QA Automation Engineer at KAR Global

| Chicago
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About Our Candidate:

We are searching for a talented Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer to join our team and help ensure the successful delivery of new products and features.  The right candidate is someone who can be handed critical projects, define testing approaches, communicate effectively with team members, and maintain a sense of ownership over the overall quality of our technical products.


What You Will Be Doing:

In this position, you will create and maintain automated testing frameworks that will cover a wide range of testing types including but not limited to functional, integration, performance, and load testing. You will play an essential role in allowing our applications to grow, scale, and remain highly available. You will work closely with Development and DevOps teams within KAR to ensure high quality and feature-rich applications.

  • Write, execute and maintain a combination of manual and automated testing to ensure high quality releases

  • Contribute to, execute, report and refine quality test plans and test cases per the organizational quality objectives

  • Contribute to the QA automation roadmap to enable continuous improvement

  • Develop and manage the QA automation roadmap to enable continuous improvement

  • Increase the automation of tasks and expand test coverage through both new and existing infrastructure

  • Increase the automation of tasks and expand test coverage through both new and existing infrastructure

  • Collaborate with multiple organizational teams to develop and execute test plans, with the aim of maximizing test coverage, release velocity and production health


What You Need to Be Successful:

While a passion for quality and delivery focus is a must. Here are some of our requirements:

  • BS/BA in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or similar technical field of study or equivalent practical experience

  • 3+ years experience with Java

  • 3+ years experience with Selenium WebDriver

  • 3+ years experience in building front-end and back-end test suites

  • Familiarity with object-oriented and functional programming concepts

  • Experience with deeply testing applications and reporting reproduction steps clearly

  • Experience with driving test strategy and use case creation

  • Experience with version control (we use Github)

  • Experience with User Acceptance, Regression, Integration, End-to-End, and Functional testing

  • Willingness to learn new technologies or languages as time goes on

  • Have a developed attention to detail


  • Familiarity with AWS ecosystem

  • Familiarity with CI build tools such as Jenkins or AWS CodePipeline

  • Experience with developing test suites from scratch


Who We Are:

KAR Global powers the world’s most trusted automotive marketplaces through innovation, technology and people. Our end-to-end platform serves the remarketing needs of the world’s largest OEMs, dealers, fleet operators, rental companies and financial institutions.

  • We’re a technology company delivering next generation tools to accelerate and simplify remarketing.

  • We’re an analytics company leveraging data to inform and empower our customers with clear, actionable insights.

  • And we’re an auction company powering the world’s most advanced and integrated mobile, digital and physical auction marketplaces.


DRIVIN, a KAR Global brand, is comprised of a team that is passionate about the intersection of data, technology and cars. As the Chicago-based innovation and data science hub for KAR, this team of data scientists and analysts creates new products to help power the company’s physical, online, and digital/mobile automotive auction marketplaces. DRIVIN was founded in 2015 and joined the KAR family of companies in April 2017. Since then, DRIVIN has expanded its capabilities across the organization, shifting from a transactional marketplace to a full-service data and analytics platform. The DRIVIN data engine is unmatched, fueling powerful insights and recommendations that help KAR’s customers optimize risk, price and automotive inventory.


We want you to be well and thrive. Our benefits package includes:

  • Competitive compensation

  • Insurance coverage that includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance

  • Flexible spending account

  • Wellness program

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Employee stock purchase program

  • Paid holidays and generous paid time off

  • Paid parental leave

  • Learning and development resources

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DojoLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • TorchFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM


Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.


Senior Product Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.


Jr. DevOps Manager

What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.


Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have both a local culture and company-wide wellness committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings Account (HSA) also available for employees enrolled in KAR medical plan. Both individual and dependent FSA's available to everyone.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
The annual employer contribution to HSAs is $750 for employee only coverage and $1,500 for family coverage. Contributions are prorated based on hire date.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Offering free weekly virtual workouts courtesy of River North Gym that are also available on demand after they take place.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave pay (full wage replacement) for employees within 6 months of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with River North Gym to provide employees complimentary physical fitness options (virtual and onsite), as well as several sessions of 1:1 training with a health coach.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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