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Senior Software Test Engineer


Reston, VA, US

Req ID:  630
Level of experience:  Senior Level
Remote:  No
Travel Required:  0%-25%

Employee Type:  Full - Time 




Ellucian designs technology that powers the educational mission of colleges and universities around the world. Inspired by that goal, Ellucian employees thrive as part of a high-performing global team committed to delivering a modern, connected, industry-leading experience for today’s students and higher education institutions. More than 2,500 institutions in 50 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning.



Description of Job Duties:

  • Analyzing product requirements and testing needs to create and execute a comprehensive test strategy, including both functional and technical/system-level testing
  • Actively participating in software requirements, design, and code reviews to provide early and continuous quality feedback
  • Testing graphical user interfaces
  • Identifying and developing manual and automated test scripts for various types of testing including Acceptance, Usability, Functional, Visual and Regression
  • Setting-up and maintaining test environments
  • Executing / analyzing test cases and communicate results
  • Helping troubleshoot and verify bugs and errors reported
  • Writing code to automate regression tests
  • Updating test scripts based on bugs and changes/upgrades to the application
  • Working with team members to find the cause of defects
  • Continually improving test processes and practices based on inspection/adaption of previous iterations
  • Working effectively with members of the project team to ensure project success, and championing high quality throughout the project
  • Proactively seeking ways to incorporate new/creative ideas and methodologies into testing efforts by keeping abreast of current methodologies, technologies and tools
  • Utilizing strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes

Required Skills / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field
  • At least 5 years of in-depth experience and demonstrated proficiency with automated testing, software testing methodologies, process, and deliverables
  • Experience with automated testing tools and technologies, including but not limited to Selenium-Webdriver, Mocha and NodeJS
  • Understanding of Software Development Life Cycle
  • Experience writing test plans, strategies, and test cases
  • Experience in large-scale system deployments
  • Solid understanding of client-side and server-side technologies including, but not limited to HTTP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, HTML5, React.js
  • Exposure to source control tools such as Git
  • Technical depth and passion for identifying new automation strategies
  • Hands-on experience creating test processes and scripts for software and web/service products
  • Highly motivated self-starter with advanced capability to quickly learn, and work with new technologies and complex technical environments, including a variety of databases and operating systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills and strong teamwork relationships
  • Ability to work hands-on and also provide leadership in the implementation of complex testing solutions. Display a high-level of initiative and troubleshooting skills
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision and keep stakeholders informed of progress toward goals.
  • Experience testing complex multi-tiered web based systems and complex data-driven applications


  • Proficiency with web development debug tools
  • Experience working within an Agile environment
  • Atlassian JIRA or other issue and project management solutions
  • Experience working with Amazon Web Services products including EC2, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)



Ellucian provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ellucian complies with all laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.  Ellucian expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Ellucian employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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