Corporate Digital & Applications is a small department that builds internal applications to help BBC Staff get their work done. We look after the BBC's intranet, internal mobile applications, public-facing corporate sites, and dozens of internal bespoke web applications. Almost every person in the BBC uses at least one of our systems most weeks, and our audience-facing sites receive millions of views from the public every month.
We are a close-knit team, working in an agile manner to release features, upgrades and changes little and often. Developers, testers, product owners and dev ops work closely with each other to ensure the smooth release of our products and to provide ongoing support to our users and stakeholders.
You will report to our principal tester and become part of a small team responsible for testing across all of our products, including mobile apps, web apps, and the BBC’s intranet. Good technical knowledge is a must as you will need to build and maintain automated frameworks to run tests that ensure the ongoing integrity of our products.
Testing begins early in the development process and you will be responsible for testing initial and iterative releases of a product, and providing feedback to developers. Early testing will be manual, both exploratory and use-case driven, and will need a keen eye for detail and a thorough approach to testing. You will then consider how best to automate the testing of that product, either incorporating new tests into an existing framework, or creating a new one. You will write BDD-style scenarios using Selenium and Cucumber, and your tests will be stored in GitHub. You will also be responsible for maintaining and monitoring regular test jobs in Jenkins to ensure our products continue to function as they should.
You will need to work closely with developers and product owners, communicating clearly and being on hand to help with the resolution of issues. You will be adaptable and willing to switch between different products as features are released and new priorities emerge.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have:
- An ability to tailor testing through appropriate use of historical test data and available technologies to achieve good coverage
- Excellent attention to detail and a consistent and thorough approach to testing
- At least 2 years automated test experience, preferably with Selenium, and the skills to build and maintain test frameworks
- Good technical skills and experience creating tests in Java
- Excellent communication skills and a willingness to collaborate within a multi-discipline team
- Clear and accurate defect reporting
- A flexible approach to testing and an ability to switch between products as required
- A willingness to regularly review testing processes and suggest innovative improvements
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London (Flexible)
We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
- Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
- Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
- Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
About the Company
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.
Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.
We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.
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