1. Applications are invited for this position at the European Police Office (Europol).
Europol is located in The Hague, The Netherlands, and its main tasks are the following:
a) to collect, store, process, analyse and exchange information and intelligence;
b) to aid investigations in the Member States, in particular by forwarding all relevant information to the national units;
c) to ask the competent authorities of the Member States concerned to initiate, conduct or coordinate investigations and to suggest the setting up of joint investigation teams in specific cases;
d) to provide intelligence and analytical support to Member States in connection with major international events;
e) to prepare threat assessments, strategic analyses and general situation reports relating to its objective, including organised crime threat assessments.
For more information please visit Europol’s website www.europol.europa.eu.
2. Within the Capabilities department, the IT Solutions Engineering unit, with over 25 staff members, is mainly responsible for software development of custom IT solutions (web and client server applications) as well as for integration and customization of standard off-the-shelf solutions for both law enforcement and administrative purposes.
The Testing & Quality Assurance team of unit is responsible for testing and QA tasks related of those solutions in close cooperation with other team members and stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be mainly responsible for designing test cases, conducting manual tests and developing/maintaining automated test scripts for regression testing.
3. Tasks and responsibilities:
Under the guidance of the Senior Specialist in the area of Test & QA the successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Actively participate as a tester during the application development phase in an iterative and incremental manner;
- Define/maintain test plans and test conditions;
- Write/maintain test scripts for manual and automated testing;
- Execute various types of tests for solution quality assurance;
- Document test results and defects;
- Monitor results of continuous regression tests and initiate corrective action if needed;
- Manage end-to-end test process through various iterations;
- Create/review requirements’ documentation considering user, business and testing needs;
- Perform any other task assigned by the Senior Specialist in charge or by the Head of the IT Solution Engineering Unit to assist in dealing with ICT related issues.
4.1 Eligibility criteria:
a. Candidates must
- Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen;
- Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws on military service;
- Produce appropriate character references as to the suitability for the performance of the duties;
- Be physically fit to perform the duties pertaining to the position;
- Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Communities and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Communities to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties.
b. Candidates must have
- A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies, preferably in the area of Computer Science, attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is at least 3 years.
4.2 Selection criteria:
a. Professional experience:
- In total at least 6 years of relevant professional work experience in the area of ICT gained following the award of the diploma;
- Out of the 6 years have significant experience in the following areas:
o Test automation scripting using keyword- or data-driven approaches;
o Executing functional test cases;
o Transferring requirements into test designs;
o Finding, documenting, managing and re-testing defects;
o Requirement engineering;
o Use of automated testing tools, test management tools and defect- tracking systems;
- Good programming skills using VBscript or other scripting languages;
- Experience of working in an international, multi-disciplinary environment.
- Experience with testing of non-functional requirements (e.g. performance, technical security, etc.);
- Experience in the use of HP Quality Center;
- Experience in the use of HP QuickTest Professional;
- Experience in the use of Visual Studio Team System.
b. Professional knowledge:
- Sound knowledge of formal specification-based test techniques (equivalence portioning, boundary value analysis, etc);
- Sound knowledge of UML (use cases, diagrams, etc.)
- Knowledge of fundamental test process activities
- Knowledge of SQL, XML and regular expressions;
- Proven knowledge of ISTQB terminology (by passing the relevant certification exam(s));
- Knowledge of SOA architecture;
- Knowledge of iterative development methodology (e.g. Scrum, MSF, RUP etc.).
c. Social skills and competencies:
- Excellent command of English, both verbally and in writing;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively liaise with other units and groups;
- Good communication skills, both verbally and in writing;
- Have a proactive, pragmatic, result driven and problem solving attitude;
- A high level of capability to organise and manage work, including the ability to cope with stress in relation to demanding tasks, heavy workload and time pressure;
- Have a constructive and positive attitude;
- Ability to function both as an independent professional as well as a member of a team;
- Service oriented approach.
5. Salary: The successful candidate will be engaged in Function Group IV, grade 13 (EUR 3 145,45), grade 14 (EUR 3 558,90) or grade 16 (EUR 4 555,99), subject to years of professional experience.
In line with applicable implementing rules the professional experience gained after the education required for the grades above is as follows:
Grade Proven professional experience
13 Up to 7 years
14 More than 7 years
16 More than 20 years
In addition, if applicable, allowances such as expatriation allowance, household allowance, dependent child allowance and education allowance may be granted.
Europol offers a comprehensive welfare package comprising additional benefits such as medical and unemployment insurance as well as a pension scheme.
Salaries are subject to a community tax but exempt from national taxation.
6. Terms and conditions 6.1 Probation period
Engagement at Europol is subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 9 months.
Europol reserves the right to terminate the contract of employment during or at the end of the probation period in accordance with Title IV, Article 84 of the Staff Regulations of Officials and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities.
6.2 Security screening and certificate of good conduct
In order to ensure that all candidates who have successfully passed a selection procedure comply with the security standards and do not have a criminal record we request all successful candidates to apply for a national “certificate of good conduct” at the time an offer of employment is made.
The certificate of good conduct provides evidence that the candidate is suitable to be employed by Europol. However, the national certificate of good conduct does not substitute a full security clearance that must be carried out for all Europol staff in accordance with the clearance level determined for the position.
6.3 Contract of employment
The successful candidate will be recruited as Contract Agent in Function Group IV pursuant to Article 3a of the Staff Regulations of Officials and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities, for a period of 3 years. The contract may be renewed.
The place of employment will be The Hague, The Netherlands.
For further information on terms and conditions please consult the Staff Regulations of Officials and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities which are available on Europol’s website.
7. The data submitted is processed in order to assess the suitability of candidates for a position at Europol. All personal data collected for the purpose of the selection procedure will only be used within this specific context and will not be disclosed to any third party, except for restricted posts in which the application may be transmitted to the National Unit and the respective Liaison Bureau.
Any data provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and in full compliance with all applicable data protection rules. The legal basis for the processing of personal data is the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (Title III Chapter 1) and its implementing instruments.
All documents provided to Europol will be kept in Europol’s files and will not be returned to the candidate. Applications of non-recruited candidates will be kept for a maximum of two years. Data of non-recruited applicants on the reserve list for appointment will be kept for the duration of the validity of the reserve list. Data of recruited candidates will be transferred to their personal file.
The Head of Unit of the Human Resources Unit is responsible for the data processing operation. Candidates have the right to access, rectify, block and erase their personal data in accordance with the applicable data protection rules.
Candidates have the right of recourse to the Europol Data Protection Office (Data Protection Office - PO Box 90850, 2509LW The Hague, the Netherlands) and the Joint Supervisory Body (www.europoljsb.consilium.europa.eu). Applications sent to the DPO or JSB will not be processed and deleted.
8. Additional information
8.1 Main dates:
Deadline for application: 21 March 2011
Recruitment procedure: to be determined
Starting date of employment: as soon as possible.
8.2 Selection procedure
The selection procedure will be carried out in accordance with the EUROPOL RECRUITMENT GUIDELINES available on Europol’s website www.europol.europa.eu.
8.3 Contact Details
For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 302 5298 or +31 (0) 70 353 1467.