Software Developer in Test

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP


Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos has major hubs around the globe. More information is available at www.sophos.com


Job Purpose

The SophosLabs team is at the heart of Sophos providing the core operations, research and automation that Sophos products use to protect businesses from known and emerging threats.


We have a fantastic opportunity within the SophosLabs team for a Senior Software Developer in Test to join our content QA Team – our skilled team of engineers delivering test automation frameworks to our Threat Research and Threat Response teams for the purpose of assuring the quality of updates to threat protection that SophosLabs publish to Sophos products.


You will collaborate with our threat research teams to understand the quality requirements of the content that they are developing. Working with them to formulate and deliver test scenarios, along with the test automation platforms and frameworks that enable those scenarios to be repeated reliably and efficiently to support the rapid delivery of new protection content at the point of need.


You will be passionate about quality and about engaging with technical stake holders to bring them on that quality journey. Further you will have a proven track record of delivering automated systems and the devops processes needed to support them.


As a senior member of the team you will champion technical leadership and innovation to an established team of QA engineers.


As a company focused on Cybersecurity, we’re particularly looking for candidates with commercial experience in, or a demonstrable passion for, the computer security field. Further, a candidate coming from a SOC environment where the Mitre ATT&CK framework has been employed will be a strong fit for this role.


Duties & responsibilities

  • Collaborating with Threat Researchers and content owners:
    • Formulating test scenarios
    • Automating test scenarios in respective test frameworks
    • Test case review
  • Developing and maintaining test automation frameworks.
    • Working with CI/CD systems and processes
    • Creating and working with appropriate test data.
  • Setting up and maintaining dashboards for reporting quality performance metrics
  • Teaching others good quality and testing practices.
  • Developing tools and processes to assist manual and exploratory testing.


Skills and experience:

The successful candidate has extensive experience working with highly skilled teams to support their quality criteria through design and implementation of test cases and the management of those test cases within a robust test automation environment


  • Proficiency in programming preferably Python3 and/or Perl
  • Recent and extensive use of the Robot automation framework or other keyword driven automation framework
  • In depth knowledge of the Windows operating system
  • Knowledge of AWS cloud technologies
  • Experience in computer security field/role
  • Experience with virtualization, cluster management and distributed systems
  • Mentoring and leadership within a team of software, system or QA engineers
  • Familiarity working in SCRUM and the Agile framework


In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits package and of course the opportunity to join a dynamic and progressive team. We also facilitate remote working according to company policy, ~2 days office work and 3 days remote per week.


What’s Great About Sophos?

  • Our people are what makes Sophos special – we demonstrate shared vision, talent, innovation, and creativity, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit.
  • Employee-led diversity and inclusion groups that build community within Sophos and provide internal education and advocacy (eg. Sophos Women in Tech group to improve gender parity, encourage gender-balanced leadership, and support career progression at Sophos)
  • Sophos Environment Network and employee challenges to contribute to sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint
  • Annual commitment to charity and fundraising across our global sites and volunteer days for employees to give back to local communities
  • Global trivia competitions to keep our minds sharp
  • Global Mental Health days off work for all Sophos to help employees relax and recharge
  • Monthly employee wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing
  • Employee rewards and thanks, such as our free annual subscription to Calm


Our Commitment To You

We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants that can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Data Protection

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At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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