Sr. QA Engineer

City
Cary

State
NC

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Job Description
QA Engineer-Contract

About Railinc Corp.

For more than a decade Railinc has created value in a focused, iconic industry — the North American rail industry. From critical operations and financial systems to tracking and tracing applications to business analytics, Railinc is finding ways to help railroads, rail equipment owners, shippers and third-party logistics companies make good business decisions, increase productivity and keep North America moving. That’s why the N.C. Technology Association recently honored Railinc the leading “Industry Driven Technology Company.”

Railinc is filled with good people doing important work every day. We are smart, creative and enthusiastic. We contribute time and money to important organizations in our community such as Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, the American Red Cross and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. We have fun together too – playing softball, running, competing in cooking contests, going to concerts and sporting events, and more. The tangible rewards of working at Railinc are many from extremely low health insurance premiums to flexible working hours and telecommuting to on-site workout facilities. But there’s no substitute for doing important work in a great working environment.

Located in Cary, N.C., Railinc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. For more information, please visit www.railinc.com.

Position Description – QA Engineer-Contract

Primary Accountability/Responsibility
The QA Engineer will lead quality assurance efforts within the software development group and work hand-in-hand with development teams and stakeholders performing QA activities within agile development iterations including, but not limited to:
• Collaborating with the development team and stakeholders to ensure testable user stories are created and estimated
• Identifying test conditions for user stories and testing tasks
• Executing a QA process that fits within our overall agile life-cycle
• Developing, executing and maintaining manual and automated tests to ensure code quality in a continuous integration environment
• Capturing and reporting quality metrics to varied audiences
• Representing quality principles and processes within assigned product teams
• Recommending continuous process improvement ideas to QA Manager and within assigned product team

Responsibilities
Planning and Interactions
• Participate in all Agile planning activities, such as user story creation, point estimation, expected testing tasks while paying particular attention to testability
• Collaborate and provide feedback on user story details related to clarifying requirements, testability, acceptance criteria
• Recommend test approach, test environment requirements, and data strategies
• Provide regular status to project team on QA progress
• Disseminate QA summary reports as needed (e.g. pre-imp)
• Work closely with product team to identify and resolve issues
• Work independently and with automation engineer(s) to identify product feature automation candidates

Develop and maintain test artifacts
• Analyze, design, and maintain test artifacts such as test objectives for manual and automated tests
• Create and/or set up test environments and test data
• Work with development team as needed on unit test coverage

Validation and Verification
• Ensure application meets documented requirements using defined quality processes and best practices
• Perform applicable testing and verification using appropriate QA practices
• Log defects following appropriate QA practices
• Support user acceptance testing
• Perform data validation using SQL queries
• Develop and execute automated tests for regression

Leadership
• Demonstrate interest in learning new technologies and skills
• Build and share product knowledge within project teams and QA team
• Consistently represent quality activities and processes

Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent field desired
• 3+ years in a QA role with manual test case definition and execution experience
• 1+ years’ experience with automated test tools
• Automated test creation using QTP, Selenium, or other utility
• Remain informed of current technologies and take initiative to acquire additional knowledge to prepare for additional responsibilities
• Work efficiently within assigned project schedules
• Work effectively with all co-workers; team player
• Communicate effectively and in a professional manner
• Exhibit ability to learn new information and apply to daily tasks
• Exhibit ability to learn complex business functions
• Understanding of SDLC and QA processes and best practices in accordance with Agile/SCRUM practices
• Demonstrated understanding of SQL
• Webservices, SoapUI, understanding of XML

Desired
• Business analyst experience, written requirements, help or technical documentation
• Technical support or call center experience
• HP toolset like Quality Center
• Message queue tracking experience, MQ Visual Edit
• Rally software or experience updating wiki content
• Mainframe or DB2 experience
• Railroad experience
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