I’m recruiting again. Performance Testing Specialist

Update – This role has now been filled. We are still recruiting programmers though – get in touch.

It’s not very often that I use my blog to recruit testers but I’m needing to reach out for this role.

I’m looking to hire a permanent, full time employee for our Basingstoke office.

Here’s the low down:

I’m looking for someone who lives and breathes performance testing.

I need someone to come in and take on our performance testing. You’ll inherit a great structure, environment and set of tests. You’ll be expected to run with it, improve it, change it, demand more kit if needed, build out more scenarios and have our test rigs running 24/7.

You’ll be expected to be pro-active in finding bottlenecks, performance concerns, scaling challenges and fail/over recovery issues. You’ll be expected to work with our scrum teams to performance test new features. You’ll be expected to benchmark existing scenarios/usage patterns.

You’ll be expected to automate as much of the setup, tear down and reporting as you can.

You’ll be expected to automate performance test runs off the back of successful product builds.

You’ll be expected to understand the performance of the system, interpret the results and articulate the outcomes to different audiences within the business. These will be high level coverage reports, component level reports and of course the nitty gritty performance metrics of the system under test.

You’ll be expected to perform a high level of exploratory performance testing and ask tricky questions of the product. You’ll be proactive in seeking out information on live operations and modeling this in your testing.

You’ll be expected to mentor and coach other people in the art of performance testing.

You’ll be expected to maintain and improve the test rigs. You’ll inherit a number of impressive environments but you might need to change them, improve them or expand them.

You’ll be expected to provide guidance on which tools are best to use with the understanding that we typically prefer free or Open Source. You’ll know about jMeter, monitoring systems such as Nagios, Cacti and NewRelic and environment virtualisation such as VMWare.

You’ll know about techniques and mechanisms to expand your testing capacity (like BlazeMeter and utilising Amazon Cloud services for example)

You’ll follow the industry news and trends, in fact – I’d like to think you’re setting these trends.

You’ll share your passion and knowledge within the business and your drive to seek out better customer experience when using our product will be infectious.

You’ll like to try new things, experiment and push the norms of performance testing. You’ll need to be able to code. Cleanly. And quickly.

You’ll need to be able to solve very tricky problems. You’ll need to know a lot about databases, networks, user experience, exploratory testing, communicating complicated/complex information and of course, performance/load testing.

In return you’ll get to drive forward the performance testing at NewVoiceMedia. You’ll get to work in a friendly and learning focused environment. You’ll get to work with a great team focused on releasing great software weekly to our customers.

You’ll get to work in an environment that encourages learning, personal development and creativity. We have ShipIt days, dedicated learning time, coding and testing katas, a large library and the opportunity to attend (and speak) at conferences. We’ve even got a chill out room with Xbox and table football.

If you feel you are suitable for the role then in the first instance connect with me via email:


but please read this:

  • Even if you don’t have all the skills and experiences listed above don’t be shy from applying – but only if you’re quick to learn,  want to learn and want to challenges yourself. Attitude and aptitude are important
  • No agencies please
  • There is no need to include the ISTQB/ISEB logos on your CV
  • This job is based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
  • This role is a permanent position in the UK hence you’ll need to be eligible to work in the UK.

We are also recruiting for programmers too.