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Test Analyst

Job Title: Test Analyst
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
Industry:
IT
Salary: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Start Date: asap
Reference: 66961-ITENG-JRC
Contact Name: Jordan Constable
Contact Email: Jordan.Constable@volt.eu.com
Job Published: June 10, 2016 17:29

Job Description

Test Analyst-Initial 3 Month Contract-Oxford-£400pd/£450pd

Our Client, based in Oxford, is seeking a Test Analyst to work on an initial 3 month contract.

This is a senior position in Quality Assurance responsible for architecting automation and performance testing solutions. This position works with management to implement automation strategy and to plan and execute effective and efficient automation and performance testing to accomplish on-time and efficient delivery of high-quality software products and/or data.

Experience and Education
*8+ years of Quality Test Engineering experience
*BS Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent experience required, advanced degree preferred

Key Responsibilities
*Development and execution of automated and performance testing for large or multiple diverse projects to successfully and consistently enable delivery of high-quality software products and services on time, on budget, and to specification, reacting quickly to changes in priorities or circumstances to meet the needs of the business.
*Work with QA manager, project managers, technical leads, and subject matter experts to plan and execute automated and performance tests.
*Ensure that testing addresses requirements as agreed with other stakeholders.
*Research available tools and lead initiatives to identify and implement those that will cost-effectively enhance testing capabilities and product quality.
*Work with architects, developers, and network and system engineers to research and identify root causes of performance issues.
*Work across teams to support quality assurance and testing throughout the business as appropriate.
*Lead continuous integration and continuous improvement initiatives and implementation of best practices.
*Encourage new ideas from others to foster improvements.
*Identify areas for improvement and, with leadership, peers, or others, implement initiatives improving overall capability and efficiency.
*Serve as subject matter expert in the configuration, maintenance, and/or administration of testing tools or environments.
*Suggest process improvements that enable efficient delivery and maintenance with consistent direction.
*Identify areas for cooperation with other teams to improve overall quality and, with peers or others, implement initiatives improving testing capability and efficiency.
*Develop and execute automated and performance testing for assigned projects to successfully and consistently enable delivery of high-quality software products and services on time, on budget, and to specification.
*Plan testing for delivery of products and enhancements and to assure products meet product requirements and quality standards, partnering with Product Management, Project Management, Engineering, and Operations teams.
*Maintain flexibility to react quickly to changes in priorities or circumstances to meet the needs of the business.
*Report issues and results, researching and identifying root causes as appropriate, documenting accordingly.
*Cooperate in the enhancement of the methodologies employed for test planning and execution, defect tracking, and metric and status reporting.
*Maintain framework for record retention in order to support internal and external IT audits.
*Enhance quality assurance/testing and help to develop/execute automation and performance testing throughout the business as appropriate.
*Identify areas for improvement and, with leadership, peers, or others, implement initiatives improving overall capability and efficiency.
*Maintain flexibility to react quickly to changes in priorities or circumstances to meet the needs of the business.
*All other duties as assigned.

Technical Skills
*Strong understanding of Agile (Scrum, Kanban) development & QA methodologies.
*Ability to develop and execute automation and performance testing for large scale projects.
*Experienced QA testing skills.
*Experience in Data validation testing.
*Research skills (tools/root cause analysis).
*Exhibits innovative approaches to process improvement.
*Administration of testing tools/environments.
*Strong test planning, time management, and change management skills across multiple functional groups and departments, and strong skills involving prioritizing and reprioritizing testing tasks.
*Essential technical skills
*Strong hands-on working experience in
*J-Unit, Java
*Maven
*SQL
*Jenkins continuous integration
*JIRA & Confluence
*Web services & API testing
*Desirable technical skills
*Strong hands-on working experience in
*Citrus integration test framework
*Continuous integration
*Fuse
*Talend
*SOAP UI
*Testing cloud applications e.g. AWS, Azure etc
*Advanced problem-solving experience.
*Advanced communication (verbal and written) and customer service skills. Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills applicable to a wide audience including senior management, customers, etc.