Senior Performance Test Engineer
Kore Federal, Inc. - Washington, DC

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Location - Washington, D.C. (two blocks from the Gallery Place and Metro Center transit stations)
Compensation - Salary +Benefits
**Candidates MUST HAVE an Existing Secret Clearance, or an equivalent clearance with US Government civilian agency

Project Overview: The TECS-Modernization (TECS-M) Software Design/Development program is providing a modern IT system for investigative case management. The project is 5 years duration (from October 2011). It is being performed in Downtown DC (800 K St NW), which is a two block walk from either the Gallery Place or Metro Center transit stations. The program uses technologies such as SharePoint, WebSphere, and Oracle, and is being developed through the Agile SCRUM method.

Background: This Agency investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. Special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.

Position Background: The candidate will be a member of the software test team for the Case Management Modernization (CM-M) development program. The project will be developing a full suite of automated performance test cases using Visual Studio Ultimate 2010, so experience with Visual Studio and Performance Testing are a must.

Automating performance test scripts using Visual Studio Ultimate
Working with developers and users in an Agile development approach
Evaluating requirements for testability and understandability
Developing performance test scenarios, test cases, and test procedures
Gather and analyze performance test results and translate to provide performance improvements and recommendations.
Plans and Prepares performance test reports and manuals.
Collaborating with the system engineers, developers, Government peers, and the product owners to share testing procedures, testing results and analysis.
Attending daily SCRUMs, as needed
Using HP Quality Center for managing all software test artifacts
The candidate must have good technical writing skills so that authored test artifacts require minimal technical editing; and be comfortable giving presentations to small teams. Also, the candidate must have proven experience working in a fast paced development environment where team building and cooperation are as important as their technical skills.
Strong familiarity with commercial off the shelf performance test tools and a strong understanding of architecture, techniques and management process across a broad spectrum of systems, applications, and requirements.
Experienced with performance testing of complex systems and applications on multiple platforms. Reviews computer systems capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitation to determine if modification is necessary/possible within current system. Studies existing information processing systems to evaluate effectiveness and develops new systems to improve production or workflow as required.
Prepares documentation for use by equipment and computer operators within the system.
Provides direction to lower level engineers.

Required Skills:
Expert in designing, executing and analyzing load/stress/performance tests using Visual Studio Ultimate/Load Runner.
Work closely with customer and provide necessary support needed for performance testing and capacity management.
Writes performance test plans in support of end-to-end system performance evaluation and analysis. Working experience in various protocols HTTP, Web Services, ORACLE etc.
Expert in handling the entire load/performance testing independently which involves interaction with multiple components - developers, system administrators, DBAs, etc.
Expert in gathering and analyzing of various usage statistics like peak hour usage, peak hour volume, transaction data and preparation of various load test scenarios.
Expert in preparation of work load assumptions document in sync with the existing or projected production usage statistics.
Expertise in the analysis of the test results and preparation of various graphs and reports.
Expert in analyzing the performance of the application under test under varying loads and concurrent users.
Identify the bottlenecks in the application performance, conduct analysis and provide recommendations to management to improve the performance.
Experience in the installation and troubleshooting of the Performance servers and agents.
Expert in monitoring the system and collecting the various usage charts in terms of CPU utilization, MIPS usage, of the application servers, and backend servers.
Expertise in the use of monitoring tools like Sitescope, Introscope, BMC patrol, ITCAM,STROBE etc
Expert in collecting and compiling various usage reports from multiple sources and preparing the final performance analysis report.
Expert in the preparation of risk assessment and capacity management and advise management about the application performance under various load capacities.
Analyze and project the impact of the application performance in production environments.
Produce a final risk assessment showing whether there is a low, moderate, or high risk of the current peak user volume of usage to negatively impact the application’s production infrastructure
Research new tools and test methodologies as needed.
Must be able to navigate in a Windows workstation setting, and have excellent knowledge of the Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Strong verbal and written communication skills are critical.
Candidate should be able to adapt to a changing environment.
Strong ability to work independently to support the testing activities for the customer.
Existing Secret clearance, or an equivalent clearance with US Government civilian agency

Required Education (including Major):
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Systems or Software Engineering, Mathematics, Scientific or Communications. Other degree programs may be considered as an alternate.

About Us:
Kore Federal is an ISO 9001-2008 certified information technology solutions firm providing skilled consultants and engineers to solve complex technical problems for the United States Federal Government focusing primarily on critical national defense programs for Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense. We specialize in Information Technology Modernization, Application Development, Enterprise Architecture, and Technology Insertion. We have developed our core competencies to address the needs of the evolving government market by producing durable, adaptable, economical solutions that integrate seamlessly within the emerging architectures and standards. We combine strategic planning capabilities, government domain expertise, and cutting-edge technology to address the full technology life cycle.