Software Engineer in Test at Narrative Science

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Software Engineer in Test

We are seeking a Software Engineer in Test to join our QA Team. In this role, you will improve our ability to quickly and safely deploy Lexio, Narrative Science’s platform for auto-generating stories from data. You will help us maintain a great customer experience by tracking features across our web app and backend services. You will be involved in all parts of the project lifecycle, from requirements gathering through to deployment.

You will be responsible for creating, managing, and executing test plans for functional testing. You will perform unscripted technical exploratory testing within the context of agile/continuous delivery.   Someone who wants to create an exceptional customer experience will fit in well on our team, meaning you naturally like to find solutions to problems and in general enjoy helping people in any way you can.  

Responsibilities

  • Perform unscripted technical exploratory testing within the context of agile/continuous delivery
  • Identify, design, and develop automation solutions to improve team efficiency and test coverage
  • Create, manage, and improve test plans for non-functional testing
  • Work with developers to participate in solution design to ensure testability of functions and applications during implementation planning
  • Work with the Product team to break requirements down into test plans
  • Support your products running in production
  • Participate in the definition and refinement of quality metrics
  • Participate in projects that improve the performance and usability of our product portfolio
  • Be an ambassador for the team to both our internal and external clients

Qualifications

  • Proven ability with one or more object-oriented or scripting languages, preferable Python and/or Javascript
  • Exposure to testing tools like Selenium Webdriver, Postman
  • Familiarity with web testing concepts like E2E, Rest API, database, performance, and load testing
  • Proficiency with browser console debugging, including knowledge of: HTML, DOM, Javascript
  • Working knowledge of databases and other data stores
  • Experience working in a Linux environment
  • Interest in learning new technologies like AWS, container technologies, CI/CD
  • Experience with tools like Git, CircleCI, Jenkins, Jira, etc
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfortable speaking to business owners, end-users, and team members
  • Passion for improving code quality and development processes
  • Proven capability for critical thinking, problem-solving and the patience to see hard problems through to the end with our clients

About the Software Test Engineering Team @ Narrative Science

The Software Test Engineering team at Narrative Science is a bleeding-edge test organization that leverages the best practices throughout the industry. Our mission is to provide quick, trustworthy test coverage with clear documentation.  More specifically, this means we support development teams with testing of features, maintain ownership of our BDD-driven test framework, and are responsible for the maintenance and creation of a vast library of automated tests. In short, the Software Test Engineering team owns the overall quality of Narrative Science products. If you are passionate about quality, geek out about finding bugs, love to see test results flip from red to green, and are generally interested in language, data, and web development then we are the team for you!

Culture @ Narrative Science

Narrative Science believes that data storytelling can empower everyone to understand and take action from their data. Our mission is to build software that leverages artificial intelligence to automatically turn data into easy-to-understand reports, transforms statistics into stories, and converts numbers into knowledge.

Our core virtues (mission-driven, impactful, team first, innovative) are ingrained in everything we do, from how we develop our technology to how we interact with customers to how we hire people. Since 2020, we have embraced a remote approach and are on a journey to ingrain that in our culture.  All while being immersed in our culture of learning, collaboration, innovation, and customer impact.

At Narrative Science, we embrace the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our future employees, colleagues, customers, partners, and other stakeholders. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Location

Located in the heart of the loop, our office provides easy access to public transportation and some of Chicago's favorite destinations.

An Insider's view of Narrative Science

What are some social events your company does?

The Social Committee (which is comprised of volunteers from different teams) plans various events throughout the year including company outings and gathering to embody the company culture. Thanks to this committee, employees enjoy in-person and virtual events; pop-up game nights, annual Oktoberfest, a Summer and Holiday party among ad hoc events.

Natalie

Product Marketing Manager & Associate Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At Narrative Science, teams collaborate every day. When it comes to background, experience, and points of view, we are a very diverse company, and our employees take full advantage of that. It isn't uncommon to see functional teams pulling in members from other teams to work on initiatives together or even just to get another opinion.

Anna

Director of Growth Marketing

What makes someone successful on your team?

The people that succeed on the Narrative Science Customer Success team are those who are naturally curious, have a bias for action, and put the company first. Our team is ultimately responsible for building relationships, solving problems, and creating exceptional experiences for our customers.

Teddy

Director of Customer Success

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

At Narrative Science, we support a spectrum of innovation ranging from our standard engineering process, through Hack Days and Hackathons, to our ongoing Incubator team. Narrative Science is only successful if we hire smart and self-motivated people, so we’re committed to giving them the support and space they need to innovate.

Nate

Chief Scientist

What are some things you learned at the company?

On the job learning isn’t just a role description, it’s a reality. In 6 months, I have learned Python scripting, HTML tagging, and API configuration. Colleagues taught me about NLG & NLP, Gross & Net Retention, and freshwater & saltwater eels. But most importantly, NS has taught me that we shouldn’t be afraid of data, data should be afraid of us.

James

Solutions Consultant

What are Narrative Science Perks + Benefits

Narrative Science Benefits Overview

We offer a full range of benefits including Medical, Rx, Dental, Vision, FSA (for medical and dependent care expenses), Commuter Benefits, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Parental Leave, and 401k options for you and your family. Our people manage their own schedules, work hard, take time off when they need it—and come back refreshed and ready to dive back in.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We thrive on knowledge-sharing and giving back to our community. Our employees speak at events, with other tech organizations, and we work with non-profits to support our communities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Join one of our amazing employee groups—NS Cares, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Women’s Group, Social Committee.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Standing desks. Catered weekly lunches. Flexible vacation policy. Company events. Free eats & drinks. Free gym access & bike parking. Personal MacBook Air. Community engagement opportunities. Internal learning and development opportunities. Referral program & incentives.

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