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Software Tester (Network, Broadband, Black box)

  • Salary: £300 - £350 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Brentwood, Essex
  • Sector: IT
  • Date posted: 29/08/2017
  • Job reference: J368335A

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Role: Software Tester
Location: Brentwood
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: 3-6 months

Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company and serves over 22 million customers across five countries. Our business in the UK and Ireland has come a long way since starting out as a satellite broadcaster in 1989 and we're not stopping there. We're home to award-winning teams for everything from Customer Service to Marketing, from Technology to Finance, meaning there's plenty of opportunity for you, no matter what your career goals.

Job Purpose

To Test Network Devices by executing both Manual and Automated tests and providing high visibility output of Results. Conducted in a philosophy of Continuous Improvement of the test team capability through a strong focus on Automation with the ultimate goal of enabling Communications Software team to produce deliverables of the highest quality to competitive cost and timescales.

Overview of Department

Communications Software Team is tasked with development and delivery of Embedded Software for the portfolio of Communications and Networking Products. The team reports to the Director of Customer Technology and is organized into sub-functions for QA, development and release management. This role falls under the QA function.

Key Responsibilities

Test Design & Continuous Improvement

  • Provide input into the development of Test Plans & Test Cases to Verify Functional and Non-Functional Quality of Networking Product Firmware.
  • Provide input into the development and maintenance of automated solutions for execution and reporting of test cases.

Test Execution

  • Manually Execute Test Cases to agreed schedule, recording results and providing data to support Investigations into any test failures.
  • Setup, Execute and Monitor Automated test runs.

Test Reporting & Documentation

  • Record Test Result output into relevant Test Reports and Log / Update Defect Information into Issue Tracking System.
  • Provide testing clarifications and result input into operational meetings where necessary.
  • Generate & maintain clear, accessible documentation of test setups and infrastructure, critical procedures, equipment inventories and test plans.



  • Academic or Vocational Qualification in Software Testing or Equivalent.

Specialist Knowledge

  • Good Working Knowledge of Software Release Procedures and Software Defect Tracking Processes.
  • Strong End-User / Application Knowledge of Consumer Network Products such as Broadband Routers,
  • Modems, Wireless Access Points, Powerline, NAS Devices, Set Top Box.

Industry Experience

  • Recent Experience testing software for commercial or consumer technology.
  • Proven experience of designing, writing and executing Functional & Non-Functional test cases.
  • Experience working within Automated Test environments for embedded software.
  • Web-Based User Interface testing experience

Technical & Personal Skills

  • Skilled at configuring and working within Linux & Windows OS Environments.
  • Reliable and consistent execution of test cases with high quality defect reporting
  • Proficient in the usage of Issue / Defect Management Systems (e.g. Jira, TRAC, Bugzilla, Redmine).



  • Degree or Equivalent in Engineering Discipline.

Specialist Knowledge

  • Detailed understanding of Broadband Access technologies (DLSAM, MSAN)
  • Detailed understanding of 802.11 wireless protocols and applications.

Industry Experience

  • Recent experience working as a Test Engineer on broadband router devices for major supplier or ISP.
    Recent experience testing Wireless devices such as Access Points, Bridges,
  • Experience developing, maintaining and extending automated test frameworks.

Technical & Personal Skills

  • Detailed understanding of; IPv4 & IPv6. TR-069 Wan Management Protocol.
  • Wireless Comms & Networking Protocols. 11 family, WPS, Bluetooth.
  • ADSL/VDSL Broadband Technology and Access Protocols. (PPPoA, PPPoE, IPoE)
  • Device Interoperability Standards; UpnP,
  • Hands on experience with test Automation technologies e.g. Bamboo, JUnit, Selenium or other.
  • Proficient in network packet / protocol analysis using tools such as packet sniffers, Wireshark or equivalents to verify behaviour.
  • Proficient in the use of Scripting Languages (e.g. Bash, PHP, JavaScript, Perl, Ruby, VB.Net, PowerShell).

It's our people that make Sky Europe's leading entertainment company. That's why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.

If you are successful in your application for this role, your appointment will be subject to receiving a positive outcome from your Criminal Record Check

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