Senior Test Analyst

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Tēnei tūranga – About the role

The Senior Test Analyst will be responsible for the management and implementation of all testing activities including BAU application fixes identified during the analysis and design phases. The role will be responsible for the management and implementation of the testing activities across projects including BAU application fixes identified during the analysis and design phase.

In addition, it will be responsible for providing regular reporting and identifying all risks associated with the testing and will make assessments and provide advice on the practicality of testing process alternatives to mitigate risks.

The position will support the team to deliver the software solutions by applying best practice methods in software testing. The Test Analyst will bring their subject matter expertise, business, legislative and technical knowledge and perspective to work in partnership with project and operational teams to support day to day operations.

Ngā herenga – Requirements of the role

Personal specifications

  • In depth knowledge at least 5 years’ experience of working as a Test Analyst in ICT teams.
  • Extensive and broad experience in a system tester capacity; including relevance to role responsibilities, key attributes and performance expectations and the skills/ abilities to work within a challenging, high profile and complex testing environment
  • Understand the bigger picture, business objectives behind the technical solutions being built to align testing.
  • Has awareness of various test techniques that helps in accelerating software testing without compromising quality.
  • Has demonstrated experience working in Integrated SaaS products environment.
  • Well versed with API testing tools, ability to write acceptance tests from user stories and desire to extend your expertise in other areas of testing.
  • Competent with SQL Querying to perform Database testing
  • Understanding of the various testing aspects that helps to achieve Reliability, Usability, Security, Scalability, Availability for the solutions being built and tested.
  • Understanding of ICT functions, environments, business practice and systems from government operating model perspective.
  • A desire to learn DevOps principles and to be part of a team of cross functional experts in what they do.
  • Ability to quickly establish and build strong working relationships and develop trust, credibility, buy-in and collaboration with managers, staff, vendors and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to influence and lead work through others to get the best outcomes where direct reporting relationships do not exist
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written particularly business writing and reporting, ensure your communication is always clear and concise.
  • Willing and able to adapt new priorities as necessary.
  • Commitment to growth and curious to be involved in wider initiatives across the testing community is desired.


  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • Experience in Context driven Test practices, exploratory test techniques are highly desired.

Takohanga tuhinga o mua – Key accountabilities and deliverables

Works to a high standard and always looks for ways to do things better.

  • Works hard to meet customer deadlines.
  • Always looks to improve service.
  • Maintains professionalism.
  • Strives to be part of customers success story.

Relationship management

Manage constructive working relationships with work colleagues and external stakeholders to enhance understanding and cooperation needed to achieve desired results.

  • Participates as an active team member and contributes knowledge and expertise needed to achieve MBIE’s outcomes.
  • Develops effective working relationships with other MBIE managers and staff in order to transfer knowledge and learning from the team to the wider organisation.
  • Represents whole-of-Ministry views and protects its reputation in any external interactions.

Action oriented

Takes responsibility for own work, recognises opportunities and acts with a minimum of direction.

  • Takes responsibility for own work.
  • Self-starter.
  • Seeks input if required.
  • Recognises and acts on opportunities.
  • Enjoys being a Team player.


Takes responsibility for own  behaviour and is open to development.

  • Models positive behaviours.
  • Models the desired values and culture of the organisation.
  • Willingly shares knowledge, expertise and within the team and with others in the organisation.
  • Acts with honesty and integrity.
  • Welcomes feedback and is receptive to input from others.

Organisational commitment and public service

Role model the standards of Integrity and Conduct for the State Services.

  • Builds commitment to MBIE’s vision, mission, values and services.
  • Willingly undertakes any duty required within the context of the position.
  • Manages own personal health and safety, and takes appropriate action to deal with workplace hazards, accidents and incidents.
  • Complies with all legislative requirements.
  • Adheres to the Ministry’s and State Services Commission Codes of Conduct.

Wellbeing, health & safety

  • Displays commitment through actively supporting all safety and wellbeing initiatives.
  • Ensures own and others safety at all times.
  • Complies with relevant safety and wellbeing policies, procedures, safe systems of work and event reporting.
  • Reports all incidents/accidents, including near misses in a timely fashion.
  • Is involved in health and safety through participation and consultation.

Tō tūranga i roto i te Manatū – Your place in the Ministry

The Senior Test Analyst position reports into the Test Team Lead within the ICT branch. The branch sits within the Digital, Data and Insights group.

More information about MBIE's structure

To mātou aronga – What we do for Aotearoa New Zealand

Hīkina Whakatutuki is the te reo Māori name for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Hīkina means to uplift. Whakatutuki means to move forward, to make successful. Our name speaks to our purpose, Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All.

To Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All, we put people at the heart of our mahi. Based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, we are committed to upholding authentic partnerships with Māori.

As agile public service leaders, we use our breadth and experience to navigate the ever-changing world. We are service providers, policy makers, investors and regulators. We engage with diverse communities, businesses and regions. Our work touches on the daily lives of New Zealanders. We grow opportunities (Puāwai), guard and protect (Kaihāpai) and innovate and navigate towards a better future (Auaha).

Ngā matatau – Our competencies

Cultivates innovation We create new and better ways for the organisation to be successful by challenging the status quo generating new and creative ideas and translating them into workable solutions.

Nimble learning We are curious and actively learn through experimentation when tackling new problems by learning as we go when facing new situations and challenges.

Customer focus We build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions by listening and gaining insights into the needs of the communities we serve and actively seeking and responding to feedback.

Decision quality We make quality and timely decisions that shape the future for our communities and keep the organisation moving forward by relying on an appropriate mix of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement to make valid and reliable decisions.

Action oriented We step up, taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with purpose, urgency and discipline by taking responsibility, ownership and action on challenges, and being accountable for the results.

Collaborates We connect, working together to build partnerships with our communities, working collaboratively to meet shared objectives by gaining trust and support of others; actively seeking the views, experiences, and opinions of others and by working co-operatively with others across MBIE, the public sector and external stakeholder groups.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

As an agency of the public service, MBIE has a responsibility to contribute to the Crown meeting its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti). Meeting our commitment to Te Tiriti will contribute towards us realising the overall aims of Te Ara Amiorangi – Our Path, Our Direction, and achieve the outcome of Growing New Zealand for All. The principles of Te Tiriti - including partnership, good faith, and active protection – are at the core of our work. MBIE is committed to delivering on our obligations as a Treaty partner with authenticity and integrity and to enable Māori interests. We are committed to ensuring that MBIE is well placed to meet our obligations under the Public Service Act 2020 (Te Ao Tūmatanui) to support the Crown in strengthening the Māori/Crown Relationship under the Treaty and to build MBIE’s capability, capacity and cultural intelligence to deliver this.

Mahi i roto i te Ratonga Tūmatanui – Working in the public service

Ka mahitahi mātou o te ratonga tūmatanui kia hei painga mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i āianei, ā, hei ngā rā ki tua hoki. He kawenga tino whaitake tā mātou hei tautoko i te Karauna i runga i āna hononga ki a ngāi Māori i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka tautoko mātou i te kāwanatanga manapori. Ka whakakotahingia mātou e te wairua whakarato ki ō mātou hapori, ā, e arahina ana mātou e ngā mātāpono me ngā tikanga matua o te ratonga tūmatanui i roto i ā mātou mahi.

In the public service we work collectively to make a meaningful difference for New Zealanders now and in the future. We have an important role in supporting the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. We support democratic government. We are unified by a spirit of service to our communities and guided by the core principles and values of the public service in our work.

What does it mean to work in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Public Service?(external link) — Te Kawa Mataaho The Public Service Commission

MBIE value: Māia - Bold & brave, Pae Kahurangi - Build our future, Mahi Tahi - Better together, Pono Me Te Tika - Own it
Last updated: 03 November 2021