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Senior Software Developer, Test

Technology is reinventing higher education and at OCAS we play a vital role in helping shape this evolving landscape. We deliver dependable technology systems and business services to support our industry partners and create new pathways for learners exploring and applying to Ontario’s public colleges.

Recently named a Waterloo Area Top Employer for the ninth consecutive year, we’re looking for innovators who can bring their expertise and passion to our growing team.

Are you experienced in software quality and development and want to use all the tools at your disposal to test and analyze software applications to improve product experience?


We’re looking for a skilled Senior Software Developer, Test, who’s eager to find application, performance, and system bugs by creating and maintaining automated test frameworks and scripting test scenarios.


As a Senior Software Developer, Test, at OCAS, you’ll play an important role in developing and supporting the technology that helps hundreds of thousands of individuals every year as they take the first step toward a brighter future through college. An integral member of our Quality and Agile development teams, you’ll be instrumental in accelerating and improving the quality and delivery of OCAS products and services by researching, proposing, and piloting new ways to improve our product quality.


Being an advocate for Quality, you’ll test features deployed to the cross-functional test environment shared by all our products. You’ll also be challenged to imagine ways that both related and seemingly unrelated features or products might interact with each other to expose real-world problems faced by our users. 


A self-starter, you’ll also have the ability to influence the direction of our team and our products. With a focus on the design, development, and implementation of test code, you’ll contribute and maintain OCAS' automated test suites to support continuous deployment for our products and environments. You’ll also work with development teams to ensure quality throughout the development process by reviewing coding practices, participating in code reviews, and reviewing requirements from a Quality perspective.


Why choose OCAS?

  • We offer a hybrid work environment that gives you the flexibility to work in our Guelph office, remotely, or a combination of both
  • Your team is an amazing group of individuals who are passionate about technology and are encouraged to explore new ways of working
  • You’ll start off with 22 vacation days, as well as paid company breaks in the summer and during winter holidays
  • We offer a corporate pension plan to help you prepare for your next stage of life
  • We also offer generous benefits that include vision and dental care, extended health care, life insurance, and more.
  • We understand the importance of lifelong learning, with a generous professional development allowance, as well as other initiatives to help you skill up
  • We support several local charities and offer paid time-off to volunteer in your community


You share OCAS' core Quality values:

  • Quality is an organizational mindset, not an individual one
  • We can test anything, whether or not we have requirements for it: a prototype, a design, a flowchart, an idea, or even actual software
  • All software systems inherently have bugs and problems to discover 
  • Passing test scenarios are encouraging; however, they don’t tell the entire story
  • Automated check systems are only a piece of a successful test plan


In this role, you will:

  • Lead efforts to improve test maintainability, reusability, and code quality
  • Have a strong ability to investigate issues by using a variety of tooling appropriate for the given technologies being investigated
  • Keen ability to identify issues in code review before they have been merged into the mainline branch
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of the technologies you have worked with, and use this knowledge to inform their approach to test automation, and testing in general
  • Show advanced knowledge of SQL and possibly other query syntax languages to help facilitate issue investigation and test setup
  • Have advanced knowledge of application architecture and infrastructure, and how to investigate, interpret, analyze, and summarize the results of performance testing at scale
  • A strong command of version control with an ability to effectively manage large changesets
  • Create, improve, and maintain build/test/release pipelines for a variety of different products or services across multiple environments with a solid understanding of how test automation is deployed, hosted, and executed on remote agents, containers, etc.
  • Comfortably and respectfully raises risks to the project team or through escalation paths as required
  • Able to provide an unbiased assessment of the deliverables of a proposed project/feature/fix to stakeholders
  • Regularly keep upstream and downstream teams informed of projects that would impact them, enhancing cross-team collaboration
  • Take a leading role in improving the Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery processes, including where and how test automation can be leveraged to provide timely and helpful feedback
  • Stay current with prevailing industry trends in software and testing (e.g., new browser features, new OS platforms, cloud service offerings, accessibility regulations, security risks or incidents)


You should have:

  • A technical college or university credential in Computer Science, Information Technology, or another similar discipline
  • 5+ years formal experience, continuous learning, and / or personal growth in the software development (including test development) field
  • A resume that clearly describes the interesting and unique ways you’ve improved product or process quality, or supported customers and improved customer experience (not necessarily software products, processes, or experiences) in the past
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate observed software behavior and its impact to the current project’s success, as well as to persuade and influence team members when identifying new ways of implementing features and ways of working
  • Understanding of various testing strategies and methodologies
  • Ability to work independently, and possess initiative to meet multiple deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and ability to provide accurate, sound, and viable recommendations to decision-makers
  • Ability to modify methods, techniques, and procedures to customize your approach for the intended audience


Other desirable experience:

  • Familiarity with various components of web applications, such as integrations, performance, security, and reliability 
  • Experience with the analysis and evaluation of data reports
  • Understanding of data visualization software such as Power BI or Tableau
  • Various testing strategies and methodologies, especially session-based exploratory testing
  • Knowledge of AODA and WCAG guidelines
  • Experience creating mind maps or using other brainstorming tools and methods
  • Software delivery and test methodologies, including Scrum
  • Test scripting experience in Selenium WebDriver, Protractor, Appium, or other similar frameworks
  • Any of C#, Java, or JavaScript 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Azure DevOps / VSTS / VSO / TFS, JIRA, or another similar SDLC tool


Salary: $92,000 - $106,000
Position Reports to: Team Lead, Quality

OCAS is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse candidates, including people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. While we thank all respondents for their interest, only those candidates being invited to interview for this position will be contacted.