Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET II) - DevOps/Chaos Engineering
Posted on: January 13, 2022
Blucora has a bold aspiration: we are committed to giving all
people the tools needed to lead healthy financial lives - tools
often reserved for the wealthy.
We now turn to the next leg, developing the technological tools
that make our vision of financial health for all a reality.
Atypical for the financial services industry, we take a
contemporary approach to strategy and product development that is
founded in user insights, rapid testing, and a singular focus on
driving end-user value.
Since charting new territory on a daily basis is part of everyone's
job at Blucora, we've attracted team members who thrive on the
challenge, encourage each other, and are passionately committed to
the goal. If you agree that problem-solving is a team sport, and
feel energized by a good debate, deep-dive research, or a fun night
out with colleagues, we might be the right firm for you!
TaxAct, a subsidiary of Blucora and sister company to Avantax
Wealth Management and Avantax Planning Partners is seeking a
Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET II) who will be a
detail-oriented, quality automation engineer who participates in
the evaluation and testing of TaxAct's software application
programs to verify that applications function according to
specifications and standards. They will work very closely with the
members of cross-functional delivery teams and will be focused on
creating and maintaining our automation test framework and
automated tests. The successful candidate will be a team player
that works closely with engineering, product management, and
quality assurance peers to deliver high-quality solutions. This
position requires a passion for quality and demonstrated ability in
one or more of the following areas: Team leadership , software
development , test engineering , DevOps , and contribution to
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform
the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each
essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Contributes to the test automation framework to create or enhance
Assists in automated test script creation from the backlog.
Assists Dev-Ops engineers in set-up, maintenance, and ongoing
development of continuous build/integration infrastructure.
Tests "infrastructure as code" areas in DevOps, such as an
Orchestration System, Monitoring, Logging, Base
Images/Configuration Management, Autoscaling Groups and Functions,
Containers [e.g., Docker], DNS, CloudFront, etc., in a cloud
Participates in the development, QA, and deployment of cloud
infrastructure in support of delivering functionality using CI/CD
pipelines in an automated fashion.
Develops code for quality automation and ensuring extensive unit
test coverage of the code.
Participates in the design of service automation in the cloud
towards Infrastructure-as-code and engineering of new cloud/on-prem
Maintains adherence to architectural standards/principles, global
product-specific guidelines, usability design standards, etc.
Executes process engineering and operational improvement
initiatives for automation tooling focused on the cloud.
Designs test plans in a manner that supports automation testing for
web-based tax applications.
Supports resiliency and scalability testing (i.e. Chaos Testing)
using AWS and other cloud platforms.
Experience with planning, coordinating, and executing GameDay
Experience with utilizing Chaos testing tools.
Communicates test results, status, and potential risks.
Provides recommendations for improvements to current procedures and
processes to improve quality.
Devises improvements to current procedures and develops possible
Performs workflow analysis and recommends quality improvements.
May assign work or provide guidance to others in the
Other related duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree in the computer-related field required.
4 - 6 years of QA/software testing experience required.
Experience with AWS, Windows Systems, SQL, C++, C #, HTML.
2 - 3 years experience with test automation tools and techniques
required; Microsoft and related tools strongly preferred (C#,
Selenium with C#).
2 -3 years' experience automating API services using Selenium or
Significant experience with the Agile development process is a
must, Scrum is highly preferred with 2-week sprints.
2 - 3 years experience with testing in the DevOps area
[infrastructure as code], as described above.
Experience with Microsoft development stack and tooling is strongly
preferred (Visual Studio, TFS/Azure DevOps, and related
A strong skill set and experience establishing CI/CD pipelines
using TFS and Azure DevOps.
Background on automated packaging and deployment of infrastructure
and applications via TFS/Azure DevOps pipelines.
Knowledge and/or experience in designing, developing, deploying,
and CI/CD in a DevOps environment.
Experience with Docker containers and Kubernetes and other types of
Microservices and Container technologies is highly preferred.
Experience with application load balancing solutions for scaling is
Familiarity with Chaos Testing.
Familiarity with tax preparation or personal finance is a plus.
Hands-on experience with various Microsoft and open-source based
platforms is a plus (such as IIS, MsSQL, Apache, Tomcat, MySQL,
Postgres, Mongo, Redis, Cassandra, etc.).
Physical Demand & Work Effort
Keying/typing, standing, walking.
Sitting for an extended period.
Constant mental and/or visual attention; the work is either
repetitive or diversified requiring constant alertness in an office
The job is typically performed under comfortable working
conditions; any disagreeable elements are generally absent during
the normal performance of the job.
Compliance with company attendance standards.
We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package that
includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid vacation and
sick days, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and 401(k) with
At Blucora, we believe our work benefits from the diverse
perspectives of our employees. As such, Blucora welcomes and
celebrates diversity and inclusion and is committed to equal
opportunity employment. At Blucora, you can expect a supportive,
open, and inclusive atmosphere and a team that values your
Blucora, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Avantax Wealth Management,
Avantax Planning Partners (formerly HK Financial Services), and
TaxAct are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect
where equal employment opportunities are available to all
applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and any other status
protected under federal or state law. Blucora considers information
gathered in the hiring process, including information on this
application, confidential, and only shares it on a need-to-know
basis or as required by law.
--- If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability,
you may contact us at HR@Blucora.com or by calling 972-870-6000 to
speak with a member of the HR Talent Acquisition team.
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