At ARA, we strive to hire valuable colleagues with not only the right skills, but also demonstrate our core values of passion, freedom, service and growth. As a Software QA Specialist on our team, you are the backbone of our strategic initiatives and will be responsible for developing technology critical to the success of our projects as well as national security.
ARA has an immediate opening for a motivated software QA specialist to support our customer’s growth in the areas of engineering, research, and software development. This position offers an opportunity to participate in quality assurance and testing efforts on cutting-edge physics-based modeling and simulation software. Testing these complex applications requires skillfully employing software verification best-practices combined with an understanding of the complex physical effects they model and different users’ needs. In this position you will be part of the development team, working with developers and engineers to deliver reliable software which produces high-fidelity simulation results with interactive 3D visualization. As part of their growing Quality Assurance team, you will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects, help evolve our standard methodologies, and expand QA into new areas.
As a valued contributor to our software team your responsibilities will include:
- Work with software engineers to understand the overall technical architecture and how each feature is implemented
- Interpret and report testing results, and be a vocal proponent for quality in every phase of the development process
- Extend and enhance our test framework
- Create test plans and test cases to support new features
- Review user interfaces for conformity and functionality
- Find, isolate, document, regress, and track bugs through resolution
- Team player with excellent communication skills
Due to the work you’ll perform and interactions with intelligence community and DoD programs you will need to be eligible to apply for and hold a US security clearance (selected applicants will undergo a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements at the time of employment). However, if you have held an Active Secret clearance within the last two years we want to talk to you!
Software QA Specialist Required Experience & Skills:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related degree along with 5-7 years of relevant experience
- Knowledgeable in testing methodologies in an integrated agile project team
- Ability to code automated tests using Robot, J-Unit, Silk4J or Pytest
- Programming Languages: C++, Java, or Python
- Experience with AWS or other cloud technologies
Preferred Experience & Skills as a Software QA Specialist:
Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. We are confident that if you possess the right attitude, work ethic, and skill set that you could succeed in the role. In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have any of the following you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.
- CI/CD tools (Gitlab, Jenkins, or TeamCity)
- Container management technologies (Kubernetes, OpenShift, or Docker)
- Application security (Fortify or SonarQube)
- Automated Testing
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,400 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. Around ARA you are equally likely to hear a conversation about Kubernetes clusters as you are a debate on merits of a reverse polish notation (RPN) calculator!
While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) & 401(k) with matching program, benefits package which includes medical, dental vision, flex spending, telehealth services, company-paid life & disability insurance including paid maternity disability leave through our company-paid short-term disability benefit, domestic partner coverage, dependent care flex spending, daycare discounts, pet insurance, relocation opportunities, floating holidays, tuition reimbursement, professional development as well as flexible schedules with remote/work from home options. ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.
ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace. In 2018 40% of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments. Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at careers.ara.com.