Senior SDET
Brighton, United Kingdom
6d ago

Job Summary

The Engineering team is building Avalara's next generation of SaaS software to be part of every VAT calculation in the world.

Software with 5 nines of reliability. Software which is part of a sales checkout process so it's got to be fast and accurate.

That requires systems with massive scale and redundancy by design with functional excellence. It also requires top notch APIs and a SOA design for maintainability and extensibility.

In this role, you will be responsible for functional, performance, integration, reliability and subsequent automation testing to ensure world class quality of Avalara products.

You will be the voice of the customer within the organization, demanding zero defects, five nine's reliability and ease of use.

Job Responsibilities

  • Engage in team process improvement
  • Be a key participant in creating a Quality First, Zero Defects culture
  • Promote Shift Left testing
  • Drive improvement of CI / CD process, including automated test development and strategy
  • Develop and execute automated tests Functional, Regression, Smoke and Load / Performance tests
  • Understand system functionality, design and data flow to establish and implement test automation suite
  • Monitor, manage and maintain test runs and provide clear reporting of test results and metrics
  • Manage and implement test data strategy for multiple test environments
  • Analyze test failures, and related system logs to find root cause and identify possible solutions
  • Be introspective, always trying to improve yourself and the team around you
  • Participate on a DevOps / agile team full lifecycle including design, planning, backlog grooming, testing and support
  • Support production systems, including troubleshooting & bug fixes
  • Communicate potential risks, delays, concerns and status to the team
  • Mentor others on best practices for automation, performance testing, CI / CD and QA processes
  • Participate in QA collaborations across the wider organisation and help propagate Industry best practices in QA
  • Most of all, be collaborative and work to advance the business, product and team
  • Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent

    A strong understanding of test methodologies and software engineering throughout all phases of the software development life cycle.

    Significant demonstrable related work experience including writing test cases, test strategy and producing test reports.

    Strong QA skills : planning, exploratory testing, defect reporting, troubleshooting and debugging.

    Demonstrable experience of having worked with and built or extended frameworks for automated UI and API testing.

    Experience in performance, load and reliability engineering

    Understanding of application security concepts.

    Experience of using BDD, TDD or ATDD methodology and related tools. Strong knowledge of .NET framework. OR A solid understanding and hands-on experience of using any Object Oriented programming language.

    Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server / any other RDBMS.

    Experience using various testing tools such as jMeter / Blazemeter, Selenium / Nightwatch / Cypress, CucumberJS / SpecFLow, SOAPUI / Postman.

    Experience with Git, JIRA, Confluence.

    Experience working on CI / CD tools to create pipelines.

    Ability to deal with ambiguity and flexibility to work collaboratively with others in a dynamic environment

    Excellent communication skills, collaboration, follow-up and self-motivation Outstanding problem solving and debugging skills

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    Professional demeanour, team player, and a positive attitude

    Proven ability to make things happen and meet commitments

    Ability to work under pressure and thrive in a fast paced environment

    More about Avalara

    We are building cloud-based tax compliance solutions to handle every transaction in the world.

    Imagine every transaction you make every tank of gas, cup of coffee, or pair of sneakers, every movie ticket, meal kit, or streamed song, every sensor-to-sensor ping.

    Nearly every time you make a purchase, physical or digital, there is an accompanying unique and nuanced tax compliance calculation.

    The logic behind calculating taxes the rules, rates, and boundaries is a global, layered, three-dimensional mess of complexity, with compliance dictated by governments and applied by every business, every day.

    Avalara works with businesses of all sizes, all over the world from corner stores to gigantic global retailers to calculate tax accurately and automatically, at speeds measured in milliseconds.

    That’s a massive technical challenge, in terms of scale, reliability, and complexity, and we do it better than anyone. That’s why we’re growing fast.

    Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S., South America, Europe and India.

    Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

    Reasonable Accommodation

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