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Belfast, Northern Ireland


Principal QA Engineer

  • We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

    As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

    Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

    An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

    Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

    Job Description

    As a team, we transform our client’s businesses using a combination of strategic thinking, customer-centric service design, and agile engineering practices. We do this at internet scale – driving innovation, and enriching people’s lives. Our skills and talent enable PA’s purpose of creating positive a human future in a technology driven world.

    As part of our Digital team, you’ll work alongside colleagues from across PA – delivering transformative digital solutions to today’s most complex business challenges. Our teams are trusted to deliver and given the space to be awesome. We’re an inclusive community for the curious, generous, pragmatic and committed digital practitioner.

    As a Principal QA Engineer, you are a practiced member of the team. You'll be competent at owning and delivering solutions and being the design authority for how features are implemented.

    • You can expect to use your knowledge of architecture; our clients will look to you for advice and contribution in higher level architectural discussions
    • You're familiar with the development process, and take ownership for certain aspects of the process by putting appropriate methods and tools in place
    • You will have regular conversations with clients, and be a point of contact between the client and the project team
    • Coaching and mentoring more junior members of the team will be important in the role
    • Your involvement in shaping bids (working with a bid team) will assist to create approaches or proposals, and perhaps you may also add valuable contributions during presentations to clients in a formal selection process
    • You'll play an active role in account management


    Depending on the scale of the project, you may find yourself maintaining an automation framework for a large-scale project; or you will act within a team, ensuring that acceptance criteria is implemented correctly on each sprint. Thinking like a Tester is a skill, and we rely upon your inquisitive and curious mindsets. Are you driven to build test strategy capable of providing happy-path and edge case testing for solutions?

    Some of the skills that we believe make a successful Principal QA Engineer:

    • A QA mindset
    • Test strategy and test planning experience
    • Being an excellent teammate - testers are embedded into development pods, and we expect you to take shared responsibility for the sprints
    • Development skills in either Java or .NET:
      • Knowledge of working with Jira
      • Understanding of CI/CD tools
      • Working against a branching strategy E.g. git, svn or cvs
      • Using your understanding of OOP
      • Writing clean, readable, maintainable and reusable code
      • Using fundamental tools and languages E.g. OS, SQL, Unix, CLI tools, PowerShell, Shell Scripting, HTML and CSS
    • Implementing and using automation frameworks and approaches:
      • Selenium
      • TestNG
      • BDD tools such as Cucumber, or SpecFlow
      • Integration between testing framework and CI/CD tools

    Additional Information

    Benefits at PA:

    • Private medical insurance
    • Travel allowance
    • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
    • Company pension scheme
    • Annual performance-based bonus
    • Life and Income protection insurance
    • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
    • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

    PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

    We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

    We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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