Software Test Architect (QA- Information Technology)
Global Services - Portland, ME

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Headquartered in Chattanooga Tennessee, Unum has significant U.S. operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts and Glendale, California with 35 field offices nationwide.

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General Summary

Initially the primary focus will be implementing a robust automation framework that supports numerous testing functions, including regression testing, test data creation and smoke test validation of code deployments. Incumbent will be responsible for task management of 10-15 contracted automation engineers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Principal architect of Unum US test automation framework, which supports numerous activities such as regression testing, test data creation and smoke testing.
Sets strategic direction for test management capabilities and integration with automation framework.
Operates as specialist and consultant on all aspects of software testing, coaching and advising Testing Managers and IT Managers on the most appropriate and effective testing tools for projects.
Evaluates tools to support the testing processes, provides recommendations to their selection and guidance on their implementation.
Management of vendor staff responsible for delivery and maintenance of automation assets (onshore and offshore).
Keeps abreast of emerging testing practices and technologies and pro-actively analyzes current processes and practices and suggests and drives improvements.
Provides consultancy to the definition of the various strategies in the testing organization and is responsible for the development of the standards, frameworks and processes that deliver these strategies.
Provides consultancy and coaching for development staff and management into development led testing activities including, but not limited to; Unit Testing, Test Driven Development, Provisioning of Test Data through stubs and drivers, White box testing tools and techniques , etc.
May perform other duties as assigned.

Expert understanding of automated frameworks and test tools ; Experience with HP’s QuickTest Pro a plus.
Expert understanding of testing methodologies and frameworks (for example TMMi or TPI) and associated industry good practices, with proven ability to mitigate product risk.
Good working knowledge of various infrastructure components including networking, messaging, data, Unix shell scripts and web-applications and proficient in some.
Proficient with V-model, Waterfall and Iterative development methodologies and good knowledge of agile development approaches.
Excellent communication skills and with ability to coach technical staff and influence teams and management through a matrixed organization.
Ability to think strategically and provide long term solutions to test related issues such as testability, usability, performance , etc.
Proficient in speaking candidly and delivering constructive feedback in a professional manner to all IT and business disciplines ; Strong ability to communicate very technical topics in a non-technical manner.
Proficient in automated test scripting languages.

Good understanding of data and process modeling, logical and physical design tools and techniques an understanding how testing can mitigate risks associated with various technologies and designs.
Unum offers world-class training and development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a culture built on employee ideas.

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