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QA Engineer

Arqit Limited

Arqit Limited

Software Engineering, Quality Assurance
Guildford, UK
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2023
Arqit supplies a unique quantum encryption Platform-as-a-Service which makes the communications links of any networked device secure against current and future forms of attack – even from a quantum computer.

Arqit has brought together a world-leading team of pioneers in engineering, computer science and cryptography, and we now have an opportunity for a QA Engineer.

The company has been growing fast which means there are plenty of opportunities for your career growth at Arqit as we scale up, but we're still very much a fast-paced start-up environment. We have high-spec offices in central London but there is also the opportunity to work from home.

Our software team is scaling

There has never been a more exciting time to join Arqit as we accelerate our development.

We are looking to expand our software team with individuals that are interested in joining a fast-paced, exciting tech scale-up which focuses on a range of different technology areas. If you have any or many of the attributes listed below then we'd love to hear from you!

We will offer you fun and interesting work in areas from cloud cybersecurity to trade finance. We have a great team culture that gives you the opportunity to innovate, take ownership, and scale new heights in your career as the company grows.

About You

You're an intelligent innovator who thinks outside of the box with a record of delivering great results against the most complex of problems. You take ownership without being asked to, but you're also a team player with a relentless desire for your team to succeed.

You're open, honest and respectful, appreciating the value of diversity, and you enjoy the challenge of working in an ambiguous environment where no two days are the same. You recognise the need to work at pace but are also laser focussed on UX to ensure that what's delivered delights the end-user.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with and realising the vision of our stellar team of cyber experts to address security threats for today and the future.
  • Developing ground-breaking cybersecurity focused cloud PaaS and trade finance systems, utilising modern distributed cloud technology stacks and your previous experiences to solve novel technical challenges.
  • Building and maintaining a quality driven engineering culture that helps ship products with confidence.
  • Working with the product engineering team to ensure quality of product/feature, assess risk and ensure features ship with a very high-quality bar.
  • Specifying, creating and executing system-level functional and non-functional automated tests for services and applications for public and hybrid/private clouds, cloud APIs, client SDKs, applications, and software for a variety of platforms (IoT/mobile/server/appliance/laptop).
  • Using a risk-based testing approach, analyse changes to the software to determine areas for in-depth exploratory testing, defining an exploratory testing plan, executing the plan, and finding hard to find bugs
  • Working within the software engineering team, defining suitable acceptance tests for each story in the backlog before being scheduled into a sprint
  • Raising defects in JIRA, and verifying the fixes
  • Helping to refine our agile development practices, ensuring the team continually delivers superior quality software by focussing on quality-driven software engineering practices.
  • Working with the Product Management team to help refine requirements and workflows, and use your customer focus to ensure world-class UX.
  • Investigating internal or customer related issues, identifying root cause and providing solutions.
  • Mentoring and coaching less experienced colleagues to help them realise their potential.
  • Reviewing technical documentation for accuracy and correctness
  • Playing a key role in developing test framework, automating test scenarios, and maintaining the test infrastructure
  • Providing the team with a quality strategy that supports the team’s delivery goals and aligns to the overall QuantumCloud Test Strategy
  • Working closely with the developers, SDETs, integration engineers, product owner and dev manager to help ensure the QC team deliver their project priorities with the services required
  • Being a proactive member of the team and own the automation pipeline
  • Helping accelerate all aspects of product development, releases, CI/CD, and tooling
  • Having a strong focus on quality and risk assessment throughout the product delivery lifecycle, identifying and implementing automation approaches as required

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • BSc/MSc/BEng/MEng or equivalent in Computer Science, electronic engineering or related field, or significant commercial experience of developing complex mission-critical enterprise software and services.
  • Demonstrable experience of exploratory testing and its applications
  • A history of specifying and executing system level function- and non-functional tests
  • Experience with risk-based testing
  • Working knowledge of testing API layer.
  • Systems and critical thinking mindset
  • Ability to work in the UK and gain UK government security clearance are both ESSENTIAL

Useful To Have

  • Experience with BDD would be beneficial
  • Experience of FMEA
  • Experience working within the cybersecurity industry is a strong plus
  • Experience of triage, RCA for software issues within a distributed system
  • Exposure to database testing (SQL and NoSQL)
  • Experience working in an Agile SCRUM, or Lean Kanban environment
  • Professional software testing qualification e.g., ISTQB Foundation