We are looking for someone who can bring a wide range of skills to our TESTA award-winning team who continually strive to improve their testing skills and processes.
Can you understand the business, the process and the systems?
Can you communicate your understanding and the testing required?
Do you enjoy working in a friendly, collaborative and supportive team, who believe in 'doing the right thing'?
What you will work on:
You will work within an agile team to help define the story and test requirements, pair with other testers and developers to produce Acceptance and Integration Tests using our in-house DSL and use your testing and domain knowledge to combine automated, exploratory and technical testing; enabling the team to deliver completed stories with minimal technical debt.
Stories can cover anything from core exchange functionality, through big data issues and performance to new portals to manage our business. The process from idea to implementation is fluid and will involve working with colleagues in different parts of the business to understand what they want and how they will use it, whiteboard sessions, digging into code, databases and existing Acceptance Tests to understand behaviour and coming up with new and interesting ways to test, and break, the system.
We follow TDD and BDD methodologies to create automated regression tests and if you are going to test something more than once then automate it – this can mean anything: migrations, databases, invariants, performance, tools, integrations, logging, releases. You will have input to all this and hopefully help us to discover more test types along the way. All this automation allows you the time to carry out exploratory testing and try out new ideas to improve the way we develop software. We work together at a sustainable pace and spend the time on those areas that need it, ideally leaving everything in a better state than we found it.
Testing does not stop at release time; with extensive monitoring and “testing in live” you can analyse data from new features for unexpected behaviour or performance and with regular stints as part of the production support pair you will get to assist and understand our business from the front and gain a different perspective.
A dedication to quality. We believe that a process based on 'fast feedback cycles' is a great way to build a stable, well performing system. To support this we employ a significant amount of automated testing, automated deployment and continuous integration. LMAX Exchange was an early adopter of Continuous Delivery and continues to be a leader in the area (one of the authors worked for us for several years).
Working collaboratively. Software is not built in a vacuum, people with blended skill sets working together produce the best results. We use practices like collaborative design and pair programming. This allows us to work together on design and implementation as well as sharing knowledge and helping new starters get up to speed quickly. For testing we eschew a “throw it over the wall” mentality and developers will write and do a lot of their own testing, which frees up the test analysts to do higher value exploratory testing.
Keeping it simple. Modern software systems are often very complex. Simplicity helps us to build more reliable, maintainable and higher performing systems. We work hard to make our systems as simple as possible while solving the problems at hand. Simple isn’t always easy and we believe in putting in that extra bit of effort to get us to a good solution.
Always improving. While we like to think that we do a number of things well (many of our team have spoken at conferences about how we build software and handle challenging performance problems), we recognise that we can always get better. We regularly examine our successes and failures to look at how we can improve both as a team and individually. Alongside regular internal training sessions, we have a generous budget supporting attendance at conferences or training courses.
What we are looking for:
Above all, we are looking for someone who shares our values and is great to work with.
With excellent communication skills you have an enthusiastic approach to testing and a passion to continually improve testing processes. In your previous roles you have questioned the norms of testing methods and processes and pushed back when it was needed.
Experience of testing web and back-end platforms with strong technical and exploratory testing skills would be useful but we can teach that, however, you must bring problem-solving skills, enthusiasm, the ability to understand complex abstract concepts and be happy learning our set of technologies.
You must have appropriate eligibility to work in the UK.
LMAX Exchange is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to ensure that we continue to attract applications from a diverse range of candidates to reflect the diversity that already exists across the organisation.
We offer a competitive selection of benefits including 25 days a year annual leave.
We organise our workflow to free up Friday afternoons to work on self-chosen projects outside of the immediate business priorities.