About the Job
Salary: From £40,000 per annum negotiable depending on experience
Location: Hybrid - flexibility to work from home or at any of our main hubs (London, Bristol, Manchester and Harwell)
Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. We believe education and research improves lives, and technology improves education and research.
Our vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research and our mission is to power and empower our members with the technology and data they need to succeed. We know that digital technology has the ability to transform the student experience. We have the experience, expertise and know-how to drive that transformation.
At Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. We want to create a culture of lifelong learning. You can look forward to a rewarding job with opportunities to develop and make a real difference to the education and research sectors.
We celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and know that this is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive and we are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. So, if you are great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.
About the role:
As a Developer in Test for one of the OpenAthens development scrum teams, you will use your technical skills, knowledge and experience, along with your soft skills, to work with your scrum team colleagues and stakeholders, to continually improve the OpenAthens identity and access management products. You will be involved in the software development process end-to-end, which may include backlog refinement, sprint planning, analysis, design and testing, and any accompanying continuous improvement process.
The Developer in Test will deliver the implementation of the automated testing strategy along with performing manual exploratory testing tasks.
OpenAthens has the vision to become the world’s most user-friendly information access management experience, helping academics, students, scientists and library patrons gain access to the knowledge they need to achieve great things.
Responsibilities will include:
• Gain in-depth knowledge of the OpenAthens products, the development process and the development and testing technical environment
• Collaborate with scrum team colleagues (developers, testers, product owner), the application architect and other stakeholders to understand the required product changes, then create automated tests and define the exploratory manual tests required to deliver a successful product increment
• Ensure that all changes meet the team’s agreed quality standards
• Actively contribute to identifying product improvements or product discovery
Key Skills and Experience:
• Demonstrable experience of defining and creating functional and non-functional automated tests for enterprise-scale applications within an Agile software product development environment
• Highly skilled at creating automated tests that are both high-quality, easily maintainable, and well documented
• Knowledge and experience of automated and manual testing of Web-based applications
• Fluency with writing automated tests in Java to ensure REST-based APIs meet functional and non-functional requirements
Please refer to the job description for full details.
Don’t meet every single requirement?
We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box but we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we’re looking for, go ahead and apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!
Why work at Jisc:
At Jisc we believe a balance between your personal and professional life is essential to your happiness and fulfilment. We work flexibly at Jisc and focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life.
We offer hybrid working and although the majority of our staff work from home, getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can. If you prefer an office environment all our hubs are open and offer a great space to work.
Our benefits are great too. We offer:
• Flexible work pattern, which can adapt to suit your schedules and personal commitments
• 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays and three closure days at Christmas
• A generous pension scheme with above average employer contributions
• A range of leave options, including parental leave, volunteer leave and even career breaks.
• A generous budget to attend conferences and in-person training
• Allocated allowance of up to £250 to equip your home office
• A company culture which supports and promotes personal learning and development, including access to thousands of courses on LinkedIn Learning
• Mental health first aid trained staff and supportive environment, plus your own Wellbeing allowance to spend on wellbeing for you
• Financial well-being support
• Discounts on big-name high-street stores
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee recognition awards and travel loans
Equality, diversity and inclusion
At Jisc, we strive to be best in practice and are working hard to achieve progressive change. ‘Always inclusive’ is one of our six guiding principles - a principle which actively encourages acceptance of differences within individuals.
We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, neurodivergence, trans status, veteran status or gender identity.
Please do let us know what reasonable adjustments you need made to the application or selection process so you can do your best. We will be happy to help you.
Just so you know, we review CVs as we receive them, and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match (usually within a week). As part of the selection process, suitable candidates will be required to complete a test for this role. We don’t use closing dates. So, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this role. We advertised this role on 22/09/2022.
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