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QA Engineer

£50,000 - £65,000 joining salary | fully remote

Tuesday 16 Aug 2022

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Blackout is hiring a remote QA engineer to undertake native mobile app and web application testing for its groundbreaking infosec and compliance technology.


By limiting smart device functionality utilising situationally aware technologies, this also helps to minimise distractions at work and enables employees to improve their productivity, separating work from personal phone usage. Our technology will also protect school students from distracting and potentially harmful phone usage, for improved learning and safer play time.


We're forming a new team - bringing development in house in readiness for customer trials and product build out. Your work will be key to establishing our testing methods, tools and processes, plus - in time and with support, or sooner if you're ready - progressing to establish test automation as we grow.


It's an opportunity to both broaden and deepen your technical skills, growing into new responsibilities and challenges.


We're looking for

  • Someone comfortable joining an early stage company, working across multiple products and code-bases
  • A collaborative mindset, working closely with developers, product owner etc. to ensure quality is 'baked in' to every part of the software development life cycle
  • Competent manual testing skills for native Android and/or iOS apps, and for web applications
  • Familiarity with web browser testing, or ready to learn
  • Ability to analyse and document an issue or bug for escalation
  • A positive advocate for quality, and for upholding quality standards
  • Attentive to security and data integrity measures
  • Familiarity with issue tracking software


You may also bring, or like to learn, skills such as

  • Implementing test automation, e.g. with Selenium or similar
  • Evaluating and implementing mobile app testing tools
  • Establishing test strategies, for end-to-end testing
  • Continuous integration management 
  • Accessibility testing
  • Contract testing
  • Release management


Salary and benefits

  • £50,000 - £65,000 joining salary
  • Opportunities for stock options, as an early team member
  • 25 days of holiday + bank holidays
  • Inclusive and flexible working - e.g. part-time or time-shifting requirements
  • A company device (MacBook Pro 14”, or similar)
  • Remote working, with occasional get togethers
  • An allowance to ensure you have a good working setup


About us

Blackout Technologies is a privately-funded company, founded in 2016 by Mark Hadley and Charles Watson based on their own experience with the detrimental effect of employee-based IP theft and decreasing productivity in the workplace. 

Blackout is primarily an information security and compliance technology that restricts the functionality of smart devices within defined areas of the workplace or a vehicle i.e. a situationally aware mobile device management tool:

Our sister company Tomorrow's Student: will be grown in parallel, sharing a common platform and technology.


Hiring process: informal chat, technical interview, interview with founders; offer/outcome (all remote)


Location: remote within the UK, meeting once or twice a month - likely in Bristol, expensed


Please note: we can only consider applicants with an established right to work in the UK. We will also undertake background checks, as a precursor to employment.


RECRUITERS: Blackout Technologies has selected techfolk as its exclusive recruitment partner for this position and cold calling or speculative applications are not welcomed.