QA Engineer for Focusrite

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Oct 08, 2020
Full time Project Management

Job Description

QA Engineer, Focusrite (Audio Hardware & Software Testing)
High Wycombe, UK
Term: Permanent, Full Time
Salary: £22-38k,experience dependant

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about music, audio technology, and recording?

Do you have an appreciation of quality, and a desire to see things done well?

If you have answered yes to both of the above, we’d love to hear from you! We are expanding our QA Team, and we are looking for someone to help us develop the next generation of music making technology.

This role would be well suited to someone who is new to hardware, firmware, software, and driver testing, but we would also be very interested in hearing from you if you have relevant professional experience.

What you will be doing:

Reporting to one of our experienced QA Engineers, you will be helping to ensure the successful delivery of all QA activities on your assigned projects.

As part of your ongoing professional development, you will start to establish your own areas of expertise within the team and support the continuous evolution of our test approaches and tools.

You will work closely with the rest of the QA Team, and other members of the Engineering Department, including Product and Project Managers, as well as Hardware, Software, Firmware and Driver Developers.

Key activities include

  • Evaluating new product concepts from a quality perspective, and helping to define the scope of required testing/QA activities
  • Assisting with planning and executing functional, non-functional, and user acceptance tests on new hardware, firmware, software, and driver releases
  • Working closely with other teams in the R&D, Engineering, and Operations Departments to ensure a collaborative approach to product quality
  • Supporting our existing users with testing for maintenance updates, as well as ensuring on-going compatibility with third party software and hardware releases

An ideal candidate for an entry level position is likely to be:

  • Able to demonstrate a relevant interest in testing or quality assurance, and an understanding of what quality means in practice to our users
  • Qualified to degree level in a relevant discipline
  • Aware of, and interested in, computer programming
  • A clear communicator, methodical and rigorous, with a logical approach to problem solving
  • Self-motivated, with a desire to make improvements to things
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about music, audio technology, and recording

A candidate wishing to be considered for a more experienced role is also likely to be:

  • From a testing or quality assurance background, with 2+ years of professional experience working with hardware, software, and embedded firmware
  • ISTQB certified (Foundation Level or higher)
  • Familiar with automated testing, and at least one programming language (preferably Python)

I don’t have all the experience you’ve asked for, should I still apply?

Our priority is to find the right fit for the team, and for the company, and we will always do what we can to support individual development. In other words, if you don’t quite have all the experience listed above, we’d still be interested in hearing from you. Let us know what you would bring to the role, and why you’d be a great fit for the team.

About Us

Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity. We want to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy making music, from musicians trying to capture their unique sound, to the professionals delivering the greatest shows on earth. The Focusrite Group has an illustrious history with four Queen's Awards for Enterprise among a host of other accolades. We comprise six successful and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning over four decades, our brands continue to shape the music-making world.

Focusrite leads that world in audio interfacing technology – more musicians record through Focusrite than any other brand. The Focusrite Pro team are focussed on the complex needs of the audio professional for whom sound is not just a passion, but a way of life. Martin Audio have been uniting audiences for almost five decades with their awe-inspiring touring and installation loudspeaker systems. Based in Berlin, ADAM Audio are precision innovators in the field of professional monitoring and loudspeaker technology, made famous by their unique ART ribbon tweeter. Novation is obsessed with helping electronic music makers find new ways to produce and perform new music. Born out of that team and based in Tileyard, King's Cross, London, Ampify Music make innovative music-making apps that are highly accessible, yet extendable and deep.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in, and that's not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means remaining open to new ideas. We enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture, where we can all contribute and everyone is heard as we grow and develop, both as individuals and as a team. We encourage innovation and fresh-thinking and are passionate about the inspirational solutions we create. Behind our success is a tightly knitted, like-minded family of music and audio lovers. We're always pulling together to try and make a difference; our frequent appearance in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For' is testament to this.

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage people to apply regardless of religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognise the diversity shortcomings of our industry and are committed to driving change. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible working, home working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions, hold making things easy days, encourage personal development training, run lunch and learns and facilitate external visits.