Data Software and Automation Test Engineer

Datum: 17.05.2023

Standort: Heidelberg, DE Berlin, DE Lisbon, PT London, GB

Unternehmen: Springer Nature Group

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Data Software and Automation Test Engineer 

We are in a transition to insource development and are looking for a Data Software and Automation Test Engineer (m/f/d) with some experience, who can help us to maintain the Quality of our system and set up a Test strategy to keep our error rate low. 


About the team

We are a small team that manages Springer Nature's central archive and delivery system. We are looking for an  QA Engineer to further grow this system. We are currently in the process of transitioning development and testing back into the department. 

We want to extend QA/testing of the data driven applications to full scale. Once that is achieved we want to intensify the analysis of the data, which is steering the application.

Continuous data analysis, e.g. detecting inconsistencies, fixing or giving feedback to creators is part of the work.

What is special about our team is that we are users of the system and we are as well the development team. We have relatively few stakeholders and develop mainly out of intrinsic motivation. The few stakeholders include internal teams at different locations, as well as external customers. 

As we are part of the critical infrastructure, we try to maintain a stress-free culture by giving ourselves the time needed to harden and test the system to ensure sustained quality. It is important for us to be one step ahead so that we don't get into time-critical situations. We do this by keeping things as simple and generic as possible so that we can react flexibly to changes. 

Since we are a small team, besides QA tasks you’ll have sometimes other tasks, such as business analysis, data manipulation, reporting and internal coaching of the team mates.


About You:

  • You have experience with different test suites for backends and unit tests.
  • You have experience in working with data, mainly XML.
  • You have experience with front-end tests.
  • You know about working with cloud technologies and know how to use containers.
  • You enjoy learning new technologies.
  • You are interested in data-centred applications.
  • You like working in a collaborative team, where there is collective ownership of the product.
  • You like getting involved with every stage of the software development lifecycle.
  • You see failure as a chance to learn and welcome feedback.


Within 3 Months you will:

  • Set up a plan on what our future quality assurance and test strategy looks like.
  • Get familiar with our technology stack. Our applications are deployed to Kubernetes and virtual machines using Concourse.
  • Introduce the first QA and Tests for simple scenarios.
  • Help to develop our agile process in terms of QA.
  • Become familiar with the existing system documentation.


By 3-6 months you will:

  • Identify missing test coverage and quality gaps in data and applications.
  • Understand in detail how our applications are designed.
  • Help to improve our technology stack.
  • Have an understanding of the team's context within the publishing business we are working in.
  • Contribute to blameless post-mortems and make sure we identify and implement measurements to avoid them in the future.


By 6-12 months you will:

  • Report about the QA issues open, solved etc.
  • Understand the system’s scope and how it connects to other systems.
  • Participate in user research to better understand data and quality issues.
  • Flag issues and take over the responsibility to drive solutions forward.
  • Implement tests and quality routines in our development process.
  • Transform high-level requirements into actionable work.
  • Add unit tests to our applications.
  • Be able to explain and visualise the benefits and trade-offs of proposed solutions.
  • Understand our Products and how we at Springer Nature operate.


Day-to-day responsibilities:                                                          

  • Add unit tests to our applications.
  • Monitor our data quality and provide measurements.
  • Monitor our applications and act if needed.
  • Identify test gaps and data quality issues.
  • Write front- and backend tests.
  • Participate in selected meetings.


In addition, we offer at the preferred locations:

  • A healthy work/life balance
  • Interesting and challenging work
  • A positive collegial environment
  • ​​Book discount of 15-40%
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning via our internal learning and development platform 
  • Free access to all SN Publications
  • Flexible hours, a 37.5-hour week and 30 days of annual leave
  • Working from home for up to 3 days/week
  • Discounted public transport


Preferred location: Berlin, Germany

Optional: Heidelberg, London, and Lisbon                                                      

To apply please upload a copy of your CV and cover letter, stating your salary expectations.


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