Senior SDET/QA Automation Engineer

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The Role
At Morningstar, helping investors is what brings us together and drives our work. We are looking for a Senior QA Automation Engineers or Software Development Engineers in Test (SDET) who specialize in full stack QA (Front end, Web service, & Non-Functional testing) to join our team, grow with us, introduce us to new ideas and develop products that empower our users. Every day, you will work with team members across disciplines developing products for investors. You'll interact daily with our product managers to understand our domain and create technical solutions that push us forward. You will participate in agile ceremonies such as standups, retrospectives, and planning meetings. We want to work with other engineers who bring knowledge and excitement about our opportunities. We prefer for this position to be in our Chicago office but will consider candidates working remotely in the US where Morningstar is registered to conduct business
You'll Be Great At:
  • Building test automation frameworks, as well as playing a part in maintaining our existing suite of automated tests to be used by the entire Agile squad
  • Developing and maintaining functional test cases, system & integration test cases and test artifacts like test data, test cases and automated scripts used in SDLC
  • Reviewing functional requirements and determining the data requirements for executing the use cases end to end from creating functional manual cases to automating the cases for regression.
  • Executing manual or automated test cases that validate the functionalities, code quality and reports test results, following all formal test architectures and project processes
  • Having ownership and autonomy to work on tasks and be pro-active in managing them end to end
  • Researching emerging test tools, trends and methodologies and enhancing existing systems and processes
  • Acting as a test lead in various work streams working closely with Product Managers and Developers, while collaborating across teams
  • Mentoring other Engineers on test methodologies, test automation, coding standards and best practices through code reviews and designing test plans
  • Working effectively with a distributed team across multiple geographic locations and time zones
  • Being a creative and strategic thinker who is eager to dive into challenging and interesting projects demonstrating your passion for achieving high quality results
  • Proactively engaging in career development with continuous learning

What We Are Looking For:
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent plus a minimum of 5 years of working experience in a related field
  • Expertise in one or more languages such as Java, JavaScript, or C#.
  • Experience in Web testing technologies such as Selenium / WebDriver, Junit/TestNG
  • Expertise in testing Web services and APIs.
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of software quality assurance practice
  • Experience in continuous integration, and code review practice is strongly desired
  • Good engagement, collaboration skills and a strong team player.
  • Passion for automating tests and delivering high quality features in a fast-paced environment
  • Pro-active, flexible, and creative
  • Ability to work flexible hours to support release process

Nice To Have:
  • Financial Services background
  • Experience with Jira and Confluence
  • Experience working in an Agile software development environment
  • Experience with load and performance testing tools such as JMeter or LoadRunner
  • Experience with AWS Cloud Technologies
  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python

We currently have multiple Senior QA Automation Engineer positions that are within the following Product Teams:
Morningstar® Advisor Workstation℠
Investment research, financial planning, client reporting, and proposal generation for financial advisors. For more information: Morningstar Advisor Workstation
Financial Planning Solutions
Web-based financial planning tools for advisors
For more information: Financial Planning Solutions
Morningstar® Managed Portfolios℠
Professionally managed portfolios driven by our unique valuation approach with a range of risk exposures, time horizons, and investment objectives designed to meet your needs. For more information: Managed Portfolios
Morningstar Data
This is the heart of Morningstar where all data is sourced, collected, transformed, calculated, and distributed across the world. For more information: Managed Data
Morningstar Investment Management
Morningstar Investment Management works to balance investing for the long term with taking on the appropriate amount of risk today to help you reach your goals.
Workplace Solutions builds, manages, and maintains Morningstar's Fiduciary Solutions, Managed Accounts, and Advice Engine tools. The team is comprised of experienced engineers, project and product managers, DevOps, QA, and leads working together to create top-tier retirement planning software.
Morningstar Office
An all-in-one portfolio accounting and practice management software for independent financial advisors. For more information: Morningstar Office
Morningstar Enterprise Data Platform
This is the data storage, analytical and service layers that power Morningstar's products and services.
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22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of Morningstar

What does your typical day look like?

Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.


Software Engineer, Data Collections - AI R&D

How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.


Head of Technology and Product

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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