Software Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist/Applications Tester

EdgeWorks - Chantilly, VA

Full-timeEstimated: $79,000 - $120,000 a year
Develops and implements quality control methodologies to ensure compliance with quality assurance standards, guidelines, and procedures in a large computer-based organization. Develops and executes software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes. Establishes and maintains a process for evaluating hardware, software, and associated documentation and/or assists in the evaluation. Conducts and/or participates in formal and informal reviews at pre-determined points throughout the development life cycle.

Conduct software compatibility tests with programs, hardware, operating systems, or network environments.
Develop and defines major and minor characteristics of quality including quality metrics and scoring parameters and determines requisite quality control resources.
Create or maintain databases of known test defects.
Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
Design or develop automated testing tools.
Develop or specify standards, methods, or procedures to determine product quality or release readiness.
Develop testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.
Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.
Monitor bug resolution efforts and track successes.
Document test procedures to ensure replicability and compliance with standards.
Evaluate or recommend software for testing or bug tracking.
Identify program deviance from standards, and suggest modifications to ensure compliance.
Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.
Install and configure recreations of software production environments to allow testing of software performance.
Install, maintain, or use software testing programs.
Investigate customer problems referred by technical support.
Monitor program performance to ensure efficient and problem-free operations.
Participate in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.
Perform initial debugging procedures by reviewing configuration files, logs, or code pieces to determine breakdown source.
Plan test schedules or strategies in accordance with project scope or delivery dates.
Provide feedback and recommendations to developers on software usability and functionality.
Test system modifications to prepare for implementation.
Update automated test scripts to ensure currency.
Collaborate with field staff or customers to evaluate or diagnose problems and recommend possible solutions.
Coordinate user or third party testing.
Conduct historical analyses of test results.
Provide technical support during software installation or configuration.
Review software documentation to ensure technical accuracy, compliance, or completeness, or to mitigate risks.
Visit beta testing sites to evaluate software performance.
Assist the sponsor in the evaluation of software and associated documentation.
Participate in formal and informal reviews to determine quality.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Tools used in this occupation:
Computer servers - Application servers
Desktop computers
Integrated circuit testers - In circuit emulators ICE; Logic analyzers
Mainframe computers - Supercomputers
Notebook computers - Laptop computers

Technology used in this occupation:
Development environment software - Apache Ant; CruiseControl *; JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA; Microsoft Visual Basic Object or component oriented development software - Acresso InstallAnywhere; Apple Cocoa; Objective-C; Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
Operating system software - Linux; UNIX; VMWare Workstation; Wind River Systems VxWorks
Program testing software - Borland SilkTest; JUnit; Watir *; YourKit Java Profiler
Web platform development software - Apache Tomcat; Hypertext markup language HTML; JavaScript; Microsoft ASP.NET