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We require a dedicated professional QA Engineer to support the Core, Utilities and Languages team. Working in a continuous delivery/testing environment you will join a team of technicians, developers and system testers in multiple time zones and multiple locations. You will deliver automation test scripts to ensure that the system at integration level is in a consistent state of build and is safe to be deployed to our customer base. As a QA test engineer, you will be equally as adept technically as you are in testing methodology and practice.

There may be some international travel so you must currently be eligible to work in the UK and fly internationally.

The client is a modern, progressive company. You should expect to work hard but be rewarded with a friendly and supportive workplace environment.

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Review product design documentation to ensure that requirements stated are correct, unambiguous, and verifiable
  • Consult with product development to evaluate system interfaces, operational requirements, and performance requirements of the overall system
  • Define test methods and create test plans for new or updated software projects to determine if the software will perform accurately and reliably according to documented requirements as well as established standards under both normal and abnormal conditions
  • Accurately provide project (EPIC’s / Story / Task) testing estimates
  • Write automated test cases and script them on the chosen test platform
  • Employ Continuous Improvement methods to ensure robust and thorough testing
  • Recommend design improvements or corrections throughout the development process
  • Maintain effective communication with the project software engineers on project limitation, capability, performance requirement and hardware interface changes
  • Participate in development and test meetings

Essential skills:

  • Extensive experience around testing and automation on Linux systems, particularly RHEL
  • Knowledge of bash shell scripting / command line in Linux
  • Debugging and analysis of system logs
  • Experience of Jira, Git and Jenkins

Differentiating Mainframe related Skills:

  • Transactional systems – CICS or IMS
  • Database – DB2
  • Access Methods – VSAM, QSAM, BSAM, BPAM, BDAM, EXCP
  • Debugging skills – IPCS, zXDC
  • TSO – REXX both usage and development
  • BATCH – JCL – from simple to complex PROCs with multiple steps and conditional checking
  • JES2 or JES3 – Knowledge of a JOB’s lifecycle and how to effect it
  • z/OS – All skills from installation, maintenance, control, capabilities, and internals
  • Mainframe development experience in Cobol, PL1, HLASM
  • Hands-on Mainframe experience – both hardware and software
  • Mainframe deployment strategies – LPAR, SYSPLEX, GDPS, etc.
  • Mainframe security – RACF, LDAP

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Job Information

Job Reference: SKQA
Salary: £80000 - £100000 per annum
Salary per: annum
Job Duration:
Job Start Date: ASAP-3 Months
Job Industries: Senior Appointments
Job Locations: Surrey
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: COBOL, DB2, IBM Mainframe, IMS, Linux, Mainframe platform, z/OS

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