Quality AnalystJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

When companies implement new information technology (IT) projects, it’s essential to make sure those projects meet the organization’s standards for usability and functionality. That’s where quality analysts are needed. A quality analyst plans and executes tests on software and other IT solutions to make sure they work as required.

During and after testing, quality analysts recommend the changes needed for projects to meet quality guidelines. A quality analyst must have strong attention to detail, as well as analytical and problem-solving abilities. Many times, quality analysts are also asked to create quality assurance policies and procedures for their organizations.

As more companies adopt agile and DevOps methodologies, quality analysts are becoming increasingly crucial. A quality analyst plays a role in the entire lifecycle of a project, making sure business goals are met, and taking a broad view of how projects are developed and launched.

Sample job description #1

Summary – basic function of the role

The Quality Analyst position is integral to the success of ABC Company’s growing business; the position will have the responsibility for ensuring that the quality management system on the manufacturing floor is robust and followed to ensure product compliance. The successful candidate will work closely with various departments to review and validate products based on quality requirements and recommend changes to predetermined quality guidelines. The Quality Analyst shall demonstrate strong attention to detail and have analytical and problem-solving abilities. This role shall also interpret and implement quality assurance standards to provide accurate and comprehensive feedback to colleagues. The Quality Analyst shall take an active role in the Internal Quality Audit program.

Job duties and responsibilities

  • Promote quality goals, policies, objectives, and standards throughout company operations
  • Develop and revise procedures and work instructions for compliance with the QMS while identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Perform assessments to ensure functionality, reliability, performance, and quality of the products
  • Identify and remedy defects within the production process
  • Recommend, implement, and monitor preventative and corrective actions to ensure that quality assurance standards are achieved
  • Compile and analyze statistical data
  • Ensure that user expectations are met during the testing process
  • Investigate customer complaints and product issues
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with quality and industry regulatory requirements
  • Effectively manage and communicate product processes and system quality issues with applicable departments on a day-to-day basis
  • Develop and carry out any Quality related training required within their area of expertise
  • Promote regular communication of Customer requirements to Production Supervisors and Shift Leads
  • Participate in special projects and continuous improvement projects as required by management
  • Inspect parts and products to customer, company, and supplier dimensional drawings and standards
  • Control internal calibration plan and calibrate critical measurement tools internally as required
  • Review accuracy of destructive and non-destructive testing such as proof load, break tests, electrical resistance tests, linear density, and elongation tests, as applicable
  • Create and review certificates of conformance, certification manuals, and data books for especially products
  • Perform incoming inspection of critical products, noncompliant, and/or returned materials for verification, disposition, and recording of appropriate information and records, as required
  • Generate inspection reports, maintain, and control inspection records, as required
  • Responsible for completion, reporting, and investigation of NCR as assigned by the manager
  • Process priorities in a timely manner
  • Keep a safe and clean environment and follow safety rules
  • Perform compliance assessments and internal audits
  • Accompany third party inspectors for validation of test reports and witnessing purposes
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Skills and competencies

  • Ability to interact professionally with internal and external customers and suppliers
  • Proficiency in dimensional inspection equipment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Write and complete technical forms and reports
  • Develop and revise quality procedures and work instructions
  • Read and interpret blueprints and engineering specifications
  • Apply concepts such as functions, percentages, rates, and proportions to simple data
  • Be able to work in a team environment
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Education requirements

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Associate degree or higher preferred

Experience requirements

  • At least 3 years experience in quality inspection, calibration, auditing, and testing
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of QA databases and applications
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience using the common tools (calipers, micrometers, functional gauges, megohmmeter, tape measures, laser mics, and more) is preferred.
  • Internal calibration of measurement tools experience
  • Auditing experience, ISO 9001 preferred

Physical demands

Employee may have to lift documents/materials up to 50 pounds in weight. Employee will have to be able to walk/climb to a variety of primary work locations, including traveling by air/auto to other sites. Employee will need to listen, understand, and speak with team members in person, telephonically, and electronically at all levels within a diverse workforce and with supported organizations. Employee is able to work in front of a personal computer and telephone for long periods of time.

Approximately 25% travel to support other ABC Company locations as needed.

Work environment

Primary work environment is non-temperature-controlled workshop/manufacturing facility where following appropriate safety protocols at the location would be required. Employee will be exposed to heavy levels of noise in workshop. Secondary work environment is a temperature controlled office.

Sample job description #2

Overview

Protecting our policyholders’ dreams, passions, and livelihoods has a direct impact on the communities we serve. We work towards excellence, conduct ourselves with high integrity, and take our work seriously, but not ourselves. Small Details. Big Difference. Find out how you can make a difference with a career at ABC Company.

ABC Company is seeking an experienced Quality Analyst! This role will adhere to and promote quality assurance methods and procedures to ensure all information systems and data solutions meet minimum company standards, end-user requirements, and are free from defects. The Quality Analyst will plan, document, and execute quality assurance (QA) testing; and track and report testing results.

About the role

  • Defines, implements, and executes data or application development quality assurance (QA) and regression business system manual testing within the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This includes planning, creating, evaluating, and tracking testing results
  • Isolates, replicates, and reports defects; verifies defect fixes in the SDLC
  • Works as part of an agile team building trust with the business to achieve organizational, business owner, and product owner goals
  • Reviews user stories and acceptance criteria to ensure full understanding of deliverables and identification of test requirements
  • Coaches, mentors, and assists business departments in defining user acceptance test cases and plans
  • Enables, promotes, and improves quality assurance (QA) SDLC processes. Develops new and updates existing QA best practices
  • Estimates quality assurance efforts on user stories
  • Demonstrates practical experience in a variety of insurance industry procedures and practices while interacting with internal employees, outside vendors, and consultants
  • Demonstrates proficient understanding of the design, execution, and reporting of software testing
  • Performs a variety of tasks to facilitate completion of projects including but not limited to coordinating communication with outside departments, writing documentation and specifications, testing, and consulting
  • Assists with execution of automation scripts for agile teams ad hoc needs
  • Assists in the selection, design, development, and implementation of quality assurance tools

About you

  • You enjoy using logic and analysis to solve problems
  • You are creative and innovative and enjoys challenging the status quo
  • You are curious and enjoy seeking additional information – always asking the “why”
  • You enjoy brainstorming and can deal with concepts and complexity comfortably
  • You are self-starter and enjoy taking a lead role in improving products and services
  • You are quality-focused and can manage multiple responsibilities

What it will take

  • Associate’s degree in computer science or a business-related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to information system and/or business analysis
  • Experience with manual and/or automated data or system application testing to include developing, documenting, and executing test cases
  • Extensive computer software knowledge (above-average word processing knowledge, ability to create and maintain spreadsheets, extensive experience with entering data into databases) – OR – SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), SQL (writing queries), or other databases and BI reporting tools (e.g., Microsoft Power BI). Knowledge of and experience with data movement validation (ETL, ELT, CDC)
  • Experience working within a project-management environment
  • Demonstrated writing, editing, and proofing skills with attention to clarity, grammar, and detail. Strong communication skills to seek out details, express ideas, and present solutions in ways the audience can understand. This may involve researching, interviewing, and anticipation of how to apply a solution to a current or new process
  • 3 or more years of Commercial P&C insurance and/or Guidewire experience highly desirable
  • Experience working within an agile environment, writing detailed business requirements or user stories, and Microsoft Azure DevOps and Test Manager highly desirable

Sample job description #3

The Quality Analyst ensures compliance to cGMP regulations in manufacturing area including all documentation complying with the company’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), governmental regulations and other requirements where applicable, and facilitates communication between departments to ensure a smooth flow of materials and release. The Quality Analyst reviews and releases raw, intermediate and finished materials, and leads quality assurance initiatives and implementations. 

Essential areas of responsibility

  • Coordinates the sampling, testing, and release of printing components used for packaging operations
  • Reviews receiving records and manufacturing documentation of materials (bulk, printed components, etc.) to be use in the manufacture of finished goods
  • Confirms products to be release in ERP System
  • Supports production activities by performing in –process monitoring related tasks (i.e. temperature/humidity, pressure, statistical checks (AQLs), etc.
  • Assists in the training of new employees in job duties according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), current Good Manufacturing Practices, (cGMP) and Company training procedures
  • Coordinates assembles and review the site (retention area) Annual Product Review
  • Interfaces with manufacturing, warehouse, QC, and materials management to ensure adherence to policies and procedures
  • Supports the Investigation, CAPA and Effectiveness Checks quality system by initiation deviations and participate in the event response team initiative
  • Prepares change controls for SOPs
  • Updates SOPs for the review and release of finish goods and raw materials
  • Maintains QA documentation files, database, and logs
  • Responsible for completing all training requirements and maintaining 100% compliance with all assignments
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Requires High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in a regulated environment (Manufacturing or Quality) or one (1) year of satisfactory performance as Quality Inspector
  • Experience in Microsoft Office required

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a quality analyst is $82,500 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$136,450$184,600
Los Angeles, California$153,950$208,250
Denver, Colorado$128,250$173,550
Washington, DC$156,250$211,450
Miami, Florida$127,650$172,750
Orlando, Florida$117,750$159,350
Tampa, Florida$118,950$160,950
Atlanta, Georgia$124,750$168,850
Chicago, Illinois$143,450$194,050
Boston, Massachusetts$155,100$209,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$123,600$167,250
New York City, New York$163,250$220,850
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$132,950$179,850
Dallas, Texas$129,450$175,100
Houston, Texas$128,850$174,350
Seattle, Washington$149,250$201,950
National Average$116,650$157,750

Sample interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself. 
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? In ten?
  • What makes you a good fit for this company?
  • What do you like best about being a quality analyst?
  • What are the different kinds of software testing?
  • Explain the steps for the bug life cycle.
  • What are the five common solutions for software development problems?
  • Tell me about the biggest bug you have ever found.
  • What vital lessons did you learn at your previous company?
  • How do you manage team conflict?
  • How would you deal with a department that disagrees with your analysis?

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