Senior QA Engineer at SparkCognition

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Description
The Staff Quality Assurance Engineer is responsible for the holistic end-to-end testing of the different components that make our platform great. The QA Engineer works as a team member along with the Product Manager, Development Team and UI/UX and has the overall responsibility of verifying our products work as designed, reporting issues when there is a misalignment between requirements and implementation and ensuring those issues are properly addressed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead a QA team in scaling across multiple products
  • Define the test strategy and plan for new development efforts, and own the creation and ongoing maintenance of test process documentation and test plans
  • Coordinate priorities of local and offshore QA team(s)
  • Develop and document test plans and test cases from user stories and requirements
  • Hands on experience testing web, RESTful, and microservice based applications
  • Review and recommend improvements of test plans
  • Perform regression and functional testing
  • Implement continuous Test Driven Design and testing automation
  • Develop and maintain test automation frameworks
  • Experience with agile methodology and software engineering best practices in an onshore-offshore model.
  • Report status of testing to appropriate teams
  • Must be able to set your own priorities, you will often be called upon to solve complex issues on your own
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Required Skills/Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Math or related field(s), or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of QA experience in a customer facing software environment
  • Experience writing multi-table queries in SQL
  • Hands-on experience debugging server side web applications
  • Hands-on experience with automated UI testing tool across a variety of web browsers
  • Solid understanding of web application architecture and technologies
  • Experience with relational databases

Preferred Skills/Experience
  • Experience writing multi-table queries in SQL
  • Proficiency with one programming language such as Perl, Bash, PHP, Python, C, C++, Java, C#
  • Hands-on experience testing database-intensive web applications
  • Prior experience implementing testing automation
  • Experience integrating other code quality tools such as code coverage, static analysis into the quality process
  • Experience building QA reporting dashboards
  • Hands-on experience with an automated UI testing tool across a variety of web browsers
  • Expertise using continuous integration tools such as CruiseControl
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • PythonLanguages
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • Adobe XDDesign
    • Adobe InDesignDesign
    • Adobe After EffectsDesign
    • Adobe PremiereDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • PardotEmail
    • DemandbaseLead Gen
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Our office is located near the Domain and the Arboretum in Northwest Austin. Plenty of restaurants, shopping centers, gyms, and grocery stores nearby.

What are SparkCognition Perks + Benefits

SparkCognition Benefits Overview

SparkCognition offers a combination of benefits + perks that align with our brand and culture. This includes: competitive medical benefits, HSA contribution, employer paid STD & Life Insurance, 401k match, 4+ weeks of PTO, and parental leave. In addition we strive for our team to be active in our communities and to focus on leading supportive and healthy lifestyles. As we are in a high-growth stage, we offer support and encouragement for employees' career development, including mentorship opportunities, online course subscriptions, and more.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
SparkCognition participates in local volunteer activities, most notably with Austin Sunshine Camps.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
SparkCognition has a cross-departmental Culture Committee that ensures the company represents our values and mission. They plan events, launch initiatives, and represent the employees of the company.
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
SparkCognition offers group-term life insurance with a potential payout of 2X an employee's annual salary for the duration of employment.
Wellness Programs
SparkCognition's current health and wellness program provides a Lifetime gym stipend to all employees of SparkCognition.
Mental Health Benefits
SparkCognition offers a unique service called First Stop Health. This is a company that puts mental health resources front and center for our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
SparkCognition's 401(k) retirement plan matches 50% of an employee's contribution up to 6% of their annual base salary, with a 3-year vesting schedule for matched contributions.
Company Equity
SparkCognition offers stock options for all employees as a part of the incentive package, including vesting over a four-year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer up to 10 weeks of parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
SparkCognition offers flexible schedules, allowing each employee to work with their team to determine hours.
Remote Work Program
Our post-pandemic return to office policy will allow employees and their managers to work together and determine if their role will be fully remote, a hybrid work model, or fully in-office.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
No matter what time of the year a new employee joins, we believe strongly in rest & relaxation and encourage employees to utilize flexible PTO.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Catered Friday lunches and Taco Tuesdays!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

At SparkCognition, we're been focused on adding and improving perks and benefits. Some of these include offering prorated PTO throughout the year, 401k matching, a cell phone subsidy for all employees, parental leave (up to 10 weeks), and a choice between Mac or PC work laptops. Additionally as we look to return to the office, we are offering all employees a hybrid or fully remote work model, and we are actively hiring remote employees nationwide.

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