Senior Test Engineer

Suitland, Maryland

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Job Description

Our team is what makes Octo great. At Octo you'll work beside some of the smartest and most accomplished staff you'll find in your career.  Octo offers fantastic benefits and an amazing workplace culture where you will feel valued while you perform mission critical work for our government.  Voted one of the region’s best places to work multiple times, Octo is an employer of choice!

Octo seeks a Senior Tester for one of our Federal customers in Suitland, MD. The key outcome of this project is for the Senior Tester to work with the customer to re-engineer and modernize the current interactive and batch processes and systems that meet the business objectives and scale of the Economic Census. The ideal candidate will provide functional and technical expertise to re-engineer the design, develop, integrate, test, and deploy the Economic Census solution. The candidate will provide architecture and engineering expertise, knowledge of innovative solutions, and knowledge of commercial and public sector implementation of best practices to support the Economic Census Program.

The key areas of innovation that are critical to the Economic Census are as follows:

  • Improving Respondent Experience
  • Improving the data products that result from the Economic Census as well as a quicker release of those products
  • Increase organizational flexibility
  • Reduce the overall operating cost of the Economic Census


  • Develop Test Plans, Test Cases and Test Analysis Reports and ensure project related test deliverables adhere to policy and meet requirements.
  • Responsible for preparing testing BOEs/ROMs, test planning, test documentation development, test execution, defects tracking and test results reporting.
  • Identify, mitigate and when necessary, escalate risks and issues related to test.
  • Provide periodic metrics/ reports from ALM and report project status/health.  
  • Assist project members with infrastructure and application performance monitoring and analysis. •Evaluate overall system capacity during end-to-end load tests.  
  • Work tightly with software development, architecture, and system engineering for performance testing and application analysis initiatives to define and document testing standards 
  • Work closely with the test management team to establish performance testing criteria.
  • Strong experience with JMeter, Unix commands, and scripting to gather system KPIs, DB performance monitoring using native tools.
  • Ability to tune enterprise web app components (JVMs, app servers, Databases) is a definite plus.   

Skills & Requirements

  • Senior Software Tester with 5-7 years of experience with an emphasis on Quality Assurance (QA)
  • 2-3 years as a Test Lead working in an Agile project environment
  • CTFL Certified Testing Foundation Level Certification
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience and working knowledge of HP ALM 12.2/12.5x Suite of testing tools (to include Performance Center, VuGen, UFT & Agile Manager)
  • Ability to plan, schedule, and report results of all aspects of all testing activities - (Functional, Regression, Automation, Performance, Security, Integration, User Acceptance, and 508 Compliance)
  • Must be experienced in validating the functionality software as well as in designing, building, implementing, and carrying out effective testing strategies utilizing various types of testing strategies Must possess the ability to understand the entire business strategies and be able to dive deeply into technology issues in order to define comprehensive solutions to suit the USCB business strategies.
  • 3-5 years of experience in Performance Testing (scripting, benchmarking, and performance analysis) Must have experience using Load Runner, JMeter, HP ALM.
  • Must have experience using ALM to analyze testing results • Must have experience with Mobile Application performance testing. • Strong experience with Linux. • Proficient with SQL (inserts, updates, Joins and etc.)
  • Familiarity with programming language (JavaScript, C#, or other)
  • Skilled with continuous integration tools and performance monitoring plugins (Jenkins, Selenium) Understanding of Agile software development and implementation methodologies.

Skills Desired:

  • Census Bureau business knowledge
  • Experience with Agile and Scrum.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to sit for extended periods up to 80% of time; frequently required to move about to access file cabinets and use office equipment such as PC, copier, fax, telephone, cell phone, etc.
  • Occasionally required to reach overhead, bend, and lift objects of up to 10 lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include use of computer monitor screens up to 80% of time

Work Environment:

  • Individual’s primary workstation is located in an office area
  • The noise level in this environment is low to moderate

At Octo, our focus is on delivering results that matter. We are a premier provider of digital solutions and services to the federal government specifically in the areas of UI/UX, Agile, Data, and Cloud services.  We support and modernize our federal customer’s mission critical systems and functions. Agility is at our core: it is the mantra that drives us to succeed. We work quickly, analytically and deliver on agency priorities.

Oco is a growth-oriented firm that provides a unique, differentiated employee culture relative to our Federal market peers.  We leverage this growth-oriented and employee-centric culture to attract and retain a higher grade of talent than our peers to be an employer of choice.

  • Please no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates; this position is W-2 only.
  • Those authorized to work in US are encouraged to apply.
  • We are unable to sponsor H1B for this role 
  • Relocation will not be offered.
  • Octo Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, or genetic information. Octo Consulting Group’s commitment to diversity and inclusive selection practices includes ensuring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers receive equal consideration for employment.
  • Selected applicant will be subject to a background investigation.