Test Engineer at Department for Work & Pensions, Birmingham, Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Remote/Home, 12 Months, £Contract Rate

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  • Remote (Birmingham, Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Remote/Home)
  • Jul 05, 2024
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Contract Description


Test Engineer

Contract Term: 12 Months           

Contracting Authority: DWP

Location: Birmingham, Manchester, Blackpool or Leeds (Hybrid working)


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions, and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers. As such, we operate on a scale that is almost unmatched anywhere in Europe and most people in Britain come into contact with us at some point in their lives.

As a Test Engineer you will be responsible for the testing of applications which make up citizen services. This includes defining the appropriate depth and breadth of testing using a risk based approach, and ensuring the stability, robustness and reliability of test suites. You will work with other teams within the Software Development Lifecycle to ensure that technical solutions are aligned.


As a Test Engineer your main responsibilities will be: 

  •  Build and deliver comprehensive, robust and reliable automated test frameworks and automation suites to provide full coverage of business requirements.
  •  Identify and drive resolution of defects or issues preventing delivery of Test Engineering activities.
  • Maintain full traceability of defects, tests and requirements.
  • Design, build and maintain an effective test infrastructure.
  • Create and maintain appropriate documentation within the test automation code base.
  • Knowledge of the latest technical test tools and where it would be beneficial to apply them
  • Review the test suite and update the code base to reflect current best practices and reduce technical debt.
  •  Develop and maintain reusable libraries and services.
  • Communicate with other teams and share technical resources, knowledge and lessons learned
  • Contribute to the production of appropriate test approaches and reporting mechanisms to be agreed with senior stakeholders
  • Ensure that usability, accessibility, security, stability and capacity are embedded in the development of citizen services.
  •  Collaborate with other teams in the Software Development Lifecycle to drive technical solutions
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary Agile Team understand Agile delivery principles, methodology and tools.
  • Design and build the technical setup and working methods for continuous integration, delivery and deployment practices.
  • Review test practices and implement improvements.
  • Contribute to community discussions around the latest technology trends, tools and best practices within Test Engineering.
  • Commit to continuous personal development, learning and training.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to Test Engineering team members.
  • Support with recruitment related activities where required.




  • Python
  • SQL
  • ETL
  • Data warehousing
  • Panda



SC Clearance is an essential requirement for this role, as a minimum you must be eligible and willing to undergo these checks



If this role sounds like something that you would be interested in, please click the link to apply or get in touch with rishon.reid@publicsectorresourcing.co.uk


Disability confident

As a member of the disability confident scheme, DWP guarantees to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.

If you qualify for the above, please notify us on PSRapplications@publicsectorresourcing.co.uk.

We will be in touch to discuss your suitability and arrange your Guaranteed Interview.

Should you require reasonable adjustments at any point during the recruitment process or if there is a more accessible way for us to communicate, please do let me know.



In applying for this role, you acknowledge the following, this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different.


Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not Overseas.