Senior Tester

University of the West of England

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This is an exciting time to join our ITS team and support our University Digital mission.  We are looking for 2 enthusiastic senior testers to be part of our friendly team.

The Senior Testers will provide critical testing expertise under the direction of Head of Testing and Environments.  The Senior Testers will be a key part of an established dedicated testing function, led by the Head of Testing & Environments.

As part of the University’s Student Journey Programme, the Digital Experience Project is one of the projects that you will be assigned to. The DXP Project was approved in order to deliver consistent, secure and personalised access to information and applications across many digital touchpoints to a range of audiences via an integrated set of technologies.  The aspiration is to provide a seamless, easy digital experience for students, providing access to a range of tools and services to support and engage them throughout their journey. This would include a rich mix of transactional services and other content, to collect relevant information, inform them and enhance their sense of community.

The University’s digital mission is to ensure that we harness the opportunities of the digital age in the delivery of a personalised experience that enables our students and staff to thrive, succeed and flourish. In support of this mission, the Digital Experience Project (DXP) aims to deliver a new consistent and inclusive student logged-in experience in the form of a presentation layer/user interface that acts as a single point of entry from which students will be able to access all UWE systems and services in a clear and intuitive way.

Along with the Digital Experience Project, IT Services deliver on critical data services that are developed in Azure Cloud.  The Senior Tester will have experience in developing and testing API’s.  IT Services have invested in new automation tools to mature our automation capability.

Along with the Head of Testing & Environments, the Senior Testers are responsible for establishing and maintaining testing excellence across the service, including functional and non-functional testing for software and infrastructure projects. The successful candidate will promote the importance of testing to the project lifecycle and lead the adoption of new testing practices and disciplines.

The role is a unique opportunity to provide a significant contribution to the strategic direction of ITS and the wider University in the promotion of testing excellence.

About you:

You will have held a Senior Tester position with exposure of the following:

  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience of Manual and automated testing
  • Be able to understand requirements and design test cases/scenarios that will ensure full requirements coverage
  • Have ISTQB qualification to at least foundation level
  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience of API testing
  • Experience of functional and non-functional testing such as functional, system, integration, regression, accessibility testing and UAT testing.
  • Some experience having developed automation frameworks or been part of a team that has developed automation frameworks
  • Have an understanding of Agile and Waterfall methodologies
  • Have had exposure of working in a scrum team
  • Be able to work independently as well as work collaboratively within a team
  • Be able to coach and mentor junior roles
  • Able to work in a collaborate and inclusive way and is ambitious in meeting objectives

Please also refer to the full job description for this position.

 Where is this role based?

Our lively Frenchay  campus is easy to get to, with excellent road, rail and bus links. We also have arrange of cycling and changing facilities,making it ideal place to work for those commuting to Bristol.  

Why UWE Bristol?

We live, learn, work and play in a complex, fast changing world. And we know that only by coming together, through collaboration and cooperation, can we solve the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

While we’re firmly future-focus, we have much to be proud of today: as well as scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 24th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2023 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables ‘.

We are an ambitious and values led  university. We’re focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community . We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

As well as progressive pay rates and flexible, family-friendly working you will enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 25/27/35 days pro rata
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • hybrid working
  • career average pension schemes available for all staff groups
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • 1st month free to our Centre for Sport facilities for all new starters
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme
  • access to a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving.

Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Heather Daniels (Head of Testing and Environments) on 0117 328 4313 or email: [email protected]

This is a full-time, permanent post, working 37 hours per week.

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time

As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from those who identify as having a disability.

 UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based for with some opportunity for home working.

 The University’s normal practice is that new appointments will be made at the starting point of the grade.

We may be able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

 Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist  which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

You may also wish to explore other visa options which you are eligible for which will allow you to work in the UK.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

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