SDET - Test automation using Python / Tools: Selenium, JUnit, JMeter

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Job Description

What You'll Do

We are seeking a top-performing, versatile, and passionate Senior Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) with over 7 years of extensive experience in software testing for an open position in our Content Engineering department, where we curate all the tax content needs for various Avalara product suites. The ideal candidate will have solid expertise in sql, nosql, cloud technologies (especially AWS), web applications, and API test automation, primarily utilizing Python or Java.

As a Senior SDET, you will lead the design, development, and implementation of automated test solutions to ensure the quality, reliability, and performance of our software products. You will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to define test strategies, develop test plans, and execute automated tests in CI/CD environments. Additionally, as a gracious presenter and communicator, you should be capable of building strong relationships with peers, partners, and leadership.

This chance to contribute to content (structured, unstructured) discovery and management projects as a Senior SDET provides an enriching environment for professional development, collaborative innovation, and significant contributions to the organization's success.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborating closely with product managers, developers, and designers to gain a deep understanding of feature requirements and acceptance criteria.
  • Participating actively in feature design discussions and offering valuable insights on testability and quality considerations.
  • Providing accurate effort estimation for automation work, ensuring realistic timelines and resource allocations.
  • Formulating comprehensive test plans and strategies tailored to the assigned features, encompassing various aspects such as functional, non-functional, and edge cases.
  • Crafting, implementing, and maintaining automated test suites aimed at validating the functionality, performance, and reliability of the features.
  • Utilizing expertise in data modeling and understanding of data relationships to design and execute tests for big data systems.
  • Conducting manual testing when necessary, particularly for scenarios that are challenging to automate or require human judgment.
  • Vigilantly monitoring automated test execution and meticulously analyzing results to pinpoint defects, regressions, and areas for enhancement.
  • Collaborating closely with developers to prioritize and tackle identified issues, ensuring their prompt resolution and upholding a high standard of product quality.
  • Providing regular updates on testing progress, including comprehensive insights into test coverage, defect metrics, and risk assessment, to pertinent stakeholders.
  • Actively engaging in Agile ceremonies, including sprint planning, daily stand-ups, and retrospectives, to make meaningful contributions to the overall success of the team.
  • Mentoring and coaching junior members of the testing team, imparting best practices, and nurturing a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
  • Staying abreast of emerging technologies, industry trends, and best practices in software testing and test automation.
  • Driving improvements in test automation infrastructure, processes, and tools to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

What You'll Need to be Successful

Qualification Requirement

  • 7+ years of experience in software testing, with a focus on automation engineering.
  • 5+ years of experience on various testing tools and frameworks like Junit, Selenium, Cucumber, JMeter, Rest Assured
  • 5+ years of experience creating automated test suites for Rest API, UI and preparing test reporting
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Python and/or Java programming languages for test automation, with demonstrated experience in developing robust, scalable automated test suites.
  • Extensive experience in testing cloud-based applications, with specific expertise in AWS cloud services and technologies.
  • Strong understanding of data modeling principles and experience with testing big data systems.
  • Solid understanding of API testing principles and experience with developing and executing API test automation using industry-standard tools and frameworks.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in Agile environments, collaborating closely with development teams to integrate automated testing into CI/CD pipelines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively convey complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and attention to detail, with a track record of driving quality improvements in software development processes.
  • Ability to lead conversations, including senior management, and take on key roles independently while working with management and cross-teams.

By taking ownership of the quality of end-to-end delivery for your assigned features, you will play a crucial role in ensuring that our products meet the highest standards of quality and reliability, ultimately contributing to the success of our team and organization.


This job description outlines the primary responsibilities and qualifications for the Senior SDET role. It is not exhaustive and may be subject to modifications as the needs of the organization evolve.

About Avalara

We’re Avalara. We’re defining the relationship between tax and tech.

We’ve already built an industry-leading cloud compliance platform, processing nearly 40 billion customer API calls and over 5 million tax returns a year.

Last year, we became a billion-dollar business, and our tribe expanded by a cool thousand people - there’s nearly 5,000 of us now. Our growth is real, and we’re not slowing down - not until we’ve achieved our mission - to be part of every transaction in the world.

We’re bright, innovative and disruptive, like the orange we love to wear. It captures our quirky spirit and optimistic mindset. It shows off the culture we’ve designed, that empowers our people to win. Ownership and achievement go hand in hand here. We instill passion in our people through the trust we place in them.

We’ve been different from day one. Join us, and your career will be too.

EEO Statement

We’re an Equal Opportunity Employer. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a cornerstone of our company — we don’t want people to fit into our culture, but to enrich it. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. If you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please let us know.

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