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Test Engineer

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Job summary

£39,132 - £47,065
DDaT Pay Supplement* £4,000 per annum pro rata
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
13 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Test Engineer within Digital Transformation based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

DDaT Pay Supplement
This post attracts a £4,000 DDaT pay supplement after a 9 months DDaT competency qualifying period. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.

The Digital Strategy for Scotland, A changing nation: how Scotland will thrive in a digital world, was published in March 2021 and it sets out our plans for ensuring that we put digital at the heart of everything we do.

The Digital Transformation Division sits within Scottish Government's Digital Directorate. Our aim is to help government organisations adopt digital business models that will deliver well designed, accessible and inclusive public services.

Through this we facilitate transformation of existing public services, making best use of digital technology for our citizens by championing the core principles of re-use and collaboration – both in technology and skills, and to be an employer of choice in Scotland.

The Scottish Government National Outcome to which the job contributes directly is "Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs". More information about Scottish Government National Outcomes is available at National Performance Framework | National Outcomes.

As a Test Engineer you will manage system-testing activities to ensure that all systems delivered as a part of the program are both defect free and meet the defined requirements – "write code to test code". This will include confirming that systems meet their stated functional requirements, realise the specified quality attributes (non-functional requirements) and are fully compliant with relevant legislation and regulations. The main stakeholders are customers of mygov including directorates in SG and the wider Central Government organisations.

You will implement the team's strategy for test management including the traceability of tests to business requirements. Perform test-planning activities, including the discovery, capture and definition of tests from a system's business requirements. Execute test plans, performing system, integration and exploratory testing to identify defects in all systems.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience in designing, writing, maintaining and executing: end-to-end tests, cross browser and device testing, accessibility testing, performance/stress tests, API tests, perceptual tests or visual test automation of a responsive web UI, browser layout tests for responsive websites.
2. An awareness of, or experience in languages such as Java, JavaScript and Bash scripting.
3. Knowledge of continuous integration and automation servers such as Jenkins, distributed version control systems such as Git, and continuous delivery.
4. Experience of working under both waterfall and agile methods of project management. In particular you must be proficient in iterative software development and understand the associated responsibilities, practices and artefacts. The ability to communicate clearly and consistently on these, and other elements of the software development lifecycle with the wider team is also important and the use of issue tracking tools such as Jira.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
•UK nationals
•nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
•nationals of the Republic of Ireland
•nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
•relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
•relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
•certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. 'To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process. These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application.

A CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 750 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.'

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Alastair Hutchinson who can be reached at Alastair.hutchison@gov.scot

Provisional Dates for Sift & Interviews
Sift – w/c 24 May 2021
Interviews – w/c 10 June 2021

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to either 'Microsoft Teams' or 'Webex' applications by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Should you be invited to interview, you will be told which platform the event will take place on. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


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