Senior Automation Test Engineer (SDET)

New York, NY /
Engineering /
Full Time
Instacart recently acquired Caper AI to help retailers unify the in-store and online shopping experience for customers no matter how they choose to shop. Caper’s cutting-edge, AI-powered shopping carts and automated checkout counters bring together online and offline shopping to create a completely new in-store experience for customers.
In addition to acquiring Caper AI’s technology, we’re delighted to welcome the Caper team to the Instacart family. The global Caper team is based primarily in New York City and Shanghai, China, and will bring new hardware expertise to Instacart’s already deep product and technology team. Together, we’re excited to create new ways for retailers to solve for the ever-changing needs of their businesses and customers.
About Caper:
Caper builds smart shopping carts powered by deep learning and computer vision to enable a seamless grab-and-go retail experience. We differ from other emerging cashierless technologies because we are the scalable solution. Caper’s autonomous checkout technology is plug and play, meaning it requires no in-store renovation, no operational overhaul, no heavy computations or endless image labeling. Any retailer can buy the carts and their entire store is upgraded with cashierless capabilities. Caper costs less than 1% of other cashierless competitor’s infrastructure. We are already live in-stores and our customers love us!
As a part of the Caper team, you’ll be a part of a culture that cares about its people and the future we’re shaping together. At Caper, we may all come from different backgrounds, but we all share one common vision - to fundamentally disrupt the retail industry.

What will I be doing?
You will be building our automation framework from the ground up across all of our products. You will be instrumental in identifying a variety of automation tools and evaluating which brings the most value for our products not only from a software perspective but also from a hardware perspective. You will be a key player in laying down our foundational building blocks to increase our automation coverage and streamline our continuous integration process to achieve quicker release cycles. You will establish best practices and standards throughout our QA department. You will closely collaborate, actively participate, and have a voice on our team to ensure our products are delivered with the highest quality possible.


    • Spearhead the development of automated functional integration tests and E2E tests across all our products utilizing open-source test frameworks.
    • A Hands-on self-motivated engineer capable of working collaboratively in building a continuous integration environment.
    • Perform complex database queries and manipulations for test, staging, etc.
    • Perform functional, regression, integration, smoke, E2E, load and performance testing.
    • Develop trained data, test data, and model validations for machine learning test.
    • Will work closely with engineering, product management, cross-department partner teams within an Agile environment using JIRA as our backbone for collaboration.
    • Be a strong voice of reason exercising clear judgement making data-informed decisions in order to improve and maintain the utmost quality within our products.
    • Daily “bug hunting” – always on the lookout for defects, usability improvements, cosmetic “eye sores”, etc. and properly track them for resolution.

Necessary Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
    • 5+ years of working as a SDET/SDE, with 3+ years in a leading role and/or independent contributor.
    • Minimum 3-year experience with automation tools such as Selenium, Selendroid, Appium, Espresso (or similar for Android app test automation).
    • Must have built an automation framework from scratch.
    • Experience programming with Python, C++, and/or Java.
    • Experience interacting with RESTful API and skilled in Postman, Insomnia (or similar)
    • Experience working with MongoDB and MySQL.
    • Solid understanding of GIT.
    • Strong analytical skills, self-motivation, attention to detail and leadership ability.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience automating tests for android applications, Web Applications & Services.
    • Experience in establishing and maintaining full CI/CD pipelines.
    • Knowledge of basic software engineering practices surrounding coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build process, and test.
    • Experience with AI and ML test principles and strategies.
    • Exposure to GCP and microservices.
    • Familiar with JIRA and TestRail.
    • Highly effective communication, both oral and written.