Test Analyst


Test Analyst

Business Area: Group Transformation

Place of Work: Liverpool

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
Our mission
To be the pension service of choice for the higher education sector for the long-term
The role
As a Test Analyst working in the Business Analysis & Testing team, you will take a critical role in the planning, preparation and execution of testing needed to support USS’ large and complex change portfolio and small change initiatives. In your capacity as Test Analyst you will develop key relationships with business, technical colleagues, and senior stakeholders across the organisation, as well as third party suppliers.

This role requires you to develop and maintain your knowledge of USS’ business, products and services and industry best practice in testing. You will also take ownership of the key responsibilities listed below, whilst recognising that the role requires flexibility and adaptability to support the business in the delivery of change.

Key responsibilities
Ensure the rigorous application of USS’ testing methodology and standards in the preparation of testing deliverables, including:
Reviewing and contributing to the development of test plans in collaboration with project stakeholders, including risk-based testing approaches, as agreed with the Test Manager, covering all phases of testing e.g. Factory Acceptance Testing [FAT], Operational Acceptance Testing [OAT] User Acceptance Testing [UAT], Regression Testing.
Analysing, reviewing and assessing business requirements, data models, solution designs and prototypes for testability, ensuring they are fully understood.
Production of high-quality test deliverables and test designs appropriate to the phase of testing e.g. business test scenarios, test scripts, test cases and expected results.
Work in collaboration with technical colleagues (internal and external) to ensure that the test environment is set-up to support the agreed phase of testing.
Preparing test cases including identifying and acquiring (or creating) the requisite test data in support of test cases.
Designing automated tests where appropriate, using the agreed testing tools, ensuring the necessary technical support is in place.
Ensure that all test deliverables are reviewed and approved with project stakeholders, as agreed with the Test Manager.

Perform test execution at the required level, documenting and reporting test outcomes, ensuring:
Testing tools are used to execute tests (where possible), record and monitor testing progress and support management reporting, as agreed with the Test Manager.
Test results are recorded and evaluated against test criteria, and any deviations from expected results logged as defects.
Testing is executed as per the planned testing cycles and coverage, with any deviation recorded and reported appropriately.
Test environments remain controlled throughout test execution cycles such that the integrity of test data is assured.

Establish collaborative working relationships across the organisation and with third party suppliers to in support of test preparation and execution activities.

Provide support and share best practice, technical skills and product knowledge to other members of the team as required.

Support the team’s workload planning by providing estimates for deliverables in support of capacity and project planning activities.

Your experience
Excellent test analysis, test preparation and test execution skills;
Able to demonstrate experience of the full testing life-cycle from business requirements to test execution through various test phases (Factory Acceptance Testing [FAT], Operational Acceptance Testing [OAT] User Acceptance Testing [UAT], Regression Testing), including risk-based testing approaches;
Use of testing tools for test execution and defect management including test automation;
Experience of working with third party suppliers and testing software delivered into USS’ environments including COTS packages;
Excellent communication skills: able to present complex scenarios with clarity to key project stakeholders;
Stakeholder management including external providers;
Industry recognised qualification in testing e.g. ISEB Foundation Level in Software Testing;
Pensions administration system and/or investment platform knowledge;
Web-based/Digital applications e2e testing through a full stack

USSL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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