Lead Quality Assurance Automation Engineer - Remote

United States /
Software Development – Quality Assurance /
SemanticBits is a leading company specializing in the design and development of digital health services for the federal government. The work we do is just as unique as the culture we’ve created, which is built around some of the most talented IT professionals in the country. We deliver our work using Agile methodologies to help the government solve their most technically challenging problems. The systems we develop are used to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to millions of people and revolutionize the healthcare industry on a nationwide scale. 

SemanticBits is a remote-first employer and has been named a Top Workplace in 2021.  Our corporate culture is built upon our mission-driven work, to help the government improve healthcare for patients and reduce cost.  We value bringing individuals that are experts in their disciplines, highly communicative, and self-motivated to own their work. Technology and domain experts work side-by-side in highly dynamic teams that have all the roles necessary to deliver high quality digital services.  In addition, critical to our success is forming teams of highly diverse individuals passionate about making a difference. This diversity and inclusion permeates every level of SemanticBits. 

As a government contractor, SemanticBits requires that candidates must be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain a religious or medical exemption.

SemanticBits is a mission-driven company which works side by side with customers to articulate a vision for success, and then make it happen. We know success doesn't happen by accident. It takes the right team of people, working together on the right solutions for the customer. We are looking for a seasoned Quality Assurance Engineer who will be a key driver to make this happen.

SemanticBits is looking for an experienced Lead QA Automation Engineer with 7+ years of experience testing web-based applications. This position will have a heavy focus on converting manual test plans to automated tests and developing and maintaining new automated tests for our current test suites built on Ruby, Cucumber, and Selenium. Since the project is looking to automate both API and UI testing, strong automation skills and experience building out frameworks is required.

This position is open to a senior-level to principal professional depending on experience. We are seeking someone who is passionate about technology and looking for a high impact opportunity. Ideally, someone who is committed to quality, have excellent communication and analytical skills, and prior experience building and maintaining automated test frameworks. This role is highly collaborative and requires the ability to understand complex systems/data both from both the user perspective and the technology perspective. Our ideal fit is well rounded in all facets of testing and able to independently investigate problems with strong automated and manual testing experience on web-based applications. Experience with integrating automated testing into CI/CD processes is preferred.


    • Work closely with the leadership team on a large, complex program involving numerous, integrated software products
    • Define and maintain test plans and test specifications for functional and automated regression, and performance testing
    • Ensure the overall quality of all aspects complex software system, including data, APIs, and web application
    • Identify gaps in test approach, strategize on a plan to fill the gaps, and then execute that plan
    • Design and maintain automated test scripts covering fundamental front and backend functions in the application
    • Work with engineering teams to practice TDD to leverage test automation for regression testing
    • Work with IT Developers to improve automated testing where possible
    • Work with developers and other automation engineers to create and maintain automation frameworks
    • Create and manage defects through the product life cycle
    • Generate test reports and traceability matrices
    • Translate high-level business requirements into test scenarios
    • Work closely with engineering teams to discuss risk and risk mitigation 
    • Shape the overall QA process through application of best practices and new approaches to testing workflow
    • Collaborate with independent validation and verification (IVV) testing teams on overall test strategy for the program.

Required Qualifications:

    • 7+ years of experience in a software testing role
    • 2+ years experience in a lead role
    • Hands-on experience with different types of testing (System, Regression, Smoke, Integration, Performance, Load, etc.)
    • Experience building automation frameworks from scratch
    • Knowledge of SQL/no-SQL database concepts preferred and testing of ETLs
    • Hands-on experience testing and debugging web-based software including use of in-browser development tools
    • Hands-on experience with API testing tool such as Postman, Insomnia or Paw
    • Hands-on experience with front end automation tools such as Cypress, Selenium, NightwatchJS, Puppeteer, or PlaywrightRuby, JavaScript, C#, or JAVA programming experience is a plus
    • Experience with Behavior Driven Development frameworks like gherkin
    • Experience with automated cross browser testing using tools such as Saucelabs or Browserstack
    • Experience in micro-services based Architecture and messaging protocols preferred
    • Solid understanding of Software Configuration Management concepts and methodologies
    • Proficient in at least one source control tool (Git)
    • Experience with Load, Stress, and Performance testing with tools such as Artillery.ioLocust.io, Jmeter or Goose
    • Experience with DevOps processes and setting up local environments with tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Jenkins.
    • Experience with Agile development methodologies and tools like JIRA/Confluence
    • Strong critical thinking, attention to detail, problem solving and analytical skills
    • Flexible and willing to accept a change in priorities as necessary in a fast paced environment.
    • Committed to quality and an enthusiasm for testing.
    • Passionate about technology and end user experience
    • Experience effectively communicating with technical and non technical stakeholders across all levels of the organization.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and seek ways to improve overall team quality
    • Candidate must reside in the United States (currently, and for a minimum of 3 full years prior)
    • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree with a minimum of 3 years experience
    • Computer Science or related degree strongly preferred
    • Web Accessibility (508) testing experience 
    • Experience with the JAWS accessibility tool is a major plus
    • Experience working in the healthcare industry
    • Federal Government contracting work experience
    • Prior experience working remotely full-time

Physical and emotional requirements for the job:

    • This position is to be performed remotely from an individual’s home office and involves sedentary work. Employees in this role can be expected to exert up to 10 pounds of force on occasion in order to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move standard electronic equipment. Employees are expected to make decisions in a timely manner and display emotional intelligence during occasional stressful situations.
Competitive salary
Stipend for work station set up
Four weeks of PTO
Eleven paid holidays
One floating holiday
Comprehensive health benefits (medical with HSA option, dental, and vision)
Employer HSA contribution
401k retirement plan with matching benefit
100% paid short-term and long-term disability
100% paid life insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Three weeks parental leave
Casual working environment
Flexible working hours

SemanticBits, LLC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are also a veteran-friendly employer.

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