Automation QA Engineer

The role

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future. 

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. 

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life

As a team, we transform our client’s businesses using a combination of strategic thinking, customer-centric service design, and agile engineering practices. We do this at internet scale – driving innovation, and enriching people’s lives. Our skills and talent enable PA’s purpose of creating positive a human future in a technology driven world.

As part of our Digital team, you’ll work alongside colleagues from across PA – delivering transformative digital solutions to today’s most complex business challenges. Our teams are trusted to deliver and given the space to be awesome. We’re an inclusive community for the curious, generous, pragmatic and committed digital practitioner.

Role description and objectives

  • As a QA Automation Engineer, you'll be working as part of agile teams who are responsible for delivering functioning solutions to our clients. With the support of experienced professionals within the team you'll have responsibility for owning and delivering on specific tasks, and you'll be trusted and empowered to move things forward under your own steam.
  • You'll gain exposure to the full stack, using continuous delivery processes and a broad range of technologies to deliver high- quality, maintainable and customer focused experiences across a range of devices.
  • Your testing expertise will be critical to identify innovative ways of testing the products’ design and architecture and report these back to the client
  • You will be part of projects where you will get to work with a robust technical automation framework using for example Cypress, Selenium or equivalent
  • Actively contributing to the QA Community of Practice such as sharing your knowledge, skills, and new developments in QA
  • Assist the team with writing specifications and acceptance criteria, estimating stories, sprint planning and documentation.
  • You may also be expected to coach more junior engineers in the team, working with them to build their expertise.
  • You will be a valued member of the team - you will be embedded into sprint teams, work closely with developers and we expect you to take responsibility for the quality of the sprints delivered.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

  • Implementing and using automation frameworks and approaches like Selenium, TestNG, Visual Studio CodedUI, BDD tools such as Cucumber, or SpecFlow, Integration between testing framework and CI/CD tools
  • Experience in writing tests supported by at least one modern Object Oriented development language (e.g. Java/Kotlin, C#, JS, Python)
  • Experience building automated UI and/or API tests using an industry standard toolset
  • Some experience of using CI/CD practices such as automated UI/regression testing (Jenkins, Team City, Azure DevOps etc.) Experience of working with test management and defect tracking tools
  • Working against a branching strategy e.g. git, svn or cvs
  • Experience working in an Agile team using Scrum or Kanban processes.

In addition to the above, we would be thrilled if you also had:

  • Experience in non-functional testing disciplines (e.g. security, performance, load)
  • A demonstrable eye for good user interface design, user experience and accessibility
  • Experience testing across devices/platforms, including desktop and mobile

Personal qualities

  • You can clearly communicate with both clients and peers, describing technical issues and solutions in both written and meeting/workshop contexts.
  • You are a confident problem solver and troubleshooter with an eye for detail
  • You are aware of trends in quality assurance and testing and can share insights with the team

The Engineering team

We have deep full-stack development expertise across multiple technologies. We have specialists in Architecture, Quality Assurance and DevOps – as well as colleagues with expertise in Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Technology Innovation.

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Front-End Developer

Claire Bates

"The thing I love most about working here is the people. I really enjoy working with people who make an effort to share knowledge, take mental health at work seriously, and care about addressing anything that isn’t working well."

Benefits

We all work best when we feel valued, supported and life feels balanced, so we got the folks who actually work here to design our benefits.

Looking after you and yours

Flexible healthcare plans just for you or your family. Depending on your office location, we offer a range of benefits including dental, eye tests, gym discounts, Cycle to Work, and more.

Finding work/life balance

Now, more than ever, we recognise the value of flexible working. As soon as you join, we’ll have an open discussion about what works best for you. We’ve also enhanced our parental leave, so you can make more time for those major family milestones.

Taking a break

Because there’s more to life than just work… All our office locations have competitive annual leave allowances. You can also buy up to five extra days per year in addition to your standard allowance.

Personal growth

Learning never stops – it feeds the mind, expands our skills, and strengthens our team. We offer a range of ongoing internal and external training programmes covering everything you'll need to grow your career ambitions and keep you curious.

Planning for the future

We offer all the sensible things as well, including a pension, life assurance, income protection schemes, and PA shares.

Giving back

Take advantage of our great Give as You Earn scheme, or why not volunteer up to three days a year for a charity close to your heart?

A home for everyone

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a practiced hand, we have active and firm-wide support communities in place to help everyone at PA get the support they need.
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Going further afield

With offices spread across the globe, we’re able to relocate our people who want to move – whether temporarily or permanently. Your starting location doesn’t have to be forever, as your career takes off – so can you.

Location

The base office for this role is Victoria, London. However, you may sometimes be required to work onsite at client offices, too. You can find out more about our offices and remote working approach on our Locations page.

Address

10 Bressenden Place, Westminster, London SW1E 5DN

Transport links

Our office is a short walk from Victoria station. Victoria is on the National Rail as well as Circle & District and Victoria Underground lines.

Victoria – 2 minutes walk
Charing Cross – 15 minutes by tube
Waterloo – 15 minutes by tube

Our offices

Additional Information

Benefits at PA:

  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.