Software Performance Testers

Location: Annapolis Junction, MD
Date Posted: 08-18-2017
We are seeking Software Performance Testers to join our team in support of our projected work with the Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration - Secure Flight Work Program. These positions are located in Annapolis Junction, MD. Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a DHS suitability security clearance.
This position supports Test Leads by creating detailed performance test tasks for the work plan,  providing accurate status of these tasks and supporting efforts to validate the solution design by testing the application against performance requirements. 
The Testers develop detailed test plans and results artifacts and identify and create detailed test cases and test scripts and map to appropriate requirements and design specifications.
The Performance Tester will perform the following regular work responsibilities:
  • Supports Test Lead in upward stakeholder management, status report development, metrics, etc.
  • Creates performance test approach and strategy from system requirements and design documents
  • Establishes verifiable performance benchmarks for system and system components
  • Assists in identifying clear performance requirements / measurement criteria from poorly defined metrics 
  • Leads effort to identify test cases and map them to performance/system/integration requirements for appropriate testing coverage
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining test artifacts (plans, reports, dashboards) and ensuring they meet client's expectations
  • Manages the creation of required test data and data loads for each performance test run
  • Manages shakeout testing and maintaining performance test environment
  • Create accurate time estimates and meet schedules for performance/stress testing efforts
  • Manages effort of automating the performance/load test scripts
  • Performs execution of test cases/runs to meet required execution targets to keep the project on schedule
  • Analyzes data gathered from performance test runs and provides sound recommendations for performance improvements and can identify bottlenecks of web applications
  • Recommend to the proper teams performance tuning in different categories: system, platform, application, etc. as necessary
  • Reviews test results in test tools and validates test cases are complete and of high quality
  • Communicates any testing issues and/or risks to Test Lead in a timely fashion
  • Communicate effectively with architecture, design, and development teams to learn system and resolve defects
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule as needed to manage execution of test cases 
  • Willingness to work in an Agile Framework environment
  • Bachelor's Degree and a minimum 3 years directly related work experience
  • ICAgile Certified Professional (ACP)
  • Experience with Rat App Dev, Rat Functional Tstr, RatClear Case, RatClear Quest, RatRequisite Pro, Rational DOORS Next Generation (DNG), Rational Quality Manager (RQM), Rational Team Concert (RTM), IBM WAS Appl Server, IBM MQ, IBM ILOG.
  • Experience with IBM Data Power, IBM Data Studio, Java/J2EE, Eclipse, Agile, Gradle, Jenkins, AIX, RedHat Linux, CHEF, DevOps.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a DHS suitability security clearance.
  • Experience using performance test tools (HP Load Runner, IBM Rational Performance Tester, Load Impact, Load Test, etc.)
  • Ability to use load tools to monitor, gather, and report application performance
  • Knowledge of performance bottlenecks and end-to-end performance measures (server response time, throughput, latency, etc.)
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues in the performance test environment
  • Experience using test tools: TOAD, Benthic, SQL Server, SQL Plus, or other similar database query tools
  • JAVA, PERL, JavaScript (and/or other common programming languages)
  • Deep knowledge of how web applications work over HTTP protocol.
  • Experience working with Federal Government projects
  • Experience with DHS Systems Engineering Life Cycle (SELC)
  • Ability to promote a positive and collaborative teaming work environment
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Good communication (written and oral), analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational, multi-tasking, decision-making and time-management skills
  • Ability to learn very quickly, adapts to changing priorities, and share knowledge with other team members
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, quality conscious environment
  • Availability to work extended hours if needed for urgent support
  • Ability to proactively identify and clearly articulate issues and present solution options
  • Thinks innovatively and develops new ideas to make test more efficient
  • Dedication to accuracy and precision
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