David Rutt

A Software Test Analyst with varied and extensive experience spanning twenty years in many technology disciplines. A highly motivated engineer with exceptional analysis and leadership skills. A systems thinker and self starter with a proven track record for leading a team to deliver requirements analysis through to successful product release.

Key Skills

  • Experienced in Agile Scrum methodologies
  • Test automation (HP ALM, JMeter and Selenium)
  • Manual, integration, system,  and exploratory testing
  • Software development: Java, VBScript and SQL
  • Strong technical and operational skills with a wide range of equipment
  • Excellent IT skills – experienced with Unix, Linux, Solaris and Windows
  • Qualified software tester – ISEB Foundation/Intermediate
  • Test plan & test case creation
  • Excellent communication at all levels, both written and verbal.
  • Highly versatile, able to apply experience to a wide spectrum of situation

Employment History

Test Analyst: Dec 2015 – Present. University of Nottingham

  • Testing of a variety of internal University software systems
  • Assistance with creation of test strategy
  • Creation of automation scripts
  • Encouraging implementation of agile methodologies
  • Customer support during UAT
  • Analysis of complex requirements and compilation of test scenarios
  • SQL queries and manipulation of data using SQL Server Management Studio

Test Analyst: Oct 2010 – Nov 2015. Atos, Beeston

Key Success

Test lead for a major release of client Oracle Discoverer self-service reports application. Provided guidance to junior test team members, supervised data creation for complex finance-based test scenarios and supported the client during UAT, providing webinars on new functionality and technical support throughout the release. Personally received an accolade for outstanding client support. On time delivery of application with 100% stakeholder satisfaction.

  • Creation of HP QTP/UTF automation scripts for regression testing
  • Agile (scrum) experience. Part of test team on two Agile projects
  • Lead tester for client self-service reporting application
  • Customer support during UAT
  • Analysis of complex requirements and compilation of test scenarios
  • Testing of financial web-based applications plus Oracle Discoverer reports
  • SQL queries and manipulation of data using SQL Developer
  • Testing & manipulation of large CSVs using Unix
  • Mentoring of less experienced testers

System Proving Engineer: Apr 2000 – Present. Marconi/Ericsson

Key Success

Led a server hardening test program of HP-UX server upgrades for BT. The project involved improving server security by removing unnecessary and insecure processes. Designed a test program, assembled in-depth results and created project documentation. Tested solution using real-world BT databases involving hundreds of NIS+ users and demonstrated to the customer. Provided support during network rollout and leadership to a small team towards a successful conclusion.


  • Project Champion for large BT network upgrade test projects
  • Lead engineer for Linux system testing using SUSE Enterprise Server
  • Writing of test cases and compilation of results
  • Testing of Ericsson and Marconi network management systems
  • Testing of client-side web-based applications
  • Configuration and testing of HP-UX, Linux and Windows servers
  • Database querying using SQL
  • Compilation of data using XML
  • Experience with using IBM RFT for test automation
  • Carry out in-depth “whole system” testing of SDH networks
  • NIS+ and trusted, Service Guard and operating system hardening
  • Migration of legacy systems onto Linux using virtualisation
  • Provide support to customers during test phases and network rollouts

Data Communications Engineer: Nov 96 – Apr 00. Tactical Communications Wing, RAF Brize Norton.

Key Success

As a Corporal in charge of a team of technicians installed all detachment communications for the operation at Pristina Airport in Kosovo. Successfully provided voice and data services over satellite communications for several hundred service personnel in adverse conditions.


  • Provided communications throughout the world for use by RAF personnel using the most modern data/voice communications equipment available in the armed forces
  • Installed and maintained Communications Centres, involving telephone, fax and telegraphy systems, data circuits and rear-link satellite ground stations
  • Worked extensively with modems, multiplexers, cryptographic equipment and data systems
  • Worked successfully with many foreign military personnel and civilians
  • Supervised Junior Technicians and carried out “on-the-job” training

Telecommunications Engineer: Dec 89 – Nov 96

Information Technology Maintenance Section/Ground Radio, RAF Coningsby

  • Maintained station Automatic Data Processing systems, including Honeywell Bull DPS 6 CPUs, modems, multiplexers and cryptographic equipment
  • Installation and maintenance of station PCs, including upgrades and user assistance
  • Installation of copper and fibre-optic cables during a seven month detachment to Royal Air Force High Wycombe
  • Maintained airfield radar equipment, navigational-aids and HF/VHF/UHF radios


  • BSc (Hons) Computing & Systems Practice (Open University, 2014)
  • Certificate in Information Technology & Computing (Open University, 2010)
  • T175 Networked living: exploring information and communication technologies (Open University 2010)
  • M150 Data, computing and information (Open University 2009)
  • ISEB/ISTQB Software Testing: Foundation & Intermediate (2009)
  • Unix Fundamentals (2002)
  • Photonics Fundamentals (2001)
  • MSH64 Maintainers course (2001)
  • National Examining Board in Supervisory Management: Introductory Certificate (1998)
  • Level 3 NVQ Engineering Management (1997)
  • BTEC ONC Electronic Engineering (1989)
  • GCE A Levels: Physics, Mathematics (Pure and Applied), Economics, General Studies (1987)
  • GCE O Levels: Physics, Mathematics, English Language, French, Art (1985)


Cornet player with Carlton Brass in Nottingham
Reading, music and photography


Full Driving Licence

Married with one child