Software Test Automation Architect

Job Title: Software Test Automation Architect
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 72131-ITENG-ALK_1535098840
Contact Name: Aleksandra Kontra
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 24, 2018 09:20

Job Description

Our client is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through their people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, the company delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Role Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the strategy and execution of test automation for the validation of the next generation of grid applications within orchestrated microservice environments. This role is to grow the existing test automation frameworks and extend them to become the cornerstone of testing within the company.


You will be responsible for developing the test automation strategy and leading the execution of this strategy within a team of highly experienced test engineers and Java software developers. The company's software operates in a highly real-time and mission critical setting where software security and availability is fundamental. The scope of the automation not only covers the next generation microservice architectures but also includes existing products.
Test coverage includes backend, user interface, high availability and distributed architectures. The test automation strategy should accommodate and develop upon the current Continuous Integration platforms. Experience of microservice environments, containerisation and Kubernetes orchestration is highly desirable. Experience of working in and knowledge of a DevOps environment would be a key differentiator.

*Develop test automation strategies and systems.
*Lead the execution of automated testing within a team of test engineers and developers.
*Identify problems with the automation strategies and systems and actively resolve these as part of the execution team.
*Selection and validation of appropriate test automation frameworks.
*Work with our Operations Team and other engineers to extend and develop Continuous Integration and DevOps strategy.
*Liaise with other Test Architects across the organisation to align strategy and share best practice.
*Designing and specifying appropriate platforms and computing resources to deliver the automated test strategy.
*Be responsible for ensuring an audit trail for all test activities.
*Keep up-to-date on test technologies and processes.


*Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or in "STEM" Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) or equivalent
*Proven experience developing test solutions and strategies in a test automation environment.
*Experience of writing / executing test automation for large distributed systems within microservice architectures.
*Hands-on working knowledge of any standard Linux shell-scripting language.
*Experience of leading a team to execute automation test strategies
*Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new technological challenges

Desired Characteristics:

*Experience with virtualization platforms
*Experienced with Kubernetes
*Experienced with Apache/Confluent Kafka
*Working knowledge of Ethernet protocol (IEEE 802.3), including VLANs (IEEE 802.1Q), and IP layer, including protocols (UDP/TCP), and their analysis using tools such as Wireshark
*Experience of leading both onshore and offshore testing teams

If the above sounds like you, please do not hesitate to get in touch!