Nationwide Test Automation Lead in Columbus Metro, Ohio

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Nationwide’s cutting-edge Software Development Solutions team is staffing a Test Automation Line Lead position. We’re looking for 3+ years of experience working as a Test Automation Developer in an Agile environment creating automated tests using Ruby/Cucumber.

Required Skills and Experience:

Practitioners of the Test Automation Developer focuses primarily on providing high quality, cost-effective automated test functionality for use by IT areas to validate the quality of new and existing software applications by modifying and/or supporting existing packaged or custom-built testing frameworks. In this capacity, Test Automation Developers analyze, design, configure, code, test, debug, document and maintain automated testing utilities, programs, scripts, and frameworks.

This position will specifically require someone skilled in testing data systems, including data warehousing, data analytics, and data integration.

Experience aligning appropriate automated testing solutions to most effectively and efficiently evaluate the acceptance criteria.

  • Test or development leadership experience

  • Project management experience

  • Thorough understanding of systems and data processing policies, practices and procedures

  • Thorough understanding in systems analysis and design techniques

  • Expert knowledge of the systems development life cycle

  • Understanding of project management concepts and techniques

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and program the most complex applications and systems solutions

  • Thorough understanding of test data management and test data profiling

  • Demonstrated ability to implement automation solutions throughout the testing lifecycle

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Provides leadership within the line, especially for other testing staff on the team

  2. Designs, develops, configures, and maintains automated test frameworks and custom test solutions

  3. Tests individual frameworks, programs, automation scripts and configurations (i.e., unit level testing)

  4. Debugs automation frameworks/scripts and resolves technical issues

  5. Documents technical solutions within test frameworks and custom test solutions

  6. Leverages critical thinking to identify problems and recommend corresponding solutions

  7. Determines programming impact on existing systems/automation frameworks

  8. Modifies detailed test scripts/modules/applications/frameworks with high quality

  9. Programs scripts/modules/applications using a high level of technical expertise

  10. Maintains solid knowledge and develops expertise in one or more application areas with respect to automated testing tools and techniques

  11. Provides technical consulting on complex projects, frameworks and design patterns

  12. Provides advice on automation tools/techniques, feasibility and implementation, process improvements as well as maintenance plans

  13. Creates or modifies procedures to solve complex problems; taking equipment, operating time and desired results into account

  14. Contributes strategic vision to the business solution area (BSA) and integrates a broad range of IT application and automation framework development ideas throughout the organization

  15. Is sought out as a resource for resolution of unique or complex IT automation framework and application development problems involving multiple disciplines and possibly even multiple BSAs

  16. Drives creative and innovative technical concepts to mechanize workflows from ideation to operational tools, designed with the capability to be reusable, maintainable, and efficient

  17. Is knowledgeable and effective in following established testing practices and processes. Coordinates/Plans test runs; prioritizes, defines and manages defect reporting and resolution

  18. Aligns the appropriate automated testing solution to most effectively and efficiently evaluate the acceptance criteria

  19. Provides estimation on effort to create new or update existing automation tests

  20. Plans, coordinates and manages overall testing approach and strategy for projects and programs

ComputerWorld named Nationwide one of the best IT places to work in 2015 and 2016. Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; specialty health; pet, motorcycle, boat and farm insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Reference job number 47163.


JOB SUMMARY: With full competency, devises or modifies procedures to solve complex problems considering computer equipment capacity and limitations, operating time, and form of desired results. Designs, codes, tests, debugs, and documents those programs. Competent to work at the highest technical level of all phases of applications programming activities.RELATIONSHIP: Manager/DirectorJOB RESPONSIBILITIES1. Develops cost-effective information technology solutions by creating new and modifying existing software applications that are more complex with full competency.2. Analyzes and validates complex system requirements and existing business processes and information systems. Designs, develops and implements new programs and/or modifications of existing applications. Responsible for the more complex designs, prototypes and other methodologies for new and/or existing systems including the development and implementation of test plans and program specifications with various interfaces.3. Designs, codes, tests, debugs, and documents and implements complex software applications according to standards.4. Defines and develops specifications and programs complex technical modules, applications, prototypes and computer programs.5. Assists in leading all aspects of applications programming and development including file design, update, storage and retrieval.6. Evaluates and provides technical solutions to complex application development problems.7. May coordinate activities of a project team and assist in monitoring project schedules and costs.8. May act as a technical programming consultant for small-scale projects that include multiple product lines and various interfaces.9. Performs other duties as assigned.JOB REQUIREMENTS:Education: Undergraduate studies in computer science, management information systems, mathematics or related field is preferred.Experience: Six years of experience in programming and systems analysis. Project management experience is preferred.Knowledge: Must have proven knowledge in computer programming language. Must have a thorough understanding in systems and data processing policies, practices and procedures. Must have a thorough understanding in systems analysis and design techniques. Must have extensive knowledge of the systems development life cycle. Understanding of project management concepts and techniques required.Skills/Competencies: Must have the ability to analyze complex applications and systems. Must be able to program complex systems requiring minimal interfaces. Must possess problem-solving skills to determine the programming effects on existing systems. Must have strong decision-making skills for problem identification and solution recommendation. Must have written and oral communication skills to prepare and communicate programming plans and procedures as well as to interact with all levels within the company.Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.Staffing Exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: Director and HR OfficerJOB CONDITIONS:Overtime Eligibility: Not EligibleWorking Conditions: Normal office environment. Associates may have on-call responsibility after normal working hours and/or on weekends.ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.Credit Check: Not ApplicableSafety Sensitive (SS): Not ApplicableJob Evaluation Activity: Evaluated: MDK (12-22-03)Job Family/Function: MIS/TAP