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Engineering Brighton, United Kingdom Remote, United Kingdom


The Engineering team is building Avalara's next generation of SaaS software to be part of every VAT calculation in the world. Software with five nines of reliability. Software which is part of a sales checkout process, so it's got to be fast and accurate. That requires systems with massive scale, redundancy and functional excellence. It also requires top notch APIs and a SOA design for maintainability and extensibility.

In this role, you will be responsible for functional, performance, integration, reliability and subsequent automation testing to ensure world class quality of Avalara products. You will be the voice of the customer within the organization, demanding zero defects, five nines of reliability and ease of use.

Job Duties


  • Engage in continuous testing activity throughout agile development iterations to ensure zero defects
  • Participate in iteration planning, providing input on required test tasks, process and associated effort for the selected user stories
  • Create and manage bug reports, ensuring they are clearly communicated to the team and addressed in a timely, thorough and satisfactory manner
  • Provide feedback and recommendations on software usability and functionality
  • Investigate customer problems referred by technical support
  • Be a passionate voice of the customer within the development organisation
  • Be a key participant in creating a Quality First and Zero Defects culture
  • Support software releases
  • Qualifications (must haves walking in the door)


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years experience in software testing or 3+ years experience with a master's level degree
  • A strong understanding of test methodologies and software engineering throughout all phases of the software development lifecycle
  • Strong QA skills: planning, exploratory testing, defect reporting and troubleshooting
  • Experience developing automated tests for web applications
  • Experience using various tools such as Nightwatch/Selenium WebDriver/BrowserStack, Specflow/Cucumber/Postman and JMeter/Taurus
  • Proven problem-solving skills, plus a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, collaboration, follow-up and self-motivation
  • Strong knowledge of .NET framework or a solid understanding and hands-on experience of using any object-oriented programming language
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server/any other RDBMS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional demeanour, team player and a positive attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced environment
  • Working knowledge of source control tools such as GitLab
  • Preferred Qualifications (great to have but not absolutely necessary)


  • Experience of creating CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience working with JIRA and Confluence
  • Experience in performance, load and reliability engineering
  • Experience of using BDD, TDD or ATDD methodology and related tools
  • Experience working with accounting, VAT or a transactional tax service
  • Experience working with international engineering teams
  • About Avalara:

    We're building cloud-based tax compliance solutions to handle every transaction in the world. Imagine every transaction you make — every tank of gas, cup of coffee, or pair of sneakers, every movie ticket, meal kit, or streamed song, every sensor-to-sensor ping. Nearly every time you make a purchase, physical or digital, there's an accompanying unique and nuanced tax compliance calculation.

    The logic behind calculating taxes — the rules, rates, and boundaries — is a global, layered, three-dimensional mess of complexity, with compliance dictated by governments and applied by every business, every day.

    Avalara works with businesses of all sizes, all over the world — from corner stores to gigantic global retailers — to calculate tax accurately and automatically, at speeds measured in milliseconds. That's a massive technical challenge, in terms of scale, reliability, and complexity, and we do it better than anyone.

    That's why we're growing fast.

    Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world, in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, India, and the U.K.

    Equal Opportunities:

    Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

    Reasonable Accommodation:

    Avalara is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities. Applicants with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can follow this process outlined when applying for a position: Please provide your name and contact information to our recruitment team at [email protected]

    Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.