About Us

Our History

2020

  • Transformed ways of working for a global payments provider.

 

  • Created BPM’s and LDM’s documenting infrastructure, architecture, service lines and products.

 

  • Eradicated security vulnerability technical debt.

 

  • Stood up 25 CI/CD automated build pipelines.

2019

  • Rebooted a failing multi-million group payments product programme, changing the programme direction & focus.

 

  • Combed releases in order to ensure success whilst maintaining the overall delivery schedule.

 

  • Re-architected project budgets.

 

  • Established geographic shift & support patterns to extend the development & testing timelines by divesting the dev, product, support & test teams across, India, Frankfurt & Zagreb into two teams.

2018

  • Restructured European payment providers’ entire QA processes, policies & procures.

 

  • Managed their monthly releases for 12 months.

 

  • Mentored and trained their QA staff.

 

  • Established an E2E automated framework that addressed functional, API, performance & security testing.

 

  • Reduced production defect bleed from 18% to 2%.

2017

  • Created & deployed the test automation for IT framework into IPO.

 

  • Simplified automated test development.

 

  • Implemented industry standards, good practices & promoted code reuse.

 

  • Up-skilled IPO test team, & integrated the framework with IPO’s strategic lifecycle management tool of choice.

2016

  • Designed & implemented the delivery assurance & TCoE framework into DWO, providing a robust & proven operating model.

 

  • Built a roadmap for the TCoE consisting of prioritised business goals.

 

  • Deployed 80+ QA resources operating at either an expert or practitioner level across automation, performance, security, OAT, accessibility, environment & tooling

2015

  • Expands into the USA.

 

  • Provides white labelled leadership resource into one of the fastest-growing UK consultancies.

2014

  • Launches Country Risk Index (CRI) product.

 

  • Enable the delivery of 5 strategic programmes for Irelands largest B2B company.

2013

  • Releases Cities, Towns, Regions & Ports (CTRP Gold) product.

 

  • Manage delivery assurance for retail banks digital services theme, this included paperless correspondence, online loan servicing, travel flag, overpayment calculator, credit card loyalty, paperless marketing, commercial registration & instant activation, lost & stolen cards, view transaction details, close current account, investments, fixed term deposit maturity instructions, view earmarked funds, straight-through processing, close saving account, instant activation digital adoption – retail.

2012

  • Incorporates in Ireland to service Irish banking clients.

 

  • Delivers one of the largest telecommunications projects in Ireland.

2011

  • Launches ‘Data Profiler’ & ‘Sanctions Assessment Centre’.

 

  • Restructure, manage & successfully deliver, a two-year fund account management programme, consisting of 322 funds with a £129 billion gross annual FoF holding.

 

2010

  • Become a globally-recongnised sanctions assurance provide

 

  • Become responsible for the technology validation strategy & execution relating to the creation of a new UK bank

2009

  • Approved/preferred supplier to 15 banks globally.

 

  • Engaged for two years by a global financial services company to setup and staff their test centre of excellence.

2008

  • Founded, focusing on technology-based quality assurance solutions.

 

  • Engaged by UK retail bank to undertake the NFT of their new digital banking platform.

OUR VISION

SQA Consulting develops partnerships with clients which improves the efficiency of their business processes & the quality of IT products & systems.

Our complete approach to intelligent business process automation demonstrates clear business results in reducing cost, improving performance, mitigating the risk of process failure & enhancing organisation values. 

For more than a decade, SQA Consulting has built a global client network in various sectors including investment & retail banking, information technology & telecommunications, government, law, energy & healthcare.

We have grown our business with talented people who understand your challenges & who can provide tailored technical solutions to address them. 

We are proud of our success & we are dedicated to our clients. 

We work hard to nurture our employees through our company culture, as we focus on the real value that we bring to your organisation.

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Are you curious & passionate about transforming technology, intelligent business process automation, or financial crime risk management?

Are you dynamic & motivated by challenges?

Are you able to contribute to a collaborative & diverse working culture?

Our achievements are a reflection of the efforts of our people. 

We are looking for individuals who will add value to the company & help take us to new heights.

Choose a career at SQA Consulting & you’ll be part of an innovative, creative & motivated team. 

You’ll find an organisation where your talent is nurtured & developed & where you can enjoy a flexible yet supportive working environment.

Interested in a career with us?

Apply for one of our vacancies below, or contact us at:

[email protected] with your CV & cover letter.

 

SQA Consulting has signed the Armed Services Covenant which means that we recognise the value serving personnel, both regular & reservists, veterans & military families contribute to our business & our country. 

our VACANCIES

IBA-QAC-PMC-Senior Automation Test Analyst

High Level Role Overview:

As a member of the IBA / QAC Consulting Resource Pool, reporting to the Automation Test Lead, Senior Automation Test Lead or Automation Test Manager, the Automation Test Analyst analyses requirements & system design documents in order to plan, prepare & execute automated testing, raise defects where appropriate & complete testing of the systems under test. This will be done at a number of different test levels including System test, where they will be expected to perform all automation test duties. They will also assist other test professionals either in the execution of automation tests or the use of automation tools to support testing, e.g. test data creation.

The Person in this Role is Accountable for:

Translating Requirements into Automated Test Cases – Conducting static analysis of requirements to confirm their testability, performing risk analysis to prioritise the execution of testing & working closely with interested parties to ensure the successful delivery of automated test cases & test scripts. This will include both ensuring that traceability of test artefacts has been maintained & the mentoring of more junior members of the team in preparing these artefacts.

Automation Test Preparation – creating automated test packs & reporting on progress towards completion.
Specifying & Preparing Test Data – Deploying both manual & automated methods to create suitable test data based on an underst&ing of the needs of test cases & analysis of the functionality under test.

Automation Test Execution – Executing automated test cases, recording the results accurately, selecting & retaining appropriate evidence of the success or failure of automation test cases in a test management system & mentoring other members of the broader test community.

Logging Defects & Defect Management – Logging & maintaining defects in a defect tracking system, including the gathering of suitable evidence to support defect reports, tracking defects to their resolution & providing analyses of the current state of defect resolution.

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities of the Role:

  • Designing & maintaining automation test cases, test conditions, test specifications, test scripts & procedures from Business Requirements, System Requirements & Technical System Designs.
  • Specifying & preparing test data.
  • Automation Test execution, recording of test results & test progress reporting.
  • Logging defects & producing defect reports.
  • Regression testing & re-testing of defect fixes.
  • Providing support to other testers using automation tools in the creation of data.
  • Providing support to other testers executing automation tests.
  • Contributing to improvements to testing processes.
  • Working with delivery teams to ensure that the quality of deliverables created at each stage of the SDLC is in line with standards & policies.
  • Gathering data relating to & reporting on the effectiveness of technology assurance efforts in their portfolio of projects.
  • Utilising test tools to automate testing effort where appropriate.
  • Contributing to peer reviews of work produced by other members of the team.

Skills / Experience & Personal:

Personal

  • Articulate, assertive & persuasive with the ability to use appropriate communication channels, adapting style & approach to suit the audience; able to build effective relationships.
  • Exceptional planning & definition capability with a pragmatic approach.
  • Excellent attention to detail, meticulous with a desire to ‘test to break’: a Quality advocate.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively with all testing stakeholders to produce clear test artefacts.
  • Strong analytical & facilitation skills to ensure business needs & effective solutions can be clearly & rapidly understood & delivered.
  • Highly productive with optimal time management skills.
  • Able to work to deadlines achieve results under time pressure without compromising quality.
  • Influencing skills & commercial awareness.
  • Resilient in the face of challenges & able to use a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of testing to provide creative solutions.

Technical – Essential

  • Experience in automated testing tools such as QTP, UFT, Rational Functional Tester, Selenium, Silk Test or Microsoft tools.
  • Experience covering the complete project life cycle in a structured environment (both iterative/agile & waterfall).
  • Knowledge of a range of testing types including functional, non-functional, regression, integration, UAT & OAT.
  • Knowledge of testing involving both internal & 3rd parties.
  • Knowledge of risk analysis & risk-based Testing.
  • Knowledge of defect management & test management tools.
  • Knowledge of testing complex user interfaces & GUI applications.
  • Knowledge of Test Data provisioning & Management.
  • Good knowledge of the Microsoft Office toolset (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Technical – Desirable

  • Development languages, e.g. Visual Basic, Java & C#.
  • Development techniques e.g. Agile & Object Orientated.
  • Knowledge of Markets, Payment Systems & Banking Systems

Education/Qualifications
Essential

  • ISTQB / ISQI / ISEB Foundation Level qualification.
  • Experience with Waterfall methodologies.

Desirable

  • ISEB Intermediate level qualification or demonstration of the equivalent level of knowledge gained through experience.
  • Certification in one or more automation tools.
  • Certification in or experience of any of the following:
    • ITIL 2007 / 2011.
    • Agile Methodologies.
    • PRINCE2.

 

IBA-QAC-PMC-Senior Test Analyst

High Level Role Overview:

As a member of the IBA / QAC Consulting Resource Pool, reporting to a Test Lead, Test Manager, or Portfolio Test Manager, the Senior Test Analyst analyses requirements & system design documents in order to plan, prepare & execute testing, raise defects where appropriate & complete testing of the systems under test. This will be done at a number of different test levels including System tests, where they will be expected to perform all test duties. They will also assist with User & Operational Acceptance testing where they will be expected to provide a “wraparound” service, responsible for ensuring that formal testing is executed in accordance with agreed standards.

 

The Person in this Role is Accountable for:

Leading Test Execution – By acting as the first point of contact for the test analysts on the project, leading test execution within a test phase & monitoring & reporting on progress towards completion.

Translating Requirements into Test Cases – Conducting static analysis of requirements to confirm their testability, performing risk analysis to prioritise the execution of testing & working closely with interested parties to ensure the successful delivery of test cases, test scripts & test plans. This will include both ensuring that traceability of test artefacts has been maintained, & will often include the mentoring of more junior members of the team in preparing these artefacts.

Specifying & Preparing Test Data – Deploying both manual & automated methods to create suitable test data based on an understanding of the needs of test cases & analysis of the functionality under test.

Test Execution – Executing test cases, recording the results accurately, selecting & retaining appropriate evidence of the success or failure of test cases in a test management system & mentoring more junior members of the team. This may also involve the application of exploratory & experience-based techniques in order to uncover defects not disclosed by structured techniques.

Logging Defects & Defect Management – Logging & maintaining defects in a defect tracking system, including the gathering of suitable evidence to support defect reports, tracking defects to their resolution & providing analyses of the current state of defect resolution.

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities of the Role:

  • Integrating fully into our client’s workstream, liaising with the developers, architects, business users, Build & Run stakeholders to gain a full understanding of the workstream delivery goals & business needs that are being met.
  • Undertaking a static review of functional requirements to ensure that they meet testability criteria
  • Performing risk assessments of requirements to ensure that test preparation & execution activities are correctly prioritised.
  • Working closely with the Test Enablement Manager to specify & create test data to support all testing activities.
  • Creation & execution of system testing to ensure it performs in line with functional & non-functional design specifications adheres to strict governance frameworks & is completed within project deadlines.
  • Working closely with end-users to define test cases, test scripts & test plans for user acceptance testing while ensuring adherence to all governance standards & testing frameworks.
  • Providing support to end-users during user acceptance testing ensuring it is done in line with governance & project deadlines.
  • Monitoring testing progress, ensuring that execution proceeds according to plan & that testing deliverables are produced in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring that test artefacts are documented & tracked to an appropriate standard & are retained in an appropriate test management tool.
  • Ensuring that test execution of test scripts includes proof of success or a defect in the case of failure.
  • Consistently evaluating the overall quality of the testing activities.
  • Applying best quality practices.
  • Working with delivery teams to ensure that the quality of deliverables created at each stage of the SDLC is in line with standards & policies.
  • Gathering data relating to & reporting on the effectiveness of technology assurance efforts in their portfolio of projects.
  • Promoting continuous improvement & making recommendations where appropriate to ensure continuous service delivery across multiple workstreams.
  • Identifying & communicating risks & issues that represent a threat to test timescales & quality.
  • Ensuring that risks & issues are clearly documented & are understood by the business & colleagues in the test practice.
  • Taking any necessary preventative measures where possible, to ensure that risks that represent a threat to testing timescales & quality, do not become issues.
  • Managing stakeholder expectations around deliverables.
  • Updating stakeholders on a regular basis on the status of deliverables.
  • Mentoring fellow Senior Test Analysts & Test Analysts where appropriate, to ensure that standards are adhered to.
  • Deputises for Test Lead where appropriate.

Skills / Experience & Personal:

Technical – Essential

  • Extensive experience of a range of software testing types including functional, non-functional, regression, integration, UAT & OAT.
  • Extensive experience of static & dynamic test techniques.
  • Extensive experience of test scripting based on requirements & system design documents.
  • Extensive experience of test execution, including evidence capture.
  • Extensive experience of defect management.
  • Extensive experience of software testing covering the complete project life-cycle, in a structured environment (both iterative/agile & waterfall).
  • Experience of risk analysis & Risk Based software testing.
  • Experience of exploratory software testing & techniques.
  • Experience of automated software testing tools such as QTP, Rational Functional Tester, Selenium, Silk Test or Microsoft tools.
  • Experience of software testing complex user interfaces & GUI applications.
  • Experience of defect management & test management tools.
  • Experience of the Microsoft Office toolset (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of test data provisioning & management.
  • Knowledge of databases (e.g. tables, constraints, SQL).

Technical – Desirable

  • Experience of software testing banking systems & applications.
  • Knowledge of software architecture technologies such as XBRL, HTML, VB, .NET, XML, Java, Web Services, SOA, SOAP, Unix/Linux, SAP, Oracle, SQL & SharePoint.
  • Experience of software testing in web based applications.

Business

  • A general appreciation of the Banking & Insurance industry.
  • A high level understanding of the business function relating to the system under test.
  • Occasionally, there may be a need to underst& complex business processes involving the complex interaction of a number of systems.

Personal

  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Meticulous, with the ability to capture technical detail accurately.
  • Strong analytical & facilitation skills to ensure that business needs & effective solutions for their delivery can be clearly & rapidly elicited & delivered.
  • Strong ability to leverage both personal & experience & a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of software testing to provide creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Articulate, assertive & persuasive, with the ability to adapt their communication style & approach, & to select the most appropriate communication channels, to meet the needs of their audience.
  • Ability to apply excellent verbal & written communication skills to support effective communication with all project stakeholders.
  • Ability to build effective senior stakeholder relationships up to & including project manager level.
  • Prepared to chase individuals for information.
  • Highly productive, with excellent time management skills.
  • Able to work to deadlines, achieving results under time pressure without compromising quality.
  • Resilient in the face of challenges.

Education/Qualifications

Essential

  • ISTQB / ISQI / ISEB Foundation Level qualification.
  • Experience of Waterfall methodologies.

Desirable

  • ISEB Intermediate level qualification or demonstration of the equivalent level of knowledge gained through experience.
  • Certification in or experience of any of the following:
    • ITIL 2007 / 2011.
    • Agile Methodologies.
    • PRINCE2

IBA-QAC-PMC-Programme / Portfolio Test Manager

High Level Role Overview:

As a member of the IBA / QAC Consulting Resource Pool, reporting to the Test Practice Manager, the Programme Test Manager / Portfolio Test Manager is responsible for the end to end implementation of a test solution (functional & non-functional) within the SDLC across a specified portfolio of work, which can range from small change to large programmes of work.

The Programme Test Manager & Portfolio Test Manager role differ only insofar as a Programme Test Manager will be responsible for a single Programme, whereas a Portfolio Test Manager will be responsible for a portfolio of smaller work packages, e.g. single projects & small change.

The Person in this Role is Accountable for:

  • Strategy & Direction of Testing – Capable of using their analytical skills &  judgement to define Test Strategies for their programme/portfolio, ensuring that these align with both the business objectives &  policies &  standards as may be relevant &  applicable to the delivery of testing within their programme/portfolio. This will include overall accountability for the test strategy itself, &  for the various test plans derived from it, that define the operation of testing within each test phase.
  • Resource Planning & Management – Determining the testing staff needs of their programme/portfolio. Working with other Test Managers in securing &  deploying those staff in line with the needs of the whole programme/portfolio, managing the balance between demand for staff &  the available supply, &  for supporting the Test Practice Manager in predicting the future staff needs of the Test Practice.
  • Managing Business Engagement – Recognised as an authority on Testing, & capable of advising &  guiding stakeholders to ensure that stakeholders understand &  their responsibilities during User Acceptance Testing. Able to provide such support relating to testing as may be needed to enable the business to deliver those responsibilities while ensuring that they have secured sufficient staff to deliver those responsibilities.
  • Managing the Delivery of Testing – Ensuring that the preparation & execution of testing remains on track, acting as an escalation point for issues as they arise, ensuring that 3rd party providers to projects deliver in line with their responsibilities in respect of testing, &  ensuring that regular, accurate progress updates are provided to stakeholders.
  • Supporting Staff Development & Process Improvement – By setting objectives for staff, assisting their development wherever possible, including the provision of career progression &  development opportunities &  by working to identify opportunities for improvements in testing related processes &  methods across the SDLC.

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities of the Role:

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities of the Role

  • Defining Test Strategies for all work packages, ensuring their alignment to business objectives.
  • Managing the various stakeholders of the test strategies through the approval process.
  • Review & sign off of Level Test Plans, ensuring conformance to test standards & best practice.
  • Integrating testing into the stages of the Delivery Framework & SDLC via the implementation of test strategies & plans.
  • Ensuring the clarity of understanding of test levels at all times to ensure that all testing meets the requirements of the SDLC & complies with business needs.
  • Resource planning across the workstreams in their portfolio/programme.
  • Working with the Test Practice Manager to forecast future resource requirements.
  • Securing & applying a strategic deployment of staff as necessary.
  • Assessing the risks of resource allocation against project/work package status, the target operating model & business need.
  • Developing & applying pragmatic solutions in regards to demand & management.
  • Negotiating & devising alternative solutions where demand & outweighs supply.
  • Working with the Test Enablement Manager to ensure that there are clear & concise requirements in line with policies set out for testing environments & test data management.
  • Providing education to Business users on the nature & impact of testing across their portfolio/programme.
  • Working with the Business to secure appropriate resources for UAT across their portfolio/programme.
  • Advising on quality outcomes for their programme/portfolio.
  • Acting as an escalation/resolution point for testing issues across all projects in their portfolio/programme.
  • Holding internal meetings with test teams to ensure all technology governance st& ards & external regulations are adhered to.
  • Ensuring that defect management processes are adhered to, including appropriate triage & fault resolution processes.
  • Supporting the Test Automation Manager by ensuring that wherever appropriate, testing tools & automated regression test packs are implemented across their portfolio/programme & that regression tests are constructed in a way that facilitates automation.
  • Providing input into the management of the quality of testing & test evidence of 3rd party suppliers & management of the quality gate into test phases across their portfolio/programme.
  • Conduct static analysis of requirements to ensure that they are testable.
  • Conducting regular status update meetings to identify the status of testing across the workstreams in their portfolio, so ensuring that IT Service delivery is upheld across their portfolio/programme.
  • Ensuring adherence to KPIs & SLAs where appropriate, to ensure smooth delivery of testing.
  • Ensuring that a consistent set of test metrics & progress reports is made available across their portfolio/programme, which conform to test policies & standards.
  • Representing the Test Practice at steering group & project governance meetings for their portfolio/programme.
  • Ensuring the active engagement of the defect board for their portfolio/programme, to ensure conformance with testing exit criteria.
  • Applying knowledge & expertise to assist in the creation & promotion of best practice across testing.
  • Continuously looking at ways to improve testing delivery throughout the SDLC.
  • Working closely with the other teams across the Bank to implement best practice, governance frameworks & standard processes.
  • Partnering with other domains & teams to improve any of efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, or control, insofar as changes to these relate to Technology Assurance.
  • Monitoring compliance with quality standards across the delivery portfolio, contributing to the provision of both high level & detailed analyses of the achievement of these standards to all levels from individual teams to senior management.
  • Acting as an escalation point for assurance issues within the delivery lifecycle; devising strategies that are capable of resolving procedure & deliverable quality-related issues in a timely manner with minimal impact.
  • Working with the Test Practice Manager to ensure knowledge preservation within the Test Practice.
  • Benchmarking training & appraisals for Test Practice team members on an individual basis.
  • Setting key objectives & targets for Test Practice team members on an individual basis as part of the appraisal process.
  • Building career paths & scope for progression & retention of existing staff.

Skills / Experience & Personal:

Technical – Essential

  • Extensive experience of software testing covering the complete project life-cycle, in a structured environment (both iterative/agile & waterfall).
  • Extensive experience of a range of software testing types including functional, non-functional, regression, integration, UAT, & OAT.
  • Extensive experience of creating test strategies & test plans.
  • Extensive experience of test planning & re-planning based on changing circumstances.
  • Extensive experience of leading software testing, including where both internal & 3rd parties are involved.
  • Extensive experience of defect management & test management tools.
  • Experience of risk analysis & risk-based software testing techniques.
  • Experience of exploratory software testing & techniques.
  • Experience of automated software testing tools such as QTP, Rational Functional Tester, Selenium, Silk Test or Microsoft tools.
  • Experience of testing complex user interfaces & GUI applications.
  • Experience of the Microsoft Office toolset (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of test data provisioning & management.
  • Knowledge of databases (e.g. tables, constraints, SQL).

Technical – Desirable

  • Experience of software testing Banking Systems & applications.
  • Knowledge of software architectures & technologies such as XBRL, HTML, VB, .NET, XML, Java, Web Services, SOA, SOAP, Unix/Linux, SAP, Oracle, SQL, SharePoint.
  • Experience of software testing in web-based applications.

Business

  • Proven ability to develop a detailed understanding of the business function relating to the system under test & the stakeholders’ appetite for risk, in order to articulate the appropriate design for test environments & data, driven from test objectives and the test strategy.
  • Ability to understand complex business processes involving the complex interaction of a number of systems.

Personal

  • Capable of leading testing to completion with very limited supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Meticulous, with the ability to capture technical detail accurately.
  • Strong analytical & facilitation skills to ensure that business needs & effective solutions for their delivery can be clearly & rapidly elicited & delivered.
  • Strong ability to leverage both personal experience & detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of software testing to provide creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Articulate, assertive, & persuasive, with the ability to adapt their communication style and approach, and the ability to select the most appropriate communication channels to meet the needs of their audience.
  • Ability to apply excellent verbal & written communication skills to support effective communication with all stakeholders.
  • Ability to build effective senior stakeholder relationships up to & including project sponsor level.
  • Prepared to chase individuals for information.
  • Highly productive, with excellent time management skills.
  • Able to work to deadlines, achieving results under time pressure without compromising quality.
  • Resilient in the face of challenges.
  • Education/Qualifications

Essential

  • ISTQB / ISQI / ISEB Foundation Level qualification.

Desirable

  • ISTQB / ISQI Advanced level qualification or demonstration of the equivalent level of knowledge gained through experience.
  • Certification in or extensive experience of Waterfall methodologies.
  • Certification in or experience of any of the following:
    • ITIL 2007 / 2011.
    • Agile Methodologies.
    • PRINCE2

IBA-QAC-PMC-Automation Test Analyst

High Level Role Overview:

As a member of the IBA / QAC Consulting Resource Pool, reporting to the Automation Test Lead, Senior Automation Test Lead or Automation Test Manager, the Automation Test Analyst analyses requirements & system design documents in order to plan, prepare & execute automated testing, raise defects where appropriate & complete testing of the systems under test. This will be done at a number of different test levels including System test, where they will be expected to perform all automation test duties. They will also assist other test professionals either in the execution of automation tests or the use of automation tools to support testing, e.g. test data creation.

The Person in this Role is Accountable for:

Translating Requirements into Automated Test Cases – Conducting static analysis of requirements to confirm their testability, performing risk analysis to prioritise the execution of testing & working closely with interested parties to ensure the successful delivery of automated test cases & test scripts. This will include both ensuring that traceability of test artefacts has been maintained and the mentoring of more junior members of the team in preparing these artefacts.
Automation Test Preparation – creating automated test packs & reporting on progress towards completion.
Specifying & Preparing Test Data – Deploying both manual & automated methods to create suitable test data based on an understanding of the needs of test cases and analysis of the functionality under test.
Automation Test Execution – Executing automated test cases, recording the results accurately, selecting & retaining appropriate evidence of the success or failure of automation test cases in a test management system and mentoring other members of the broader test community.
Logging Defects & Defect Management – Logging & maintaining defects in a defect tracking system, including the gathering of suitable evidence to support defect reports, tracking defects to their resolution and providing analyses of the current state of defect resolution.

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities of the Role:

  • Designing & maintaining automation test cases, test conditions, test specifications, test scripts & procedures from Business Requirements, System Requirements and Technical System Designs.
  • Specifying & preparing test data.
  • Automation Test execution, recording of test results & test progress reporting.
  • Logging defects & producing defect reports.
  • Regression testing & re-testing of defect fixes.
  • Providing support to other testers using automation tools in the creation of data.
  • Providing support to other testers executing automation tests.
  • Contributing to improvements to testing processes.
  • Working with delivery teams to ensure that the quality of deliverables created at each stage of the SDLC is in line with standards & policies.
  • Gathering data relating to & reporting on the effectiveness of technology assurance efforts in their portfolio of projects.
  • Utilising test tools to automate testing effort where appropriate.
  • Contributing to peer reviews of work produced by other members of the team.

Skills / Experience & Personal:

  • Articulate, assertive & persuasive with the ability to use appropriate communication channels, adapting style and approach to suit the audience; able to build effective relationships.
  • Exceptional planning & definition capability with a pragmatic approach.
  • Excellent attention to detail, meticulous with a desire to ‘test to break’: a Quality advocate.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively with all testing stakeholders to produce clear test artefacts.
  • Strong analytical & facilitation skills to ensure business needs & effective solutions can be clearly and rapidly understood and delivered.
  • Highly productive with optimal time management skills.
  • Able to work to deadlines achieve results under time pressure without compromising quality.
  • Influencing skills & commercial awareness.
  • Resilient in the face of challenges & able to use a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of testing to provide creative solutions.

Technical – Essential

  • Experience of automated testing tools such as QTP, UFT, Rational Functional Tester, Selenium, Silk Test or Microsoft tools.
  • Experience covering the complete project life-cycle in a structured environment (both iterative/agile & waterfall).
  • Knowledge of a range of testing types including functional, non-functional, regression, integration, UAT & OAT.
  • Knowledge of testing involving both internal & 3rd parties.
  • Knowledge of risk analysis & Risk Based Testing.
  • Knowledge of defect management & test management tools.
  • Knowledge of testing complex user interfaces & GUI applications.
  • Knowledge of Test Data provisioning & Management.
  • Good knowledge of the Microsoft Office toolset (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Technical – Desirable

  • Development languages, e.g. Visual Basic, Java & C#.
  • Development techniques, e.g. Agile & Object Orientated.
  • Knowledge of Markets, Payment Systems & Banking Systems

Education/Qualifications

Essential

  • ISTQB / ISQI / ISEB Foundation Level qualification.
  • Experience of Waterfall methodologies.

Desirable

  • ISEB Intermediate level qualification or demonstration of the equivalent level of knowledge gained through experience.
  • Certification in one or more automation tools.
  • Certification in or experience of any of the following:
  • ITIL 2007 / 2011.
  • Agile Methodologies.
  • PRINCE2

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