Senior Lead Software Development Engineer in Test

San Francisco /
Engineering /
Full-time
ABOUT VARO
Varo is an entirely new kind of bank. All digital, mission driven, FDIC insured, and designed for the way our customers live their lives.

We're on a mission to bring financial inclusion and opportunity to all hard-working Americans. Through our mobile app, we offer premium bank accounts that have no minimum balance requirement or monthly account fees, high-interest savings accounts, short term lending and solutions to help customers stretch their paycheck, build credit and start saving. Our tech-first products are designed to make money work for everyone and help customers and communities build greater financial resiliency.

Varo is distinct from other fintechs: we've made history as the first and only consumer fintech to be granted a full national bank charter by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Varo Bank represents the evolution of a new generation of banks that are born from innovation and built on technology to empower consumers and businesses.

Our team combines the best of both consumer tech and banking, and we’re wildly passionate about helping our customers. Our teams are based in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Privately held, we’ve raised over $482M to date, from leading institutional investors and strategic partners including Warburg Pincus, The Rise Fund, Gallatin Point Capital, Harbourvest Partners, Progressive Insurance, and Russell Westbrook Enterprises.

Varo is entrepreneurial, collaborative, enthusiastic, customer-oriented, fast-paced, and multicultural.  This is an open and relatively flat organization that puts an emphasis on collaboration, sharing ideas and information. For a relatively early stage company, Varo is grounded in a strong set of values and takes pride in the diversity of its employees and board. 

Varo. A bank for all of us.

ABOUT THE QUALITY ENGINEERING TEAM
Varo’s quality engineering team is still small but is huge in terms of vision, efficiency, and impact. We’re accountable to be a trusted quality partner to deliver the products with highest business value quickly, predictably & consistently.

The Engineering Team at Varo is focused on achieving monumental goals. In our pursuit of becoming the first mobile-centric national bank in the country, so if you are looking for growth join us. Our goal is to repair the stale banking industry and build products that help improve the financial wellbeing of our customers. You will get to work with new technology stacks, be part of a great and diverse workplace, and improve the financial lives of others. In our Engineering team we value personal growth, initiative and ownership, collaboration, and the importance of thinking like an engineer.

WHAT YOU’LL DO
The Senior Lead Software Development Engineer in Test position is a hands-on leader role that will oversee the work of a small group of SDETs and test engineers and will be responsible for all aspects of test automation including technical leadership. The role contributes to the success at Varo by defining and driving the tools and automation driven testing landscape for our evolving platform and applications, as it relates to the delivery of our omni-channel applications.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES THAT'LL HELP YOU BE GREAT

    • An accomplished technologist passionate about System design and Architecture and have a breadth of knowledge across the technology landscape and depth in automation and test strategies.
    • Extensive experience being a coach to team, well versed in hiring and building a high performing team
    • A seasoned collaborator, extremely effective at cross-functional collaboration i.e. bringing Product, Design and Engineering together, apt in decision making & project management
    • Ability to write code in various programming languages like Java, Kotlin, Python, Javascript (Frameworks like React.JS) to automate tests for the full solution stack (UI, App Layer, API, microservice, batch jobs, etc.)
    • Demonstrated experience in test automation development, using frameworks and tools like Jasmine, Jest, Mocha, Chai, Junit, TestNG, Appium, Cucumber, Postman including web UI automation tools like Selenium RC/WebDriver , TestCafe framework as well as REST/gRPC protocols
    • Knowledge of White Box Testing practices using tools like SonarQube, JaCoCO etc.
    • Extensive experience using any standard test case management tools like TestRail, Zephyr or SynapseRT.
    • Experience in bug management tools like JIRA and development environments like Visual Studio code or IntelliJ
    • Detailed knowledge of software engineering best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control, build and release processes, continuous deployment, and test suite development and maintenance
    • Working knowledge of application software development lifecycle concepts and test environment and configuration management concepts in an Agile and occasionally in a traditional waterfall setting
    • Strong problem solving skills with analytical capabilities to be able to support theories/solutions using underlying data
    • A strong developer who is well disciplined in best software QA practices, with a breadth of knowledge up and down the technology stack and is always in tune with the latest development trends and proactively tries out new things
    • Prior Agile development experience, preferably in a CI/CD environment
    • Ability to work in a group setting and collaborate by providing transparency in test results
    • Ability to critique work of self and others constructively
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Enthusiastic and energetic with an inherent curiosity to break code and stress test it! 
    • Master's degree in Computer Science (preferred) with a minimum of 8 years of experience with test automation and mentoring SDETs
    • Equivalent industry experience for 10+ years in delivering software test automation practices with various automation tools with different testing methodologies and mentoring SDETs
    • Equivalent industry experience for 8+ years as a software engineer building and writing code for various e-commerce and mentoring software engineers

    • THE THREE SKILLS THAT MATTER MOST
      Nobody can be great at everything but we're looking for candidates who are extraordinary at:
    • Passionate about System design and Architecture and having a breadth of knowledge across the technology landscape and depth in test automation and strategies on various areas of testing including, but not limited to, Web & Native Apps and microservices along with structured reports outlining project risk and assessment factors.
    • A seasoned collaborator, extremely effective at cross-functional collaboration i.e. bringing Product, Design and Engineering together, apt in decision making & project management
    • Overseeing and mentoring the efforts from SDETs in the team assigned to different scrum teams to help build testing tools, by influencing working with engineers and championing code quality principles

OTHER NICE TO HAVES

    • Review source code for potential problems, help debug and triage issues and isolate fixes.
    • Participate in tool analysis, creates proof of concept models, and makes recommendations to support the tools selection process
    • Actively participate in reviews (walkthroughs) of technical specifications and program code with architects & developers, communicating design, requirements, feature set, functionality and limitations of systems/applications to team.
    • Collaborate with other teams including Release Management, Project Management and Application support teams for successful delivery of new system features
    • Proactively involved with product owners right from inception through functional validation to launch, while always looking for potential quality issues/bugs and offer triaging and root cause analysis capabilities to the engineers
    • Work with various teams to promote Quality engineering processes, practices and standards.
CULTURAL ALIGNMENT
Varo is entrepreneurial, collaborative, enthusiastic, customer-oriented, fast-paced, and multicultural.  This is an open and relatively flat organization that puts an emphasis on collaboration, sharing ideas and information. For a relatively early stage company, Varo is grounded in a strong set of values and takes pride in the diversity of its employees. 

OUR CORE VALUES
Customers First: Understand the problems our customers are trying to solve. Respond with a sense of urgency. Build relationships that result in loyalty. Be data and insights-driven. Test everything. Achieve results through strong execution. Build a product people love.  Assess new initiatives with the customers’ interest in mind. Act with empathy. 

Take Ownership: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.

Respect: Treat others how you want to be treated. Listen first before being heard. Speak the truth even when it's not easy. Assume best intentions. Bring your full self to work.

Stay Curious: Ask why. Dare to make things better. Learn something new each day (even from mistakes). Be open to growth. Develop creative solutions.

Make it Better: Think big. Set high goals. Work towards long term value rather than short term wins. Create change. Be resilient.


Varo is an equal opportunity employer. Varo embraces diversity and we are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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Engineering Blog - https://medium.com/engineering-varo
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