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Testing Specialist, Sr
Ref No.: 17-15206
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Position Type:Contract
Experience Level: 7 Years
Start Date: 11/27/2017
 Senior IT Testing Specialists provide leadership and technical guidance to test teams and has accountability across multiple functions.  Creates test deliverables (for example, strategies, plans and test cases) and performs hands-on testing for internally developed or external purchased products. Types of testing may include system, integration, regression and end-to-end testing. Senior IT Testing Specialists deploy or execute job streams for creating test beds as appropriate, design test scenarios, author test scripts, execute tests and track defects to certify that applications meet the approved system requirements. Senior IT Testing Specialists collaborate with other IT staff as appropriate, to review and understand system requirements and design, review test strategy and design, identify resolution for defects identified during testing, and also to analyze and make specific recommendations on usability/functionality improvements that can be integrated into business processes.
·         May function as advocate for customer providing coordination/input throughout entire Software Development Life Cycle for quality, usability and any gaps in system layout, features and designs. 
·         Works with development team to schedule, execute and test design enhancements evaluating and recommending quality improvements.
·         Proactively identifies gaps in the business process and coordinates resolution across IT and or business teams.
·         Makes recommendations on scope, timelines, and assists management with capacity planning.  Forecasts and estimates testing related work.
·         Creates a test approach, identifying scope of testing with risk based approach for each feature or scope of work in a project effort identifying test environments, dependencies, constraints, prioritizing test cases and scheduling time for the testing
·         Responsible for ensuring end to end testing methodology including all appropriate documentation and requirements.
·         Identifies tests that are good candidates for automation. Identifies approaches for risk based testing for each feature or scope of work in a project effort and prioritizes test execution in order to test high risk/high impact scenarios first.
·         Provides leadership and technical guidance to test team.  Mentors and coaches other IT Testing Specialists.
·         Accountability across multiple functions and teams including facilitation/coordination with external customers and vendors, creating and executing complex tests across multiple platforms.
·         Creates and executes complex SQL queries.
·         Sets up software and hardware in the test lab, per specs. 
·         Ensures test results are accurate, thorough and appropriately documented.
·         Communicates results and coordinates logistics to the Systems Analysts, Developers, and other key IT staff and leadership as appropriate. 
·         Documents problems or results inconsistent with expected results.
·         Performs quality assurance tests on all work and performs detailed analysis on test results.
·         Certifies application for release to the next testing stage or to the production environment. Generates and distributes periodic status reports for testing.
·         Sets up and executes complex scripts independently.
·         Sets up test data beds based on data matching specific test conditions.
·         Executes automated test scripts.
·         Writes/coordinates resolution of system defects.  Ensures appropriate hand-offs and re-testing.
·         Participates in requirements gathering sessions or solicits information on incomplete requirements.
  • Participates in facilitation and coordination of user acceptance testing.
·         Aid in the definition/refinement of stories (business requirements) by helping to derive usage scenarios and acceptance test criteria.
·         Design tests to aid learning and mitigate risks.
·         Work with developers to create automated tests.
·         Work with business analysts and business stakeholders to undertake exploratory testing.
·         Contribute to the continuous improvement process.
·         Ensures stories contain specific acceptance test conditions which communicate objectives to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
·         Champions a test driven approach for the team.
·         Develops suitable test techniques using an automated approach.
·         Create automated test scripts for sprints.
·         Update automated test scripts after a sprint is complete.
·         Knowledge of performance and security vulnerability testing is a plus.
·         Assist product owner in coming up with the acceptance criteria for user stories.
Other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements:
    Required:
    ·         7 or more years of progressive work experience in business and/or system testing. 
    ·         Bachelor's degree in an IT related field or equivalent work experience
    ·         In-depth understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle processes with an emphasis on testing methodologies. Must have an in-depth experience in system testing techniques.
    ·         Thorough understanding of end to end business process(s) and flows involved in the system capabilities being tested from not only limited to the system under test but, end to end .
    ·         Thorough understanding of As-Is and To-Be business processes and able to relate and link system flows and identify any gaps if they exist.
    ·         Ability to link and relate test cases to possible business flows to ensure proper business process coverage.
    ·         Ability to communicate with the business in business language and with developers in technical language and is able to act as a bridge between them.
    ·         Must have strong PC skills and demonstrated proficiency in the MS Office Suite products. 
    ·         Working knowledge of Microsoft Project.  Must have expert proficiency with test management tools. 
    ·         Good understanding of the overall architecture of systems under test and their interfaces.
    ·         Must have the ability to extract data utilizing complex SQL queries.
    ·         Ability to create basic automated test scripts and execute automated test scripts as needed.
    ·         Ability to create or manipulate various system input/output files like XML, Flat, 834, 835 etc., for testing purposes.
    ·         Ability to clearly identify data requirements and define test data strategies for the respective test efforts.
    ·         Thorough understanding of what interfaces systems under test are connected to how they are connected.
    ·         Ability to stub out testing for specific interfaces as needed due to dependencies.
    ·         Ability to uncover requirement and design gaps in use cases, TDD, SAD documents, Crosswalks etc., and help identify possible resolutions.
    ·         Able to identify and implement any process improvements.
    ·         Experience in a full range of Scrum, XP, and Lean practices.
    ·         Desired to have a minimum of 3 years' experience in an Agile environment and working on Agile-based/Agile-Waterfall Hybrid development projects.
    ·         3 or more years of experience in an Agile environment and working on Agile-based/Agile-Waterfall Hybrid development projects.
    Preferred:
    ·         CTFL certification is preferred. 
    Scrum master certification or equivalent is preferred.