Senior Test Engineer
HM Revenue and Customs
Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 3rd February 2023
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At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.
We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.
Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.
See what it’s like to work at HMRC: find out more about us or ask our colleagues a question. Questions relating to an individual application must be emailed as detailed later in this advert.
This is an exciting and challenging role for those looking to deliver technological change against a background of organisational transformation within the HMRC Performance and Volume Testing Team.
As a QAT Senior Test Engineer working for the Performance Volume Testing team, you will provide technical and planning skills to develop test approaches to support the performance test engineers delivering the work. You will work closely with project and test managers across HMRC.
You will work with multi-disciplinary teams, defining and documenting the performance testing for services that have a positive impact upon our millions of users. Using agile methods, you will work in all elements of development, with a relentless focus on quality and performance.
You will be involved in test design, execution and reporting. We need a team with organised, flexible, skilled testers with a passion for quality software to realise our vision.
You will work as part of a team to plan, design, manage, execute and report on the Performance & Volume Testing as per project requirements for the systems and infrastructure that are part of the project(s) that you are allocated to.
You will work alongside other test engineers and business stakeholders both within the teams around you and the wider HMRC delivery areas to deliver consistent solutions and strategies.
You will be willing to challenge current processes and help improve the ways of working, driving forward innovation for both testing and products.
The roles the responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:
- Work collaboratively with the business or development team to develop, identify, record and analyse performance requirements and understand the scope of the test activities.
- Understand the business, infrastructure and application, and provide strategic solutions in terms of both technical and operational aspects.
- Assess the technical risks and determine the level and areas of performance testing appropriate.
- Be aware of the multiple internal and industry-standard performance testing frameworks and tools available to HMRC and PVT
- Work with the business to schedule and secure the performance test environment, request the necessary access, and ensure appropriate test data is available
- Review and agree the detailed performance testing planned by the test delivery teams and share with associated test teams where applicable
- Agree the approach for monitoring and reporting of defects encountered during the testing
- Implement performance testing approaches for a range of technologies and platforms, such as web, API, SAP and Pega
- Define approaches to performance testing appropriate to different delivery methodologies such as Agile, Waterfall and other hybrid methods
- Contribute to the performance testing capability within the test profession, supporting the development of approaches and methodologies
It is essential for you to demonstrate experience of:
- Extensive QA / Test knowledge and experience, preferably including performance testing and/or test management
- Developing successful relationships with stakeholders, prioritising and handling business issues, expectations and requirements.
- Work with multiple project and testing teams, providing technical direction and support to define effective test approaches and plans.
- Managing conflicting demands and driving forward test process improvements in line with business strategies
- Good knowledge of risk management, defect management, task planning and measuring and reporting performance against key metrics
- Strong communication skills promoting cross team collaboration.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Managing a Quality Service
- Working Together
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.
Selection process details
As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide:
- Your CV
- Your Personal Statement of no more than 750 words. Your statement should illustrate your experience and suitability for the role, using evidence and examples from your previous work.
An initial sift based on your Personal Statement may be held if a large number of applications are received. At full sift we will assess your CV and Personal Statement against the essential criteria.
If successful at sift you will be invited for an interview which will focus on a series of questions that allow you to demonstrate your technical experience and behaviours against both the responsibilities and essential criteria listed in the advert. The behaviours will be:
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service
This role may eventually require the successful candidate to provide support outside of normal working hours.
Occasional travel with overnight stays within the UK may be required.
Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.
Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than two working days (Monday-Friday) before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org - Use subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g. Please re-open my application - 261762 & vacancy closing date 03/02/2023.
If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.
Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check/Disclosure Scotland. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.email@example.com stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email Info@disclosurescotland.co.uk
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.
HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.
HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 14 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.
These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon, Portsmouth and Stratford.
In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.
We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.
For more information please contact the vacancy holder.
Terms and Conditions
We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.
If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information. (Please note the attached document could also be called “Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”)
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here.
HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.
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Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:
Please note that this role is unsuitable for contractual homeworkers due to the nature and/or requirements of the role.
We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details.
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