CPRD Test Engineer - £34,841 p.a. + benefits

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 5th October 2023



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A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

MHRA - Safety and Surveillance Group

Type of role

Architecture and Data

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Canary Wharf, London

Job summary

We are currently looking for a Test Engineer to join our Clinical Practice Research Datalink team in the Safety and Surveillance group.


This is a full-time opportunity, on a permanent basis. The role will be based in 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf London, E14 4PU. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. We are currently implementing a flexible, hybrid way of working, with a minimum of 4 days per month working on site to enable the collaboration and contact with partners and stakeholders needed to deliver MHRA business. Attendance on site is driven by business needs so depending on the nature of the role, this can flex up to 8 days a month, with the remainder of time worked either remotely or in the office. Some roles will need to be on site more regularly.

Who are we? 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.  

The new Safety and Surveillance Group brings together into a single integrated structure devices and medicines safety expertise with enforcement capabilities. These functions will be supported by our data and evidence generating capabilities complementing our signal generating capabilities produced via the new Safety Connect System.

Part of the Safety and Surveillance group, The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), jointly sponsored by the Agency and the National Institute for Health Care Research (NIHR), is the UK’s preeminent research service providing access to anonymised NHS data for research. In addition to supporting high quality observational research, CPRD has developed world leading services based on using real world data to support clinical trials and interventional studies.

Job description

This role offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the UK Government’s premier data-driven research serviceWe are seeking an individual who is experienced in quality assurance testing to lead, design, and deliver functional and non-functional tests to ensure that requirements for CPRD’s innovative products have been fully met. The post holder will have excellent analytical skills with experience of understanding intricate codebases and requirements to identify any potential quality issues that may require testing; in depth knowledge of testing applications and services using manual, automated, and regression testing; and experience of backend database testing.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Identify and develop test requirements.
  • Create and execute test libraries.
  • Define and manage test assets and track & report on results.
  • Software Development Quality Assurance and people management

Person specification

Our successful candidate will: 

  • Be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in either a computer science-based, IT-based, business administration-based, or related discipline.
  • Have proven ability of designing and executing functional and non-functional test cases using standard testing techniques, in instructed environments.
  • Have proven ability of identifying simple patterns and trends and experience of investigating problems and opportunities in existing processes and contributing to recommending solutions.
  • Be able to establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders and collaborate with them to share information, resources and support.
  • Be able to show a positive approach to keeping the whole team’s efforts focused on the top priorities and promote a culture of following the appropriate procedures to ensure results are achieved on time whilst still enabling innovation.
Alongside your salary of £34,841, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency contributes £9,407 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Annual Leave: 25 days annual leave on entry, rising by one day for each completed year of service to a maximum of 30 days and pro-rata for part-time staff. PLUS 8 bank holidays 
  • Privilege Leave: 1 day  
  • Hours of Work: 37 hours (net) per week for full time staff in all geographical locations, including London and pro rata for part-time staff 
  • Occupational Sick Pay (OSP): One month full pay/one month half pay on entry, rising by one month for each completed year of service to a maximum of five months full pay/five months half pay 
  • Mobility: Mobility clause in contracts allowing staff to be mobile across the Civil Service 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme.  Please see the link for further information http://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/ For enquiries relating to the Civil Service Pension Schemes please contact MyCSP's Pension Service Centre directly on 0300 123 6666 
  • Flexible working to ensure staff maintain a healthy work-life balance 
  • Interest free season ticket loan or bike loan 
  • Employee Assistance Services and access to the Civil Service Benevolent Fund 
  • Eligibility to join the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) 
  • Variety of staff and Civil Service clubs 
  • On-going learning and development 

Selection process details

We use the Civil Service Success Profiles to assess our candidates, find out more here

  • Online application form, including questions based on the Behaviour, Experience and Technical Success Profiles. Please ensure all application questions are completed in full; your application may not be considered if any responses are left blank. Our applications are CV blind, and our Hiring Managers will not be able to access your CV when reviewing your application. 
  • Test, further information will be supplied when you reach this stage 
  • Interview, which can include questions based on the Behaviour, Experience, Technical and Strengths Success Profiles. 


Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role.

If you require any disability related adjustments at any point during the process, please contact careers@mhra.gov.uk as soon as possible. 


Closing date: Thursday 5th October 2023

Interview date: Tuesday 17th October 2023


If you need assistance applying for this role or have any other questions, please contact careers@mhra.gov.uk 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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Working for the Civil Service

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : The Resourcing Team
  • Email : Careers@mhra.gov.uk

Recruitment team

  • Email : Careers@mhra.gov.uk

Further information

In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Resourcing Team at Careers@mhra.gov.uk, in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk - info@csc.gov.uk - Civil Service Commission Room G/8 1 Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQ

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