The Consortium, Inc.


The Consortium, Inc. - Rockville, MD

Working independently, the Lead Developer in Test owns the quality of software products delivered within the software development life cycle (SDLC) as well as leads and mentors a team (4-6 approximately) of other Developers in Test. Reports directly to a Director or Senior Director.

Responsibilities include developing automation solutions and strategies while also, at times, contributing to developing software testing components needed throughout the SDLC.

Essential Job Functions

  • Effectively communicate testing activities and findings in oral and written formats.
  • Coordinate and effectively drive Release Readiness Validation efforts.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring to a team of Developers in Test.
  • Responsible for identifying project risks and developing mitigation strategies.
  • Create and execute complex test strategies across multiple systems, as required, to execute tests.
  • Review and provide feedback on system architecture, code, and design documents.
  • Perform Independent Assurance on all Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) phases in a project.
  • Own the automation architecture (both functional and performance) and sets up test frameworks/infrastructure.
  • Architect, Design and Develop automation code, scripts, utilities, simulators, data generators, API/interface testing solutions and other programmatic test tools to test complex systems.
  • Continually look for ways to innovate and improve the testing process to gain efficiencies.
  • Possess and Demonstrate domain expertise in the project involved and serves as a overall technical subject matter expert across the entire team’s portfolio.
  • Ensure compliance with technology policies and standards.
  • Ensure compliance with all security controls.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Computer Science or Engineering or equivalent.

Experience Requirements

  • 7+ years of cumulative experience in software development and/or test automation development.
  • 7+ years of experience with programming in Java or, JavaScript, or C#/.NET.
  • Excellent and Demonstrated understanding in Computer Science fundamentals - Algorithm Design, Problem Solving, Complexity Analysis and Data Structures.
  • Excellent understanding of testing process, test types, test design and testing methodologies.
  • Excellent and Proven experience with modern programming languages and common development technologies with software architecture and design skills.
  • Experience with Data Ingestion, Transformation or Analytics or Decision-Making skills.
  • Experience with functional or Performance or Security or DevOps test tools.
  • Demonstrated experience in architecting, designing, and developing automation frameworks and test suites.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Cloud related technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux environment.
  • Solid understanding and experience with object-oriented design.
  • Experience with SQL and relational databases.
  • Experience with continuous automation delivery tools such as Jenkins (preferred) or TeamCity.
  • Strong understating of source code versioning control systems such as git (preferred), CVS, SVN, Mercurial, and related tools such as Bitbucket (preferred), GitHub, or Azure DevOps (TFS).
  • Strong understanding of defect tracking tools such as Jira (preferred), or BugZilla.
  • Strong understanding of common development technologies (J2EE/.NET, JavaScript, HTML, XML/XSL, JSON, Web Services [SOAP, REST], Maven/Ant …etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships that improve the quality of work products.
  • Demonstrated organization skills that are thorough and possess the ability to handle competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain focus and develop proficiency in new skills rapidly.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be self-directed, detail-oriented and possess strong mentoring skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Skills

  • Strong knowledge of JAVA programming language is preferred or, given comparable programming language knowledge, a strong willingness to transition to JAVA.
  • Experience with AWS is preferred or a strong willingness to gain certification.
  • Demonstrated Service/API level testing is preferred over UI automation testing skills.
  • Excellent understanding of n-Tier application architecture (e.g. Angular, REST, JAVA-EE, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with the development of, or extension of, test automation frameworks.
  • Testing tools, frameworks, and libraries. (e.g.: Selenium Web Driver, Protractor, Gatling, JMeter, Jasmine & Karma, REST Assured, JUnit, Scala test, etc.)
  • Application Security (e.g.: threat modeling, static code analysis, penetration testing, etc.)
  • Security Tools (e.g.: ZAP, AppScan, Burp suite, etc.)
  • Build, deployment, and monitoring tools. (e.g.: Maven, Jenkins, AWS code deploys, Splunk, Black Duck, CloudPassage, etc.)
  • Data ingestion, transformation, analytics, decision-making skills, etc.
  • ETL and Big data tools. (e.g.: Scala, Apache-Spark, etc.) are a plus
  • Machine Learning, data science tools, frameworks, and libraries (e.g.: Data Bricks, Jupyter, TensorFlow, Sci-kit-learn, etc.) are a plus
  • DevOps, application engineering (e.g.: Ansible, AWS CloudFormation, etc.) • DevOps, application engineering (e.g.: Ansible, AWS CloudFormation, etc.) are a plus

Work Conditions

  • Work is normally performed in an office environment with provisions for remote staffing opportunities.
Occasional travel and extended hours may be required

Posted On: Thursday, July 15, 2021

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