Test Engineer (Software Development)

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Job Description

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency work on high-profile digital products used by millions of people every year. To make an even greater impact we are expanding our team and we need your skills to keep us at the forefront of technology.

Digital-first vision is underpinned by a clear strategy which allows our staff to develop and grow. There’s never been a better time to join the DVSA!

Our digital teams are currently developing solutions for iPad and iPhone to support our front line examiners undertaking driver tests, annual vehicle tests and roadside enforcement checks. You’d be involved in these key projects helping keep Britain’s roads safe!

We welcome applications from every part of the community. We’re particularly interested to hear from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people, women, disabled people and those who identify as LGBT+. We believe everyone is involved in making DVSA an inclusive and great place to work.

Working within a delivery focused Agile environment, you will play a key role in designing and implementing testing processes and strategies for a range of DVSA digital services. You will be responsible for the delivery of discrete, cost-effective test procedures to support the delivery of major initiatives. Ensuring that DVSA-developed digital services function properly, meet defined business needs and operate in accordance with government and industry quality standards. You will work with development teams to identify and capture test cases, set up test environments and design and execute test plans for a range of DVSA digital projects and products.


Include but not limited to:

  • Designing test processes, including delivery of test plans and objectives.
  • Taking end-to-end ownership of technical tasks and solutions from initial concept to delivery to the production environment.
  • Working closely with Lead test engineer, developers, product owners and wider scrum teams to develop a strong understanding of projects and testing objectives.
  • Ensuring that automated tests are written with the same care and accuracy as production code.

Full Role Profile Here

About you

You will be an experienced Tester or a Developer with solid understanding of testing methodologies, both manual and automated, and knowledge of scripting languages and tools to support testing procedures. You will be comfortable acting as a mentor to Junior Testers and help with their development to becoming a Test Engineer. As there is a need to collaborate with other internal departments you will communicate effectively putting forward solutions to any challenges that may arise.

We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications.

For more info on our digital transformation, head over to our Blog and LinkedIn .


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • DDaT – Test Engineer – Test Analysis Click Here
  • DDaT – Test Engineer – Technical Breadth Click Here
  • DDaT – Test Engineer – Functional testing Click Here
  • DDaT – Test Engineer – Non-Functional Testing Click Here


The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

We’re an innovative organisation that values professional expertise and invests in all our people. We champion inclusive and diverse teams, ensuring we have the skills required to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future, meeting the needs of the people who use our services.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:

  • Testing within a software delivery team
  • scripting skills in common languages such as TypeScript/Javascript, Java, Ruby etc.
  • Knowledge of automated testing tools and processes such as BDD, cucumber and protractor frameworks
  • Working within project teams, ideally in an Agile environment

Sift & Interview Dates

The sift is due to take place w/c 7th June

Interviews are due to take place w/c 21st June

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

  • an interview
  • an interview with one or more exercises

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Digital Resourcing
Email : DigitalResourcing@dft.gov.uk

Recruitment team :
Email : dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission


Test Engineer – Role Profile 
Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement 
Candidate Notes