Automation Test EngineerManchester, CAN

Requisition ID: R10156351

  • Category: Information Technology

  • Location: Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom | Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  • Clearance Type: Highest Level of Government Clearance

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

Define Possible at Northrop Grumman UK

At Northrop Grumman UK, our mission is to solve the most complex challenges by shaping the technology and solutions of tomorrow. We call it Defining Possible.

This mind-set goes beyond our customer solutions; it’s the foundation for your career development and the impact we have within the community. So, what’s your possible?


This is more than just a job; it’s a mission.

As a Senior Automation Test Engineer, you will work on large and complex programmes with wide ranging technologies that tackle some of the biggest national security challenges.

We are looking to recruit candidates with a passion for quality, mentoring and community building. You will be joining highly Agile, multi-disciplinary teams working in DevOps practices and tools to deliver high-quality software. You’ll be hands-on in aiding and implementing test strategies with a strong understanding of the Modern Testing Principles.

You’ll have the chance to work on some of the latest and greatest technologies. Our involvement with all engineering disciplines throughout the SDLC, places us in a unique position to support the continued sustainment and development of our sovereign defence capabilities.

You’ll be at the forefront of ensuring the capabilities we supply to our national security and defence customers is of the quality you would expect from a world leading organisation.

Our UK Cyber & Intelligence business combines modern software development approaches with a rich heritage and experience in the Defence and security sectors. Our customers have complex and sensitive data and information requirements requiring a mission partner who quickly understands the context, delivering and sustaining a portfolio of challenging technology projects at scale and pace, supporting them through an ambitious digital transformation programme.

“My purpose; to lead, coach and mentor the application of Test & Acceptance, to champion best practice and strategise how to best employ Test & Acceptance to ensure we build the right product and we built it correctly.” – Paul Boulton, Lead Automation Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman UK.


  • You will work in multiple environments as part of a collaborative and multi-functional team

  • Deliver Test capability, automated solutions, to support mission critical solutions

  • Define and execute test activities either independently or within a team

  • Identify Testing solutions, specifically automated solutions, to reduce software time-to-market

  • Translate business and technical requirements into comprehensive testable scenarios


We can offer you a range of flexible and hybrid working options to suit you, including optional compressed working schedule with every other Friday off. Our benefits including private health care, career development opportunities and performance bonuses. For a comprehensive list of benefits, speak to our recruitment team.

We are looking for:

  • Solid experience of the SDLC, agile methodologies/principles and dev-ops tools/techniques

  • Track record for delivering quality Automated Test solutions in a fast-paced dynamic Engineering environment

  • Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal, analytical, planning and written/verbal communication skills and an aptitude to learn new technologies quickly

  • Self-motivated and able to inspire others in test best practice, focused on Quality outcomes

  • Experience of working with Test Automation tools/frameworks for varying application layers, utilising techniques such as TDD, BDD, CI/CD

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience

  • ISTQB Certified

Security clearance:

Due to the nature of our projects, you must be a UK national for this clearance type.

You must already hold the highest level of UK Government security clearance (DV). Our requirement team is on hand to answer any questions and we will guide you through the process: .

Why join us?

  • A mission to believe in Every day we contribute to building a more secure and connected world, expanding our reach from land, sea, and air to space and cyberspace. From engineering data and intelligence solutions, to developing maritime navigation and control systems and innovating command and control systems for the UK and NATO, what we do together matters.

  • A place to belong and thrive Every voice matters at our table meaning you can bring your authentic self to work. From our Employee Resource Groups backed by thousands of employees, to sponsoring Cheltenham Pride and our partnerships with Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers, Forces Transition Group, Mind, and Women in Defence – we are passionate about growing and supporting our inclusive community where everyone can belong.

  • Your career, your way - Shape your career journey with diverse roles, mentorship, and development opportunities that fuel your curiosity, channel your expertise and nurture your passion. Looking for flexibility? Balance your professional career with your personal life, health and wellbeing benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development. Speak to our team to find the balance that’s right for you.

Ready to apply?

Yes – Submit your application online. Your application will be reviewed by our team and we will be in touch.

Possibly, I’d like to find out more about this role – Reach out to our team for more information and support: .

No, I don’t think this role is right for me – Our extensive UK growth means we have exciting, new opportunities opening all the time. Speak to our team to discuss your career goals.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and encourages individuals from all backgrounds and all abilities to apply and consider becoming a part of our diverse and inclusive workforce.