Senior Software Tester and Support

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contract Type: 2 years – Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time (alternative working patterns considered)

About us

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Funded by Government with an annual budget of around £509M (2014-2015), we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC has a unique and central place in supporting the UK’s world-leading position in bioscience. Our vision is to lead world-class 21st century bioscience, promoting innovation in the bio-economy and realising benefits for society within and beyond the UK.

About the role

The Senior Software Tester and Support role presents and exciting opportunity to join a small team developing, integrating and supporting services primarily for BBSRC, but also for and in conjunction with the other research councils.

You will join a high performance team delivering solutions to BBSRC and its other clients.  As a key part of successful AGILE delivery team you must be a highly motivated individual who has as eye for detail, with a focus on continual improvement of your own skills and the services you support.  The role includes the design delivery and implementation of tests as part of a team delivering solutions to meet the business needs of BBSRC.

You will be liaising with staff from across the BBSRC Office at all levels.  As a key member of the team you will be expected to lead other IT staff and users as part of delivering your work, and you will take a proactive role to mentoring and improving the knowledge of others. It is essential that you bring your experience, not just in testing, to bear on any problems and participate actively in seeking and developing solutions that meet the business needs. 

You will lead the groups work in the development of a test strategy covering all areas of testing, including developing and mentoring others in the use of automated testing tools as part of a continuous deployment strategy.

Whilst the majority of your time will be spent developing and improving test frameworks for the systems and services the team provides, you will also play an important role in supporting users of services and troubleshooting issues and problems. 

About you

You will have A levels or relevant equivalent qualification or experience and have Professional Qualifications in Microsoft Systems Support and Administration.

You must have demonstrable Software testing or Software Development experience and experience in continuous software delivery and developing unit and integration tests.

You will be able to write well-structured and clearly articulated documents with the ability to produce planning estimates for development work.

You will have logical problem solving skills, be able to plan and prioritise your own work and have excellent organisational skills.

Benefits

A fantastic benefits package includes a generous pension, 30 days annual leave plus privilege days and bank holidays, flexible working hours, cycle to work scheme and private health screening.

How to apply

To apply please visit our job board at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc242677_7487.aspx and submit your CV and covering letter outlining how your experience meets the criteria described within this advertisement (full details available via the link above) with your reasons for applying to BBSRC.

Closing Date: 26th September 2017

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