Lead QA Engineer

The role

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

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 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the 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.

As a Lead QA Engineer, you are a practiced member of the team. You'll be competent at owning and delivering solutions and being the design authority for how features are implemented.

  • You can expect to use your knowledge of architecture; our clients will look to you for advice and contribution in higher level architectural discussions
  • You're familiar with the development process, and take ownership for certain aspects of the process by putting appropriate methods and tools in place
  • You will have regular conversations with clients, and be a point of contact between the client and the project team
  • Coaching and mentoring more junior members of the team, and deputising for the team principal, will be important in the role
  • Your involvement in shaping bids (working with a bid team) will assist to create approaches or proposals, and perhaps you may also add valuable contributions during presentations to clients in a formal selection process
  • You'll play an active role in account management

Depending on the scale of the project, you may find yourself maintaining an automation framework for a large-scale project; or you will act within a team, ensuring that acceptance criteria is implemented correctly on each sprint. Thinking like a Tester is a skill, and we rely upon your inquisitive and curious mindsets. Are you driven to build test strategy capable of providing happy-path and edge case testing for solutions?

Some of the skills that we believe make a successful Lead QA Engineer:

  • A QA mindset
  • Test strategy and test planning experience
  • Being an excellent teammate - testers are embedded into development pods, and we expect you to take shared responsibility for the sprints
  • Development skills in either Java or .Net:
    • Knowledge of working with Jira
    • Understanding of CI/CD tools
    • Working against a branching strategy E.g. git, svn or cvs
    • Using your understanding of OOP
    • Writing clean, readable, maintainable and reusable code
    • Using fundamental tools and languages E.g. OS, SQL, Unix, CLI tools, PowerShell, Shell Scripting, HTML and CSS
  • Implementing and using automation frameworks and approaches:
    • Selenium
    • TestNG
    • BDD tools such as Cucumber, or SpecFlow
    • Integration between testing framework and CI/CD tools

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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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’re big on flexible working. Whatever the situation at the time, we’ll have an open discussion about what works for you. We’ve also enhanced our parental leave, so you can make more time for what really matters.

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.

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 feed and grow your career ambitions.

Planning for the future

Don't worry, we offer all the sensible stuff, 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 just starting out, or a practised hand, we have active and firm-wide support communities in place to help everyone get the support they need.

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Going further afield

With offices in countries across the globe, as a firm, we’re able to relocate folks who want to move – whether temporarily or permanently. Your starting location doesn’t have to be forever, as your career takes off.

Location

The base office for this role is Farringdon, 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

50 Farringdon Rd, London EC1M 3HE

Transport links

Our office is a short walk from Farringdon station. Farringdon is on the National Rail as well as Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Underground lines.

Farringdon - 5 minute walk
London Bridge - 15 minutes by tube
Waterloo - 12 minutes by tube

Our offices

Additional Information

• Private medical insurance
• Interest free season ticket loan
• 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)
• Voluntary 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.