Software Developer in Test (Python - Audio Technology)

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Feb 23, 2023
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

Software Developer in Test (Python - Audio Technology)

Location: Office in High Wycombe with hybrid working available
Term: Permanent, Full Time
Salary: £40000 - £60000pa + excellent benefits

Are you a Python developer with professional experience in automated testing of hardware devices and embedded firmware?

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about music and audio technology?

Are you excited about innovation, team development, and the “big picture”?

If you’ve answered yes to all the above, we’d love to hear from you! Our already successful Automation Team is currently increasing its scope, working with more development teams across the business. We’re looking for the right person to join the team, write great quality code, and work with us as we navigate the next stage of team growth.

This role would suit someone who has experienced successful scaling of a development team and is looking for a new opportunity to put that experience into practice.

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the QA Manager, you will join an Automation Team that has collective responsibility for supporting the QA Engineers working across the Focusrite, Novation, and Focusrite Pro brands.

Working within this team, you will take your own areas of responsibility within a mature code base and contribute innovative solutions to improve test efficiency and coverage, primarily across our hardware product portfolio. You will also be mindful of the longer-term evolution of the team, using your experience to help us as we engage with new opportunities across the wider Engineering Department.

Key activities include:

  • Maintaining and enhancing existing automated test code, developing new features to support the QA and development teams
  • Devising innovative ways to solve problems, and increase the efficiency and impact of our automated test solutions
  • Working with the team to develop and maintain a strategy for automation, ensuring that this aligns with the needs of the QA Team, and our product roadmap
  • Engaging in, and helping to evolve software development best practice, learning from, and working with other teams within the business
  • Providing support, guidance, and mentoring to less experienced developers in the team

An ideal candidate is likely to be:

  • A Python Software Developer in Test (or developer from a test automation background), with 5+ years of professional experience writing clear, well-documented, maintainable code
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about music and audio/MIDI technology
  • Comfortable working on and debugging large code bases
  • Familiar with automated testing solutions for hardware, embedded firmware, and device drivers
  • An established professional, with a passion for developing, mentoring, and supporting others
  • Experienced with databases (e.g. MySQL), distributed version control (e.g. Git), and continuous integration
  • An advocate for development best practice (e.g. branching, code review, pair programming)
  • A clear communicator, with a proven track record of technical problem solving and stakeholder management
  • Self-motivated, with the vision and desire to make improvements to things

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’ll 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’d bring to the role, and why you’d be a great fit for the team.

About Us

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, our solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eleven established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Ampify Music, Linea Research and Sonnox. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including three Queen's Awards for Enterprise, the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021 and regular appearances in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome, safe and positively represented, because at Focusrite they truly are. 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/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, group bonus scheme, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.