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Test Automation Analyst

Vacancy Number:  9663
Category:  Regular
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With 8,000 employees and revenue of over €5bn per annum, we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies  we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives.  This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.


Technology plays a leading role in enabling and delivering ESB’s transition to a digital, low carbon utility, and it’s our people who ensure we succeed. With almost 800 people working across our IT Delivery and CIO functions, together we design, build and support a broad range of technologies and services to deliver on our mission to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers. We achieve this by harnessing all our resources, investing in our people and working collaboratively together.


To further enhance our Tech/IT capabilities, we are looking for talented professionals to start their journey with us to lead the transition to reliable, affordable low-carbon energy – a brighter future for the benefit of all.



Position Description


ESB’s IT Delivery are responsible for the design, delivery and support of all activities associated with ESB’s IT strategy through innovative IT solutions for all businesses. IT’s Project Management Office (PMO) provides a range of project management services to the IT function in ESB as well as to the ESB Business Units.


The BA & Test Services Team, which sits in the PMO, works with external partners to provide a full range of Test and Business Analysis services to IT project teams. These Test Services include Functional Test Management, Functional Testing, Performance Test Management, Performance Testing, Mobile Testing, Test Automation and Quality Reviews. Demand for these services has grown significantly in the past year and we are recruiting Test Professionals with experience in Test Management to work across a range of IT Projects.


The Test Automation Analyst will be responsible for the implementation of, and the management of test automation frameworks to ensure the overall quality of software deliverables in a timely, and cost effective manner. He/She will also be responsible for preparation, build and exection of both manual and automanted tests.  The Test Automation Analyst may sit within an Agile, or Waterfall delivery team and should be familiar with an at ease working within both methodologies, and their respectives tools.



Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities of this role will include but are not limited to;


  • Following best practices and common scripting approaches as directed by ESB Test Services and the DevSecOps function
  • Implement and manage effective test automation solutions
  • Identify the scope of test automation to ensure return of investment
  • Test build of automated and manual test scripts
  • Test scheduling, and execution of automated, and manual test scripts
  • Defect management
  • Test status reporting
  • Identify any challenges that could cause problems during the test automation process,  and raise issues/risks when appropriate
  • Interactions with the Product Owner and Business Analyst to understand the business requirements and working with them, and the wider scrum team to define the definition of done
  • Interactions with the Technical team to understand the technical requirements, or implications of changes for the automation framework



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




Applicants should be delivery focussed and have the following demonstrable knowledge skills, and experience:


  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant business/IT experience, with at least 1-2 years’ experience of testing software across multiple web browsers and devices, including experience of implementing and managing test automation frameworks.
  • An eagerness to overcome issues, have some experience troubleshooting and chasing closure of issues and be proactive
  • Experience with automation frameworks and creating and running automated scripts
  • Experience with Page Object model/Factory design patterns or equivalent, Database integration, Error handling and recovery, reporting, wrapper hand helper libraries, NuGet package management, integration of BDD.
  • Experience with automated API test scripts
  • Experience with automated UI test scripts
  • Experience with Spec Flow
  • Experience with debugging scripts and fixing or maintaining scripts
  • Experience in Behaviour driven development and gherkin syntax for integration to automation frameworks
  • Strong understanding and hands on experience in Object Oriented principals and design patterns using c#, java or equivalent.
  • Experience with Test Outcome reporting and workload estimation and reporting
  • Experience with the git workflow, or equivalent Source control tooling
  • Outstanding reporting, analytical and documentation/writing experience
  • Demonstrable experience planning, controlling and delivering enterprise level testing on a number of projects.
  • Applicants should have excellent stakeholder management, negotiation and communication skills combined with strong analytical skills.
  • Experience in various structured project management techniques (Waterfall & Agile) combined with a knowledge of information systems and technology and the application of these to process improvement projects.







  • Third level qualification in IT / Computing (or equivalent) or equivalent work experience




  • Experience using HP Quality Centre for Test Management, Azure DevOps Test Plan
  • Formal training in test automation
  • Formal training in software quality e.g. ISTQB, ISEB





Base Location: Fitzwilliam 27, ESB’s new Head Office, Dublin (Smart/Remote Working suitable)   



ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working.


The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction (Republic of Ireland), with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review.


ESB is one of the founding members of The Remote Alliance – a new initiative established by the social enterprise Grow Remote. Working with other like-minded members, we’ve committed to developing solutions that will ensure remote and hybrid working can become a sustainable part of our business.


Reporting to:


The successful candidate will report to Team Lead, BA & Test Services, and IT Delivery PMO.



Further Information


Further information on all our current Digital/Technology/IT related roles, including information on our Smart Working as well as our new state of the art Head Office Fitzwilliam 27, visit www.esb.ie/careers/it-at-esb


We offer excellent career enhancing opportunities where our people can thrive in a fast paced, agile environment by giving them the tools, flexibility and autonomy to deliver on our purpose: leading the transition to a secure, affordable, low-carbon energy future for our customers and communities. 


We pride ourselves in the mentoring, training and development offered to staff, as well as our competitive and attractive rewards and benefits package.


We are also offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to empower our people to work smarter, enjoy the benefits of an inclusive, flexible working culture and significantly reduce carbon emissions through remote and hybrid working.




€40,000 - €50,000 per annum

Closing Date


25th January 2022



If you have any queries in relation to this job, please contact recruitment@esb.ie  


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