Senior Test Engineer

Department for Work and Pensions
Blackpool, UK
12 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
If you're creative with a passion for learning new things, want to be empowered to make decisions and challenge the norm, and want to bring your ideas to a MASSIVE digital challenge then you'll love it here. And we'd love to hear from you.

We're looking for talented Senior Test Engineers to join DWP's Digital Delivery for Shared Platforms (DDSP) project and become a key part of one of the UK's biggest and most high-profile digital transformation programmes, a once-in-a-generation tech-driven reform of government products and services.

What is DDSP?

Digital Delivery for Shared Platforms evolves and transforms some of the most critical systems in DWP, unleashing the potential of Digital services to reduce overheads, cost and friction for citizen and agent-facing services.

Our Integration Technologies, Payment Services and Citizen Information teams work together to enable the successful delivery of services across DWP.

You'll join our brilliant DDSP Citizen Information team.

We look after a critical national asset, and the personal records of 110 million people. Our main ambition is to keep our data safe and stay out of the headlines. If you don't know about us, we are doing our job well, maintaining availability of our data and protecting against access by unknown actors.

Our services supply citizen information across DWP and beyond. We are working across DWP's Digital Group to harness the power of our data and provide quicker access to a richer quality and greater understood sources of data. With your help we will create faster and more efficient bulk data sharing, more accurate benefit assessments and better debt recovery across DWP, other departments and third party partners.

You and your role

We are embarking on an exciting program of work to refresh payments systems. Test Engineers are crucial to this activity.

As Senior Test Engineer you will work with and support our other test engineers, introduce best practice and distribute work to the right people at the right time. For this role we are looking for someone with the capability to lead and coach people.

You will build and deliver comprehensive, robust and reliable automated test frameworks and automation suites to provide full coverage of business requirements. We are looking for a candidate who can identify and drive the resolution of defects or issues which would prevent delivery of Test Engineering activities.

Your other duties include:
  • Monitoring performance of the test suite and identify how this can be improved by reducing technical debt.
    * Developing appropriate test approaches and reporting mechanisms to be agreed with senior stakeholders

    * Ensuring that usability, accessibility, security, stability and capacity are embedded in the development of citizen services.

What are we looking for?
  • Systems Integration Testing
  • Development and maintenance of automated test suites
  • Automation Frameworks - Selenium v2.53.1+, Cucumber
  • Test Tools - Jmeter v.3.0
  • Delivery Methodologies - Agile delivery principles and methods, Agile Scrum

Where will you work?

You'll join our team in either Manchester or Blackpool.

In Blackpool, we're accessible from across the North West. Our building sits in some beautiful natural grounds, which we share with wild rabbits, birds, fish and a family of otters. We have great facilities including a gym and a restaurant.

In Manchester we have the best of the city on our doorstep, with loads of great places nearby to meet, eat or to soak up a bit of culture. We have brilliant views over St Peter's Square, looking out over Central Library and the Town Hall. We're really handy for the train, bus or the tram, and we have a basement level lock up (with showers) for your bike.

In DDSP we believe in giving you a working experience that meets your needs and expectations and that means a focus on work-life balance, flexible hours, team-based working and the ability to work from multiple locations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications regardless of age, disability, gender, race or sexuality.

Our Offer

In return for your skills we offer competitive salary up to £49,096, a brilliant civil service pension, and a generous leave package.

We also have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:
  • Flexible working
  • Family friendly policies
  • Volunteering and charitable giving
  • Discounts and savings on shopping, fun days out and more
  • Interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket, so it's even easier for you to get to work and start making a difference
  • Sports and social activities
  • Learning and development, including coaching, mentoring, qualifications and accreditation, career progression opportunities and lots more.

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