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Software Tester

Slough

Job Ref
HKTHD2107/SG-HL-19-038
Location
Slough

Software Tester 
Slough, Berkshire

Are you a Software Tester / Test Analyst and want to make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity? 

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) 

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people. 

As the Software Tester, you’ll develop, implement and document test plans for requirements and systems, as well as recommend best practices for solutions based on client’s business needs. You’ll have knowledge of implementing and managing the test plans, distributing and pursuing the assigned task within a team and internal and external clients. Projects will involve hands on testing and potentially some development to meet the requirements identified. 

Key responsibilities will be:
- Writing, executing and managing the test plans 
- Working closely with developers on QA during development and deployment taking ownership of software/systems testing plans to identify errors and root cause, including offering solutions 
- Creation and development of test scripts and cases 
- Bug fixes and tracking 
- Develop, implement and document test plans for IT software & systems 
- Evaluate IT systems for potential threats to security 
- Generating and gaining agreement from governance and design authority stakeholders 
- Providing support/guidance for business/user-focused testing 
- Providing staff training and knowledge transfer to client staff 

Your technical background: 
- Expert in the use of one or more software testing tools 
- Experience working with Microsoft .NET technologies 
- Good experience covering web applications 

You’ll love this job, if you have: 
- Experience working within an Agile delivery model 
- Knowledge of test automation best practice for compatibility, functionality, performance, regression, integration and risk-based testing 
- Industry qualification in data management and software testing 
- Ability to work effectively in a pressured situation and to tight deadlines 
- An innovative thinker with strong problem solving skills 
- Takes pride in work and has good attention to detail 
- Good interpersonal skills, ability to disseminate knowledge 

Other titles for this role may include Software Tester, Software Test Engineer, IT Software Tester, Software Application Tester, Software Quality Analyst, Test Analyst or Software Quality Engineer. 

Why NFER? 
- Competitive salary of £30,880 - £34,756 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance 

Initial closing date for applications is midnight 21st July 2019.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Software Tester, apply via the button shown. 

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Applications Developer .Net (C#)

Slough

Job Ref
HKTHE1407/SG-HL-19-036
Location
Slough

Applications Developer
Slough, Berkshire

Would you like to develop new systems that make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity? If so, read on

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

We are expanding our Applications Development team. Join this super friendly team to work on some truly inspiring projects and systems development, along side some of the UKs most specialised educational researchers. You'll be developing high profile systems to carry out research commissioned by government, working with international clients on building sites and systems to support education in developing countries, and enable NFER to expand on its eAssessment capabilities.

We are a data driven organisation, as an Applications Developer you’ll translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs and bespoke web applications, using predominately the Microsoft.NET development stack. Key responsibilities include;
- Developing web and Windows applications using object orientated languages such as C# and VB.NET.
- Working with relational databases.
- Querying datasets from relational databases.
- Ensuring all applications are developed using secure development principles and are thoroughly tested prior to release.
- Maintaining, supporting and updating current and future applications.

Your technical background:
- Experience with an object-oriented programming language such as C#, Java etc.
- Experience in web application development and good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
- Knowledge of software testing methodologies.
- Expertise in using the Microsoft development stack (Visual Studio, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Team Foundation Server etc).
- Experience of commercial software development practices (e.g. using source control and agile development principles).
- Experience with web technologies such as AJAX and jQuery.

You’ll love this job, if you:
- Can work independently and as part of a team
- Have strong problem solving skills innovative thinking
- Take pride in your work and have good attention to detail
- Have good interpersonal skills, ability to disseminate knowledge
- Have the ability to work to tight deadlines

Bonus Points:
If you have experience of using AWS or Azure, or configuring IIS. Knowledge of other programming/scripting languages such as Python, PHP and VBA. Experience of SharePoint development, load testing using JMeter, or use of Atlassian’s Jira / Confluence software (or similar).

Why NFER?
- Competitive salary based on skills and experiences (£26,638 - £40,291)
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance

This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an Applications Developer, apply via the button shown.

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Research

Senior Trials Manager

Slough

Job Ref
19-039
Location
Slough
Salary
Placement on pay scale will be based on skills and experience

Senior Trials Manager
The role can be based in either Slough or York

Do you have a background in randomised controlled trials and want to make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity? If so, read on.

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

About the Role
As a Senior Trials Manager you will have expertise in the design, management and reporting of randomised evaluations. You’ll lead existing and future education trials, working with Statisticians and Researchers across NFER to deliver RCTs of complex educational interventions. Making management decisions that result in the most robust conclusions from the trials, you’ll collaborate with the Trials Director and Head of the Trials Unit in the development of proposals for future RCTs as well as lead on other quantitative evaluations. Specifically, you will:
• Manage education trials, on time and within budget;
• Lead the impact and process evaluation elements of a trial;
• Write trials reports, proposals and design protocols for future trials;
• Provide advice, instruction and training to other research staff;
• Lead other quantitative projects such as quasi-experiments and observational studies should the need arise;
• Actively participate in Trials Unit meetings to ensure our methodology remains cutting-edge for education trials;
• Build strong client relationships and attending client meetings;
• Publish academic papers, either concerning individual trials or general issues of trial methodology.

Your technical background:
• First degree or equivalent, and preferably masters, in a relevant subject;
• An understanding of key methodological issues in trials, not necessarily within the field of education research;
• The ability to manage multi-disciplinary evaluation teams;
• Substantial experience in interpreting and writing up statistical analyses.

You’ll be great at this job, if you are:
• Highly organised, able to work with a considerable degree of autonomy and to consistently meet deadlines;
• An effective communicator both verbally and written; and
• Creative and innovative.

You may have been a Clinical Trial Manager; Project Manager, Operations Lead or Research Manager with a background in trials.

Why NFER?
- Competitive salary £35,798 - £48,109
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

Located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, we offer a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4, M40 and London Heathrow. Alternatively, our York office is located in the Science Park within the University of York’s Heslington campus.

The closing date for applications is midnight 28th July.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Trials Manager, apply via the button shown.

Function
Research
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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International Development

Senior Education and International Development Specialist

Slough

Job Ref
19-040
Location
Slough

Senior Education and International Development Specialist
Slough, Berkshire

Do you have a passion for conducting research that can help improve education systems in developing countries? If so, read on.
Based in the UK with occasional travel, this is an incredible opportunity for an education and international development specialist to bridge the worlds of research and policy to make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity.

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

About the Role
As the Senior Education and International Development Specialist you’ll be part of the Centre for International Education and its rapidly growing portfolio of international work. You will lead research and evaluation projects to support the development of education systems, and to inform governments and donors in their policy and investment decisions. Your expertise in this field will assist NFER’s vision to support the development of education systems around the world, focusing in particular on East Africa and South Asia. Specifically, you will:
• Lead research and evaluation projects, related to key thematic areas such as teaching and learning, equity and inclusion, assessment, structures and systems and edtech
• Oversee project teams in carrying out activities in the full research cycle including designing research instruments, designing sampling strategies, conducting fieldwork, analysing data, and writing up and presenting results
• Lead on developing report outlines, and on structuring of quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis frameworks, including contributing to data analysis, argument formulation, and report drafting in line with topical and methodological expertise
• Provide technical expertise in using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to deliver high quality research reports, presentations, articles, etc.
• Ensure delivery of high quality projects that are on time and on budget, and manage positive client and partner relationships.

As well as the above you’ll continue to develop your own expertise in global education issues and how these could be addressed through new research and contribute to NFER’s understanding of education and international development.

Your technical background:
• Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant social science, such as education and international development, or comparative and international education
• Significant research or evaluation experience with track record of working in developing countries, or with key donors
• High level policy knowledge of education and international development sector and core understanding of key industry players and dynamics
• Advanced skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research and evaluation.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a growing record of publications and ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely
• Experience of leading multidisciplinary teams

Why NFER?
- Competitive Salary £42,746 - £48,109
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

Located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, we offer a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4 and M40 and London Heathrow.

This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship. Closing date for applications is midnight 30th August.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Education and International Development Specialist, apply via the button shown.

Function
International Development
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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