Senior QA Engineer

Senior QA Engineer

About the role

Our Engineering team are down to earth experts with a passion for transforming the way schools work!

We are looking for a passionate and committed Senior QA Engineer to deliver superb quality software to our customers. The remit and focus of the role is to define and implement the processes and tooling required to perform automated testing across all products and services, working with our Principal Architect and Platform team to ensure these processes are embedded and able to run as part of our Continuous Delivery pipelines. This role will also work across product delivery teams to understand feature requirements, and define a testing strategy and automated tests to ensure acceptance criteria are met. 

Your key results will be measured by reducing change failure across all teams, creating technical documentation to support QA processes and implementing required tooling to enable automated testing. 

Core responsibilities

  • Defining and implementing testing strategy
  • Working at all levels to replace non-scalable manual testing with automated testing software
  • Designing, developing and executing automation scripts using open source tools
  • Identifying, recording, documenting thoroughly and tracking bugs
  • Performing thorough regression testing when bugs are resolved
  • Developing and apply testing processes for new and existing products to meet client needs
  • Tracking quality assurance metrics, like change failure rate and open defect counts
  • Staying up-to-date with new testing tools and test strategies
  • Remembering our users and that everything we are building is for them

About you 

We’re looking for a minimum of 2 years in manual testing, and writing test strategies for enterprise/large applications. Beyond that, we’d love to see:

  • Writing test strategies for manual regression testing, encompassing multiple domains
  • Experience of BDD using Cucumber or similar tools
  • When you commit, you follow through, you do what you say without losing the details
  • Clear reporting on issues found, how they impact the customer and clear steps for reproduction
  • Experience working with Product Managers to understand business requirements, and define acceptance criteria and test strategies around them

Bonus skills

  • Ability to write custom scripts to test API driven data
  • Experience working in a fast paced agile environment
  • Programming experience in either PHP or other C-based language
  • Writing SQL queries to extract and validate data direct from database tables.

What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • We believe in supporting you to grow professionally and giving you the freedom to choose how. If you tell us where you want to go, we have a dedicated training budget to help you get there!
  • One of our core values is to make an impact, so we give everyone 1 day off each year to volunteer with a charity of your choice.
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to a choice of comprehensive 24/7 well being support services as well as internal Mental Health Champions.
  • We support autonomy and flexibility, and depending on your role can offer flexible working.
  • Spending quality time together is really important, so to encourage this, our social committees organise regular team nights out (we’ve had pizza making, escape rooms, and even white water rafting!)
  • We offer 30 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays), part of which is made up of half day Fridays during the school summer holidays, a day off during Easter and a day off over Christmas.
  • Our office is based in the heart of Leeds. It’s lively and vibrant, and you’ll have breakfast supplied every day along with other healthy snacks you can choose from. 

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simple email: 

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Perks and Benefits

You'll have the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • Professional development budget 🎓

    At Arbor we're passionate about learning, and to support this we have a dedicated training budget for all teams.

  • Mental health and wellness 🧠

    Dedicated Mental Health Champions with ongoing support and learning around mental health

  • Volunteering day 🤝

    We're all about making an impact! So everyone who joins us gets 1 day a year to volunteer for a charity or cause of their choice.

  • Regular team socials 🥳

    We have regular team socials where we spend dedicated time together. This year we've had BBQs, been to theatre shows, gone white water rafting, and more!

  • Half-day summer Fridays 😎

    Plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas so you get some extra time off then too!

  • Employee Assistance Programme 🧘‍♀️

    Choice of comprehensive 24/7 support services with UK and Ireland's most trusted health and wellbeing network.

  • Flexible working 🤸‍♀️

    Depending on your role we can also offer you flexible working - just mention it in your interview and we'll let you know what your options are

  • Dog-friendly offices 🐕

    Our offices are dog friendly, so if you'd like to bring your canine companion in for the day, that's no problem!

  • GRC Accredited ✔︎

    The Good Recruitment Charter defines good recruitment practice through key principles that the we aspire to.

Workplace and Culture

We’re a diverse and experienced team of ex-teachers, edtech engineers and education specialists passionate about making a difference to the sector.  
Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere!


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