Automation QA Engineer

50 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3HE, GB


Company description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

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 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job description

  • Full time 
  • Application deadline: ASAP 
  • Flexible working - We operate in a hybrid working environment where we come into a client site or office, at least 2-3 days per week. This role will be aligned to our London Farringdon office 

Ready for your next career challenge?

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 QA Automation Engineer,

  • You will be working as part of agile teams who are responsible for delivering functioning solutions to our clients. With the support of experienced professionals within the team you'll have responsibility for owning and delivering on specific tasks, and you'll be trusted and empowered to move things forward under your own steam.
  • You'll gain exposure to the full stack, using continuous delivery processes and a broad range of technologies to deliver high- quality, maintainable and customer focused experiences across a range of devices.
  • Your testing expertise will be critical to identify innovative ways of testing the products’ design and architecture and report these back to the client
  • You will be part of projects where you will get to work with a robust technical automation framework using for example Cypress, Selenium or equivalent
  • Actively contributing to the QA Community of Practice such as sharing your knowledge, skills, and new developments in QA
  • Assist the team with writing specifications and acceptance criteria, estimating stories, sprint planning and documentation.
  • You may also be expected to coach more junior engineers in the team, working with them to build their expertise.
  • You will be a valued member of the team - you will be embedded into sprint teams, work closely with developers and we expect you to take responsibility for the quality of the sprints delivered.


To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

  • Implementing and using automation frameworks and approaches like Selenium, TestNG, Visual Studio CodedUI, BDD tools such as Cucumber, or SpecFlow, Integration between testing framework and CI/CD tools
  • Experience in writing tests supported by at least one modern Object Oriented development language (e.g. Java/Kotlin, C#, JS, Python)
  • Experience building automated UI and/or API tests using an industry standard toolset
  • Some experience of using CI/CD practices such as automated UI/regression testing (Jenkins, Team City, Azure DevOps etc.) Experience of working with test management and defect tracking tools
  • Working against a branching strategy e.g. git, svn or cvs
  • Experience working in an Agile team using Scrum or Kanban processes.

In addition to the above, we would be thrilled if you also had:

  • Experience in non-functional testing disciplines (e.g. security, performance, load)
  • A demonstrable eye for good user interface design, user experience and accessibility
  • Experience testing across devices/platforms, including desktop and mobile

Personal qualities

  • You can clearly communicate with both clients and peers, describing technical issues and solutions in both written and meeting/workshop contexts.
  • You are a confident problem solver and troubleshooter with an eye for detail
  • You are aware of trends in quality assurance and testing and can share insights with the team

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today by completing our online application




Additional information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.