Senior Test Analyst - Durban

The Test Analyst in this role will be responsible to find, communicate and report significant issues/ bugs detected during rigorous testing of the application. The Test Analyst participates with the entire team to ensure that the software development process doesn't sacrifice quality to complete project deliverables.
Role Requirements
• Experience testing in an Agile, Iterative and Waterfall software development process and environment
• Solid experience working with automation frameworks
• Ability to understand business and functional requirements and to map them to test cases
• Strong understanding of manual and automated testing process
• Experience with documenting test plans for acceptance, regression, functional, and stress testing
• Understanding of configuration management and version control
• Basic SQL query design (Stored Procedures and Triggers) and relational database testing
• Knowledge of performance test automation tools and effective implementation techniques
• Risk based testing and test prioritization (Risk identification, assessment, mitigation and management)
• Good practical understanding of software validation methodologies
• Experience of testing end to end solutions
• Experience with defect tracking process
• Converting manual test case base to automated tests
• Maintaining and extending the automation suite
• Identify test automation needs and develop automated scripts / test cases to cover gaps according to test automation plan
• Interact directly with developers and rest of the team to resolve test issues and application enhancements during the SDLC
• Effective communication skills for both technical and business audiences
• Able to take initiative and contribute to overall development of good software testing practices and processes
Role Responsibilities
The responsibilities of this role will include but not limited to the following:
• Testing in both waterfall and agile environments, develop and execute automated test scripts where required.
• Develop Software Test Specifications, test reports and validation protocols for unit, integration and performance testing.
• Developing and executing automated test scripts.
• Interact directly with developers to resolve test issues and application enhancements during SDLC
• Effective communication skills for both technical and business audiences
• Able to take initiative and contribute to overall development of good software testing practices and processes; i.e., perform manual static testing.
• Capable of test leading testing projects without supervision
• Designing and implementing automation scripts applying the latest techniques in test automation (e.g., data-driven testing)
• Review requirements, specifications, user documentation and other project documentation to assure quality of the products and tests to be developed
• Use risk-driven techniques to develop, maintain and execute automated test suites for various Software
• Ensure proper version control and configuration management of all test objects developed and test environments used.
• Implement and develop automated test practices for both web and windows applications
• Design and create test scripts to address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability in preparation for implementation.
• Work as part of a team to ensure project success and individually to continuously improve testing process and strategy associated with automation.

Creates Test Plans
• Converts the development requirements and design documents into a set of testing plans (cases and scripts), which will be used to verify that the system meets the client needs.
• Obtains approval on test plans from the core project team.
• Implements usability and technical test plans as part of the project plan.
Executes Test Plans
• Conducts testing and follows testing checklists according to the established test plans.
• Identifies and documents system deficiencies and recommends solutions to the development team.
• Validates and verifies system requirements and technical design specifications through identifying and reporting software defects.
• Documents and communicates any bugs/ issues to the development team.
Manage testing throughout development life cycle
• Reviews and assures user requirements according to the client requirements.
• Ensures that the business solution meets the clients’ objectives, is thoroughly tested and implemented smoothly according to the project plan.
Education & Qualification
• IT related BSc/BCom/NDiploma
• QA Certification (ISEB)
• ISTQB Certification
• MCSA: SQL Server - Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Exam 70-461)
• OR
• Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate (Exam 1Z0-147)
And any of the following:
• ISTQB Technical Test Analyst (CTAL)
• ISTQB Test Automation (CTEL)
• IIST Principles of Software Test Automation (CSTP)
• IIST Certified Software Test Automation Specialist (CSTAS)
Relevant Experience
• A minimum of 4+ years software testing experience
• Must have 2-3 years’ experience in test automation
• Solid experience working with test automation frameworks
• Experience of testing end to end solutions
• Risk based testing and test prioritisation (Risk identification, assessment, mitigation and management)
• Working knowledge of SQL
• Application of testing principles and techniques
• Previous development experience
• Database testing, Web service testing
• Exposure to VB Script, Java, C#, SQL, XML
• Exposure to load or performance testing
• Experience of source control systems and configuration management.

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