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Associate - Test Analyst

Reporting to: Lead Specialist - Testing
Team: Finance and Corporate Services
Contract type: Fixed-term for 23 months
Salary: From £29,422 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 3 February 2020

Job ref: 1700

TPR grade: 10

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We’re looking for a Test Analyst to test software before it is released to the organisation and to ensure it is free from defects.


  • Execute tests / packages and ensure tests results are accurately recorded.
  • Undertake and deliver a thorough testing process (including raising defects, closing tasks, providing test MI) to identify defects and ensure they are fixed so that they do not cause issues in production - as directed by the senior testing roles.
  • Ensure that thorough testing has been undertaken at all stages of the testing phase (static testing, test execution) and that no foreseeable defects or regression defects make their way into the production environment due to the test team not spotting them.
  • Accountable for major issues which are discovered post go live which should have been identified during testing.
  • Ensure that all test scripts are peer reviewed to ensure that the testing covers all scenarios.
  • Flexible with regards to working hours in support of infrastructure upgrades required to be undertaken outside standard business hours.
  • Provide oversight and support for UAT testing conducted by business users as directed.
  • Support live incident resolution in coordination with the service desk and development teams
  • Develop and extend automated testing appropriate to reduce the scale of manual regression testing.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Experience of testing techniques, standards, methodologies and best practice gained in a software development or testing environment.
  • API testing experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of the end to end software testing process (from writing tests to raising defects).
  • Ability to contribute to test estimation where appropriate.
  • Understanding of the principles of automation testing and automation techniques gained through training and / or practical experience.
  • ISTQB / ISEB qualified to Foundation Level or equivalent experience.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £29,422, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email