Software Test Engineer

| Greater Boston Area
Simply Business is more than our name. It's how we approach insurance: Make it clear. Make it simple. Make it affordable. By combining exceptional talent, technology, data, and knowledge, Simply Business is the go-to online insurance brokerage that protects small businesses and the entrepreneurs who work hard to build them. 
We want team members who have the drive to challenge boundaries. If you’re smart and passionate about delivering brilliant customer experiences, we’d love to hear from you.
Our testing manifesto is about testing throughout over testing at the end, preventing defects over detecting them, building the right system over breaking it & understanding testing over checking functionality. The goal is to be a subject matter expert in testing by expanding the quality mindset, thinking critically about usability, functionality, performance, security, edge cases, testing strategies and best practices. 
This role is also more than a practitioner role - it’s a coaching role as well. The focus of “testing” in the industry has missed a massive opportunity of spreading the wealth of testing knowledge into engineering organizations. You will be working directly with your peers to identify and communicate risks before development starts. By coaching and mentoring developers to have the necessary skills to understand quality and know how to test, they can master testing to not only increase the efficiency and capacity of their teams, but also write higher quality software.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Define testing strategies pre-implementation
  • Research and gain knowledge in specialized areas in the testing domain (e.g. exploratory testing, usability testing, contract testing, etc.)
  • Emphasizing the importance of executing the right tests
  • Collaborate with product managers, have an understanding of what to test & deliver
  • Promote a culture where the team creates well-defined testable acceptance criteria
  • Drive the team to perform testing during the earliest stages of implementation
  • Review code to advocate for testability and development anti-patterns
  • Assist in root cause analysis with customer facing issues & educate gaps in test approach 
  • Monitor & enhance test automation coverage and test strategy
  • Identify enhancements or implementations of current/new testing tools
  • Work with testing community to improve test strategies & automation efficiencies
  • Create educational content, including workshops, tutorials & documentation

What We Are Looking For:

  • Critical & Lateral thinking
  • Systematic & Systems thinking
  • Change agent with effective soft skills
  • Mindset to solve problems not symptoms
  • Thought leader with a passion for training, mentoring and coaching others
  • Understand the value of different types of testing techniques and when to apply them
  • Fast to adapt to constant changes and feeling comfortable with it
  • Comfortable pairing with engineers in a distributed, co-located environment
  • Focus on what is most important at all times, realizing when to change the game plan and when to stick to it
  • Great communication skills, both within and outside the team
  • Curiosity in understanding the domain and system architecture
  • Have demonstrated ownership of continuous improvement initiatives around testing
  • Deep understanding of testing principles and a variety of testing techniques and methods
  • Strong understanding of Agile & Kanban
  • Strong desire to work collaboratively with business teams. We do not divide ‘business’ and ‘tech’ teams, we see both as one team as we are all working towards one shared goal
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work well in our very open and friendly environment
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, Ruby experience is not essential. You’ll just need to be happy to cross-over to Ruby if you join us – and we will support you with that
  • Understand Test Driven Development, how coding, testing (in the form of writing unit tests) and design are tightly interwoven
  • Understand Behavior Driven Development, ability to work with product managers and developers to clarify business rules and capture these test scenarios for verification 
  • Skilled in using a variety of testing tools at all levels in the testing pyramid
  • Experience having built and/or maintained test frameworks
  • Worked with continuous integration tools 

Our Test Stack:

  • RSpec
  • Gherkin
  • Cucumber
  • Capybara
  • JMeter

What are the benefits?
Here are some of the great benefits and perks that come from being a Simply Business employee:
• A salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy, and the market we’re in from your first day
• Group plan for medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
• Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance coverage
• Participation in the Company’s bonus program
• Participation in 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match
• Commuter benefits to help cut down on commuting costs
• 25 days of vacation time plus 10 company holidays
• Flexible working hours and working from home
• Annual company trip, regular outings, and volunteer opportunities 
• An awesome WeWork office with cold brew coffee, beer on tap, local pop-up events, and more 
As a company, we pride ourselves on inclusion in the workplace. Simply Business is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Want more info on working at Simply Business? Check out our careers page: https://www.simplybusiness.com/careers/ 

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Location

We are located in downtown Boston, accessible to every line on the T and surrounded by a lot of history and a lot of great places to grab lunch.

An Insider's view of Simply Business

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We genuinely care about the work-life balance of our teammates and understand that things come up. That’s why we give our employees the ability to work from home when they see fit, not the other way around. Plus, all of our meetings are remote-friendly, so we never feel like we’re missing out on important conversations!

Mariah

Senior Manager, Customer Communications

What projects are you most excited about?

I've really enjoyed working on the Front End for our Knowledge Center redesign, now called Simply U. Our current blog design has been sufficient, but the redesign will have new features including commenting, recommended articles, and categorization. Additionally, the new design will look much fresher and offer a better experience to customers.

Bryan

Front End Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I started at Simply Business, I was given the opportunity to take a leap and take on new responsibilities that I had never done before. My team has supported me and worked with me to help me learn so many new skills. I feel like I have grown in so many ways since starting here and I can't wait to see what is next.

Kelsey

Talent Acquisition Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

Myself and another female colleague are working on bringing a program called #iamremarkable to SB. It is about female empowerment, which is one of my passions! The program aligns with SB's devotion to gender diversity. It’s exciting that I have been encouraged and supported in this effort and I think it speaks volumes for the company I work for!

Jill

Licensed Insurance Agent

What are Simply Business Perks + Benefits

Simply Business Benefits Overview

Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• A salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• Group plan for medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
• Short term disability, long term disability and life insurance coverage
• Participation in the Company’s bonus program
• Participation in 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match
• Commuter benefits to help cut down on commuting costs
• 25 days of vacation time plus 10 company holidays

Culture
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Events committee, that has different sub group that manage events like First Thursdays, Holiday Party, and Wellness initiatives.
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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