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Senior Software Engineer in Test

  • Location

    Corby, United Kingdom

  • Job ID 01R02
  • Closing date N/A

Senior Software Engineer in Test

The Role

Senior Software Engineer in Test to advocate quality across the organisation throughout our digital transformation to micro-services in the cloud – and beyond.

This isn’t a bulk standard SDET role. We are the SMEs in quality and our role encompasses the continuous improvement in our quality strategy and tooling (industry best practice techniques and designs), with supporting the engineering teams in meeting their delivery targets.

You will come from a senior SDET and/or Test Lead background, with experience of automated testing across the Test Pyramid, in an Agile delivery process. You will be passionate about maturing the quality practices across our delivery teams in a large scale global business, and upskilling others to achieve this.

The Team

Sitting in the quality engineering practice (outside the delivery teams), you will be given free rein to positively impact the Quality process within an environment that supports and rewards innovation and creativity. Working alongside the other engineering practices, we educate, enable and empower each delivery team to produce consistently high-quality products as we undergo a cloud transform.

Reporting into the Engineering Practice Lead, you will be a part of an organisation that promotes personal development, growth and career progression and who will provide you with the tools and training you need to excel in the industry.


  • Evangelising the importance of quality across the Agile teams in a DevOps environment (as we move towards our Continuous Deployment goal)
  • Supporting the continued improvement and adoption of the Quality Strategy across the teams (working to industry best practices – both in terms of processes and automation)
  • Implementing test automation frameworks from scratch (including PoCs with new tools and technologies)
  • Writing (and advising on) maintainable & efficient automation scripts

Skills and Experience

  • Taking a lead role for functional testing requirements – Strategic and Hands-on
  • Coaching engineers on adopting quality improvements
  • Building test automation frameworks from scratch
  • Automating tests across the test pyramid, including using TDD & BDD practices
  • Using Cloud based cross-browser/device testing solutions – with integrated automated tests
  • Excellent communication skills to a variety of stakeholders
  • Testing cloud-based (micro-service) solutions
  • Comfortable with a programming language (ideally Java or JS)


  • Using and configuring CI pipelines
  • Ability to remove perceived barriers to deliver high quality software
  • Familiarity of NFR testing within a CI pipeline
  • Using Consumer Driven Contract tests (e.g. PACT)
  • Familiarity of Data Management to drive secure and efficient tests
  • Familiarity of wider software engineering aspects (e.g. architecture, security, debugging, experimentation, source code management etc.)

The good stuff

Innovators and pioneers. Rebels and creators. A global organization of optimists and specialists with big ambitions for the future. You can take control of your future here at RS. We offer all the benefits you’d expect to receive in a progressive global business.

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone. In this role, we can confidently offer the following flexible working patterns:

  • Working remotely - from home or any other work location
  • Working flexibly - flexing the times when you work in the day to help you fit everything in and work when you are the most productive. If you need some flexibility, please just ask us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Grow in our learning and inclusive culture and be rewarded for your success. Whoever you are, whatever you do and wherever you are; it all starts here. Are you ready to explore the possibilities?

We are RS

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where our people get to bring their true self work every day and thrive. We recognise that a diverse and representative workforce is critical to our success, and our aim is to create a business where people can be their best selves. Our employees expect this as a matter of course and it is fundamental to how we attract, develop, and hold on to the best talent.

We recruit and develop employees who are the best suited to the requirements of the job role, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  We believe everyone should be able to bring their true self to work and be given the opportunities to succeed.  If you require any adjustments during this process to ensure you can bring your true self, please let us know.

We recognise that we’re not perfect when it comes to being a truly diverse organisation yet.  However, we are passionate about diversity and are proactively working to build an organisation where everyone can see themselves succeed here.

Increasingly powered by digital technology, we’re our customers’ one-stop-shop for electronic products and industrial components. We began in a north-west London garage supplying spare parts to radio repair shops back in 1937 and we’ve kept transforming for over 80 years. Today, we’re using digital globally to revolutionise the way we do business and strengthen our position as the people engineers turn to for help, advice and knowledge.

We’re proud of what we’ve done, but we’re not sitting back. We’re always looking to make the customer experience simpler, faster and easier. We’re transforming markets and the impact of technology. We’ve widened our services portfolio with innovations from procurement and inventory solutions to 24/7 product support.

We’ve been on an incredible journey, but the best is yet to come; are you ready to join us

Characteristics for success

We are a transforming business. And we’re growing to serve and inspire our customers even more. To forge a successful career here, you’ll need to:

  • Take the initiative
  • Think differently
  • Become the best
  • Focus on people
  • Work together

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  • High performing

    We encourage people to take the initiative, think differently and become the best they can be.

  • Trusting

    We’re trusted to make the right decisions, do the right thing and work autonomously.

  • Collaborative

    We talk and listen to each other, build relationships and tap into the minds of experts.

  • Diverse

    We welcome new ideas whoever they come from – and encourage others to champion them.

In the 18 years I’ve been here, tech has always been changing to become better. The new team structure has gained momentum over the last 2 years with heavy investment in technology and infrastructure. It is a great working environment with very capable engineers and genuinely nice people.

Neil Latta, Lead Java Developer

Rewards and benefits

As well as a competitive salary, you can look forward to a valuable set of benefits, depending on your location, that look after your financial and physical wellbeing. These include:

  • Great Culture

    A great culture that encourages you to think differently and grow as part of a team that communicates freely, listens closely and supports each other

  • Flexible Working

    We’ll do everything we can to help you work in a way that works for you, just ask the question

  • Buying Holiday

    An opportunity to buy up to an additional week’s holiday each year

  • Discount Shopping

    Experience access to a fantastic array of online shopping discounts catering for your passions, hobbies or lifestyle

  • Great career development

    Opportunities to move where your passion takes you

  • Bonus and pension

    Schemes that reward your hard work, secure your future and push you to be at your very best. Helping us achieve both your goals and ours, together

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For digital dreamers and tech innovators

Work with a rich ecosystem of websites, delivering solutions and improving functuationality on a daily basis. You’ll have the opportunity to influence the development of our customers’ user experience, and make it the best in the industry. Join us in our journey to revolutionise the way we do business and strengthen our position as the destination for electronic products and components.