Lead Test Analyst

Lead Test Analyst

Salford Quays
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We have a fantastic opportunity for a Lead Test Analyst to join our talented Technology team in Salford Quays, Manchester.
The successful candidate will need to provide direction and leadership to the Test team and determine improvements to the role of testing within the organisation. You’ll manage the development and delivery of the Test team as well as identify and advise on appropriate training for all levels of testers.
Job responsibilities
  • Take full responsibility for the management of technical testing activities within the organisation
  • Manage all risks associated with testing and take preventative action when any risks become unacceptable
  • Monitor and control the testing effort, recording and publishing testing metrics required to manage testing activities
  • Report on the effectiveness of testing and identify improvements to the testing process
  • Liaise with the Business Services team to manage the expectations for the testing stages of projects
  • Define and create test cases from analysis of both functional and non-functional specifications
  • Produce test scripts, materials and regression test packs to test new and amended software or services
  • Specify requirements for environment, data, resources and tools
  • Assist the Test Manager in process improvement and act as Test Manager in their absence if/when required
  • Work with the Automation team and possess awareness of Selenium and C#/Java development languages
  • Supervise a small team to include provision of coaching and support, conduct performance reviews and develop a team culture
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Formal qualification in testing, such as those offered by ISEB is mandatory
  • Extensive demonstrable experience of software testing
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering software development projects in a general insurance environment
  • Previous experience of claims system testing (in motor insurance) is highly desirable
  • Basic SQL knowledge is mandatory, advanced knowledge is desirable
  • Some awareness of automation testing (specifically Selenium) and knowledge of BI testing / Big Data is desirable though not mandatory
  • Solid experience of all stages of the software development lifecycle
  • Demonstrable experience of working with web-based applications
  • General insurance experience required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commercially focused and results driven
  • Emphasis on attention to detail and accuracy
What can we do for you? 

We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle, including a company pension scheme, group life assurance, enhanced maternity and paternity pay, professional subscription fees, the opportunity to buy additional holiday, health cash plan, help with travel expenses and the opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work.

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.
​So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.
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Generous holiday entitlement

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