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Principal QA Engineer (DCX)

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About the team

Here at The Very Group we’re on an exciting journey to transform our technology estate and create even better experiences for our customers. We’re doing that by modernising our existing systems and platforms, utilising a wider variety of modern, cloud-based technologies. We encourage diversity, both in terms of people, technical skills and knowledge!

The Digital Customer Experience (DCX) tribe is striving to create world class customer experiences across our Mobile and Web platforms. We are in control of building this exciting future and are looking for like-minded individuals to help make this a reality. We need people with strong backgrounds in digital retail to help us on this journey as we strive to define, design, build and run frictionless experiences that sets The Very Group apart from other online retailers in delighting our customers.

Working within the DCX Tribe, we need your help defining and delivering a technology platforms and capabilities to support ever changing world-class customer experiences, evolving standards and the architecture practice.

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced Principal QA Engineer to join one of our squads within our Digital Customer Experience (DCX) Tribe.

As a Principal, you will explore, develop and execute exploratory and automated tests to ensure our applications are to the quality standard that our customers, colleagues and shareholders expect.

Our Principal QA’s also drive collaboration and in-depth conversation by influencing each squad member to think and build quality into everything we do whilst using modern software development and monitoring techniques.

In our ways of working, we have adopted an agile model. Each squad within the tribe focuses on migrating our website and mobile applications to AWS-based microservices to enhance our Digital Customer Experience.

About you

We are looking for someone who has worked in a similar capacity and proven experience in embedding and driving automation and quality assurance of customer-facing website and mobile applications.

One of our main principles is ‘automation first’. Therefore, we expect you to be well versed in tools and approaches such as shift-left testing and continuous integration/delivery to find the right balance between automated, exploratory, functional and non-functional tests.

You will be a champion for quality and help drive a collaborative approach with squad members and the rest of QA. Contribute in 3 amigo sessions, mobbing/pairing exercises and agile ceremonies. Show a willingness to line-manage, coach and mentor other members by sharing your knowledge and experience.

From a future proof point of view, you will work with the QA Leadership Team to be aware of software industry developments and continually review testing processes and strategies to ensure the squads remain current.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a very dynamic tribe, alongside an established and vibrant QA community.


  • Confirmed work experience testing website and mobile applications
  • Demonstrable experience in the creation and maintenance of test automation
  • Confirmed experience in line-management duties
  • Strong knowledge of agile methodologies, tools and processes
  • Experience working with an automated release pipeline using CI/CD tools such as Jenkins or similar
  • Experience of Test-Driven approaches to software engineering (ATDD, BDD & TDD)
  • Experience in functional, non-functional and exploratory testing
  • Experience testing microservices and APIs using tools such as Postman or similar
  • Experience in leading and influencing teams in their approach to QA
  • Strong interpersonal skills that demonstrate a curious, learning and brave approach to work

Some of our benefits

  • Flexible, hybrid working model
  • £1,000 flexible benefits allowance to suit your needs
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Bonus potential (performance and business-related)
  • Up to 25% discount on
  • Matched pension up to 6%
  • More benefits can be found on our career site

How to apply

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this role, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

What happens next?

Our talent acquisition team will be in touch if you’re successful so keep an eye on your emails! We’ll arrange a short call to learn more about you, as well as answer any questions you have. If it feels like we’re a good match, we’ll share your CV with the hiring manager to review, and then be in touch to move to the interview process. Our interview process is tailored to each role and can be in-person and remotely. We will always look to make the adjustments you need to bring your best self to interview.

About us

We’re The Very Group – home to and a 3,250-strong team of super talented people, all passionate about making good things easily accessible to more people, so they can live life well. We combine amazing brands and products with flexible payment options that help people say yes when it matters most.

Equal opportunities

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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