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Senior Automation Tester

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We’re The Very Group, home to, and a team of 4,000 super-talented people.

We’re the UK’s largest integrated digital retailer and financial services provider, and we’ve been helping customers say yes when it matters most for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve consistently reinvented our business to adapt to economic conditions and industry changes – going from bricks, to clicks, to mobile.

But despite our passion for reinvention, we’ve never wavered from our purpose; to make good things easily accessible to more people. It means giving our customers the brands they love, an outstanding shopping experience and flexible ways to spread the cost.

We’ve continued to deliver for our customers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak – and we’ve done it by transforming the way we work. The role itself will be a mix of on-site vs remote, we've adapted well to remote ways of working and will continue to embrace those practices moving forward.

We’re fired up for the future and the next stage in our development. We’ll give customers access to more great brands for themselves and their families, a seamless shopping experience and even more control of their finances through innovation in flexible ways to pay.

Ready to reinvent?

About the role

We are looking for an experienced Senior QA Engineer for our Platform Engineering tribe, which is one of several tribes across The Very Group.

Each tribe is made up of multiple squads and the primary responsibility for this position will be within the exciting, Integration Platform Migration initiative. The Integration Platform supports all our Middleware and Integration capabilities and we are migrating it from our premise data centre to AWS hoisted infrastructure. There is a high level of integration with distributed teams, business colleagues and 3rd party partners.

The Senior QA Engineer will be responsible for building and maintaining an automated test capability for our Integration components, and engaging with the wider QA function across The Very Group, to ensure that a standard set of test approaches and principles are implemented and maintained.

The delivery framework for the squad, and across the tribe, is agile Scrum.

About you

You are confident taking ownership of the full test approach around a product, from Unit to Security testing. Whilst our approach is ‘automation first’, it is more important that that you understand the principles of where automation can deliver the most benefit, and how to find the right balance between automated and exploratory testing, rather than be a pure Automation Engineer.

As Senior QA Engineer you will be expected to work with the rest of the squad and project teams towards a collaborative approach, actively promoting the mindset of continuous quality and testing through all stages of the product delivery and positively supporting that approach to other colleagues or stakeholders if required.

From a QA standpoint, you are used to driving discussion around scope and risk at each stage of delivery and clearly communicating the impact to enable decisions to be made by Product Owners, Delivery Managers and the squad. You'll ensure that test outcomes can be easily turned into accessible information and use your knowledge and experience to help steer the right decisions based on those outcomes.

You have experience in multi-disciplined teams and are confident communicating and working with technical teams, distributed teams, business / operational colleagues and 3rd parties. You ideally have experience with Integration platforms, mock services, and API’s and delivery of operational applications in these areas.

The Platform Engineering tribe acts as a horizontal capability to all our vertical business tribes, and operates a hands-on and pro-active approach to delivery. It is important that you are comfortable working closely with colleagues with a strong technical background, and also those who may not be within the IT function, undertaking both Test build / execution and Bug hunting / analysis, to support our delivery where required. If you are not familiar with a particular tool, application or issue you have a self-motivating approach to learning, investigation and innovative resolution.

You have an active interest in the future of QA and Test disciplines and will work with the wider QA function, to be aware of relevant industry developments - reviewing testing processes and strategies to ensure that the tribe remain current.

You should have excellent time management and organizational skills as well as strong communication skills. You should have a passion for designing, development, and testing and the ability to upgrade your technical skills within the constantly changing technology sector.

Technical Skills Required:

  • Jira/Confluence
  • SOAPUI/JMeter/Postman or other REST/SOAP API test tools
  • Code Repositories (BitBucket/GitHub/SVN)
  • CI/CD tools (e.g. Jenkins)
  • Cross Browser tools (e.g. BrowserStack)
  • Automation tools
  • Database structure and SQL
  • API, SOAP/Rest
  • Java
  • Middleware and Integration platforms
  • JMS
  • AWS
  • Linux


  • Generous and competitive starting salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Matched pension at 6%
  • £1000 additional benefits allowance
  • 30 days holiday
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Remote/office split

How to apply.

If you're interested to find out more please contact Jordan Barlow or Steven Williams in the talent acquisition team at The Very Group or apply online.

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

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

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