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Test Analyst - Non functional

Job Title: Test Analyst - Non functional
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Northampton, United Kingdom
REF: 808
Contact Name: Mark Gale
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Job Published: about 2 years ago

Job Description

As Non Functional Test Analyst you will be responsible for defining and implementing the core elements of the non- functional test strategy including volumetric analysis, automation tool selection, test script development, test execution and results analysis. Non-functional testing will ensure the implemented system is capable of meeting performance targets at the peak usage volumes expected.


Principal responsibilities


  • Implement the non-functional test strategy including tools, framework & approach.
  • Determine, by proof of concept, if the tools currently identified for test automation are suitable for load testing.
  • Implement the load-testing platform.
  • Work with product owners to determine key business volume metrics and appropriate test scenarios
  • Provide leadership, guidance and mentoring to other non-functional test team members
  • Work with infrastructure and architecture stakeholders to inform hardware sizing and software licensing decisions
  • Pro-actively seek to make continuous improvements to test coverage, execution and automation
  • Continuously evaluate, select and formulate best usage of non-functional test automation tools for different purposes.



  • Support the Test Management in driving testing quality improvement
  • Provide consolidated Testing resource metrics from all Projects
  • Ensure tools, frameworks and other development practices remain complaint with policies
  • Identify any areas where use of non-functional test tools may violate policies
  • Assist non-functional test manager in preparation of papers for presentation to Technical Review boards


Team Working

  • Assist and mentor other members of the non-functional test team
  • Work across different disciplines of non-functional test
  • Work with various Programme stakeholders to determine appropriate volume metrics and test scenarios



  • Able to communicate with various stake holders from both business and technical backgrounds
  • Able to set up workshops and to present technical challenges and solutions
  • Able to adapt to schedule demands that may require changes to working hours at short notice
  • Promote a high performance culture within the testing function
  • Mentor junior team members


Skills and Experience


  • Proven experience in non-functional test planning and execution using a variety of test tools
  • Proven experience in creating and implementing non-functional test automation frameworks for large-scale systems (at least six years)
  • Hands-on non-functional test experience in a professional software development environment
  • In-depth knowledge of a variety of testing techniques and methodologies
  • A proven ability to work with technical resources to leverage non-functional test results in making architectural scaling and licensing decisions
  • Experience in several test automation tools, frameworks, e.g. HP Loadrunner, SoapUI and LoadUI



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • An industry recognised qualification in the quality/testing field would be a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge of Development Methodologies
  • Experience of testing in a Mainframe Environment
  • Team motivation skills