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QA Automation Engineer

QA Automation Engineer

Department: IT Development

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

About the role

We are looking for a QA Automation Engineer to join a skilled cross-functional team to work on our company’s public-facing website. You will join a team of automation engineers and manual testers, who work across several project teams.

About IT and QA at Abcam

Abcam is a leading web-based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide; and IT plays a vital role in this, with numerous innovations across many parts of the organisation. Testing is critical to the success of our development.

Roles & responsibilities:

  • Work as a member of a cross-functional team

  • Participate in Agile sprints including user story estimation and task creation

  • Drive to complete tasks within the sprint

  • Design, develop and maintain automated test cases

  • Design and execute manual test cases

  • Use Jira to report and manage defects through to successful resolution

  • Work with our DevOps team to help manage environments and releases

  • Improve the team's quality assurance tools and processes

  • Organise and facilitate UAT sessions

About you


  • Manual testing experience (preferably web)

  • Automation experience, ideally with Selenium WebDriver

  • Experience in an Object Orientated Programming language (ideally C#)

  • Strong debugging skills

  • Database querying skills (ideally MS-SQL)

  • Good communication skills

  • A collaborative mindset

Nice to have

  • A Computer Science / Engineering degree or similar

  • Automated performance testing experience (e.g. JMeter)

  • Cross-browser/device testing experience – manual (mobile devices) or automated (e.g. Appium, BrowserStack)

  • Experience with CI / CD tools (e.g. TeamCity, Octopus Deploy)

  • Experience testing web services

  • Experience testing ERP systems

  • Experience working with Agile development methodologies (e.g. Scrum, Kanban)

  • An ISEB/ISTQB qualification

About Abcam

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focused on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.