SPD Development Company Ltd

  • Bedford
Company Overview

SPD was formed in 2007 as a joint venture between Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Alere, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott. With strong positions in most key markets with the Clearblue brand, SPD is active in the research,design, marketing and sales of branded consumer diagnostic products.

SPD has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH) and its R&D and support functions are in Bedford (SPD Development Company Ltd). There are approximately 160 employees across these two sites.

The function of SPD is to rapidly design, develop, test and transfer to production, world class consumer diagnostic solutions in women’s health.

SPD comprises of Research and Development (including Science, Design, Engineering, Software and Hardware), Product Support, Clinical Affairs, Statistics & Data Management, Scientific & Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance and Quality Assurance, Customer Support, Sales & Marketing, Product Supply, Project Management, Finance, Legal and People and Organisational Development.

Position Overview:

We have an exciting opportunity for Software Test Engineer to join our Research & Development department for 3 months, working on innovate consumer diagnostic products for the market leading Clearblue brand.

We’re looking for a Software Test Engineer to ensure the Mobile Applications (native iOS and Android) used to support new products are tested and documented in accordance with the relevant software medical standards and regulations.

The Software Team is integral in the development of our next generation of products and is situated at the Clearblue Innovation Centre, Bedford.

Main Responsibilities:

Support the complete testing life cycle; take ownership and technical responsibility for the testing of allocated elements; identify key technical challenges and provide resolutions.
Perform analysis on input documentation (e.g. User/Software Requirements, User Stories) to ensure requirements are clear, unambiguous and testable.
Breakdown requirements into test conditions that ensure adequate test coverage.
Create and document automated or manual tests using the appropriate test method. Methods may include functional, non-functional, black box, white box, unit, integration, system, stress, exception and load test methods.
Write automated test scripts using the appropriate software language.
Maintain a test trace matrix to ensure adequate test coverage of requirements.
Perform and oversee tests; document results in a concise, controlled and compliant manner.
Use the defect tracking system to log/monitor issues and support resolution activities.
Participate in technical reviews of test coverage, test procedures, issues & executed tests.
Create required test documentation including test procedures and test reports.
Actively keep up-to-date with current best practice in software testing and use this knowledge to recommend improvements.

Skills & Experience:


Experience of test automation for Mobile applications and web sites.
Proven track record of writing tests from requirement documents, executing tests and reporting results.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to present information.
Team player with the ability to integrate quickly into the company, forming good relationships within the teams, across departments and with co-workers within SPD and related companies.


Experience of the generic software development lifecycle (waterfall, Agile with Scrum) with an understanding of the specification, design, and development processes.
Experience of configuration management and requirements management.
Proven track record of investigating and solving problems or issues.
Ability to develop realistic schedules and monitor progress of self and others.
Ability to work in a fast paced environment with a flexible working approach to accommodate changing priorities of the business.
Ability to identify and learn appropriate new technologies, techniques and practices.


Based on the Priory Business Park in Bedford (MK44 3UP).

Other Information:

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.