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Software Test Engineer (3-6 month FTC)

London, UKTechnology (UK)Fixed Term ContractDevelopment

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A brief update on Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone.

Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability. Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people. We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA. Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working life that helps us thrive, not stick. We're proud of our inclusive and supportive culture, and we're passionate about creating an environment where everyone's cultural backgrounds, skills, and perspectives are valued. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

Brexit Statement:

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, there are changes to Legal Right to Work legislation that applicants from the EU will need to be aware of.

Before 30th June 2021, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens have a legal right to work in the UK and can provide a passport as evidence of this.  No visa will be required.

From 30th June 2021, EU citizens will be required to provide evidence of settled or pre-settled status in the UK as evidence of right to work.  Without this, EU citizens will require a visa to work in the UK.

We need a Software Test Engineer to join us in London.

As a team we’re responsible for:

Testing throughout, rather than testing at the end. Preventing defects, rather than detecting them. Building the right system, rather than breaking it. And testing understanding and assumptions, rather than checking functionality. The goal is to be a subject matter expert in testing by expanding the quality mindset – thinking critically about not just functional, but non-functional requirements such as usability, functionality, performance, security, edge cases, testing strategies and best practices.

As a Software Test Engineer you’ll:

  • Be more than just a practitioner – it’s a coaching role as well. The focus of ‘testing’ in the industry has missed a massive opportunity for spreading the wealth of testing knowledge into engineering organisations. You’ll be working directly with your peers to identify and communicate risks before, during and after development. By sharing your testing knowledge, you’ll help your team members share responsibility for quality – not only increasing the efficiency and capacity of their teams, but also writing higher quality software.

Responsibilities include:

  • working closely with developers during implementation to ensure the appropriate type and levels of testing
  • helping other team members share responsibility for designing and performing tests
  • emphasising the importance of executing the right tests
  • helping the team create well-defined testable acceptance criteria
  • helping the team to perform testing during earliest stages of implementation (eg three amigos)
  • being involved in the pull request review process
  • assisting in root cause analysis with customer facing issues and educating gaps in test approach
  • choosing and using appropriate testing tools and techniques to assess quality
  • working with the testing community to improve test strategies and automation efficiencies
  • following RST methodology rather than ISTQB methodology

What we’re looking for:

  • 3+ years of working experience as a Software Test Engineer 
  • working experience in both manual and automated testing – a person who finds manual testing interesting and not boring, with an ability to automate some scenarios
  • previous experience working with technical and non-technical people alike 
  • the ability to perform functional and non-functional testing
  • collaboration skills as you’ll work with product managers, and an understanding of what to test and deliver
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership, lifestyle pot, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
These are available to all staff from your first day. Here’s the summary:

• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)
• generous holiday entitlement
• life assurance – 4 x your basic salary
• a health cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• unlimited access to 24/7 virtual GP
• bupa nurse healthline
• employee assistance programme (EAP)
• eye care vouchers
• local discounts

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:

• a full gym membership
• lifestyle pot (a pot of cash to be used against anything you want need: well being, personal development, hobbies or childcare costs)
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave (up to 5 days)
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance
• merlin pass
• taste card

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering. In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

Empowerment
We're trusted to get the right stuff done in the way that suits us best

Authenticity
We respect the uniques skills and perspective that everyone has

Simplicity
If we can make it simpler, we do, and if we can’t then we explain it so everyone can understand

Learning
We’re always learning, developing and improving, and helping others do the same

Pioneering
We lead with purpose and make things happen
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