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Permanent: Front Office Agile Automation Test Analyst

Ref: CIL / 27199

Location: London

Salary: Up to £75k pa +Bonus&Bens

Duration: Full-time

Start Date: ASAP

Last updated: 5 January 2016

Our client is a subsidiary of one the world’s largest gas producers and one of the world's largest energy companies

The Front Office Agile automation test analyst role is responsible for all day-to-day testing of prioritised change delivered through Agile (Scrum) with implementation into production every two weeks. The Agile automation test analyst will play a key role in shaping the testing practices and ensuring quality is at the heart of the product, as per the Agile ethos.

Working as an integrated member of the Front Office IT team you will be interfacing with developers, business analysts and the business to ensure development work meets specifications and is delivered to the highest quality within the sprint timelines

Duties & Responsibilities

Define the strategy and plan for increasing automated test coverage of the existing code base and integration points

Produce/update automated regression test packs to test new and amended software or services

Design acceptance tests under own direction, using own in-depth technical analysis of both functional and non functional specifications/acceptance criteria

Work collaboratively as an integrated member of the team

Participate with the team in agile planning, reviews and retrospectives

Provide QA estimation input to the estimation meetings for product backlog items in the sprint

Ensure business requirements and specifications/acceptance criteria are sufficient  to define test conditions

Execute, record and analyse  test results, identify and report defects, issues and risks associated with own work

Support the integration of an automated testing strategy into the iterative agile framework

Identify areas for testing improvement and work with the team to implement appropriate agile practices

Ensure the Development life-cycle and standards are followed

 Skills & Competencies

Utilising BDD tools such as SpecFlow, Cucumber, FitNesse or similar to evolve a robust automation pack.

Developing fixtures (step definitions) in C#

Previous experience of writing good automated Gherkin scenarios

Front office experience in one of the following: Commodities House, Investment Bank, Broker, Exchange

Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Demonstrable experience of application testing and familiarity with application lifecycle management (ALM) tools such as Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Mingle, Jira, Rally or similar

Solid working knowledge of Agile methodologies and associated test practices

Ability to define test techniques and coverage for testing of requirements

Analytical thinker with strong problem solving skills

Attention to detail while remaining succinct 

Experience testing messaging systems is essential

SQL experience is essential


Working environment:

Experience working in an extremely fast-paced and ever changing BAU workstream

Good communication skills - liaising with Developers and Business stakeholders

Ability to work under pressure, without supervision and to very tight deadlines

Ability to multi-task and work across multiple work streams simultaneously

Ability to contribute to story elaboration, estimation and solution design sessions

Ability to assess risk and then estimate, plan and prioritise tasks accordingly

Experience with Current Toolset:

.NET 4




Microsoft Test Manager

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2013

SQL Server 2012


Demonstrable software testing experience

Delivering  quick win testing solutions in a rapidly growing and pressurised business environment

Diligent and dependable

Leads by example


Able to demonstrate experience working in a similar environment

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Passion and ability to learn on the job and pick things up quickly

Confidence to challenge when required


Degree (or equivalent) ideally in a numerate or computing related subject OR, equivalent business/working experience

Ideally ISEB/ISTQB qualified


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