Test Analyst

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Test Analyst

The role sits within the Quality Assurance & Test team and is critical to ensuring the quality of code created within the IKM business function based at our site at Broad Oak, Portsmouth. The role engages with internal and external customers to facilitate testing of small projects to larger programmes. This role will provide you with opportunities to further your career and progress within the company.

As a Test Analyst you will be responsible for working closely with the Project and Development Teams to ensure the timely and quality delivery of projects. This is a very hands-on role to test in-house applications by designing, writing and updating test cases and test scripts.

Your key responsibilities will include the timely and accurate completion of manual testing as required including regression, system integration and ad-hoc testing. Completing defect reports and verifying any fixed issues that are complete. This role will require you to think in a logical manner, solving problems employing a methodical approach to your work, with excellent attention to detail.

Your main responsibilities as a Test Analyst will involve:

Contribute to test planning by reviewing functional and non-functional requirements, raising issues and rejecting poor and/or unclear requirements

Write test cases and scripts

Ensure full requirements coverage and traceability within test specifications, including non-functional requirements

Work collaboratively with Development and Delivery teams to understand gaps in testing and ensure any gaps are covered within the test phases and where there are exceptions, raise the risk of impact to the application

Test front end websites and back end systems

Complete security and browser compatibility testing

Recognise and record faults with appropriate diagnostic information in the defect management tool

Contribute to scrum and triage meetings to drive resolution of issues and defects, engaging with relevant teams to ensure these are resolved quickly

Maintain regression test suite

Work within the Quality Assurance and Test function to ensure testing follows best practice and aligns with the agreed QA Strategy

The ability to influence others across the Development and Test functions and champion the need for testing processes, explaining the benefits and justifications

Your skills and qualifications:

Qualified to degree level or equivalent


Certification in ISEB or BCS/ISTQB


Proven test experience performing System, Integration and End to End application testing


Test Automation experience, e.g. jMeter, Selenium, BDD


API testing – web services / RESTful / (using Postman, jMeter etc.)


Experience of working in an agile environment (Scrum, Kanban etc.)


SQL experience
What we're looking for in you:

Good understanding of the software development life-cycle


Good planning, organisational and time management skills


Excellent problem solving skills


Excellent verbal and written communication


Process improvement experience


Location: Portsmouth – Broad Oak

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.