QA Automation Lead in Hartford, CT at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 2/4/2018

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Job Description

Job #:  810626

Apex Systems, the nation’s 2nd largest Information Technology Staffing Firm, is currently supporting QA Automation Lead job opportunity in the greater Hartford Area.

**If interested, send resume directly to Jess Hall,**




The agency needs the service of a System Architect. The candidate will serve in the capacity of a System Architect will communicate a well-defined vision of how IT and the business will align and make sure that everyone if following the same principles, methodologies, and support activities per the direction of agency management.  The specific focus of this candidate will be to ensure that new systems are built in a way that best ensures that functional requirements are met whilst also ensuring that service qualities (Performance, scalability, extensibility, maintainability, security, interoperability) for now and for the future are achievable. In addition this role is responsible for reviewing and improving on existing systems, making use of new technologies and methodologies to seek continual improvement for existing systems.  The candidate will work to create a breakdown of the system into components, the component interactions and interfaces (including with the environment, especially the user), and the technologies and resources to be used in the design.


Specific Services Required:

In the role of the Automation QA Lead, the following services are required:

  • Design and development of the core technology and architecture for automated testing of large scale distributed systems, midrange to client server and n tier e commerce applications and solutions.
  • Provide specifications to automate the testing of applications.
  • Work on all test automation components of solution and create/maintain required technical documentation.
  • Assist in the preparation of Quality Assurance planning
  • Assist to develop strategies for end to end system testing.
  • Assist in all testing processes involving the migration and integration of new and legacy technologies.
  • Assists in the development of testing blueprints, testing patterns, templates for best in class software testing and to ensure high levels of software performance.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver business and technical value.
  • Must be very organized, pro-active and self-directed. Must be able to perform with minimal supervision.
  • Must have very strong abstract thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Must have very good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Work with the Quality Assurance Manager to establish goals and release quality while meeting requirements of projects.
  • Work with management to supply input for key test automation decisions, as well as work estimation and resource planning.
  • Provide guidance and training to team members.
  • Assures the complementary synthesis of all standards, models, designs and methodologies recommended by the Enterprise Architects.
  • Takes proactive escalation of system problems or design flaws to upper management before serious impact on ROI.
  • Coordinates with the other architects on issues dealing with the quality flaws of the existing standards, especially security and performance issues.
  • Ensures that the Technology Partners and development teams adhere to the principles established by the Enterprise Architects.
  • Defines, Documents and communicates the strategy will entire team.
  • Makes sure everyone is following the testing standards and strategies and using them correctly.
  • Makes sure the software and system testing frameworks are in synchronization.
  • Responsible for communicating testing vision, strategy, and methodology to management.
  • Provide input as needed to issues like tool and environment selection.
  • Interface with the user(s) and sponsor(s) and all other stakeholders in order to determine their (evolving) needs.
  • Make sure that the architecture is not only the right one for operations, but also for deployment and sustainment.
  • Manages risk identification and risk mitigation strategies associated with the architecture
  • Sets the standards for the automated testing software, policies and execution standards.
  • Reviews and assists in defining the DevOps / Continuous Integration Environments Configuration.
  • Reviews and assists in defining the QA and UAT Testing Environments Configuration.
  • Reviews all system requirements, test scripts, test scenarios in order to create appropriate testing workflow. Ensures that this set of high level requirements is consistent, complete, correct, and operationally defined.
  • Reviews software components and collaborates with development group, Product Owners, System Teams, and Operations to ensure best overall testing strategies, best practices and techniques for automated testing.
  • Develops automated test harnesses, frameworks, to support automation of tests at both the unit and system levels.
  • Develops automated testing strategies, tools, and libraries for automated unit testing, automated functional testing, automated user experience testing, automated regression testing, automated load testing.
  • Interfaces with the design and implementation teams, so that any problems arising during QA can be resolved in accordance with the fundamental design concepts, and user needs and constraints.
  • Ensures that a maximally robust testing framework is developed.
  • Collaborates on a set of acceptance test requirements, together with the project teams, and the user, which determine that all of the high level requirements have been met, especially for the computer-human-interface.
  • Generates products such as unit tests, automated functional tests, regression tests, load tests, code coverage reports, and test scenario % pass/fail, ADA/508c/AWGA compliance, Cross Browser Compatibility, Mobile Compatibility.
  • Ensures that all testing libraries and artifacts are maintained in the most current state and never allowed to become obsolete.
  • Monitors all QA activities for System team.
  • Responsible for creating automated test case scenarios for Agile Delivery Team to meet Acceptance Criteria
  • Guide the System Team QA Automation team in the stitching of test case scenarios developed by the SCRUM teams on the Agile Release Train.
  • Direct team in the Kanban Framework and follow the FIFO rules of “First in First out”






Refer to the State contracts for IT Professional Services Agreement (12PSX0251) for experience and skill requirements for the job classification Solution Architect to fill the role.  In addition, the agency requires:


For this position, the candidate shares experience and judgment with team to plan and accomplish goals, mentors less experienced staff, a wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. In addition, the agency requires:


An experience professional with demonstrating the following knowledge and skills:

  • 10+ years Experience with Automated Testing Frameworks, Test Strategies and Test Beds.
  • 10+ years Experience with HP QC, UFT, Load Runner
  • 10+ years Experience with Microsoft Dynamics
  • 10+ years Experience Microsoft SharePoint
  • 10+ years Experience with .Net Framework
  • 10+ years Experience with C# Development
  • 10+ years Experience with ASP.NET Web Development
  • 10+ years Experience with Software Development
  • 5+ years Experience with TDD/BDD
  • 5+ years Experience with Agile Methodologies
  • 5+ years Experience with Software Testing Methodologies
  • 3+ years Experience Leading a Software Testing Team
  • Involved in a minimum of two large scaled Agile software development projects
  • Knowledge of Testing Tools, Testing Frameworks, Continuous Integration Methodologies
  • Knowledge of Web Application Testing, Distributed System Testing, Performance Testing, Regression Testing, Database Testing, Mobile Testing, Security Testing, Accessibility Testing, Web Service Testing.
  • Knowledge of Virtualized Hosting Environments
  • Knowledge of .Net, SharePoint, Dynamics Web Application Hosting Environment
  • Knowledge of .Net, SharePoint, Dynamics Web Application Performance
  • Knowledge of .Net, SharePoint, Dynamics Web Application Security
  • Knowledge of Data Modeling and Database Design
  • Knowledge of Application Modeling and Design
  • Knowledge of Service Oriented Architectures 
  • Experience with automated testing in enterprise system integration projects and initiatives; understanding of and experience implementing enterprise integration patterns.
  • Thorough understanding of standard QA best practices in an Agile environment including authoring test plans and test cases, executing tests and tracking issues to closure
  • Good understanding of SOA.
  • Good understanding of DevOps and setting up Continuous Integration Environments.
  • Experience in Test Driven Development and testing tools and techniques.
  • Object-Oriented design principles and design patterns









Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • UML modelling
  • BPMN modelling
  • Experience with code control/version/build Team Foundation.
  • Experience with web automation suites e.g Selenium
  • Experience with QA Functional test suites such as HP Quality Center / Unified Functional Testing.
  • Working automated testing knowledge for C#, WCF, JQuery, XML, JSON, WebApi, SOAP, .NET, JavaScript.
  • Testing experience with Web Services (REST, SOAP, WCF) and tools such as SOAPUI and SOAPSonar.
  • BS in Computer science, engineering, or technology-related baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or commensurate experience.




**If interested, send resume directly to Jess Hall,**




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