CME Group QA Analyst in Belfast, United Kingdom

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CME Group ( is the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. But who we are goes deeper than that. Here, you can impact markets worldwide. Transform industries. And build a career shaping tomorrow. We invest in your success and you own it – all while working alongside a team of leading experts who inspire you in ways big and small. Joining our company gives you the opportunity to make a difference in global financial markets every day – whether you work on our industry-leading technology and risk management services, our benchmark products or in a corporate services area that helps us serve our customers better. With 2,500 employees located around the world, we’re small enough for you and your contributions to be known. But big enough for your ideas to make an impact. The pace is dynamic, the work is unlike any other firm in the business, and the possibilities are endless. Problem solvers, difference makers, trailblazers. Those are our people. And we’re looking for more.

CME Technology and Support Services is relentlessly focused on developing the worlds most advanced electronic trading, post trade processing and risk management systems. We are the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives market place providing risk management solutions that help drive the global economy. Our customers include leading investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, corporations, and individual traders.

The selected candidate will join the CME Engineering and Execution team in Belfast as a QA Analyst, initially supporting the CME CORE application. The Belfast team is a high performing group of individuals that deliver on a broad range of functions including systems/business analysis, software development and quality assurance services. The team is responsible from initial request review, impact assessment, and prioritization through to solution implementation.

CME CORE is an interactive margin calculator that enables users to calculate and evaluate initial margin requirements for all CME Group Products, and execute OTC efficiency analysis through additional analytics.

Although initially working in the CME CORE space, the engineering and execution team also develop a variety of trading and post-trade solutions, supporting our exchange and clearing business. Internal mobility and flexibility are a key part to our agile approach to technology delivery. The successful candidate, throughout their career, will form a key part in driving our success across technology, and will find opportunities to work in a variety of projects and technologies, beyond their initial team and specialism.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Executes functional tests and/or works closely with the development organization in developing automated tests, verifying and reporting on actual results vs. expected results.

  • Actively participates and leads white box test case identification sessions.

  • Defines white box test case test steps as well as complementary black box test cases for corresponding stories.

  • Escalates issues and risks as required to management and team members.

  • Troubleshoots application issues.

  • Reports on/tracks application defects.

  • Identifies environment needs in support of testing needs.

  • Owns the delivery of quality control and assurance across the application, gating application releases and deployments.

  • Owns and maintains release collateral.

  • Provides updates on quality efforts to management.

  • Contributes to automated regression testing, and other automation efforts.

  • Participates in preliminary story review, providing constructive feedback and input on work effort estimation as well as design.

  • Works with analysts to interpret high level requirements, decomposing them into acceptance criteria and test cases.

  • Expected to develop a network of relationships within the organization in order to achieve results and to effectively communicate vision and status both within/across teams as well as to management.

  • Contributes to continuous improvement efforts.

  • Embraces and enforces CME Group SDLC and information security standards.

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree (with honours) or equivalent/better strongly preferred, but substantial relevant experience could substitute.

  • Significant experience in QA execution and planning.

  • Knowledge and experience of SDLC methodologies; agile is a big advantage.

  • Ability to understand and absorb business & technology concepts quickly.

  • Excellent problem solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of testing in a story-driven, agile environment.

  • Prior experience working in financial services/exchange space.

  • Prior experience working with BDD methodologies/tools and automated acceptance criteria.

  • Prior experience using Cucumber/Selenium tools.

  • Prior experience using Confluence, JIRA, or other Atlassian tools.

  • Fortify, Sonar, Coverity experience.

Locations: Belfast

ID: 13656