Matthew Dekenah

Edinburgh, Scotland · · Download CV

Raised in Cape Town, now based in Edinburgh.
Prosecco socialist. Geek. Bon vivant. Wordsmith. Runner. Critical thinker.
Linguaphile. Music-lover. Cycle commuter. Green, lefty, liberal politico.

Senior Engineering Manager at ClearScore.

Professional Profile

A highly motivated, intelligent, and adaptable software engineering professional with over fourteen years of experience — predominantly in highly agile environments — Matthew has diverse experience throughout the entire software development and test lifecycles. Apart from a highly analytical and hands-on approach to problem solving, Matthew specialises in adapting the culture and processes of teams to improve culture, communication, motivation, confidence in deployments, autonomy, and velocity.

He has a proven track record in leadership and organisational skills, not only professionally, but through active involvement in community service, vocational and extra-curricular activities. Along with well-developed technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills, he is approachable, articulate and attentive to the finer details, while remaining cognisant of wider constraints and opportunities.

Personal Interests

Activism and advocacy, cooking and gastronomy, history, languages, music, personal finance, policy, politics, public health, reading, running, social media, technology, tennis, and travel.


Senior Engineering Manager

  • Take on squad captain role for Open Banking Services squad within the D·One business division.
  • Prioritise work, own and implement strategy, and manage operations for the squad.
  • Ensure direct reports are supported and set up for success.
  • Continue to be hands on and deliver work aligned to the squad and mission roadmap, objectives, and key results.
  • Improve overall observability, reliability and resilience of squad-owned infrastructure and services.

C#.NET, TypeScript, Playwright, Scala, MySQL, AWS, Terraform, SignalFx

May 2023 - Present

Senior Test Engineer

  • As the first and only test specialist within ClearScore’s DataOne (D·One) business division, construct and implement an organisation-wide test and quality strategy.
  • Design and build end-to-end test frameworks for mission-critical systems and improve monitoring of key services.
  • Contribute to test discipline strategy and best practice across the business.

C#.NET, TypeScript, Playwright, Scala, MySQL, AWS, Terraform, SignalFx

August 2022 - May 2023

Lead Test Engineer

IAM Cloud
  • Architect IAM Cloud’s test ecosystem, incorporating strategy, environment, and architecture.
  • Develop and grow the testing function, including the hiring, line management and mentorship of additional test engineers.
  • Build and develop custom CI automated test frameworks to exercise critical paths.
  • Build up testing protocols for the APIs and ensure mitigations are in place for breaking changes.
  • Mentor and guide others in testing approaches and techniques, to foster cross-business quality collaboration.
  • Attend and contribute to architecture and pre-planning discussions to probe and understand risk profiles of upcoming work and projects.

Python, PytestBDD, C#, C++, React.JS, Microsoft Graph, Azure DevOps, Postman, Playwright

Selected achievements
  • Designed, presented and implemented an organisation-wide test and quality strategy and approach.
  • Delivered a comprehensive conflict resolution test framework for a cloud filesystem sync service.
  • Built and implemented an end-to-end system test framework with desktop and cloud system integrations.
June 2021 - August 2022

Staff Test Engineer

  • As below.
April 2020 - June 2021

Senior Test Engineer

  • As FreeAgent’s first dedicated test engineer, create, develop, and implement a comprehensive and embedded test strategy within the engineering organisation and build up the test engineering function from scratch.
  • Work closely with engineers, designers, and product managers to help ensure that we deliver the right features to our customers to help them remain compliant with legislation and maintain the integrity of their accounts.
  • Enhance existing test processes and procedures through iterative implementation with impact reviews to measure success and create a culture of quality software development.
  • Coach and mentor engineers, analysts and product managers in confidence-enhancing test practices and approaches.
  • Build tools to automate and facilitate testing initiatives.
  • Evangelise test strategy, processes, and tools within and without the business through talks, blog posts and networking..
  • Launch a testing forum to share knowledge and facilitate quality-enhancing discussions and actions and mentorship of more junior testers, analysts, and engineers.

Ruby on Rails, MySQL, AWS, Gherkin/Cucumber, JavaScript, XHTML, iXBRL, XML, HTML, CSS, Postman, Capybara

Selected achievements
  • Creation of an active testing community, including mentorship and knowledge sharing practices with others.
  • Successful design, rollout and advocacy of engineering organisation test strategy.
  • Overhaul and redesign of full application testing process, including API, mobile and third-party integrations testing.
  • Expedited development and release of annual tax legislation updates through confidence-improving test approaches.
  • Built a Slack and HR system integration to facilitate planning by highlighting leave and absences to teams.
June 2016 - April 2020

Test Engineer

  • Own and implement test strategy across revenue, reporting, and data platform teams.
  • Design, build and maintain a comprehensive, automated end-to-end regression suite for user-event and revenue data logging across platforms, including mobile, and implement it in relevant continuous integration pipelines.
  • Create an interactive test harness for the facilitated booking RESTful service API and actively test the service during early development.
  • Develop an automated stream processing job to enhance data integrity by performing technical validation on logged data.
  • Evangelise and advocate for data quality throughout the business in tooling, technique, and process.
  • Perform detailed investigations into issues highlighted by monitoring and automation anomalies, and those exposed through exploratory exercises.
  • Generate ideas and develop solutions to promote the adoption of a unified data logging platform across the business with shared taxonomies.
  • Collaborate with other squads across the business in enhancing monitoring and mean-time-to-detection rates for high risk and priority production operations.
  • Lead a cross-business team to promote better cross-office collaboration across Skyscanner's 9 offices in 7 countries.

Python, XML, TeamCity, Selenium, JavaScript, SauceLabs, RabbitMQ, SQL Server, ElasticSearch, C#.NET, CoffeeScript, CSS, TestRail, Google Protocol Buffers, AWS, Apache Samza, Apache Kafka, Linux, Docker

Selected achievements
  • Oversaw massive improvements in data integrity.
  • Vastly improved mean-time-to-detection for high impact issues, from days or hours to minutes.
  • Significant improvements in revenue estimation allowing for better business strategy decisions.
January 2014 - June 2016

Test Analyst

NHS Lothian
  • Develop test scripts and strategies for the vital acute and community patient management system.
  • Lead automation process for regression test harnesses.
  • Ensure consistent performance and functionality of the system across environments.
  • Investigate and analyse identified issues and own escalation of priority tasks.
  • Become systems expert in mission-critical functional areas to enhance release processes.
  • Support and lead knowledge management and sharing processes within team.

Ruby, Python, Selenium, Watir Webdriver

Selected achievements
  • Expedited release of features to improve clinician and patient experience through coordinated automation strategy.
  • Timeous and smooth release of features as part of new Mental Health Act compliance.
November 2012 - January 2014

Policy Officer

Pain Concern
  • Define organisational strategy and aims for chronic pain management in Scotland and the UK-at-large.
  • Set and implement policy objectives.
  • Research and complete public consultations on chronic pain issues.
  • Synthesise knowledge and evidence-based practice into accessible information.
  • Complete grant applications for appropriate funding resources.
Selected achievements
  • Represented patients and third sector at Scottish parliament cross-party group on Chronic Pain.
  • Secured funding and grants through well-researched, evidence-based proposals.
October 2013 - September 2014

QA Test Engineer

Sumdog / Crocodile Clips
  • Design, write, execute and own comprehensive test plans defined in an Agile Scrum environment.
  • Coordinate with product owners and developers to deliver priority updates for high-load web application.
  • Coordinate UI testing across environments, including cross-browser testing on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Prioritise and triage support issues.

AWS, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL

Selected achievements
  • Quick turnaround on defects affecting US-wide school mathematics contests.
  • Enhanced cross-browser/platform testing strategy.
October 2011 - November 2012

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst

  • As test lead, create a culture that enables own team to flourish and develop to its full potential.
  • Take responsibility for management, merges, queries and maintenance of sensitive client databases.
  • Take ownership, implement, manage and follow correct escalation path of resources and issues.
  • Provide estimations and resource time-costs, managing resources flexibly to meet changing priorities in Agile environment.
  • Develop protocols reflecting own personal expertise and share these with others.
  • Make a positive contribution to improving efficiency and quality of the team through key priorities.
  • Work with key players to create comprehensive test strategies for new functional areas.
  • Provide team overview and communication channel to Development Manager and Director.
  • Continue to deliver on existing QA roles and functions.

Ranorex, SQL Server, VMWare

Selected achievements
  • Significantly enhanced testing team performance by removing key-man dependencies through active mentoring and knowledge sharing activities.
  • Successfully enhanced team and development processes to deliver support fixes more effectively and efficiently.
November 2010 - August 2011

Quality Assurance Analyst

  • Ensure developed solutions meet functional requirements with comprehensively built test plans.
  • Create and maintain an automated regression test strategy and framework.
  • Participate in story development and specification.
  • Undertake performance, load, exploratory and localisation testing.
  • Manage databases on Microsoft SQL Server and build comprehensive queries to ensure data integrity.
  • Provide critical frontline support to international internal clients.
  • Be a key player in authorising application releases.
  • Track bugs in JIRA and own their resolution by coordinating with developers.
  • Fulfil Fire Fighter and First Aid Officer roles in the Health and Safety Team.

Ranorex, SQL Server, VMWare

Selected achievements
  • Ensured company and products retained Microsoft Gold Partner status by coordinating efforts for seamless verification.
  • Provided significant input into the release of several major product versions and the release of a new analytics platform.
June 2009 - November 2010


CellSmart Technologies
  • Implement web site creation, design and maintenance.
  • Design and develop a proprietary mobile web platform.
  • Analyse and troubleshoot existing mobile technology systems.

PHP, MySQL, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, XHTML, CodeIgniter MVC framework

March 2009 - June 2009


The University of Edinburgh

MSc in Global Health and Public Policy
  • Holder of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
  • Dissertation: 'Integrating HIV and TB services in South Africa'.
  • Activities and Societies: Edinburgh University Singers, Edinburgh University StopAIDS Society
2011 - 2012

Stellenbosch University

BA (Hons) in Socio-Informatics cum laude
  • Graduated at the top of the class.
  • Recipient of various awards and distinctions, including Stellenbosch University Merit Scholarships, the Babette Taute Trust Scholarship, and the Sasol/Golden Key International Honour Society Excellence Award in the ICT Category.
  • Dissertation: 'South African Electronic Government in the Global Information Society'.
  • Activities and Societies: Stellenbosch University Choir, International Student Organisation of Stellenbosch, HIV Peer Education Program, Maties Community Service, Golden Key International Honour Society, Rotex
2005 - 2008

Diocesan College (Bishops)

Senior Certificate with Distinction
  • Awarded six distinctions in Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, English, Afrikaans and Geography.
  • Awarded various top of class prizes, subject awards, and academic distinctions, including the Theron Academic Scholarship.
  • Recipient of Academic and Music Colours and the Academic, Service, and All Rounder's Ties.
  • Elected as Prefect and as Deputy Head Chorister of the Chapel Choir.
  • Activities and Societies: Ten Club (Elected), Forum (Elected), International Society, Chapel Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Dance Society

Certifications & Courses

  • [2019] Black Box Software Testing Bug Advocacy Course | Association for Software Testing (Class 200-AA)
  • [2018] Black Box Software Testing Test Design Course | Association for Software Testing (Class 300-O)
  • [2015] Black Box Software Testing Foundations Course | Association for Software Testing (Class 101-AG)
  • [2013] Certified Tester Foundation Level | BCS/ISEB/ISTQB (License 990453184)
  • [2011] Certificate in C++.NET Programming | Damelin College
  • [2010] CompTIA Network+ | CompTIA (License LPR729JLJGV15TXG)
  • [2008] Knowledge Management Tools and Applications | University of the Western Cape, NSS Programme
Additional Courses
  • [Nov 2013] Data Management for Clinical Research | Vanderbilt University (through Coursera)
  • [Aug 2013] Case-Based Introduction to Biostatistics | John Hopkins University (through Coursera)
  • [Jul 2013] Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics | University of Minnesota (through Coursera)
  • [Jun 2013] Introduction to Data Science | The University of Washington (through Coursera)


Selected Tools & Technologies
  • Automation: Selenium, Playwright, POM, BDD, Postman, etc
  • Databases: MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, etc
  • Cloud and IaC Technologies: AWS, Docker, Terraform, etc
  • Web Technologies: HTML, XML, XPATH, CSS, JavaScript, etc
  • Source Control: git, SVN, Perforce
  • Collaboration: Slack, Trello, JIRA, Azure DevOps, Notion, ReadTheDocs, etc
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Bash, Android, iOS, etc
Key Competencies
  • Software Development and Test Automation
  • Agile Methodologies and Approaches
  • Strategy Development, Implementation and Rollout
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring
  • Culture and Process Change


  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Spanish
Basic to Intermediate
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Welsh
  • Russian

Awards & Honours

  • [2011-2012] Ambassadorial Scholarship | The Rotary Foundation
  • [2011] Brightest Young Minds Summit Delegate | The Brightest Young Minds Foundation
  • [2008] Postgraduate Merit Scholarship | Stellenbosch University
  • [2008] Sasol/Golen Key International Honour Society Excellence Award (ICT Category) | Golden Key International Honour Society in association with Sasol
  • [2006] Babette Taute Scholarship | The Babette Taute Trust
  • [2006] French Award | The Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Stellenbosch University
  • [2005] German Award | The German Consulate General in Cape Town in association with Stellenbosch University
  • [2005] Merit Scholarships | Stellenbosch University
  • [2004] Rotary Youth Exchange Programme Ambassador to Brazil | Rotary International
  • [1999-2003] Theron Academic Scholarship | Diocesan College (Bishops)
  • [2001] Exchange Ambassador to the USA | Diocesan College (Bishops)