Senior QA Engineer

Cancer Research UK

We encourage a flexible working culture, including options such as a 4 day work week (80% salary), flexi-hours, job shares, job-splits, part-time, compressed and core hours.

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4,000 professionals, 0 days wasted, 1 incredible purpose. Together we will beat cancer.

Senior QA Engineer

Reports to: QA Lead

Department: Chief Operating Office

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time 35 hours per week

We're open to a variety of ways of working, including full time, part time, job share and compressed hours.

Location: Stratford, London Office-based with high flexibility (1-2 days per week in the office)

Closing date: 27 January 2023 23:55 This vacancy may close earlier if a high volume of applications are received or once a suitable candidate is found

Recruitment process: One competency-based interview

Interview date: Week commencing 30 January 2023

Application method: We operate an anonymised shortlisting process in our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. CVs are required for all applications ; we won’t be able to view them until the interview stage so they will not be reviewed in the shortlisting process. To be considered fairly for this role, you must fill out the employment history application questions.

At Cancer Research UK, we exist to beat cancer.

We are professionals with purpose, beating cancer every day. But we need to go much further and much faster. That’s why we’re looking for someone talented, someone who wants to develop their skills, someone like you.

The Quality Assurance Team's mission is to drive quality into all software products produced by/or on behalf of Cancer Research UK.  The team is striving to enhance testing services throughout the project lifecycle and ultimately improve the quality of products we deliver to our customers.

As a Senior QA Engineer, you will be involved in the whole Software Development Lifecycle process from initial planning to execution and monitoring. You’ll partner closely with Product teams and end-users to ensure systems are operating effectively and safely by designing, developing, and maintaining test automation frameworks. You’ll also support the QA team in moving away from manual testing to automated processes whilst supporting the development of our QA Engineers.

This role will initially focus on our front-end software with the scope to later support CRM/ Salesforce software (depending on organisational and project needs). If you have experience in TypeScript/JavaScript/ PHP, REST API, Web GUI and/ or cross-browser testing with knowledge of Salesforce/ CRM products you could play a key role in our mission.

What will I be doing?

  • Being heavily in the whole Software Development Lifecycle process from initial planning to execution and monitoring.
  • Designing, developing, and maintaining test automation frameworks to efficiently catch bugs and ensure core sites are running smoothly.
  • Assisting Technology in improving the quality of products whilst pushing the shift left forward in the lifecycle.
  • Being an advocate for quality and encouraging developers at all levels to write high-quality, testable software.
  • Helping on our journey to CI/CD.
  • Managing the release process and enabling us to release on demand.
  • Reviewing product user interface for conformity to design guidelines.
  • Interpreting and reporting testing results in every phase of the development process.
  • Understanding the overall technical architecture and how each feature is implemented.
  • Evaluating and integrating open source and in-house developed toolsets.
  • Providing guidance and assistance on functional and non-functional testing.
  • Supporting in moving away from manual testing to automated processes.
  • Being an ambassador for TDD, BDD, and ATDD models.
  • Coaching and mentoring Junior QA Engineers.

What skills are you looking for?

  • Working experience in REST API, Web GUI, and cross-browser testing. Tools we like: Cypress, Pact, Postman (equivalent tools/frameworks valid).
  • Solid experience in JavaScript and/or PHP (TypeScript would be a bonus).
  • Ideally has some knowledge of CRM/ Salesforce software
  • Practical knowledge of non-functional testing types such as accessibility, performance, and security testing
  • Skilled in the design of acceptance tests.
  • Passion for exploratory testing.
  • Initiative to evolve ideas and implement solutions.
  • Knowledge of Agile and Lean ways of working.

What will I gain?

Each and every one of our employees contributes to our progress and is supporting our work to beat cancer. We think that’s impressive.

In return, we make sure you are supported by a generous benefits package, a wide range of career and personal development opportunities and high-quality tools, policies and processes to enable you to do your job well.

Our benefits package includes a substantial retirement plan, a generous and flexible leave allowance, discounts on anything from travel to technology, gym membership, and much more.

We don’t forget people have lives outside of work too and so we actively encourage a flexible working culture.

Our work – from funding cutting-edge research to developing public policy – will change the world. It’s exciting to be part of our team.

For the full job description and more information about working with us view our candidate pack.

Additional Information

Cancer Research UK’s Technology team is proud to be part of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) for our efforts in driving equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Our vision is a digital world accessible to all, and we have always sought to draw from a diverse pool of talent and maintain an inclusive working environment.

Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment for this role will be subject to a satisfactory basic DBS check.

For more information on this career opportunity please visit our website or contact us at [email protected].

For more updates on our work and careers, follow us on: Linked In, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

There’s a place for everyone at Cancer Research UK. Our vision is to create a charity where everyone feels like they belong, benefits from and participates in, the work we do. We're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures, in particular those from ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented, and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to beat cancer sooner.

If you’re interested in applying and excited about working with us but are unsure if you have the right skills and experience we’d still love to hear from you. We don’t expect everyone to meet all of the criteria listed.

We want to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore ask you to inform us of any concerns you have or any adjustments you might need to enable this to happen by emailing us at [email protected].

Unfortunately, we are unable to recruit anyone below the age of 18, so that we can protect young people from health & safety and safeguarding risks.

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Cancer Research

We are the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

Our Working Week

We encourage a flexible working culture, including options such as a 4 day work week (80% salary), flexi-hours, job shares, job-splits, part-time, compressed and core hours.

Our 4 day week = any day off

Our Vacation Policy

The majority of our roles offer 25 days holiday (for a 5 day week) plus bank holidays, and an extra day for Christmas Eve. You can choose to use the religious bank holidays flexibly. On top of this you can chose to buy up to 1 week’s additional holiday each year.

  • 30 days PTO
  • 52 unpaid days
  • 82 days off per year

Our Remote Working Policy

We offer remote working opportunities. Some of our team members work 100% remotely within the UK, while other roles require some on-site presence (e.g. 1-2 days per week)

Our Employee Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance

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