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Test Engineer


Reading, Berkshire

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£30000 - £450000 per annum

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Darren Brown

We are looking for a Test Analyst on a permanent basis for our market leading company based in Reading. Within this test engineer role you would be expected to manage your own project work items, actively share knowledge across the testing community and work closely with the delivery teams to carry out thorough and efficient testing to team processes and testing standards. The Test Engineer will create accurate test plans, and execute against these, ensuring that all issues and risks are raised and managed to completion. You will have an eye for detail and be quality focused resulting in thorough and well-organised test phases across all projects they work on

Key Responsibilities

* Demonstrate a level of understanding of the system under test and gain an understanding of how customers use the products under test.
* Create and track to accurate and timely test estimates for projects
* Collaborate with the delivery team to create source documents used for testing artefacts and create and maintain test artefacts that maximise the efficiency of the test phase, cover all requirements and allow for timely delivery of products and/or components to our customers
* Execute different testing approaches within each defined stage of development and keep up to date with advances in the discipline, e.g. rapid, risk based, exploratory, regression, security, usability etc.
* Have an awareness of the test automation framework and as a result create, execute and maintain efficient and effective test automation scripts
* Take accountability for all test related activities within a test phase, accurately record and communicate risks and issues found during test phases and produce effective test metrics for the Test Team Lead
* Share knowledge and expertise across the wider testing team and where required coach others to avoid key person dependency
* Carry out such tasks as directed to meet the needs of the business Skills, know-how and experience:
Must have:
* Natural high level of attention to detail in all aspects of working. As a tester this might range from noticing pixel misalignment, legislative calculation inaccuracies or subtle differences in performance
* Able to multi-task effectively, prioritise and plan own time to ensure deadlines are met
* Good problem solving approach; always able to provide logical solutions and options
* Clear verbal and written communication style to enable conversations with all levels of stakeholder including direct customers and to ensure accurate issue recording
* Must be able to assess tasks for the best testing approach and apply these throughout the different phases of a project.
* A rapid 'pick up and learn approach that will ensure valuable contribution to any team within days of joining the team

* Good domain, component or product knowledge
* Proven experience in testing including experience in designing and implementing test artefacts and awareness of relevant automation tools
* Relevant experience in a software development lifecycle
Technical / professional qualifications:
* ISTQB Foundation or equivalent is desirable

Key stakeholders & Communication skills
* Test and Development Teams
* Test and Development Team Leads
* Development Managers and Test Managers
* Direct Customers or Customer representatives e.g. customer services
* Product Owners
* The Test Community

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