Disclosure Scotland

Lead QA Engineer

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
13 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
17 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 29 May 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 31 May 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Data engineer
Summary of the work Lead QA Engineer required to provide technical leadership, mentorship and delivery capability to an emerging team in an award-winning transformation programme.
Latest start date Monday 1 July 2019
Expected contract length 12 months initial, with an optional 12 months extension
Location Scotland
Organisation the work is for Disclosure Scotland
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement Role is outside of IR35, there is no incumbant in place - testing market with this requirement for day rate
Who the specialist will work with The existing team is comprised mostly of supplier, contract and Civil Service resources. The specialist will be expected to be embedded into current delivery teams and will be expected to lead a small team.
What the specialist will work on Specifically, we seek an exceptional Lead QA Engineer with a good balance of technical understanding and strong leadership skills who have proven experience in supporting the development, deployment and support of services built on a track record of stability, availability and quality.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place 1 Pacific Quay, Glasgow - attendance on-site is required for at least four days a week, with one day of optional working from home.
Working arrangements The specialist is expected to be on-site for at least four days a week with one day optional working from home.
• Lead on building assurance capability
• Work as part of a small team of QA specialists ensuring test plans are understood, integrated, delivered and automated where possible
• Coordinate and manage test schedules
• Build and maintain testing artefacts, looking ahead for future opportunities or blockers,
• Identify operational improvements and work to ensure a stable service that can be enhanced
• Anticipate and mitigate against project challenges or risks
• Coach team members
Security clearance SC level clearance is required for this position.

Disclosure Scotland will sponsor the SC application process where the specialist does not already have SC level clearance.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions PLease provide a CV covering Essential & Nice to Have Criteria for assesment to DSprocurement@gov.scot

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Technology knowledge - good experience of four or more of:
  • o Best Practice test approaches o Test Automation in CI/CD pipelines
  • o Selenium/WebDriver test automation o Load testing tooling
  • o Performance testing tooling o BDD test tooling (Gherkin/Cucumber)
  • Making and guiding decisions
  • o Capable of making and guiding effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached.
  • o Able to make decisions characterised by managed levels of risk and complexity and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase.
  • o Take ownership of problems and proactively resolves technical problems, ensuring that technical solutions continue to meet business requirements
  • Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical o Translate technical concepts between infrastructure, delivery management and service management so they are understood by al
  • o Able to speak on behalf of technical and service management teams and facilitate the relationships with indirect stakeholders o Able to share knowledge and mentor (potentially non-technical) colleagues
  • Please provide a CV - covering above to DSprocurement@gov.scot
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • • Governance
  • o Understands technical governance and is able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service
  • o Understands government requirements of governance, auditability and accountability
  • • Technology knowledge - good experience of one or more of
  • o Infrastructure testing tooling o JMeter o Gatling o Load Testing o Performance Testing
  • o Automating OAT (for Web applications and RESTful APIs) o Automating Acceptance Testing (for Web applications) o Automating Regression Testing (for Web applications)
  • Please detail any Nice to have in CV as above

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can the authority confirm;
Do you just want CV's submitted for this role?
Do you require applicants to fill out the application form online ?
Do you require both?
Suppliers can provide either just CV or both CV and response to each cirteria, please ensure CV clearly highlights the Essential and Nice to Have criteria
2. Just want to double check if the process has changed as we usually only submit answers rather than a CV? feedback suggested the criteria would be very difficult to answer with only 100 word limit - therefore we have asked for CV's to ensure we secure the right candidate - suppliers can provide CV in addition to criteria responses or just provide a cv