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Closing Date

2021-04-15 23:00:00


Software Engineer - API Web Services

  • About Us


    At Allstate Northern Ireland, we believe it’s more than just a job.  We believe in allowing our people to choose the direction of their careers.  It’s about you, your future and where you want to get to.


    Opportunity is the hallmark of the Allstate career experience.  We invest heavily in our employees, offering long term career development, personal growth and investment in new technologies.  Every day is different, with new ideas, challenges, and rewards — no matter which team you join.


    We believe that inclusive diversity is crucial to creating a culture of mutual respect where the strengths and talents of each individual are recognised.  We like to leave things better than we found them and deliver results.  We do all of this while having fun and exploring personal passions.


    Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance.





    Belfast / Derry / Londonderry / Strabane



    Your role in the team


    We are helping build the next generation Insurance Engine for Allstate and as a result of growth, have a number of opportunities for Test Engineers, from junior to senior level, to operate at the cutting edge of testing technology.


    Your role, through a combination of technical knowledge and owning testing, will be to ensure quality is built into a new product from the start so that it is seamless, on demand, automated and invisible.


    The ideal person will have working knowledge of test automation in complex and large environments, be passionate about delivering quality products and had exposure to Web Services Testing.


    The Test Engineers will be part of a product team which will be responsible for creating modular components that will facilitate the creation of new Policy Platforms across Allstate. Using the latest technologies on the foundational core of Java, Spring plus Cloud, this product team will be exposed to the forefront of technology challenges and Design Thinking.


    • Write and maintain automated test scripts for new product
    • Write test cases to test services and API’s
    • Understand issues related to the test infrastructure and escalate within team
    • Document, analyze and communicate bugs/issues accurately and clearly
    • Work with development and business teams on a daily basis
    • Participate in Scrum Daily Stand-up, Sprint and iterative development activities
    • Participate in Sprint planning, release planning, backlog refinement, retrospectives
    • Ability to work in a very fast paced development organization



    So, what are the essential criteria to apply?


    • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK
    • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a hands-on technical role within the Software Development Lifecycle
    • Knowledge and understanding of Web Services in relation to software testing
    • Demonstrable use of at least one Service testing tool e.g. SOAP UI, Ready API, Postman
    • Experience of writing test scripts 
    • Experience constructing test cases and executing them across functional, regression or system testing
    • Experience with at least one of the following areas: Python, Selenium, Groovy, SQL, Java, C#
    • Experience using test management tools (e.g. VersionOne, Jira – Zephyr)
    • Understanding of agile software development and CI/CD pipelines in relation to testing
    • Strong communication skills
    • Strong analytical ability
    • Be able to demonstrate:
      • The understanding of testing practices such as TDD, BDD and applicability to different situations
      • The understanding of different types and levels of testing, including services, UI and performance testing
      • The ability to partner with peers to deliver successful products
      • The ability to understand and absorb large amounts of information quickly



    We also have some desirable criteria


    • Experience in testing using Test Driven Development (TDD)
    • Experience in testing using Business Driven Development (BDD)
    • Usage of systems that support Continuous Integration (CI systems) - GitHub, Maven, Jenkins etc.
    • Usage of Services testing tools
    • Usage of performance testing tools
    • Static Code Analysis Tools



    What we offer


    As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.


    Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.


    We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.


    We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.



    Closing Date:  Friday 16th April 2021




    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities


    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.


    We are an equal opportunities employer.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women.  All appointments will be made on merit.


    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.



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