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QA Specialist-Senior Automation Engineer


The Quality Assurance team is seeking a QA Specialist/Senior Automation Engineer who is a task oriented, driven team player.  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 partial and full automation of testing, test case design, test execution and progress reporting.  A strong grasp of equities and derivatives trading is required.  Organizational skills, adaptability and attention to detail will be key attributes necessary to successfully work on parallel efforts for multiple complex proprietary products.


-Work on the QA team to test end-to-end software solutions for trading futures and derivative products on multiple exchanges.
-Testing assignments will be focused on core trading infrastructure systems including market data applications, equity, future and derivative product reference data systems, trade and position management applications, and inter-system communication protocols.
-Be responsible for analyzing project needs and establishing QA criteria, identifying risks to mitigate with testing, test planning, including work estimation, test case creation, test execution, tracking and reporting test execution progress.
-Actively participate as QA point of contact with larger project team.
-May supervise the work of other team members.
-Act as a Subject Matter Expert on QA approaches and techniques.
-Train other team members in specific testing practices for each project.
-Direct the creation of specific test scripts and perform reviews.
-Be responsible for a specific Functional sub area within QA.
-Some level of responsibility for testing environments.
-Expected to become the most senior QA expert for the assigned functional area on the team.  The assigned area may change over time.
-Write test plans.
-Write test cases.
-Execute test and write defects.
-Certify that software has met minimum set of expected requirements.
-Participate in production release handoff meetings.
-May be called upon to support production issue triage or issue recreation.
-Identify test case candidates for automation.
-Leverage automated test tools daily in test work and utilize scripting skills for testing and analyzing problems.
-Define automation test tool needs/requirements based upon test case candidates identified.
-be responsible for development related to QA automation efforts related to testing tools and scripts for driving application tests, environment management and monitoring tools, and software deployment and configuration tools, e.g. custom tools, and/or commercial software integration (e.g. shell, Python, Perl, Ruby, Groovy, C, Java, etc.).
-Work independently for day to day work; receive general instruction/directives on new assignments.
-May act in the role of Senior QA Analyst or QA Automation Developer when required.
-May have direct reports and conduct performance reviews.
-Report to the Principal Engineer/QA team Manager or another QA Specialist.


-3-4 years of software quality assurance required.
-2-3 years of experience working for a trading company, exchange or trading industry vendor required.
-Prior experience testing market data feed handlers at the bus level and at a data validation level OR experience testing -trade or position management systems desired but not required.
-Experience analyzing application performance and comparison tests with data feed software alternatives.
-Expertise with at least one scripting languages such as shell, Perl, Python, Ruby, etc.
-Exposure to post-trade and clearing processes.
-Experience testing in Linux environments with no graphical user interfaces.
-Strong prior experience in use of SQL for data verification purposes.
-Experience testing messaging protocols (e.g. MSMQ, 29west, TIBCO).
-Clear understanding of software testing methodologies and software development lifecycle.
-Strong problem solving and troubleshooting experience.
-Clear and open communication and collaboration skills.
-Self-motivated and ability to work individually or in a group.
-Willingness to design and execute both manual and automated tests.
-Exposure to proprietary tools for the automation of functional tests.
-Familiarity with one or more high level programming language such as C, C++, Java, VB etc.
-Optional experience testing in a Citrix environment a plus.
-Knowledge of performance testing a plus.
-Experience working with defect tracking software; TeamTrack is a plus.


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