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Lead QA Engineer




London, United Kingdom

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used car marketplace – our award-winning, online-only platform connects private car sellers with thousands of verified dealers nationwide, ensuring everyone gets the best deal. Founded in 2017, our technology-led approach has redefined the experience of selling a car, generating thousands of monthly car sales and helping us to grow to a team of more than 400 people across our London and Brighton offices.

About the role:

Our QA team is growing and we’re looking for a Lead Engineer to help multiple squads’  with quality output and integrate quality practices. This role will be a mix of strategy and individual contribution where you will build the Quality team at Motorway, helping us reach the next level of engineering and software quality.

Our tech stack: We operate a Javascript monostack, using the latest JS features heavily. We use PostgreSQL with the Sequelize ORM and Redis databases. We are currently hosted on AWS.


  • Owning of the QA strategy & community for Motorway.
  • Ensuring implementation of the strategy - working closely with the QA Engineers & Tech Leads to ensure quality is embedded in each team.
  • Create an QA education program to develop our QA Engineers and the wider engineering team.
  • Collaborating with Engineering leaders on overall Engineering initiatives to ensure that QA is considered as a first class citizen.
  • Splitting time between people management, strategy and individual contribution.
  • Supporting the Quality team with their day-to-day where needed.
  • Line management of multiple Quality Engineers - mentoring and coaching them to further their careers within tech.
  • Collaborating with developers to have them contribute to Quality/testing.
  • Demonstrating to squads and stakeholders the benefits of testing.


  • You are an experienced QA Engineer ready to help build the Quality discipline at Motorway.
  • You believe that quality is everyone’s responsibility – you are a domain expert and want to share that knowledge with all engineers.
  • You embrace servant leadership principles.
  • You view team success as your number one goal, establishing the context, purpose and value of work to direct team focus on output that matters
  • You believe in delivering high quality software, rapidly, while at a sustainable pace.
  • You have experience at quality coaching high performing agile engineering teams with a proven history of delivery.
  • You foster an environment of curiosity for your team, encouraging innovation and advocating setbacks as a key part of the learning journey
  • You have led and coached QA engineers to be better every day.
  • You are decisive and use good judgement to focus your attention on the most impactful solutions

Bonus points:

  • Experience of building and testing software in an agile continuous integration and deployment environment.
  • Experience in functional/non-functional testing, test architecture, performance testing.
  • Experience creating and implementing test automation frameworks.
  • Knowledge of modern development practices, such as CI/CD and cloud based technology.
  • Knowledge of JavaScript and/or Typescript.


  • A competitive salary
  • Annual learning budget - you can choose how you like to learn and find the best learning experiences to support your progression.
  • BUPA health insurance
  • Discounted dental through BUPA
  • Discounted gym membership through BUPA
  • On-Hand volunteering membership and one paid volunteering day per year
  • Hybrid working from home (approximately 2 days in the office a week)
  • Pension scheme
  • Motorway car leasing scheme - lease a zero-emissions electric vehicle at a significant discount
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Workplace nursery scheme
  • Regular social events
  • Cycle to work scheme

Equal opportunities statement:

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can maximise their full potential. We believe our workforce should reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships