Quality Assurance/Test Engineer

Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 05-17-2017
Quality Assurance/Test Engineer
Location: Arlington, VA
Inspire, the largest social network for patients and caregivers, is hiring a QA Engineer in our Arlington, VA office.  Our engineers are responsible for all of the technology that powers www.inspire.com and our related Web sites. Our QA / Test engineer will collaborate with the entire engineering team to help bring Inspire features to life -- from concept to implementation -- and will be responsible for a variety of projects that support our clients and partners. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Collaborating on functional specifications for Inspire features
  • Improve our processes for preventing bugs from escaping for the world to see
  • Leading our implementation of continuous integration
  • Working with our product groups to be sure what they asked for is what's getting released
  • Helping our developers understand and fix bugs on our site
  • Develop regression and performance tests for our software
  • Build product test strategies, write and execute test plans, file bugs, and communicate with the team about issues, risk, and product quality
  • Help educate others in Engineering and Product on testing and QA; work with them to determine product quality goals and measurements
Our site is growing, and our pace of development is increasing. We need someone to help streamline our process while keeping our current high standard of code. We think we know how our process needs improvement, but need someone who's actually done it.  Our next teammate will have skills and/or knowledge that includes:
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in Quality Assurance Engineering
  • Expertise in development of test strategies, test cases and conducting regression and performance tests
  • System-aware: cognizant of how changes affect other parts of the system
  • Own your code: Be comfortable iterating quickly, coding to spec, and writing test cases.  Document your code and commit no TODOs.
  • Active contributor to open source projects is a plus (send your GitHub profile link)
  • Understanding of Analytics (Google Analytics, Data Dog, others) is preferred
  • Ability and interest in learn new technologies quickly
  • Able to work effectively in a team
  • Dedication to quality and a positive, collaborative attitude and approach to testing
  • Extremely self-motivated; able to find opportunities for improvement and tackle them, without external direction
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, constantly changing atmosphere and prioritizing work appropriately
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, able to interact with technical and non-technical team members
  • Willing to take on new challenges, including experiments, but also willing to do the daily QA chores
  • Possess curiosity about how and why things work the way they do and be willing to suggest improvements.  Willing to learn new techniques and processes.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, ready to contribute to the betterment of the company
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant business or technical discipline is preferred, however relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • QA Engineering experience in the following environments (to include some hands on experience as well):
    • Amazon Web Services, in particular ECS, EC2, CloudFront, Lambda
    • Perl, Python, Javascript
    • Core Web technologies (HTML5, Javascript, AJAX, DOM manipulation, CSS basics)
    • Web development for mobile devices
    • Apache with mod_perl
    • MySQL, PostgreSQL, Aurora
    • Basic to intermediate Linux system configuration and administration (including file system, permissions, certificates, networking, etc.)
    • Understanding of security principles (Web/database server, network, end user privacy/security)
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Stock options
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision
  • 401(k) retirement plan with matching
  • A corporate mission that benefits society
  • Talented, creative co-workers
  • Flexible work schedule
Inspire was founded in 2005 out of our interest in health, our personal experiences with difficult health issues, and the vision that we could use the Internet to improve patients' and caregivers’ ability to find support. We believe patient centricity is the future of healthcare.
Inspire’s mission is to bring people together and to accelerate medical research. We have developed focused member groups and partnered with over 100 non-profit patient advocacy organizations, including the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, National Osteoporosis Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, and Genetic Alliance, to provide online patient communities in a safe, privacy-protected environment.  Members are resources for each other sharing health information and support without regard to location, background, or status.  Together they reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by those with chronic conditions, cancer, rare diseases.  We all believe that “Together we’re better.”
From marketers, designers, to software engineers and healthcare product experts, we are a diverse community with the goal of changing the patient and caregiver experience through community.
Melissa Lewellyn
Principal Recruiter
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