theidol.com is a rapidly growing tech company based on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria.

Looking for an exciting and rewarding career?

We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic software testers to join our team.

This is a full-time role based at our office in Penrith. We are happy to support remote or flexible home/office based working.

You must be adaptable to undertake impartial testing whilst working alongside the development team and consider the end users perspective. Experience working in Agile Scrum would also be beneficial but not essential.

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If you feel you have the skills and experience required to join the team at theidol.com, please send us your CV, contact details and a short statement about you and your suitability for the role.

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The Benefits

Being part of Team Idol means working hard and playing even harder! Come work for us and take advantage of amazing benefits such as:

  • Flexible working hours.
  • Christmas bonus and annual bonus based on company performance.
  • Death in service life insurance benefit of 8x salary.
  • Cigna Health Insurance.
  • Generous pension scheme with up to 10% employer pension contribution.
  • Access to Legal & General’s share schemes.
  • A modern, custom built office with free parking.
  • On site gym and recreational activities including pool and table tennis.
  • Free tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh fruit.
  • Exceptional events delivered by our social committee.

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Duties & responsibilities
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As a software tester, you will work within a team of other talented people testing innovative and challenging solutions as part of an agile squad. Your day-to-day life as part of Team Idol will look a little like this…

Along with the rest of the team, you will be responsible for:

  • Attending daily Agile Scrum Ceremonies within a squad.
  • Maintain and develop existing automated and manual testing.
  • Identify, report and track the resolution of defects.
  • Produce, maintain and improve test plans and test cases.
  • Analysing test output and producing test reports.
  • Test solutions delivered by the development team for accessibility, usability and inclusion.
  • Communicating testing methodologies and strategy to other team members.
  • Collaborating with team members to deliver functional, iterative application development.
  • Innovating with new technologies, programming languages and infrastructure.
  • Working closely with all parties internally and externally.

Beneficial skills
  • ISTQB (or similar) certification or progress towards a recognised qualification in software testing would be beneficial..
  • Experience of working with test automation tools.
  • Experience of markup and programming languages such as JavaScript/Node.js, HTML & CSS.
  • Ability to work with medium to large volumes of data, performing calculations and formatting the data for various systems.
  • Experience with Agile project delivery methodologies.
  • An eagerness to learn and adapt to new practices and tools.
  • Documentation, analysis and reporting.
  • Ability to manage test scripts through tools such as Git or SVN.
Don’t worry if you don’t tick all the boxes! If you think you'd be a valuable addition to our team, please get in touch. We work with people, not C.Vs.
Experience

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be highly motivated to work autonomously within a growing team. Commercial experience would be highly valued and passion and an ability to quickly adapt to new technologies is a must. Candidates must be prepared to be challenged and take the initiative. A degree of self-learning will be expected; however, support and training will be provided where needed.

Have you got what it takes?
The below aptitudes will help you thrive in this role and reach your full potential:
  • Attention to detail – to identify issues and bugs, including those that aren’t quite so obvious.
  • Excellent communication skills – we’re a talkative bunch, so effective communication is vital.
  • Ambition – we do our best to create a culture of continuous improvement, so we can get the best out of our people. An appetite for ongoing learning and personal growth is a must.
  • Driven by delivery – we don’t like to micro-manage our staff. You will be given the freedom to self-manage your workload to continually meet agreed deadlines.
  • Multi-tasking – technology doesn’t stand still and neither do we. An ability to juggle several projects and prioritise demands is key.
  • Analytical skills – to collect information, categorise data, review results to identify patterns and trends.

Over to You

This role is open to a range of people including those fresh from college/university with relevant academic qualifications but little or no experience. Evidence of self-learning or personal projects would be also be advantageous.

If you have a genuine enthusiasm and an ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, you may be just what we're looking for!

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What’s in it for you?

Health & Wellbeing

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Work life balance

With flexible home or office working to help you strike the perfect balance for you.

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Onsite gym & Table tennis

Work up a sweat between meetings.

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Communal bicycles

Ditch the car and take a trip into town.

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Holidays

Including a day off for your birthday!

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Private medical insurance

Access to private medical and dental care.

Financial benefits

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Annual bonus

Generous Christmas bonus and an annual bonus based on company performance.

Yearly pay increases

We review your salary annually, to make sure we’re paying you fairly.

Death in service

We look after our employees with group life insurance.

Pension scheme

Up to 10% employer pension contribution.

Share scheme

Access to our Legal & General share scheme.

Tailored office environment

Social events

Exceptional events delivered by our social committee team.

Breakout rooms

Spacious meeting rooms and breakout areas.

Drinks and snacks

Complimentary hot and soft drinks, as well as free fruit.

Free parking

No need to worry about parking charges!

The Idol office

Where we are


Based in Eden Business Park, our modern office space reflects our culture and how we want to work. Step outside and you’re instantly looking out onto the Thacka Beck Nature Reserve.

We love where we live and we’re proud to remain a homegrown Cumbrian technology business. This pride extends to embracing our role in the community to champion, inspire and develop digital skills.

What to expect


We create a rewarding working environment for our teams to develop, collaborate and enjoy. Expect high energy, creative flair, attention to detail and an embraced adoption of new technologies.

Working in agile development squads, our teams freely exchange ideas and expert knowledge - sharing this both with each other and our clients. This approach encourages for continuous improvement, ensuring the projects we deliver are as truly considered and innovative as possible.

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Find your balance


Adopting a healthy work life balance is an essential part of our culture. We offer flexible working hours, remote or blended home/office working, as well as funded social events.

Our modern, custom-built office is the perfect working environment for our teams, with spacious social working areas, free hot/cold drinks and fresh fruit. Facilities include an on-site gym, showers and table tennis.

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Challenge yourself

Continuous professional development is more to us than ticking a box. It underpins our approach and belief in the value of personal and professional growth.

Training is accessible to everyone in all roles and across all levels, enabling you to develop and deliver your best work with us.

Working with you, we’ll identify and build a tailored development plan. Training opportunities include short courses and bootcamps, through to apprenticeships and industry-recognised qualifications.

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You’re in good company


It’s important, dare we say essential, to enjoy what we do and have fun at work. Our staff-led social events team organises exceptional social events, including Christmas parties, axe-throwing, cheese and wine evenings, bake off events and even trips to the Crystal Maze!

Our annual summer party brings everyone together in the heart of the Lake District for an evening of live music, free food and drink.