Company Description

Whitespace was established in 1985 as a software development company specialising in the insurance market. We are a privately owned company and with over 30 years of experience providing carefully designed IT solutions and platforms to our customers in the insurance and reinsurance markets we are in an excellent position to understand our customers, their processes, their challenges and their needs.

We have developed systems that we continue to support proactively for Members’ Agents, Delegated Authority Brokers and Claims Managers.

However, the entire global financial services industry is striving to be more efficient. One obvious way to do this is by digitising and streamlining processes end to end. The insurance market is a prime candidate; moving risks through the distribution chain is expensive and burdened by inefficiencies. Digitisation promises huge benefits to all parties.

In 2016, anticipating this desire for efficiency, Whitespace embarked on a project to introduce fully digital insurance contract placing into the Lloyd’s of London market. An incumbent system has been trying to do the same thing for years but has struggled to win the hearts and minds of market practitioners. By using new technologies, specifically NoSQL databases and iPads / iPhones, Whitespace has established itself as a strong competitor. The Whitespace Platform launched in August 2019 and has proved extraordinarily popular and successful.

In March 2021 Sequel, a Verisk business, acquired a majority investment in Whitespace. The partnership with Sequel brings an increased set of opportunities for us as an organisation and for our customers. We are excited to be able to fast forward the digital ambition that both Sequel and Whitespace customers desire, and this will see us achieve our seven year ambition in three.

Job Description

Summary and Purpose           

This role involves the development of software for our insurance contract negotiation platform. You’ll join a multi-disciplinary team involving designers, analysts, developers and testers to add new functionality to our system. You’ll develop your skills across a range of technologies and see how we safely write code in a regulated, ISO 27001 certified environment.

We expect you to have confidence in writing software. We’ll assign you to one area – iOS, browser, API, testing – and support you in learning what’s new to you. We find people get productive quickly – weeks, rather than months – and then it’s a matter of new challenges, both business and technical coming at you all the time.

Main Duties

Primary duties/responsibilities of the job:

  • Writing Automated tests using Puppeteer / Cypress using TypeScript / JavaScript
  • Manual testing for the releases including System testing and Regression testing
  • Writing and execution of test cases in JIRA.
  • API automation testing using Java and JavaScript
  • Documentation and maintaining a robust log of all test cases and test results
  • Ensure that all tests are executed and give regular feedback to the team on the status of quality
  • RestAssured, Java, TypeScript, Jenkins – to deliver efficient and reliable automated tests.
  • Discuss with analysts and designers the details of the implementation so that the changes work for our users
  • Collaborate with other automation engineers to plan the implementation across the platform and review code changes

Compliance & Training

  • Adhere to all company & regulatory policies and procedures as instructed
  • Carry out all training provided to deadlines prescribed
  • Work with compliance on IT relevant areas such as Data Security and Financial Crime
  • Execute the responsibilities of a company employee acting in a lawful and ethical manner in accordance with your contract of employment and company staff handbook
  • Work with department manager for own professional development, including performance appraisal and identifying and meeting training needs in order to ensure competence and compliance with current regulations

Experience Required

  • Software development in a modern computer language
  • Knowledge of manual testing concepts including system and regression testing.​​​​​​​

Knowledge / Skills / Attributes required

  • Good Java / JavaScript / TypeScript knowledge
  • Test automation experience with Puppeteer / Cypress / Protractor
  • Good understanding of Functional testing and experience in manual testing
  • API’s testing
  • BDD and TDD methodologies
  • Testing website across multiple browsers and devices
  • Confidence in software development in a modern language
  • Knowledge of source control systems/services – e.g. Git/GitHub
  • Attention to detail is key, as is the ability to work collaboratively
  • Self-starter
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening, negotiating and presentation skills
  • Understanding of Stakeholder management
  • Understanding of client needs and ability to react to those
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Solid experience with MS Office
  • Willingness to learn and be agile in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to operate collaboratively and iteratively with colleagues is essential.
  • Ability to listen and retain new information quickly to disseminate to relevant internal stakeholders​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Knowledge / Skills / Attributes desirable

  • Specific knowledge of the development languages and environments mentioned above
  • Experience of working in a team of programmers and support analysts
  • Experience in structured test cases writing using software testing techniques
  • Broad understanding of the London Insurance Market
  • An interest in technological advances in software development


Education / Training / Qualifications required

  • Degree in Computer Science or another subject with significant exposure to numerical disciplines

Additional Information

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

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