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Senior Test Automation Engineer
Premium Job From United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Recruiter: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Listed on: 6th March
Location: Taunton, Somerset
Salary/Rate: £31,017 - £34,727
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: TJUK361
Contact Name: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Shaping the future of test automation capability

Working with latest technology, building capability and capacity.

About the role

  • Bespoke world class offices, opened Q1 2019
  • Genuine Flexi-time and collaborative culture
  • ISTQB & MS/Java certification training
  • You will be required to undergo DV Clearance vetting

We the UKHO are a UK government agency who are recognised as the global leader in maritime geospatial information.

About the role 

For the right person, we are open to you currently being a manual tester with strong capabilities, as we can provide a structured development programme to develop test automation skills. Upon completion we can re-evaluation your overall package.

We use devops, cloud technologies, big data and agile practices to deliver the new technology platforms to underpin our changing organisation.  You will work across programs providing technical expertise in Test Automation for multiple scrum teams, this could range from helping a team solve a challenging automation issue to researching and implementing new automation tools for the business. 

In this role you will design, build, test and deploy effective test automation solutions, working primary within a scrum team, you will also :

  • Raise risks arising from the automation test results
  • Identify new and implement existing test frameworks to improve confidence in testing
  • Mentor and advise other team members in testing practices

We ultimately require a leading test automation practitioner to drive the highest quality delivery environments for our organisation.

You will be required to undergo DV clearance after appointment or be currently DV cleared.

 We require evidence of ability to write well-structured code, creating robust and reusable tests.

You will design, build, test and deploy effective test automation solutions, working primarily within a scrum team. Or as someone with predominately manual skills we will train you for an automation lead environment.

We need you to have some working knowledge of C# and/or Java.

As well as working on test automation an element of manual/exploratory testing will also be involved in the role where automation is not applicable.

The role holder will work primary within the Visual studio domain for C# writing both the initial Behaviour driven development tests (For automated/manual tests) and then the automated test code itself. You will be challenged to: -

  • Provide fast, reliable feedback to the development teams using automated tests.
  • Ensure that the right level of automation is applied to each project
  • Ongoing maintenance of automated tests is part of the overall process.
  • Design and builds test cases with expected results.
  • Conducts a range of different software testing types (Including Unit, Integration, Automation, Regression and Exploratory testing; interpreting and executing sets of moderately complex test scripts using agreed methods and standards.
  • Operates the organisation's software testing tools effectively and follows procedures and techniques correctly

You will have defined Product Backlog Items, User Stories and or requirements translating these into tests (Both Automated and Manual) that will ensure that the software meets the original acceptance criteria.  

We emphasise quality and have high standards for design, test automation and continuous delivery.                                                                                                                                             

Behaviours & Competencies used for Sifting

  • Able to demonstrate proficient experience of delivering professional software testing services within an Agile Framework. (This would include experience of a wide range of testing techniques such as behaviour driven development, risk based, test analysis, design and execution.
  • Awareness of a programming or scripting language (either commercially or in a study/hobby) with the ambition to become an automated tester.
  • Practical experience of using SQL to manipulate data in a rational database
  • Experience of use of cucumber/spec flow or some Gherkin type language in writing tests.

Behaviours & Competencies used for Interview

  • Able to demonstrate proficient experience of delivering professional software testing services within an Agile Framework. (This would include experience of a wide range of testing techniques such as behaviour driven development, risk based, test analysis, design and execution.
  • Awareness of a programming or scripting language (either commercially or in a study/hobby) with the ambition to become an automated tester.
  • Experience of use of cucumber/spec flow or some Gherkin type language in writing tests.
  • Changing and Improving - Level 3
  • Communicating and Influencing - Level 3

In return we offer genuine flexible working conditions through flexi-time as well as a collaborative & supportive environment

So, if you are open to being based in a in beautiful location, would revel in our new cutting edge building within a superb working environment, then we want to hear from you asap!

How to apply and interview process 

Please send your : 

› Your CV saved in Word with as many examples of your experience as possible by clicking the APPLY button.

Closing Date: 12pm on Friday 22nd March 2019. 

We may hold telephone calls with you as part of the interview process.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test, technical evaluation exercise or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this info

Please note where we receive a high volume of applicants, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Other information 

This is an MOD reserved post and therefore applications will only be accepted from UK Nationals (those with dual nationality are also ineligible to apply). The post requires the candidate to successfully gain BPSS and SC Clearance.

 Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) 

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria' we mean that the evidence you provide in your competency statement must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list' section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any individual that has applied under GIS; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  



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