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QA Automation Engineer in Norfolk, VA at PRA Group

Date Posted: 7/21/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

We invite you to explore a future with us at PRA Group, a diverse and growing company that has a tangible impact on the global economy.

Position Summary: 

The QA Automation Engineer role is to plan, design, architect, and deploy effective test suites and regimes for in-house product development, software application development, information system launches, and operations systems enhancements. This individual will apply proven analytical and problem-solving skills to help validate, verify, communicate, and resolve systems/software application issues through careful testing in order to maximize the benefit of IT investments and initiatives.


Strategy & Planning

  • Ensure that testing activities will allow applications to meet business requirements and systems goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve systems issues.
  • Collaborate with analysts, designers, and system owners in the testing of new software programs and applications.
  • Ensure that any new software integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, and interface specifications.
  • Review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing systems and develop testing strategies for improving or leveraging these systems.
  • Take an active role in cross-departmental projects when needed.

Acquisition & Deployment

  • Contribute to pre-testing phase of project development by evaluating proposals in order to identify potential problem areas, and make the appropriate recommendations.

Operational Management

  • Evaluate, plan, design, develop, and deploy testing techniques for new applications, products, and/or enhancements to existing applications throughout their development/product lifecycles.
  • Create and execute test scripts, cases, and scenarios that will determine optimal system performance according to specifications.
  • Conduct all types of application testing as needed, such as system, unit, regression, load, and acceptance testing methods.
  • Analyze formal test results in order to discover and resolve defects, bugs, errors, configuration issues, and interoperability flaws.
  • Analyze documentation and technical specifications of any new application under deployment or consideration to determine its intended functionality.
  • Produce reports and documentation for all testing efforts, results, activities, data, logging, and tracking.
  • Liaise with network administrators and software engineers to assist with quality assurance, program logic, and data processing.
  • Communicate test progress, test results, and other relevant information to project stakeholders and management.
  • Develop, distribute, and coordinate in-depth end-user reviews for modified and new systems or applications
  • Liaise with company’s software and hardware suppliers for prompt rectification of any problems or emergencies.
  • Cultivate and disseminate knowledge of application-testing best practices

Position Requirements

Formal Education & Certification

  • Four-year college diploma or university degree in software engineering or computer science, and/or 4-8 years equivalent work experience preferred

Knowledge & Experience

  • Proven experience in overseeing the design, development, and implementation of software testing solutions.
  • Strong knowledge of system testing and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies.
  • Direct hands-on experience with automated testing tools.
  • Technically fluent in programming languages, including C#, Ruby, T-SQL, & Python.
  • Working knowledge of network and PC operating systems, including Windows & Linux
  • Working knowledge of current network hardware, protocols, and standards
  • Good project management skills and/or substantial exposure to project-based work structures.

Soft Skills

  • Excellent understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, citizenship, or any other classes recognized by state or local law or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We are a drug free workplace.