Senior IT Analyst, QA Automation - Chicago

Ulta Beauty - Chicago, IL

The primary responsibility for this position will be to implement and support the effort to build new and reusable test automation frameworks and/or extend existing frameworks, providing end-to-end automated testing in multi-component environments. This position will develop, document and support large-scale, maintainable automation frameworks and scripts using a variety of open source, vendor-provided, and in-house tools and languages to support product quality initiatives in a development organization that utilizes both Agile-focused and Waterfall SDLC paradigms. This includes functional, integration, and regression testing of Ulta Beauty’s business application platforms as well as the individual SaaS/third party applications that integrate with them. Also to be developed are “automation assist” scripts and tools, some of which may be disposable, that help advance the quality initiatives in non-traditional ways. The Sr. IT Analyst of QA Test Automation works closely with the IT Architect of QA Test Automation to evolve the tools experience for both the automation team and the user teams. This role also works with other members of the test automation team (onshore and offshore), maintaining high quality standards through systematic metrics-driven test planning and test execution.


Automation Strategy:
Collaborate with Architects, Developers, QA, PMs, Product Owners, Business subject matter experts and key stakeholders during the estimation, scope definition, analysis, design and implementation phases of Test Automation to support the Overall Test Automation Strategy for our application suite
Design, develop, customize, enhance and implement Test Automation Tools, Utilities, Frameworks, Scripts, Processes, etc. based on the task set by the Test Automation Lead / Team
Apply application development methodologies and best practices into developing scripts that are used for driving Test automation across various applications
Monitor & Maintain Test Automation Runs / Jobs across various applications and report issues / discrepancies to ULTA Leads / Offshore Test Automation Engineers as needed
Perform R&D, evaluate new technologies / tools and arrive with suggestions & proposals to improve current solutions, processes & practices as needed
Provide status and progress reports by project on automation efforts

Quality Assurance:
Provide hands-on development and maintenance of test plans and test cases covering functional, integration and regression testing
Report detailed test results of automation scripts completion, failure, and blocked rates
Ensures any unresolved problems or issues with testing efforts are documented and escalated
Provide technical solutions, strategies, etc. with respect to Quality Assurance / Engineering initiatives


May mentor and/or guide other automation engineers (juniors) and QA professionals on the team in best practices and adherence to overall testing strategy
Coordinate and collaborate with the Offshore Test Automation Leads / Engineers in terms of Automation Script Development, Test Automation Execution and Regression across various applications
Prepare and maintain KT documentation for onboarding new analysts and for retaining information for staff roll-off
BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Must be results oriented, and demonstrate a “cando” attitude – adaptability, flexibility and resourcefulness.
5+ years of overall experience in Application Development and / or Test Automation design / development / methodologies
3+ years of experience in Core Java, J2EE, Test Automation Scripting Languages, etc.
3+ years hands-on experience in Test Automation Tools like Selenium, Appium, Apple XCUITest, Android UIAutomator, Katalon, HP UFT, etc.
Solid understanding of test automation practices and architecture for scalability and maintainability
2+ hands-on experience in solutioning, designing, developing & implementing commercial or open source or home-grown test automation frameworks & accelerators
3+ years of hands-on experience in designing and developing test automation for web applications built on top of Node JS, Angular JS, React JS, Adaptive and/or Responsive Web Design Principles, etc.
3+ years of hands-on experience in designing and developing test automation for iOS and Android Mobile Native Apps using tools like Appium, Apple XCUITest, Android UIAutomator, etc.
Hands-on experience in working with BDD / TDD models and tools like Cucumber, jBehave, Mockito, Chai, etc.
2+ years of experience with relational databases and/or no-sql databases is a plus
Good experience with SOAP and/or REST based Web Services development, testing and/or Web Services Test Automation using tools like POSTMAN, SOAPUI or any other open source tools
Good knowledge on CI/CD process and build & deployment tools like Jenkins, TeamCity, CircleCI, Bamboo, Ant, Maven, Gradle, shell / groovy scripting. Etc.
Experience with version controls mechanism and tools like SVN, GIT, etc.
Hands-on experience in using Test Management / Defect Management tools like HP ALM, JIRA, Zephyr, etc.
Excellent people skills with the ability to mentor team members and educate others on automation principles
Experience with Agile methodologies, preferably Scrum
Able to take direction, proactively seek out information and build productive working relationships.
Motivated, self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Strong applied learning ability
Ability to work and lead in a fast-paced, evolving environment
Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
Strong, mature verbal communication and writing skills
Able to comfortably interact with personnel at multiple levels
Must be able to work in team and independently without any supervision at times
Must be able to plan and prioritize multiple project initiatives simultaneously
Must be comfortable to allocate tasks and communicate with offshore teams


Experience developing automation test strategies, frameworks, and plans in a retail industry platform a plus

Must be able and willing to work off hours and weekends as necessary to meet project deadlines and/or collaborate with offshore automation team.