Principal QA Engineer

Posted 24 days ago
Main Location
Arlington, VA, United States
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Our purpose is to serve the nation with the single most trusted and capable health information network, built to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care. 

What You’re Like

You have a relentless desire to get stuff done. A true champion of the collective objective, you’re energized by applying your expertise with a group of talented people to achieve something important, together. You’re curious and passionate about new technologies and cutting-edge innovation, and you enjoy pulling together complex pieces of a puzzle to deliver a powerful and meaningful end-product. You’re a translator between people and teams that don’t use the same lingo. You don’t settle for short-term gratification—you’re into long-haul, incremental efforts that require endurance, patience and next-level collaboration.

What We’re Like

Surescripts Network Technology and Operations (NT&O) is comprised of smart people who love to work towards a common goal, often delivering an innovative, industry-leading solution to the healthcare marketplace. We pride ourselves on quality work that’s grounded in complete transparency and accountability. When a project goes off the rails—and they do from time to time—we rally around each other to fix it and move on. While our gratification is often the result of a months-long effort, we never tire of delivering a huge result that has an exponentially positive impact on the healthcare system—whether it’s quality, cost or patient safety.

OK, But Here’s What It’s Really Like

Working at Surescripts NT&O, your thinking cap will always be on. You’ll be challenged to make sure that disparate, cross-functional pieces come together to create a desired result. You might swarm around some work if you think a milestone is about to be missed. You’ll work to quickly understand diverse technologies, and establish and maintain relationships with groups who see and talk about things differently.

Job Summary

To provide in-depth quality assurance support for Surescripts software development. The Principal QA Engineer plays a key role in the software development process as part of an agile team, working with product owners, developers, analysts, and other team members to define, prioritize, estimate, and communicate testing aspects of stories within the agile team’s project scope. Principal QA engineers are expected to plan and strategize the test automation effort while creating, organizing, executing and maintaining automated test scripts within and across agile teams when required.    Individuals are expected to attain a detailed knowledge of our applications and application interfaces as well as a solid understanding of our underlying business products and processes.

  • Collaborate within an agile team providing input for product backlog, sprint planning, story development and testing, demos, and team retrospective.
  • Coordinate communication and interaction across agile teams on issues, changes, and enhancements that may impact data, workflow and /or functionality across Surescripts products.
  • Review story requirements, design, and acceptance criteria during team planning to provide timely and meaningful feedback for robust story details.
  • Create and organize effective test strategy and planning to ensure software quality and to confirm business, technical and functional requirements.
    • Design system, regression, and integration tests to validate application releases.
    • Create comprehensive test data to support test cases.
    • Execute tests based on test strategy/plans. Tests may be manual or automated.
    • Support testing processes from manual testing to automated testing.
    • Provide concise and accurate documentation of software defects and issues.
    • Report test results to support story sign off by Product Owner.
  • Develop highly effective working relationships with product owners, developers, analysts, operations and other team members in support of the software process to ensure that releases are tested and ready for a production environment.
  • Create, analyze, review, and revise QA and system documentation as necessary based on changing functionality of applications.
  • Attain and maintain a high level of expertise regarding processing to and from Surescripts, and the dependencies between applications within Surescripts systems.
  • Perform system, regression, and integrated tests across multiple environments as changes are promoted and staged for production.
  • Support the automated test efforts within the agile team.
    • Identify manual tests to be included in automated test suite.
    • Update/Add manual tests into the automated tests suite.
    • Maintain the automated test suite to continually support product changes.
    • Monitor and oversee test suite in support of the processes for release promotion through test environments for production readiness.
    • Provide leadership and guidance for QA practices and the automation effort within Surescripts.

QualificationsBasic Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience
  • 8 years of QA experience with hands-on participation in manual and automated testing of software applications.
  • 2 years of experience with agile development process.
  • 2 years recent hands-on experience with database and operating systems.
  • 2 years of experience with ad-hoc query programs and writing SQL query statements

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of standard transactions sets (NCPDP, ANSI, IHE or Telecom).
  • XML and Edifact formats
  • Json for web services

Physical and Mental Requirements

While performing duties of this job, an employee may be required to perform any, or all of the following: attend meetings in and out of the office, travel (sometimes extensively), communicate effectively (both orally and in writing), and be able to effectively use computers and other electronic and standard office equipment with, or without, a reasonable accommodation. Additionally, this job requires certain mental demands, including the ability to use judgement, withstand moderate amounts of stress and maintain attention to detail with, or without, a reasonable accommodation.

Surescripts is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Surescripts participates in E-Verify.

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Principal QA Engineer
Surescripts, LLC