Software Test Analyst - Intermediate
This is junior to senior level role in the organization and is deeply involved within the SDLC collaborating with software developers, architects, designers, managers, business analysts, systems administrators, security specialists, UX designers, and clients. This role can function on their own with minimal to no supervision.
Software systems are an integral part of our lives today and most people have had an experience when software does not work as it is supposed to. When software does not work it can lead to many problems such as loss of money, time, business reputation, and could even cause injury or death.
The successful individual will be responsible for the test analysis, test design, test implementation and test execution, including logging defects and reporting to senior level. Works under the supervision of a Senior Test Analyst, Test Lead, Test Manager or Project Manager.
The role level is based on exposure as well as efficiency throughout the SDLC and managing complex risk deliverables.
- Communication Skills (written & verbal)
- Listening Skills
- Planning, organising and execution skills
- Work under pressure
- Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
- Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
- Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
- Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
- Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
- Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
- Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
- Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
- Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
- Matric as a minimum requirement
- Project Management/Administration basic course or qualification a must have
- Task Tracking - Project administrators monitor timelines and project plans, with the goal of tracking tasks to completion. Paying attention to what needs to happen when, they contact team members for status updates and notify the project manager when there is a risk that something won’t meet a deadline. Complex projects -- such as those in information technology, life science research and construction -- can involve hundreds of tasks, and the project administrator must give close attention to every detail.
- Documentation Administration - Project team documentation includes things like process instructions, forms, customer communications, reports and records. When projects bring new equipment into business operations, additional documentation addressed by the project team could include equipment warranty, billing and licensing agreements. The project administrator keeps all of this documentation organized by categorizing it, filing it where it belongs, forwarding it to key recipients or telling team members where to file it, and then making sure the documentation is uploaded, stored or shared with the right people at the right time.
- Budget Administration - A project administrator might be assigned the task of budget administration to help the project manager keep track of expenses and other financial issues. The administrator collects information from team members and colleagues to identify and monitor travel, equipment and other expenses directly related to project activities. She might also work with finance to follow invoices through approval and payment processes, and with purchasing to get purchase orders released to vendors in time to meet project deadlines and milestones.
- Meeting Administration - Project activities often involve a lot of meetings, and the project manager relies on the administrator to keep them organized, communicated and recorded effectively. An administrator keeps meeting calendars and appointment notices updated, organizes agendas, and might facilitate meetings on behalf of the project manager when needed. She also records and distributes meeting minutes to attendees. When meetings result in action item assignments, the administrator tracks them to completion.
Personal Skills and Attributes:
- Strong PC Skills including MS Office - Outlook, MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- MS Projects proficiency is a must have
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Analytical skills
- Ability to take initiative
- Process and documentation driven
- Ability to organise effectively and prioritize own workload
- Highly organised
- Highly Structured
- Demonstrable experience of working in a similar role at a comparable level in a company for at least 4 years
- Have to be comfortable with the SDLC and systems implementation
- Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously for multiple project managers
- Governance experience
- Methodology experience
- An understanding of the requirements and implications of projects
- Effective diary management and travel planning, including international travel
- A good understanding of basic accounting practices
- Financial reporting capability
- Experience in the full project cycle is a must (tendering, pre- and post-proposal development)
- Setting up and maintaining project plans
The successful individual will be performing the role of a Project administrator, contributing essential administrative support to coordinate a project team, typically under the direction of a project/programme manager or leader. Duties of a project administrator include all aspects of facilitating a project: scheduling meeting times and locations, taking meeting minutes, developing presentations, and arranging training for project staff. In addition, the project administrator participates in budget administration, providing analysis, keeping records, and forecasting financial performance.
A project administrator is a professional who organizes the necessary team members and specializes in facilitating, reporting and analysing projects under the supervision of a project manager. This position requires great responsibility and proper time management because the job entails constant monitoring and control of all project variables.