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Functional Test Analyst
Oxford Road

Job reference: PSX-020763

Location: Oxford Road

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/01/2023

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Professional Services

Division: Strategy, Architecture and Support

Hours Per Week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Permanent

School / Directorate: Directorate of IT Services

About IT Services

IT Services at the University of Manchester is a vibrant and fast-moving department, we focus on delivering excellent customer service and quality services for our staff, students and researchers. 

The Team

What does the team do, what is the primary function and priorities – keep the language simple to understand and down to 5/6 sentences maximum

The Role

Working with and supporting the Test Specialist, this is an ideal opportunity for an individual to contribute to the delivery roadmap by using and sharing their skills/knowledge of testing methodologies and tools.

You will manage and be responsible for all assigned project test processes, including approach, test strategies, test plans, resources, costs, timescales, deliverables, and traceability.

You will need to take responsibility for test delivery and have hands on experience for manual and an appreciation of test automation principles, for any new developments and existing applications already in service. 

This opportunity will enable you to build your skillset to provide authoritative advice and guidance on all aspects of test planning and execution and will identify process improvements whilst contributing to definitions of best practice and corporate testing standards. You will define the test approach for projects and communicate this whilst managing client relationships with respect to testing matters.

The role will be responsible for undertaking assignments as required.

The Person
Essential role requirements:

  • A degree/professional testing qualification or substantial experience in a similar role.
  • Ability to co-ordinate test phases on projects and programmes, taking responsibility of defining the approach and assuring quality.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills facilitating successful delivery of projects and programmes.
  • Proficient in applying the principles, methods, techniques and tools for the effective specification of the testing and execution of tests throughout the lifecycle.
  • Experience of identifying, reporting and managing defects through the delivery cycle.
  • Proficient in the collection, analysis and reporting of testing metrics.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.


  • Methods and techniques for structured reviews, including reviews of technical diagrams, test plans, business cases and any other key deliverables.
  • Knowledge of API and Database testing using SQL, Soap and Rest APIs.
  • Experience with Atlassian Test and Project Management tools.
  • Prior Automation Testing experience, tools, framework, maintenance, script writing etc.
  • Exposure to test platform tools (Saucelabs, Browserstack or similar).
  • Understanding the production of work time estimates.
  • Effective, approachable, and sensitive communicator in different societies and cultures.
  • Previous experience of working in a Higher Education environment.
  • Experience of dealing with third party vendors and supplier management.

What you can expect in return

  • As well as a competitive salary, and working for an internationally recognised University
  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 29 days plus bank holidays
  • Closure between the Christmas and New Year periods – this is in addition to your annual leave entitlement
  •  Access to a comprehensive employee assistance programme, supporting your physical, mental, and financial health and legal advice
  • Leading pensions schemes, travel season tickets loans, workplace nursery, staff networking groups discounts for all the family to enjoy and so much more.
  • Did we mention training, career opportunities and career progression.
  • In fact, there are so many benefits available you can see more of them by clicking HERE​​​​​​​

Find out more about our organisation and values:

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a truly global institution with a reputation for education and innovation that resonates across the world, offering a wide range of courses and boasting outstanding facilities in the centre of Manchester. With 25 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students, it has a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries. Manchester’s industrial and cultural heritage is mirrored by the achievements of some of the University’s most celebrated names.  The computer revolution started here in June 1948 when a machine built by Tom Kilburn and Sir Freddie Williams, known affectionately as ‘The Baby’, ran its first stored program. The celebrated wartime codebreaker Alan Turing worked on this computer during his time at Manchester.

The University is committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience and social responsibility in everything it does.  It is making one of the largest investments in facilities ever seen at a UK university, with £750 million spent so far and a further £1 billion to follow by 2022. Its goal is to become one of the world’s leading Universities.

When completing the additional information section of your application, please ensure you make reference to the  job description and person specification above, as this will form an integral part of the shortlisting process.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered            

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Yasmin Birrell


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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