QA Tester



IT & Delivery


Manchester


Permanent

An exciting opportunity for a QA Tester to join our highly specialised IT department.

About us

We began our journey as an ambitious, independent gas supplier in the Northwest of England, built on great relationships and a passion for growth and excellent customer service.  We continuously developed our products to reach more customers and in less than ten years, we grew from employing a handful of people and supplying less than a hundred customers to become one of Britain’s leading non-domestic energy suppliers.  We now supply thousands of businesses and organisations with the energy they need to provide their products and services used by millions of people across Britain, France and the Netherlands.  We are part of the SEFE Group – led by SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH in Berlin – which employs approximately 1,500 employees and together, our mission is clear.

As a business we have to be agile, constantly adapting to the ever-changing energy world, driven by forces of decarbonisation, competition, digitalisation and shifting customer expectations. Our Always Reaching for Better strategy equips us to expertly respond to changes and advancements, and quickly seize opportunities to grow and develop.  Our focus for 2022 – 2025 is strategic, profitable growth and strengthening our foundations, primarily by placing data and technology at the heart of our business model.  We’re looking for people who are passionate about where we’re going and will help us thrive long into the future.

The 350 people working in our business are friendly and positive – you can approach anyone for help and your ideas are always welcome.  We’re committed to our REACH principles – Results, Expertise, Action, Challenge, Have courage – but above all else, we care for each other’s welfare and aspirations so you can expect to experience empathy and support throughout your journey with us.  We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment that embraces diversity and fosters the development of knowledge, skills and experience, so all our people can thrive and prosper in their careers with us.  We are a place where you can be yourself and make your mark because whatever your role, you’ll find an open, welcoming atmosphere that empowers you, encourages fresh thinking, and recognises your contribution.

In the UK, our people practices have been awarded Gold status by Investors in People and we have a silver EcoVadis rating demonstrating our commitment to sustainability.

Role objectives

As QA tester you will be responsible for the co-ordination, planning and test execution of all phases of testing.

Working within our highly specialised IT department, you will be interfacing with developers, business analysts and the business to ensure delivery meets specifications and is delivered to the highest quality.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Understand business requirements and specifications/acceptance criteria and define test conditions
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with delivery and business stakeholders
  • Provide estimates on all QA related tasks
  • Impact-assess functional and technical changes to enable effective planning of regression testing.
  • Design acceptance tests under own direction, using own in-depth technical analysis of both functional and non-functional specifications/acceptance criteria.
  • Liaise with upstream/downstream delivery work streams to ensure alignment of change delivery and QA/UAT resource availability
  • Execute, record and analyse test results, identify and report defects, issues and risks associated with own work and for the QA team
  • Monitor and report test progress/deliverables against planned timelines and delivery dates
  • Management of QA and UAT builds and deployment
  • Support the implementation and integration of an automated testing strategy
  • Produce/update regression test packs to test new and amended software or services
  • Provide UAT support to the business
  • Identify areas for testing improvement and work with the teams to implement appropriate practices

Skills & Competencies

  • Analytical, independent thinker; creative in finding solutions
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Passion to learn on the job and pick up things quickly
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail

Experience

  • Demonstrable experience of application testing and familiarity with application lifecycle management tools.
  • Ability to define test techniques and coverage for testing of requirements (functional and non-functional).
  • Solid working knowledge of Agile & Waterfall methodologies and associated test practices.
  • Proven ability in a commercial software testing environment.
  • Experience in testing using SQL Server and Oracle Database queries (e.g. using SQL Server Management Studio and TOAD).
  • Experience in Energy Retail sector (Gas and Power).
  • Knowledge of test automation. Experience of building test automation frameworks and automated test scripts using industry recognised test automation tools.

Education

  • Degree educated (or equivalent experience) in a numerate discipline, for example finance, engineering, mathematics or physics
  • ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing

Our offer to you

In return we offer a competitive starting salary supported by a comprehensive benefits package which includes bonus earning potential, non-contributory pension, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, buy / sell holidays, life assurance, allowance for medical and dental insurance together with a range of optional flexible benefits.

Based in our office in Manchester City Centre you can benefit from hybrid working offering the flexibility to spend some of your working week at home.

The 350 people working in our business are friendly and positive – you can approach anyone for help and your ideas are always welcome.  We’re committed to our REACH principles – Results, Expertise, Action, Challenge, Have courage – but above all else, we care for each other’s welfare and aspirations so you can expect to experience empathy and support throughout your journey with us.  We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment that embraces diversity and fosters the development of knowledge, skills, and experience, so all our people can thrive and prosper in their careers with us.  We are a place where you can be yourself and make your mark because whatever your role, you’ll find an open, welcoming atmosphere that empowers you, encourages fresh thinking, and recognises your contribution.

In the UK, our people practices have been awarded Gold status by Investors in People and we have a silver EcoVadis rating demonstrating our commitment to sustainability

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