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Software Test Engineer

Boston, MAEngineeringPermanent (Full-Time)Test Engineering

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Simply Business is more than our name. It's how we approach insurance: Make it clear. Make it simple. Make it affordable. By combining exceptional talent, technology, data, and knowledge, Simply Business is the go-to online insurance brokerage that protects small businesses and the entrepreneurs who work hard to build them. 

We want team members who have the drive to challenge boundaries. If you’re smart and passionate about delivering brilliant customer experiences, we’d love to hear from you.

Our testing manifesto is about testing throughout over testing at the end, preventing defects over detecting them, building the right system over breaking it & understanding testing over checking functionality. The goal is to be a subject matter expert in testing by expanding the quality mindset, thinking critically about usability, functionality, performance, security, edge cases, testing strategies and best practices. 

This role is also more than a practitioner role - it’s a coaching role as well. The focus of “testing” in the industry has missed a massive opportunity of spreading the wealth of testing knowledge into engineering organizations. You will be working directly with your peers to identify and communicate risks before development starts. By coaching and mentoring developers to have the necessary skills to understand quality and know how to test, they can master testing to not only increase the efficiency and capacity of their teams, but also write higher quality software.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Define testing strategies pre-implementation
  • Research and gain knowledge in specialized areas in the testing domain (e.g. exploratory testing, usability testing, contract testing, etc.)
  • Emphasizing the importance of executing the right tests
  • Collaborate with product managers, have an understanding of what to test & deliver
  • Promote a culture where the team creates well-defined testable acceptance criteria
  • Drive the team to perform testing during the earliest stages of implementation
  • Review code to advocate for testability and development anti-patterns
  • Assist in root cause analysis with customer facing issues & educate gaps in test approach 
  • Monitor & enhance test automation coverage and test strategy
  • Identify enhancements or implementations of current/new testing tools
  • Work with testing community to improve test strategies & automation efficiencies
  • Create educational content, including workshops, tutorials & documentation

What We Are Looking For:

  • Critical & Lateral thinking
  • Systematic & Systems thinking
  • Change agent with effective soft skills
  • Mindset to solve problems not symptoms
  • Thought leader with a passion for training, mentoring and coaching others
  • Understand the value of different types of testing techniques and when to apply them
  • Fast to adapt to constant changes and feeling comfortable with it
  • Comfortable pairing with engineers in a distributed, co-located environment
  • Focus on what is most important at all times, realizing when to change the game plan and when to stick to it
  • Great communication skills, both within and outside the team
  • Curiosity in understanding the domain and system architecture
  • Have demonstrated ownership of continuous improvement initiatives around testing
  • Deep understanding of testing principles and a variety of testing techniques and methods
  • Strong understanding of Agile & Kanban
  • Strong desire to work collaboratively with business teams. We do not divide ‘business’ and ‘tech’ teams, we see both as one team as we are all working towards one shared goal
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work well in our very open and friendly environment
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, Ruby experience is not essential. You’ll just need to be happy to cross-over to Ruby if you join us – and we will support you with that
  • Understand Test Driven Development, how coding, testing (in the form of writing unit tests) and design are tightly interwoven
  • Understand Behavior Driven Development, ability to work with product managers and developers to clarify business rules and capture these test scenarios for verification 
  • Skilled in using a variety of testing tools at all levels in the testing pyramid
  • Experience having built and/or maintained test frameworks
  • Worked with continuous integration tools 

Our Test Stack:

  • RSpec
  • Gherkin
  • Cucumber
  • Capybara
  • JMeter
  • Cypress
What are the benefits?

Here are some of the great benefits and perks that come from being a Simply Business employee:
• A salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy, and the market we’re in from your first day
• Group plan for medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
• Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance coverage
• Participation in the Company’s bonus program
• Participation in 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match
• Commuter benefits to help cut down on commuting costs
• 25 days of vacation time plus 10 company holidays
• Flexible working hours and working from home
• Annual company trip, regular outings, and volunteer opportunities 
• An awesome WeWork office with cold brew coffee and other beverages on tap, local pop-up events, and more 

Simply Business is an equal opportunity employer. We're committed to welcoming and helping to grow employees within an inclusive & diverse culture. And that commitment starts with our interview process. 

Once you apply, your info will be reviewed in a committee with employees from different levels, teams, and experiences. We pride ourselves on fostering a sense of community, which is only made stronger by each individual at SB, so you'll have the opportunity to meet a variety of people throughout the process. Get excited!

Want more info on working at Simply Business? Check out our careers page: https://www.simplybusiness.com/careers/ 

A brief update on Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone. If you don’t have access to either of these, or you need support with your application, get in touch with us at [email protected] Similarly, please email us if you’re not well, you’re self-isolating, or if you want to pause your application for a bit – we’ll be happy to keep you updated on future opportunities like the one below.
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