identified issues during testing using defect tracking tools such as JIRA.
  • Coordinated with cross-functional teams and the security team to ensure application security and audit readiness; enforced all tool standards and policies on all projects during operational tasks.
Technologies: PHP, Drupal, Business Processes, Quality Assurance (QA)

Senior QA Engineer/Automation Specialist

2010 - 2011
Ness Technologies - Pearson Clinical
  • Estimated and analyzed the manual test scenario for automation and developed execution/creation schedule using MS Visio.
  • Coordinated with SMEs during the automated test script development process to gather test data for execution.
  • Involved in process improvement activities by identifying the potential pitfalls and developing appropriate action plans.
  • Developed test scripts for dynamic web applications using descriptive programming (advance VBScript).
  • Implemented and maintained the automation framework by creating and maintaining shared functions libraries and reusable action scripts.
Technologies: .NET, Java, QA Automation

Senior QA Engineer/Automation Specialist

2007 - 2010
iGATE/Patni Computer Systems Ltd
  • Developed functional/regression automated test solutions using HP-QTP/BPT that reduced manual test execution efforts.
  • Created reusable manual and scripted components in coordination with functional experts (non-technical SME).
  • Served as the single point of contact from the automation team for sales and distribution (SD), finance and control (FICO), and material management (MM) business areas.
  • Directed and assisted junior automation testers by providing them appropriate process-related training.
  • Performed release regression by executing the automation scripts and reporting application anomalies.
Technologies: Automation, SAP, QA Automation

Holt Renfrew - SAP Retail Implementation

Holt Renfrew (HR) was changing their ERP Software to SAP-ECC Retail solution. This change was company-wide and all other software and applications used by multiple departments needed to be integrated with SAP. I was hired by Cigniti Technologies to manage testing for their Supply-Chain business area. In the beginning, I started eliciting with business owners and users from the supply chain department and reviewing all requirements and designing documents to develop high-level test scenarios. I further transformed these test scenarios in test cases with appropriate approvals from business owners and executed them during System-Integration testing cycles (SIT). During the test designing period, I was further assigned two more business areas (Buying & Stores) for managing its testing based on my work, performance and client management skills. Closer to the release, I was responsible for planning and managing the entire UAT phase for these 3 business areas. This was a great achievement for me as I was able to demonstrate and deliver high quality of work expected from me during this engagement because of which client appreciated my efforts and gave me more accountable tasks. We received a 4/4 star rating from our client review.

Oracle - UBS/MUFG

UBS was a fund administrator for the alternative fund services sector and had a complex application architecture of 38 applications with 5 client-facing applications. They wanted to implement QA standards and processes for this business division and Oracle was their IT partner. I was hired as a QA Specialist by Oracle in their pilot QA team of 4 to help them implement QA processes. I was responsible for developing regression suite for 12 applications from the entire application architecture. During this period, this business division of UBS was bought over by MUFG and our project of developing regression for the entire architecture of 38 applications took a fast-track as data center migration being essentials. Even with the shorten execution timeline, I was able to carry out effective regression testing for my 12 applications using a risk-based testing approach.

Myplanet - Drupal CMS Websites

Myplanet was a start-up in 2012, mainly working on open-source website development using Drupal CMS. I was their first QA professional hired as a QA specialist in order to implement QA standards and processes across their project teams. My role in this company was really challenging as I had to work with each project/agile team to understand their development process and then deliver a testing strategy for testing the applications. Depending upon the project/client budget for the project, I was responsible to hire QA resources and onboard them on projects. In my tenure of three years, I helped Myplanet in maturing their QA processes and also win and sustain some of their prestigious clients such as Apple, New Balance, Travelopia, and CenturyLink.


SAP Quality Assurance (QA), Jira, HP QuickTest Professional (QTP), HP Quality Center (QC), HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), SAP MM, TestRail, Git, Trello, Snapchat


Functional Testing, E2E Testing, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Automation

Industry Expertise

Project Management


Quality Assurance (QA), QA Testing, Reporting, Regression Testing, Integration Testing, System Integration Testing (SIT), SAP Testing, SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM), HP UFT, Exploratory Testing, Test Case Development, Test Design, Defect Management, UX Testing, QA Leadership, Team Leadership, IT Project Management, Business Processes, eCommerce, QA Test Plan Management, SAP SD, SAP Warehouse Management System (WMS), Jira Administrator, Beta Testing, SAP ECC, SAP, QA Automation


Drupal 7, Drupal 6, Drupal 8, Drupal 5, WordPress, Drupal


Java, PHP



2011 - 2012

Graduate Certificate Program in Project Management

Humber College - Toronto, Canada

2004 - 2007

Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics

University of Mumbai - Mumbai, India