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Quality Assurance Analyst - Nottinghamshire

Ref: 593 Date Posted: Monday 03 Jun 2019
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The Quality Assurance Analyst’s role is to develop and establish quality assurance standards and measures for the information technology services within the organisation. This individual will also gather and analyse data in support of business cases, proposed projects, and systems requirements. This will include writing test plans and scripts for tracking defects and fixes in product development, software application development, information systems, and operational systems. The QA Analyst will apply proven analytical and problem-solving skills to help validate IT processes through methodical testing in order to maximise the benefit of business investments in IT initiatives.

Responsibilities Strategy & Planning

  • Develop and establish quality assurance measures and testing standards for new applications,products, and/or enhancements to existing applications throughout their development/product lifecycles.
  • Prepare and deliver reports, recommendations, or alternatives that address existing and potential trouble areas in IT systems and projects across the organisation.

Acquisition & Deployment

  • Liaise with vendors and suppliers in assessing applications and/or systems under consideration for purchase.
  • Analyse documentation and technical specifications of any new application under deployment or consideration to determine its intended functionality.

Operational Management

  • Conduct internal audits to measure and assure adherence to established QA standards for software development, application integration, and information system performance, and corresponding documentation.
  • Ensure quality throughout the software development lifecycle working with cross functional teams within an Agile framework.
  • Create and execute test plans and scripts that will determine optimal application performance according to specifications.
  • Verify and revise quality assurance standards as needed.
  • Ensure that testing activities allow applications to meet business requirements and systems goals, fulfil customer requirements, and identify existing or potential issues.
  • Design, coordinate and execute all IT testing including system, unit, regression, load, acceptance and automation testing.
  • Make recommendations for improvement of applications, services and infrastructure.
  • Communicate test progress, test results, and other relevant information to stakeholders and management.
  • Test any new software, service or infrastructure to ensure integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, and technical specifications.
  • Analyse formal test results in order to discover and report any defects, bugs, errors, configuration issues, and interoperability flaws.
  • Cultivate and disseminate knowledge of quality assurance best practices.

Position Requirements Knowledge & Experience

  • Strong experience (circa 3 years) of overseeing the design, development, and implementation of quality assurance standards for software, services, and infrastructure testing.
  • Strong experience (circa 3 years) direct experience as a lead tester.
  • Strong knowledge of system testing best practices and methodologies.
  • Familiarity with Agile frameworks, scrum in particular.
  • Extensive experience with core software applications, including Microsoft Office, Windows.
  • Direct hands-on experience with ad hoc query programs, automated testing tools, and reporting software.
  • Good project management skills and/or substantial exposure to project-based work structures.
  • Extensive practical knowledge of ALM tools and their use for organisation, traceability and transparency.
  • Proven data analysis, data verification, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Experience with statistical reporting and analysis.

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent listening, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
  • Able to prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Formal Education & Certification

  • University degree (or equivalent) in software engineering, computer science, or business administration and/or 3 years equivalent work experience.
  • ISEB Software Testing – Advanced Level Certification.


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