Senior Quality Engineer

Job Type IT
Location London - Victoria
Additional Locations Bracknell Campus
Partnership Level 6
Closing Date 27/11/2022
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £55,800.00 - £90,000.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

What’s the role about?

As the UK’s most successful omni-channel retailer, E-Commerce is a key part of Our Business - we run two of the busiest websites in the UK, driving a significant proportion of our sales. Our Engineering practice includes 60+ teams, working on everything from Cloud Platforms to Mobile Apps, from E-Commerce functionality to Machine Learning.

Our Engineers work collaboratively and share knowledge, and learning is extremely important to us. We support our Engineers to continuously improve their skills and keep abreast of the latest technologies.

This role is known internally as Product Engineer (PL6).

Find out more about being a Software Engineer in the Partnership, and the technology we use.


What you’ll be doing?

As a Senior Quality Engineer you will have responsibility for the quality approach and provide technical assurance on complex IT projects. You will also use your knowledge of quality engineering to support the shaping of new projects and support the professional development of less experienced software engineers. You will work with a diverse range of technical and non-technical stakeholders which will require excellent communication skills.

There are opportunities to become a people manager for your fellow engineers if that is something that appeals to you.

Learning new skills is extremely important to us. Engineers are expected to continuously improve their skills and keep abreast of the latest technologies and techniques regardless of their experience or job grade. In return for this commitment you will be given the resources and support you need to help you with your learning journey. 

What you’ll already have:

  • Knowledge of architectural patterns used to build modern web and mobile applications.

  • Practical experience of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery.

  • Coaching teams in use of continuous testing and shift left/shift right approaches.

  • Thinking critically about engineering approaches, using questioning techniques to lead team discussions about quality risks and appropriate responses.

  • Leading elaboration activities (such as three amigos sessions) to ensure specificity, consistency and testability.

  • Reading and writing coded solutions for a variety of engineering needs:

    • pairing with developers to understand and jointly enhance unit, functional and other coded tests

    • developing testing utilities

    • developing and maintaining code in pipelines

    • creating and maintaining coded checks such as API or GUI checks.

  • Working Knowledge of modern testing tools and frameworks for testing front end, API and / or mobile apps. 

  • Senior practitioner experience in one or more testing specialisms (e.g. native app testing, performance testing, security testing, React front-end testing, API testing).

  • Analysing performance risks (speed, volume, load, etc) and advising on how these risks should be mitigated.

  • Understanding operational requirements (such as resilience and observability) and how solutions are implemented and tested.

What else could you bring:

  • Experience of cloud infrastructure such as GCP and AWS.

  • Experience of testing tools such as Cypress, Codecept, Jest, Sitespeed, Gatling, Karate, Pact, XCTest and XCUITest) and ability to advise on the pros and cons of specific tools for varying scenarios.

  • Understanding of security threats and experience of automated security testing


Where will you be working?

We have opportunities at  both our John Lewis Head Office in London Victoria and Waitrose Head Office in Bracknell, Berkshire.

We have a blended hybrid approach of working from our offices and a home/remote UK location. You are contracted to a Partnership office location. If you choose to work remotely you should be aware that from time to time, you will need to come into the office. This decision is made within your team and may mean that you do not come into the office for weeks or months at a time unless you choose to. 


What benefits do we offer you?

We believe in rewarding our Partners for their time and energy. Find out about the benefits of working for the Partnership


How does our application process work?

Internal candidates only, click here

External candidates: In order to help you understand what to expect, we have added a PDF overview of our application process at the green attachment link below.

For internal use only:





We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site -

Attachment: Application & Interview process.pdf 


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