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Company: Taxact
Location: Dallas
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

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 daily 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!
Position Summary
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) who will be responsible for participating in the evaluation and testing of TaxActs 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, developing automated tests, and developing application software. 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 development, with demonstrated ability in one or more of the following areas: Team leadership, software development, test engineering, DevOps, and contribution to automation frameworks.
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 essential functions.

  • Contributes to the test automation framework to create or enhance existing functionalities.
  • Maintains the framework as needed based on the needs of the organization.
  • Provides training and mentoring to Quality Engineers in using the framework.
  • Creates and maintains documentation to support the framework.
  • Assists in the creation and maintenance of training material for the framework.
  • Assists in automated test script creation from the backlog.
  • Participates in the development, QA, and deployment of cloud infrastructure in support of delivering functionality using CI/CD pipelines in an automated fashion.
  • Designs test plans in a manner that supports automation testing for web-based tax applications.
  • Develops and executes end-to-end functional and automated test scripts and creates clearly documented defects that enable a developer to recreate the issue.
  • Develops application software.
  • Supports resiliency and scalability using AWS and other cloud platforms.
  • Communicate test results, status, and potential risks.
  • May provide leadership to a small team of quality engineers, assign work or provide guidance.
  • Other duties as assigned.
    Education & Experience
    • Bachelors degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent in education and business experience.
    • Minimum of 3 5 years of software application development experience.
    • Experience with C# is a must.
    • Powershell experience.
    • Database experience (SQL).
    • Experience with advanced programing like Multithreading, Async/Await, Dependency Injection/IOC.
    • Experience utilizing TFS/Azure DevOps 2019 as related to CI/CD build pipeline automation and best practices.
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience as an SDET using Selenium with C# for automation, and Visual Studio.
    • Strong command of and experience with Unit Test frameworks like xUnit, NUnit, and MStest.
    • Experience with Microsoft development stack and development lifecycle tooling (C#, ASP.Net Core, .Net Core, MVC/Web API/WCF, SQL Server, Visual Studio, TFS, Git, NuGet).
    • Experience with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
    • Experience with AWS or Azure is good to have.
    • A strong understanding of Object-Oriented programming and design concepts.
    • Significant experience with Agile development processes is a must; Kanban and Scrum are highly preferred with 2-week sprints.
    • Experience in developing and maintaining test automation frameworks and understanding of test automation design patterns and software testing principles.
    • Working knowledge of SOAP or REST API services and testing practices.
    • Ability to dissect requirements and architecture into implementations of code and testing frameworks that validate working software in an autonomous fashion.
    • Experience building data-driven tests and frameworks for Web, Windows, and Microservices.
    • Strong organizational and communication skills. Ability to communicate cross-functionally and across management levels in formal and informal settings.
    • Understanding of test methodologies (regression, functional, unit, integration, API/Services, web responsive, screen scraping, code coverage, performance, etc.).
    • Ability to implement testing programs and review code and systems solutions.
    • Understanding of S.O.L.I.D. Principles, MOQ Unit Testing, Page Object Model Patterning, the Test Automation Pyramid, Behavior Driven Development linguistics, Application Under Test analysis for Automation Readiness, and Standards and Processes as applied to End User Framework usage.
    • Ability to analyze Test Cases for Automation Readiness in relation to an Application Under Test.
    • Understanding of Structured Scripting Automation Frameworks.
      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 environment.
      • 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.
        Comprehensive Benefits
        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 company match.
        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 contributions.
        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.by Jobble

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