Test Engineer

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 8th December 2022



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£38,469 - £50,480

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



This role will be based in Birmingham, Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.

Job summary

Would you love the opportunity to transform products and services that impact some of the most vulnerable citizens?

Are you an experience Test Engineer?

Are you experienced using Unified Functional Test tools to create automation frameworks?

We’re looking for outstanding Test Engineers who want to contribute to demanding and exciting digital services for the UK Government.

Be part of changing the face of public services with the potential to dramatically transform the future of millions of people.

As a Test Engineer, you will help build and assure applications used by DWP staff and claimants.

You will be part of a multi-functional agile delivery team and be an integral part of designing and building automated test solutions that enable the department to deliver quality services consistently that meet the needs of our agents and claimants.

Within Shared Channels Experience the Digital Document Management (DDM) team are responsible for all customer digital evidence.

The successful candidate will work for one of our multi-disciplinary teams within Digital Document Management to support the delivery of accessible user centred designed services to both citizen and DWP colleagues.

Job description

We are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious Test Engineers to take the reins and assure quality, working alongside developers, business analysts and other team members both within the team and the wider community to deliver consistent solutions and strategies.

We're looking for you to build automation test solutions to provide faster feedback, assure the quality of products that make up DWP's digital services and contribute towards their design.

As a Test Engineer it's your job to lead our teams as we build and assure applications that will be used by DWP staff and customers.

You'll work across multi-disciplinary teams to shape and deliver automated test solutions that enable DWP to deliver quality services consistently that meet the needs of our agents and customers.

As a Test Engineer you will:

• Be responsible for the testing of applications which make up citizen services.

• Define the appropriate depth and breadth of testing using a risk based approach, and ensuring the stability, robustness and reliability of test suites.

• Work with other teams to ensure that technical solutions are aligned.

• Build automation test solutions that help to assure the quality of our products and services.

• Test all areas of products including functional, business requirements, performance, security and accessibility.

• Work with other engineers across DWP to deliver consistent solutions and strategies, sharing knowledge, insight and best practice.

• Challenge current processes and help improve the ways of working.

• Identify the right tooling to drive innovation and improvement of our testing and our products.

• Responsible for the design and implementation for a project test automation including CI/Cd pipelines.

Person specification

The essential criteria are outlined in the selection process details.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact  Richard.Hanley@dwp.gov.uk.

• An employer pension contribution of up to 27% For further information please click here.
• Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
• Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
• Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring. 
• An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post. 

Salary Information

Salary for this role is from £38,469 (Band min) to £41,480 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £50,480 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £9,000 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

Selection process details

Stage 1: Application

Applications must include:

1. A completed Personal Details application form.

2. A curriculum vitae including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements.

When giving details in your CV you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:

API testing (public facing, internal REST APIs) automation tools like Rest Assured, SOAP UI, Postman or similar

• Experience in the development of automated test suites and tools including Java, Cucumber, SQL or similar

• Experience of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery – Methodology and tools e.g., GIT, concourse or similar

• Experience in collaboration tools like Jira / confluence or similar

• Knowledge of testing principle to be used in Microservice architecture or similar

• Experience in the Cloud-based testing e.g., application hosted in AWS / Azure or similar

    When giving details of your CV, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein.

    For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .

    Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign. 

    Important information

    • Please attach your CV as a separate additional document in either PDF or word format.
    • Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
    • Please do not include any personal details in your document title.
    • If your CV contains any personal details your application may be withdrawn.

    Stage 2: Interview

    If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the experiences listed in the essential criteria.

    Interviews will take place  second week of January 2023. Sift and interview dates to be confirmed. 

    Further information:

    The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences. If evidence of plagiarism is found your application will be withdrawn.

    A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made. 

    You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

    For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers. 

    If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out. In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service 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.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading. 

    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.

    Any move to DWP 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 at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

    Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

    Reasonable Adjustment

    At DWP we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce.

    We consider visible and non-visible disabilities, neurodiversity or learning differences, chronic medical conditions, or mental ill health. Examples include dyslexia, epilepsy, autism, chronic fatigue, or schizophrenia.

    If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:Contact Government Recruitment Service via digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

    Complete the “Reasonable Adjustments” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

    If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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


    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
    Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

    See our vetting charter.
    People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

    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 UK
    • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
    • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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 on nationality requirements

    Working for the Civil Service

    The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

    We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
    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.
    This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
    The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
    Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

    Contact point for applicants

    Job contact :

    • Name : Richard Hanley
    • Email : Richard.hanley@dwp.gov.uk

    Recruitment team :

    • Email : digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

    Further information

    Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK.
    If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission. Click here to visit the Civil Service Commission.

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