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Test Automation Engineer (SDET)

Date: 06-Jan-2023

Location: Oxford/ Hybrid, GB

Company: Nominet

We’re Nominet – a world-leading domain name registry. For over 25 years, we’ve been operating at the heart of internet infrastructure. While we're best known for running .UK domains, we also help protect public services from cyber threat.

Our aim is to create a world which is more connected, inclusive and secure. We know that technology has the power to transform lives by creating opportunities and providing support where it’s needed most.

As a public benefit company, our work funds the ability to make a positive impact on society. We’ve donated millions to projects that use technology to improve peoples’ lives and have committed to delivering £60m worth of support over the next three years.

We understand the impact the Internet has on the environment and are committed to helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050. We’re already a Carbon Neutral company through offsetting our emissions and will continue to work on reducing our footprint.


If you are a quality focused software engineer who thrives on building automation frameworks and driving agile development practices into a team, then this is the role for you!  
Working within Agile teams, you will contribute to the test infrastructure and automation frameworks of two key projects at Nominet– ensuring best practice in all of your work whilst you engage with the wider development team.
In this varied role, you will deliver high-quality, resilient functional tests in two key Agile projects together with regression tests for waterfall projects. 
You can expect to: 
•    Work within an Agile team, developing automated tests (front and back end) for both UI (Web only) and API services as well as working within the wider automation team supporting legacy applications and Waterfall projects
•    Contribute towards the automation architecture and integration of the framework with the CI/CD pipelines
•    Engage with Product Management and developers in a ‘3 amigos’ stints to understand requirements, determine test coverage and deliver software with built-in quality.
•    Contribute to BAU automation tasks such as maintaining/improving existing automation suites to provide a cost effective automation framework
•    Share knowledge and best practices with wider business on effective test automation. 
•    Contribute towards the development of performance tests

The ideal candidate will have a real interest and enthusiasm for working in the team with a ‘can do’ attitude and readiness to take ownership of their work. With a naturally inquisitive mind and a resilient nature to deal with changing priorities, you will have the confidence to challenge status quo – and we fully embrace that as part of our values here at Nominet. If you are keen on developing your skill set against multiple technologies including Cypress, then this role could be for you.
In addition, you will have the ability to work as part of a team as well as being a strong motivated self-starter, communicating positively at all levels. 


Core requirements: 
•    Significant experience in Agile testing methodologies and behaviour driven development  (BDD).
•    Coding skills in Java, Javascript/Typescript and Python although other object-oriented languages will be considered. 
•    Demonstrable experience working with RESTful APIs and relational databases

•    Demonstrable experience in UI testing (Web Only). We use Cypress as our front-end testing tool but we will consider experience with other tools too.

•    Experience using test management tools e.g. JIRA, X-Ray would be useful but not essential. 
•    A good understanding of the Internet, Domain Name System (DNS), Registry Systems is helpful and would be an advantage but we don't mind if you dont have this as long as you are keen to learn ! 


What’s in it for you?  


The Nominet way of working empowers our people to flex between home and the office. We operate on a Hybrid basis. This empowers everyone to take ownership day to day, balancing the needs of our people and business. You will be required to come into the Oxford office for key activities to ensure we have a collaborative and connected working environment.  


Core benefits that include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme, performance related bonus scheme, private medical cover, cash benefits scheme, life assurance, EAP - as well as a wide range of flexible benefits including Critical illness, Dental Insurance, Health Assessments, Cycle2Work scheme and reward portal. We have great facilities in our workspace which include an on-site gym and shower facilities, free car parking, broad range of tools and resources to support your personal and professional development. 

We are a public benefit organisation and as well as supporting some great organisations we also support our team members to give something back in their local community via our Give Hub scheme. 


Finally, we are a sociable bunch and have an active social committee who work hard to arrange lots of really great events and get togethers to keep us all connected. 


Data protection

If you choose to explore an opportunity, and subsequently share your CV or other personal details with Nominet, these details will be held by Nominet for 12 months in accordance with our Privacy Policy and used by our recruitment team and hiring managers in the process to contact you regarding this or other relevant opportunities at Nominet.  If you would like Nominet to delete or update your details at any time, please follow the steps set out in the Privacy Policy describing your individual rights.  If you have any questions about Nominet’s data protection practices, please email:

Equal opportunities

Cybersecurity is a community effort. That’s why we’re committed to building an inclusive, diverse community that celebrates and welcomes everyone – unless they’re a cybercriminal, of course.

We’re proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and we’d encourage you to join us whatever your background.

We consider everyone equally: your race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, marital status, nationality, or any other protected characteristic won’t affect your application.

We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.

Security checks

All roles working for Nominet will be subject to a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. Some roles due to the nature of their work, will require additional security clearance.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with us.

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