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The primary responsibility for this position will be to implement and support the effort to build new and reusable test automation frameworks and/or extend existing frameworks, providing end-to-end automated testing in multi-component environments. This position will develop, document and support large-scale, maintainable automation frameworks and scripts using a variety of open source, vendor-provided, and in-house tools and languages to support product quality initiatives in a development organization that utilizes both Agile-focused and Waterfall SDLC paradigms. This includes functional, integration, and regression testing of Ulta Beauty’s business application platforms as well as the individual SaaS/third party applications that integrate with them. Also to be developed are “automation assist” scripts and tools, some of which may be disposable, that help advance the quality initiatives in non-traditional ways. The Sr. IT Analyst of QA Test Automation works closely with the IT Architect of QA Test Automation to evolve the tools experience for both the automation team and the user teams. This role also works with other members of the test automation team (onshore and offshore), maintaining high quality standards through systematic metrics-driven test planning and test execution.




Automation Strategy:

  • Collaborate with Architects, Developers, QA, PMs, Product Owners, Business subject matter experts and key stakeholders during the estimation, scope definition, analysis, design and implementation phases of Test Automation to support the Overall Test Automation Strategy for our application suite
  • Design, develop, customize, enhance and implement Test Automation Tools, Utilities, Frameworks, Scripts, Processes, etc. based on the task set by the Test Automation Lead / Team
  • Apply application development methodologies and best practices into developing scripts that are used for driving Test automation across various applications
  • Monitor & Maintain Test Automation Runs / Jobs across various applications and report issues / discrepancies to ULTA Leads / Offshore Test Automation Engineers as needed
  • Perform R&D, evaluate new technologies / tools and arrive with suggestions & proposals to improve current solutions, processes & practices as needed
  • Provide status and progress reports by project on automation efforts

Quality Assurance:

  • Provide hands-on development and maintenance of test plans and test cases covering functional, integration and regression testing
  • Report detailed test results of automation scripts completion, failure, and blocked rates
  • Ensures any unresolved problems or issues with testing efforts are documented and escalated
  • Provide technical solutions, strategies, etc. with respect to Quality Assurance / Engineering initiatives



  • May mentor and/or guide other automation engineers (juniors) and QA professionals on the team in best practices and adherence to overall testing strategy
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Offshore Test Automation Leads / Engineers in terms of Automation Script Development, Test Automation Execution and Regression across various applications
  • Prepare and maintain KT documentation for onboarding new analysts and for retaining information for staff roll-off


  • BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Must be results oriented, and demonstrate a “cando” attitude – adaptability, flexibility and resourcefulness.
  • 5+ years of overall experience in Application Development and / or Test Automation design / development / methodologies
  • Experience in Core Java, J2EE, Test Automation Scripting Languages, etc.
  • Hands-on experience in Test Automation Tools like Selenium, Appium, Apple XCUITest, Android UIAutomator, Katalon, HP UFT, etc.
  • Solid understanding of test automation practices and architecture for scalability and maintainability
  • Hands-on experience in solutioning, designing, developing & implementing commercial or open source or home-grown test automation frameworks & accelerators
  • Experience in designing and developing test automation for web applications built on top of Node JS, Angular JS, React JS, Adaptive and/or Responsive Web Design Principles, etc.
  • Experience in designing and developing test automation for iOS and Android Mobile Native Apps using tools like Appium, Apple XCUITest, Android UIAutomator, etc.
  • Hands-on experience in working with BDD / TDD models and tools like Cucumber, jBehave, Mockito, Chai, etc.
  • Experience with relational databases and/or no-sql databases is a plus
  • Good experience with SOAP and/or REST based Web Services development, testing and/or Web Services Test Automation using tools like POSTMAN, SOAPUI or any other open source tools
  • Good knowledge on CI/CD process and build & deployment tools like Jenkins, TeamCity, CircleCI, Bamboo, Ant, Maven, Gradle, shell / groovy scripting. Etc.
  • Experience with version controls mechanism and tools like SVN, GIT, etc.
  • Hands-on experience in using Test Management / Defect Management tools like HP ALM, JIRA, Zephyr, etc.
  • Excellent people skills with the ability to mentor team members and educate others on automation principles
  • Experience with Agile methodologies, preferably Scrum
  • Able to take direction, proactively seek out information and build productive working relationships.
  • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong applied learning ability
  • Ability to work and lead in a fast-paced, evolving environment
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Strong, mature verbal communication and writing skills
  • Able to comfortably interact with personnel at multiple levels
  • Must be able to work in team and independently without any supervision at times
  • Must be able to plan and prioritize multiple project initiatives simultaneously
  • Must be comfortable to allocate tasks and communicate with offshore teams



  • Experience developing automation test strategies, frameworks, and plans in a retail industry platform a plus


  • Must be able and willing to work off hours and weekends as necessary to meet project deadlines and/or collaborate with offshore automation team.


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Our satellite campus is in Chicago at 120 S. Riverside Plaza with 100 workstations & conference rooms which associates can reserve.

An Insider's view of Ulta Beauty

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Ulta’s workplace has dashes of colors, roomy cubicles, tastefully done décor, and desk drops of free products. Being in the IT side @Ulta, it also enables me to work on new technologies and learn new things almost daily. We also believe in open and honest communication amongst various teams. Our management also encourages these traits.


Lead Analyst - IT Merchandising

What projects are you most excited about?

Since I joined Ulta as Lead IT Analyst for QA Team, I have been part of great expansion initiatives like opening 3 new DCs, new stores in Hawaii, and now excited to be part of opening a Fast Fulfillment Center in Florida!
These complex projects have strengthened my leadership skills and allowed me to be critical part of Ulta’s impressive growth!


Lead IT Analyst - Supply Chain

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started at Ulta Beauty 14 yrs ago as an IT Assoc. supporting all technologies in the store. Having worked on several large projects, it allowed me to progress my career from Developer to Enterprise Architect. Ulta Beauty has provided opportunities for career development and advancement; it’s up to the individual that determines how far you go.


IT Architect, Enterprise Architecture

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Ulta empowers its leadership and associates to question the norm and constantly improve. In IT specifically, we leverage and utilize the emerging technologies to meet business needs. Ulta’s leadership understands that technology satisfies the needs of our guests and gives us a competitive advantage.


Senior Director, IT Data Center & Infrastructure

How does the company support your career growth?

My firm and team understand the importance in giving employees the chance to take initiative & lead projects or improvements. Providing these opportunities not only empowers us to develop our skill sets and push boundaries but also fosters continuous innovation at Ulta.


Lead IT Risk Assessment Analyst

What are Ulta Beauty Perks + Benefits

Ulta Beauty Benefits Overview

Being rewarded for your hard work never goes out of style. With a number of options to choose from, you can select benefits that meet the needs of you and your family. And benefits begin on your first day of active employment.

In addition to the competitive benefits outlined, we also have a generous Associate Discount of 25% off on retail products and 50% off on salon services.

Volunteer in local community
Ulta Beauty partners with After School Matters and Skills for Chicagoland's Future.
Partners with Nonprofits
Ulta Beauty is proud to partner with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dress for Success and Save the Children through the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation.
Intracompany committees
Ulta Beauty has a variety of Corporate Associate groups, such as the Ulta Green Group.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Ulta Beauty is committed to ensuring our "Champion Diversity" value and "Inclusion" competency are part of who we are and the decisions we make.
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Ulta Beauty associates can contribute up to the IRS limits of $2,700 annually to their Health Care FSA and up to $5,000 to their Dependent Care FSA.
Disability Insurance
All benefit-eligible associates are provided with company paid short-term disability & long-term disability insurance. Associates may also purchase supplemental critical illness and accident coverage.
Dental Benefits
Ulta Beauty offers dental insurance to eligible associates and their dependents.
Vision Benefits
Ulta Beauty offers voluntary vision insurance.
Health Insurance Benefits
Ulta Beauty offers health insurance to eligible associates and their dependents.
Life Insurance
Ulta Beauty provides all benefit-eligible associates with company paid basic life insurance. Associates may also purchase supplemental term life insurance and supplemental AD&D insurance.
Pet Insurance
Ulta Beauty offers voluntary pet insurance.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Ulta Beauty associates can save for their retirement by participating in the 401(k) plan administered by Fidelity, following 60 days of service.
401(K) Matching
Ulta Beauty matches 100% of the first 3% and 50% of the next 2% of eligible compensation deferred and is 100% vested immediately.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth parent and provide 2 weeks of paid leave for the non-birth parent.
Flexible Work Schedule
Ulta Beauty provides associates with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times and summer hours.
Family Medical Leave
All Ulta Beauty associates are eligible to apply for a leave of absence, which will be reviewed for any federal (FMLA) or state protected leave eligibility.
Adoption Assistance
Ulta Beauty provides adoption assistance reimbursement and paid-time off.
Company sponsored family events
Ulta Beauty participates in National Bring Your Child to Work Day.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We believe each associate should have time off from work each year. Ulta Beauty provides the following paid time off: vacation days, personal days, sick days and paid holidays.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Ulta Beauty provides paid sick days to associates.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Teams within Ulta Beauty host company outings semi-annually.
Relocation Assistance
Ulta Beauty provides relocation assistance where eligible.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ulta Beauty offers associates professional development opportunities like onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Ulta Beauty provides financial assistance to active, full-time associates with at least one year of service for tuition-related expenses.
Lunch and learns
Ulta Beauty hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
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Customized development tracks
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