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QA Automation Engineer


Seeking a dynamic individual who will research, design, develop, and use automated testing tools for the Quality Assurance team.  The QA Automation Developer enhances existing and builds new test automation tools, then leverages these proprietary tools along with commercial tools to test applications.

Candidates should understand the value of customer satisfaction and the need to exceed expectations in a QA role.  The ideal candidate has experience with multiple SDLC approaches, QA methodologies, test strategies & procedures, as well as technical expertise in scripting and high level programming languages.  A strong grasp of equities and derivatives trading is desired.  Organizational skills, adaptability, and attention to detail will be key attributes necessary to successfully work on parallel efforts for multiple complex proprietary products. 


-Contribute to Quality Assurance with the following 3 focus areas:  a. Build automated testing tools and scripts for driving application tests.  b. Use above testing tools to contribute to ongoing testing efforts of applications.  c. Build automation around environment management/monitoring, software deployment, and configuration via custom tools and/or commercial software integration.
-Act as a Subject Matter Expert on test tool development approaches and techniques, staying abreast of new test automation trends, products, and technologies on the market.
-Act as an automation evangelist and promote a spirit of automation within QA.  Familiarize yourself with the testing techniques and strategies used throughout the QA team and proactively identify new opportunities to incorporate automation to continually improve our efficiency and consistency.  Promote the adoption of test tools/harnesses that are developed throughout QA team via training, documentation, and keeping ease of use top of mind.
-Liaison with developers outside of QA to build understanding of test automation efforts underway across the firm and knowledge share.
-Plan one’s work into agile-like sprints, breaking down tasks into discrete pieces, estimating effort, and updating status leveraging a Kanban board.
-Anticipate issues and bottlenecks before they adversely impact test schedule and projects.
-Assist with management of testing environments.
-Execute tests and writes defects.
-Reports to a Sr. Automation Engineer.

Desired Skills/Experience:

-5+ years of experience developing test automation tools for complex applications; must have prior experience in automating testing for non-web based applications and/or systems where record/playback is not feasible.
-Has a proven record of successfully planning, designing, developing, and using automated testing tools.
-Strong knowledge of automated test methodologies is essential, including automated test script development, automated test tool/utility development, and participation in establishment of an automated testing framework.
-Expertise in Python mandatory, proficiency in other scripting languages desired, e.g. UNIX Shell Scripts, Perl, Ruby, etc.
-Proficiency in Java desired.
-Experience testing in Linux environments with no graphical user interfaces.
-Experience in use of SQL for data verification purposes.
-Experience with environment management/monitoring tools, software deployment tools, and configuration tools desired.
-Experience working in the financial industry (preferably a trading company, exchange or trading industry vendor) is desired.
-Clear understanding of Software Testing Lifecycle.
-Strong communication skills with a collaborative approach.
-Self motivated and ability to work individually or in a group setting.
-Willingness to execute both manual and automated tests as needed in addition to development responsibilities.
-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university desired.

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