Senior Test Engineer

Department for Work and Pensions

Closing date: 28 Aug 2019

Reference number



Up to £49,096


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Manchester, North West

About the job

Job description

Digital Delivery for Shared Platforms

Digital Delivery for Shared Platforms (DDSP) evolves and transforms some of the most critical systems in DWP to unleash the potential of Digital services to reduce overheads, cost and friction for citizen and agent-facing services. We enable service teams to take control of their own velocity, removing entry-barriers and dependencies.

DDSP is made up of a collection of functions working in tandem, that enable the successful delivery of services across DWP;

• Integration Technologies – Implementing an Application Programming Interface (API) led integration strategy to create products to drive frictionless data sharing across DWP and other government departments.

• Payment Services – Innovating and deploying industry shaping Fintech, facilitating around 32% of the BACS payment transactions in the UK’s payments infrastructure serving some 22m citizens, who collectively receive a total of £170bn in payments annually.

• Citizen Information – Maintaining and protecting the personal records of 110 million people, to create faster and more efficient bulk data sharing, more accurate benefit assessments and better debt recovery across DWP and beyond.

Integration Technologies crystallise our offer around best-in-class products and services for internal and external customers, whilst continuing to drive efficiencies across our existing estate.

Our vision is to enable frictionless, self-service, integration products that enable fast, efficient data sharing across DWP and with our external partners, removing the current heavy reliance on the integration team, changing our focus from building bespoke integration solutions to providing tooling and easy discoverable, re-usable common services.

We will deliver an Application Programming Interface (API) led integration strategy enabling Digital Group to break down silo’d development and maximise re-use of our assets through our in-house products. We have a huge portfolio of systems (23 at the last count!) and are in the midst of replacing most of the legacy integration systems with new, modern, in-house services. We have around 25 projects, most of which follow the Agile methodology in flight at any given time, and we carry a backlog of around 120. Our team achieved just over 300 code deployments in the last 6 months.

Core Purpose

A Test Engineer provides quality assurance through the use of automated test suites and ensures applications are robust and perform as expected.


As a Senior Test Engineer within Integration Technologies Manchester hub you will help define the overall test approach along with your fellow Senior Test Engineer in our Newcastle hub. Providing technical leadership and guidance to test engineering teams, and have oversight of all testing activities. You will ensure that best practices are in place, and drive improvements by sharing knowledge and resources across teams and sites.


Test Engineering

- Set the strategic direction for product teams and the Test Engineering community.
- Lead multiple Test Engineering teams, providing technical leadership and guidance.
- Identify appropriate required technical test tools.
- Drive collaboration by aligning what teams are working on and highlighting the key dependencies, impacts and priorities.


- Have comprehensive experience and Agile and Waterfall delivery principles, methodology and tools.
- Promote engagement with continuous integration, delivery and deployment practices following standards and tooling methodologies

Development and Learning

- Promote technical evolution within the organisation by identifying, testing and adopting emerging technologies.
- Promote the latest trends, tools and best practices within Test Engineering.
- Identify skills gaps within the team and support recruiting talent into the organisation.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Testing
  • Non Functional Testing
  • Methods and Tools
  • Technical Breadth



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


In addition to salary there is an attractive benefits package which includes:

• an employer pension contribution of up to 20%.

• a generous annual leave allowance.

• flexible working arrangements.

Packages will be discussed with successful candidates based on skills and experience.


The salary for this role is up to £49,096 p.a. Flexible starting pay may apply to these roles.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

We’ll assess and sift all applications based on the 4 Technical Skills, using the information you provide in your application, and your relevant experience for the role, using the information provided in your CV.

The sift panel will use the information in your employment history (your CV) to assess your experience, skills and knowledge.


We’ll invite candidates successful at sift to a blended interview. At the interview, we will assess Behaviours and Strengths.

If at any time through the selection process you do not meet the minimum standard required for this role we may contact you to discuss an alternative position.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift dates to be confirmed.

Interviews to take place in Manchester from W.C 2.9.19.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

Further information

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

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.

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

New Tax Free Childcare Scheme

Any move to DWP will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

- Complete the “Assistance required” 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 feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:

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