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Senior Performance Engineer


GB London, GB, N1C 4AG

Brand:  RS Components
Function:  Digital & Technology

We are looking for a Senior Performance Engineer responsible for the overall quality and testing architecture of our products that our department produces. We use a range of innovative front-end and back-end tools and technology to drive robust, well-engineered practices through to delivery, giving the business that sought-after confidence. Consisting of DevOps Engineers, Performance Engineers and QA Engineers, we have a deeply embedded culture of collaboration, sharing our experiences and skills throughout.


Purpose of the role:

The Senior Performance Engineer would take on some of the responsibilities of the current Performance Test Team, ensuring that performance testing is carried out across our many microservices and products. You, as the Performance Test Engineer will be tasked with going into the development teams, working closely with Developers and QAs to performance test stories before they are release to production. This will include requirements gathering, Test Script creation all the way through to execution. You will be using JMeter/Loadrunner to create Test Scripts and execute performance tests, analyse them and create reports for the DevOps teams and determine how these stories impact the performance of our products. You will also be tasked with contributing to the teams’ effort to implement the current performance test strategy, driving innovation and working with the most up-to-date technologies to streamline current processes.


You will be responsible for:

  • Running end-to-end performance test projects within an Agile environment
  • Providing innovative solutions to streamline current processes using different technologies within the business and the performance test team
  • Integrating and maintaining performance testing within the teams’ development lifecycle
  • Identify and investigate potential performance degradation in the code
  • Implement best practices for performance testing
  • Identify the key metrics for measuring performance and generate reports based off them
  • Work with different teams to improve their knowledge of performance testing
  • Coaching and mentoring junior team members


What you will need to be successful in this role:


  • Previous experience as a dedicated performance engineer
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous experience using industry-wide performance testing tools (e.g. Microfocus LoadRunner and JMeter)
  • Proven experience with an object-oriented programming language
  • Proven experience performance testing .NET web applications and API’s
  • Experience of setting up the performance tests from requirements gathering to test reporting
  • Experience of developing and implementing frameworks for end-to-end performance testing
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to produce reports, talk through and present to a non-technical audience
  • Ability to coordinate test runs which require multi-department co-operation
  • Experience in creating realistic performance testing scripts and scenarios



  • Experience in Continuous Integration/Delivery
  • Knowledge of Microservices and experience with DevOps
  • Performance testing cloud microservices in AWS cloud
  • Experience in testing applications hosted in the cloud, particularly AWS
  • Experience working with JSON, Jira
  • Experience working in Kanban environments
  • Experience working with build & deployment tools
  • Experience working with pipelines and running performance tests through pipelines
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring junior team members


Person Specification:

  • MUST have a PASSION for achieving excellence in product quality and reliability 
  • Ability to multi-task continuously, handling stress when required
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team
  • Be very organized and able to define and follow processes strictly
  • Ability to adapt quickly with methodologies, tools, best practices and processes within specific area of responsibility
  • Proficient in utilizing quality improvement tools and techniques.
  • Be extremely detail-oriented with respect to documentation and communication 


The good stuff

A global organization of optimists and specialists with big ambitions for the future. You can take control of your future here at RS. We offer all the benefits you’d expect to receive in a dynamic global business:

  • Up to 10% Bonus
  • 24 days holiday (with the option to purchase a further week)
  • EAP Programme
  • Virtual GP access
  • Discounted stock options
  • Extremely generous contributory Pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Life assurance
  • Working flexibly - flexing the times when you work in the day to help you fit everything in and work when you are the most productive. This role is classified as a hybrid role, which means we are happy for you to work remotely but meet the team and other stakeholders for future meetings or workshops.


We are RS

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where our people get to bring their true self work every day and thrive. We recognise that a diverse and representative workforce is critical to our success, and our aim is to create a business where people can be their best selves. Our employees expect this as a matter of course and it is fundamental to how we attract, develop, and hold on to the best talent.

We recruit and develop employees who are the best suited to the requirements of the job role, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  We believe everyone should be able to bring their true self to work and be given the opportunities to succeed.  If you require any adjustments during this process to ensure you can bring your true self, please let us know.

We recognise that we’re not perfect when it comes to being a truly diverse organisation yet.  However, we are passionate about diversity and are proactively working to build an organisation where everyone can see themselves succeed here.

Increasingly powered by digital technology, we’re our customers’ one-stop-shop for electronic products and industrial components. We began in a north-west London garage supplying spare parts to radio repair shops back in 1937 and we’ve kept transforming for over 80 years. Today, we’re using digital globally to revolutionise the way we do business and strengthen our position as the people engineers turn to for help, advice and knowledge.

We’re proud of what we’ve done, but we’re not sitting back. We’re always looking to make the customer experience simpler, faster and easier. We’re transforming markets and the impact of technology. We’ve widened our services portfolio with innovations from procurement and inventory solutions to 24/7 product support.

We’ve been on an incredible journey, but the best is yet to come; are you ready to join us




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