The Focusrite Group
Driver QA Engineer (Software Testing)
Location: London, High Wycombe or Remote (UK Only)
Term: Permanent, Full Time
Do you have a professional background in Testing or Quality Assurance?
Are you knowledgeable about computer hardware, Operating Systems, and device drivers?
Are you interested in music and audio technology?
If youve answered yes to all the above, wed love to hear from you! Were looking for the right person to join our QA Team in a new role, working with the drivers that help to power our industry-leading audio products.
What Youll Be Doing:
Reporting to the QA Manager, you will take ownership of testing our audio and MIDI device drivers, primarily on Microsoft Windows, but with some Mac testing too.
You will work within an agile framework, and act as the bridge between the Driver Development and QA Teams. You will work closely with Software Developers, Product Owners, QA Engineers, and Software Developers in Test, contributing to all aspects of delivering new and updated drivers that make it easier for our customers to use and enjoy our products.
You will be working closely with our Senior Driver Developer, gaining detailed domain knowledge about audio, MIDI, driver, and system interactions, as well as bringing your own expertise to the role.
Key activities include:
- Defining the scope of QA/Test activities across our device drivers
- Implementing automated testing wherever appropriate to enable more efficient regression testing, and working to augment existing automated test approaches
- Generating and executing robust, well documented, and maintainable functional, non-functional, and user acceptance tests
- Reproducing issues, reporting and triaging bugs, and analyzing crashes
- Logging and profiling driver and hardware performance
An ideal candidate is likely to be:
- From a test or QA background, with demonstrable professional experience
- A clear communicator, used to working in an Agile development team
- Methodical and rigorous, with a logical approach to tasks, and a passion for problem solving
- Competent in at least one scripting language
- Comfortable with basic C/C++ syntax
- Familiar with both computer hardware and software
Awareness of some of the following concepts and technologies would also be useful:
- Source Control (e.g. Git)
- Continuous Integration (CI) tools (e.g. Jenkins or GitHub Actions)
- OS concepts (e.g. kernel, DPC, virtual memory, APIs)
- Analysing crash dumps
- Low-level device concepts (e.g. buses and interrupts)
I dont have all the experience youve asked for, should I still apply?
Our priority is to find the right fit for the team, and for Focusrite, and well always do what we can to support individual development. In other words, if you dont quite have all the experience listed above, wed still be interested in hearing from you. Let us know what youd bring to the role, and why youd be a great fit for the team.
Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity. We want to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy making music, from musicians trying to capture their unique sound, to the professionals delivering the greatest shows on earth. The Focusrite Group has an illustrious history with four Queen's Awards for Enterprise among a host of other accolades. We comprise six successful and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning over four decades, our brands continue to shape the music-making world.
Focusrite leads that world in audio interfacing technology more musicians record through Focusrite than any other brand. The Focusrite Pro team are focussed on the complex needs of the audio professional for whom sound is not just a passion, but a way of life. Martin Audio have been uniting audiences for almost five decades with their awe-inspiring touring and installation loudspeaker systems. Based in Berlin,ADAM Audioare precision innovators in the field of professional monitoring and loudspeaker technology, made famous by their unique ART ribbon tweeter. Novationis obsessed with helping electronic music makers find new ways to produce and perform new music. Born out of that team and based in Tileyard, King's Cross, London, AmpifyMusic make innovative music-making apps that are highly accessible, yet extendable and deep.
Music technology is an enriching space to work in, and that's not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means remaining open to new ideas. We enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture, where we can all contribute and everyone is heard as we grow and develop, both as individuals and as a team. We encourage innovation and fresh-thinking and are passionate about the inspirational solutions we create. Behind our success is a tightly knitted, like-minded family of music and audio lovers. We're always pulling together to try and make a difference; our frequent appearance in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For' is testament to this.
As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage people to apply regardless of religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognise the diversity shortcomings of our industry and are committed to driving change. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.
Benefits include flexible working, home working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, offsite company parties and free breakfast/lunch in the canteen. We arrange company training sessions, hold making things easy days, encourage personal development training, run lunch and learns and facilitate external visits.