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Software Tester - Newcastle Upon Tyne

Company: Accenture
Job type: full-time
Category: Information Technology and Services

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Job description

Role: Software Tester

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Travel: Possibility for travel to client sites throughout the UK

We have roles available across the following Accenture career levels depending on skills and experience

Analyst: 26,100 - 30,500
Senior Analyst: 31,424 - 37,500
Specialist / Team Lead: 36,725 - 42,700

Job Type: Permanent
Job reference:

Join Accenture and help transform leading organisations and communities around the world. The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance.

Accenture Technology powers our clients to achieve high performance with best in class established and emerging technologies. We are able to extend our technology and business capabilities by working closely with market leaders and innovators to provide our clients with the best specialised skills and tailored solutions.

With Accenture Technology you will deliver everything from point solutions for a single business function to large, long term outsourcing services, to complex systems integration installations spanning multiple businesses and functions.

We are focused on aligning IT with business priorities, enabling a digital Accenture and driving down the cost of IT, while working to provide all of our employees with the capabilities to run a high-performing business!

What responsibilities will you have?

As a software tester, you will work as part of a larger project team. Following either agile or waterfall principles, you will successfully collaborate with multiple stakeholders and colleagues across multiple specialisms which could include; end users, key client representatives, business analysts, designers, developers, operations teams and more.

Specific activities can range from preparing and executing tests to defining strategies, implementing process improvements and coaching others. This also includes developing automated test frameworks and scripts. Throughout this process you will apply your proven expertise and skills with enthusiasm to deliver high quality outputs, utilising industry best practice and innovation.

Successful applicants will be responsible for helping clients realise the business value they desire, performing all aspects of testing to ensure applications meet business and user needs and are delivered to impeccable standards.


Test Planning and Preparation

Undertake test planning activities for either Agile or Waterfall deliveries
Plan own workload and scope/requirements
Analyse functional and technical specifications and user stories to derive test cases and scenarios
Participate in document and peer reviews
Agree test scope and scenarios with key stakeholder and/or clients
Demonstrates knowledge and practical experience of test tools and industry standard best practice
Identify issues and risks relating to workload, escalate these appropriately and provide suggested mitigating actions
Prepare input test data and expected results
Review own test conditions, test scripts / user stories, input test data, and expected results for all test phases
Effectively prepare regression, ad hoc and re-tests as required
Develop test automation frameworks and test models

Test Execution

Execute tests thoroughly to ensure software quality including running automated tests
Identify faults/defects
Liaise with the test lead/scrum team on any issues that may affect the schedule, budget, or quality of the product or the testing process
Work with the project teams to resolve any issues in a timely manner
For Agile deliveries, contribute to daily scrums, sprint reviews and retrospectives
Complete demonstrations to the client on the completed features of the system
Record problems and issues in accordance with the project's problem and issue management plans
Actively contribute to process improvement initiatives and enhancements to current procedures including recommending quality improvements
Assist the test lead with test closure reports and gaining sign off from key stakeholders
Keep the team and relevant stakeholders informed of progress and any challenges

What skills and experience are we looking for?

We need passionate individuals who are able to work independently or as part of a larger team as required. We need people who want to help our clients' business succeed and grow and who have a commitment to quality and strive to improve efficiency and deliver ever more effectively.

Specialists and Team Leads will, in additional to their core responsibilities, take responsibility for the technology solution, exhibiting deep technical skills or significant team lead experience. It will be the responsibility of the Test Lead to effectively deploy, execute, and deliver testing requirements as well as developing, supporting and driving the activities of team members.

Essential Experience

Experience of working in a similar testing role in a delivery-focused environment
Experience in Software Testing
Experience in Functional Testing
Experience in Performance Testing (desirable not mandatory)
Experience in Test Automation
Knowledge of an Agile environment
Experience of relevant testing tools for example HP ALM, IBM Rational toolset, Selenium, LoadRunner, JMeter, Gatling
Accreditation in ISTQB foundation (desirable not mandatory)

Technical Skills

Test automation skills and knowledge of automated test tools for online applications e.g. Selenium (ideally including basic knowledge of Java and Cucumber)
Experience of Web, Client/Server and or Unix/Linux execution
Solid understanding of software architecture technologies (e.g. HTML, VB, .NET, XML, Java, Web Services, SOA, SOAP, Unix/Linux knowledge)
Experience of batch scripting/testing
Experience of SQL
Knowledge of performance test tools such as LoadRunner, JMeter, Gatling

What professional attributes and qualifications do you need?

Good knowledge and understanding of QA processes and the Testing industry
Good understanding of testing concepts and how testing fits in with the overall project life cycle
Fundamental knowledge of testing methodology (V Model, Waterfall, Agile etc.) and testing trends
Awareness/experience of Agile principles/practices
Knowledge of the software development lifecycle, testing and quality processes
Proven technical design skills
Experience in project planning, management and team leadership (if relevant to the career level being applied for)
Ability to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment
Highly motivated self-starter
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Experience in working in a client facing environment is desirable
Accreditation in ISTQB foundation (highly desirable)

All applicants should be fully flexible between Monday and Friday and prepared to work at any of our client locations across the UK, this may mean staying away from home during the working week.

What's in it for you?

All of our Technology professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. You'll also have opportunities to hone your functional skills and expertise in an area of specialisation. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialised skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with others. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.

On top of this, we have an extensive benefits package which includes 25 days' vacation per year, gym subsidies, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

What are the next steps?

If this sounds like the ideal role, career and company for you, click below to apply.

Any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory BPSS and SC security clearance which requires 5 years continuous UK address history at the point of application.

To find out more about the role, our Newcastle Delivery Centre and what it's like to be a part of our brilliant team visit our microsite at

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions-underpinned by the world's largest delivery network-Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at .

Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other basis as protected by applicable law.

Closing Date for Applications 31st August 2017..... click apply for full job details

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