Automation Engineer (SDET)

Cofense    Raleigh, NC
Job Description

DIRECT HIRE POSITION - Telecommute (United States Only)

Cofense is seeking a mid-level Software Development Engineer in Test to join one of our Agile/Scrum teams and provide automated testing services in support of our development efforts.


  • With minimal supervision, support one or more Agile teams as an advocate for quality and the customer experience
  • Own automated test coverage for one or more functional areas in the product(s) your product team is responsible for
  • Provide status updates and feedback to your team and manager
  • Learn and understand manual and automated testing policies and other QA documentation, and help to enforce and maintain them as needed
  • Assist less senior team members with learning/complying with policies
  • With minimal supervision, create automated test cases and suites against web applications and services, using ruby, Java, and/or .NET
  • With minimal supervision, spend up to 25% of your time also assisting with manual testing activities as needed
  • Perform more complex quality assurance/automated testing activities as needed
  • Implement test case automation for test cases as identified by manual and automated test engineers, maintaining test automation to a standard of coverage
  • Work with manual test engineers to identify test cases to automate, and with their feedback help senior SDETs to prioritize the automation work backlog
  • With minimal supervision, help to provision and maintain virtual machines for testing and perform other QA DevOps tasks as needed
  • Under guidance from senior engineers, help to build and improve QA tools and infrastructure
  • Contribute to and validate acceptance criteria
  • Contribute to story work estimates and sprint commitments
  • As needed, represent your product’s QA team with the larger product team
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications:

  • A software quality engineer with three (3) or more years of experience in automated software testing in ruby, Java, and/or .NET, preferably with web applications and tools
  • Willing to learn new development languages, tools, and techniques
  • Self-motivated
  • Proficient at written and verbal communication, with English fluency in both
  • Able, as needed, to execute, report on, create, and maintain manual test cases
  • Familiar with software development in recent Windows and OS X operating systems using ruby and, ideally, at least one of Java and C#.NET
  • Familiar with testing using recent Windows and Apple operating systems
  • Familiar with testing web applications with popular web browsers (in particular, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox)
  • Familiar with using and maintaining local and remote virtual machines for testing
  • Familiar with both black box and white box testing
  • Able to perform browser and platform compatibility testing
  • Familiar using SQL with MySQL and/or PostgreSQL
  • Familiar with command-line tools under Linux, OS X, and/or Windows
  • Familiar with (when relevant):
  • Ruby: rvm, bundler, cucumber, rspec, FactoryGirl, and Selenium
  • Java: maven, cucumber, mockito/spock, and Selenium
  • .NET: specflow, nspec, and Selenium * Familiar with using git for working with repositories, including branching and merging
  • At least somewhat familiar with load and performance testing and/or testing for and at scale
  • At least somewhat familiar with Jenkins, Docker, and/or BrowserStack (or similar products/services)
  • Familiar with using issue tracking tools, especially JIRA, to manage work and report defects
  • Familiar with working on products through their release in an Agile/Scrum environment
  • Familiar with using system and/or interface design documentation
  • Able to deal with features with poor, outdated, or no design documentation
  • Able to work, with minimal supervision, on a distributed team, escalating issues as necessary
  • Willing to mentor other SDETs and QA engineers on development and test automation
  • Willing (if not happy!) to travel occasionally for team meetings and events (especially if you're remote)
  • Your experience should demonstrate that you:

  • Are a self-starter and a team player
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Understand the risks and opportunities offered by automated testing
  • Have previously worked on geographically distributed/remote teams
  • Will deal with ambiguity and change
  • Can take a task from information gathering to deployment and maintenance
  • Can take ownership of tasks and testing efforts as needed
  • Can mentor and supervise less experienced QA engineers
  • Will help your team document and make tradeoffs between quality and business needs
  • Are eager to learn, understand, and apply new things
  • View the developer/QA engineer relationship as collaborative, not adversarial
  • Like to work with people, not just computers
  • Are comfortable coloring outside the lines of your role (and comfortable with your teammates doing the same
  • Are interested in and stay on top of industry trends
  • Education and/ or Experience

  • The successful candidate will have three (3) or more years of relevant professional work experience writing automated tests in ruby, Java, and/or .NET, and will probably have additional experience with manual testing. Internships or professional jobs held as a student count towards this experience.
  • Had a bachelor’s degree (or more) and/or one or more professional certifications related to quality assurance, software development, or project management
  • Have experience with:
  • testing involving e-mail
  • security testing
  • Javascript testing * Have experience with customer service
  • Have contributed to the quality assurance/software engineering industry in some way: attended conferences, wrote papers, supported/have contributed to open source projects
  • Compensation

  • Competitive salary
  • 401k with company match
  • Health, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • Telecom expense reimbursement
  • Choose your own Mac or Windows workstation
  • Peers that enjoy appropriate use of internet memes
  • Location

  • Telecommute (United States only, if not in the Leesburg, VA area)
  • Cofense is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis [protected class] including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

    Job Type: Full-time


  • linux: 4 years (Required)
  • Jenkins: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Docker: 1 year (Preferred)
  • selenium: 2 years (Required)
  • MySQL: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Automation Software Testing: 3 years (Required)
  • Cucumber: 2 years (Required)
  • Ruby: 3 years (Required)
  • Java: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

  • Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:14:40 GMT

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