Principle System Quality Engineer

  • Job Reference: R0046880
  • Date Posted: 23 October 2023
  • Employer: Centrica
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Pension, bonus and benefits
  • Sector: Information Technology (IT)
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Centrica are going through a fascinating period of change. We're evolving to become a truly purpose-led organisation, helping millions of customers to live more sustainably, simply, and affordably. We truly believe that we have a huge role to play in helping the nation to cut carbon emissions and prepare for a net zero future, and it's a role we are immensely proud of.

An opportunity to play your part

As the Principal System Quality Engineer, you will lead a team of system quality engineers and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to establish quality across the system's change development life cycle starting right from quality of discovery/requirements and the development life cycle, define quality assurance strategies, establish best practices, and implement effective testing processes.

Your expertise in system quality assurance and your ability to lead and mentor the team will be instrumental in delivering high-quality, reliable systems to our customers.


  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the System Quality Assurance team. - Define the overall quality assurance strategy for complex systems and establish quality standards and best practices

  • Plan and execute testing and validation processes for complex systems

  • Conduct risk assessments related to system quality and performance

  • Identify and resolve quality gaps across the system's change development and run processes

  • Drive the adoption of automation frameworks and tools to streamline testing processes and increase productivity

  • Ensure that system quality assurance processes align with industry-specific regulations and standards

  • Oversee performance testing efforts to assess system scalability and reliability under various conditions

  • Collaborate with systems engineers, developers, project managers, and product managers to integrate quality throughout the system development life cycle

  • Participate in root cause analysis efforts in the event of critical defects or system failures. Implement corrective actions to prevent similar issues in the future

  • Create comprehensive test reports, quality documentation, and presentations for management and stakeholders

Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience in system quality engineering, software testing, or a related field, with a focus on complex systems

  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with experience leading a team of quality engineers

  • Experience with quality assurance of modern cloud applications (AWS/Azure)

  • Experience with quality assurance of salesforce and react applications

  • Experience in planning and executing testing and validation efforts for complex systems

  • Knowledge of regulatory compliance and industry-specific standards related to system quality

  • Hands on test automation frameworks and tools (Selenium/ADO)

  • Knowledge of IT Security principles, practices, and technologies

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to conduct root cause

  • analysis effectively

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders

  • Ability to adapt to dynamic project requirements and work effectively in a fast-paced environment

Education: Degree or certifications in Quality Assurance (good to have)

Location: You can work in Windsor/home; we have people working all over the UK but also a range of office locations.

We are proud to be recognised as a disability-confident employer. Our customers come from a variety of different backgrounds, and so do we. We hire great people from all walks of life, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. We will continue championing inclusivity while investing in our local communities to create a better, more sustainable world for everyone. We are incredibly proud to have been recognised by The Times for being one of the Top 50 Employers for Women.

Our people are the beating heart of our business. We are incredibly proud of our commitment to being FlexFirst. From childcare to furry friends, we listened to our people and understood that they work best when they are comfortable and have a flexible working model that suits their individual needs.

We have tailored our well-being & benefits package around our employees as follows:

  • Competitive salary and bonus potential

  • Car allowance

  • Employee Energy Allowance at 15% of the government price cap

  • Pension scheme

  • Company Funded Healthcare Plan

  • 25 days holiday allowance, plus public holidays, and the option to buy up to 5 additional days

  • Excellent range of flexible benefits, including technology vouchers, electric car lease scheme & travel insurance