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Lead QA Automation Engineer

| Chicago

Solstice is looking for a Lead Quality Assurance Automation Engineer to join our team. The Lead Quality Assurance Automation Engineer will perform a variety of job responsibilities related to testing mobile & web applications across multiple platforms.

The Lead Automation Engineer will be responsible for, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Developing automated test scripts, test plans and test cases
  • Execute automated test plans
  • Maintaining and executing existing automation scripts
  • Participating in functional testing, regression testing and performance testing
  • Identify bugs, issues, risks, and bottlenecks within the mobile application
  • Mentoring our QA’s, educating them on proper practices and techniques
  • Being the coach and all-around advocate for QA Automation amongst the project team and client stakeholders

Technical Skills:

  • Quality Assurance experience with strong expertise in Performance/Load/ Stress/Functional Testing using Jmeter, HP Performance Center/LoadRunner, Soap UI Pro and QTP.
  • ​​​​​​​Experience in Performance Testing using several protocols like Web HTTP/HTML, Adobe Flex, AMF, Web Services, Citrix and Database applications, Client/Server- browser-based and Middleware application environments.
  • Worked extensively with Jmeter, created scripts and ran performance tests and created reports.
  • Monitoring system resources using VM Stat, I/O Stat commands and collecting the metrics like CPU utilization, memory use, Disks I/O rates, transfers, read/write ratios and Paging space and paging rates etc.
  • Skillful in software specification analysis, writing test plan, test objectives, test strategy and traceability test environment.
  • Excellent analytical skills for understanding the business requirements, business rules/processes, solutions approach and detailed design of the application.
  • Extensive experience in working on Manual Testing Methodologies like Rational Unified Process RUP , Black Box, White Box, Joint Application Development JAD , Agile-SCRUM, Waterfall Methodology and Spiral Methodology.
  • Expert in writing, analyzing and executing test cases, test scenarios, test scripts and the usage of various tools for bug tracking Rational Clear Quest, HP Quality Center/ALM, Agile central and generating Daily, Weekly and Monthly reports.
  • The individual must have a passion for software testing and finding bugs in software prior to deployment.

Professional Skills:

  • Strong executive presence and leadership skills
  • Highly motivated self starter, a team player who works well on cross functional teams
  • ​​​​​​​Strong analytical skills and ability to portray information in a logical and well organized manner
  • Proven record of developing strong, positive relationships with the software development team, especially developers and business analysts
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to the client solution and deliverables
  • Experience with Agile Project Management is a strong plus; namely Scrum
  • Experience in a Business Analyst or QA role for emerging technologies is a plus (AI, IoT, etc.)
  • Experience using GitHub or similar code repository system
  • Proven ability to focus on value based testing and coverage with a dedication to delivery and time estimates
  • Creative, solutions-oriented tester that focuses on testing coverage in the most effective and efficient way possible
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, or a related field
  • Excellent communication skills

We welcome Solsties to show up as their full selves everyday. Because this is so important to us, Solstice is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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Location

We're in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.
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An Insider's view of Solstice

What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Client Principal

What does your typical day look like?

No day is the same! The strategy team is the ideas hub within Solstice. We provide our clients with innovative digital approaches to their business challenges through hands-on ideation workshops as well as business, consumer and market insights. We partner closely with our cross-functional teams to drive and develop these recommendations.

Palak

Sr. Digital Strategist

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Solstice successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual 24-hour innovation blitz to harness the creativity of our employees. We stop all client work and self-organize around employee ideas in solving problems with emerging technologies. Many of these ideas have gone on to become part of our Solstice Labs initiative.

Kelly

CEO

What are Solstice Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Solstice's value of "Make A Difference" is shown through quarterly events and activities. One in particular, Pay It FWD, is our annual day of volunteering where Solsties combine forces & give back!
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any Solstie who wants to collaborate on events and make an impact upon our culture!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Solstice's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Management team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Solstice celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Solstice. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of training programs like Solstice University and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.
Lunch and learns
Solsties plan and host lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Solsties are assigned a mentor who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $5000 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks at Solstice, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have our internal training program Solstice U, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

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