The University of Southern Californiaâs (USCâs) Information Technology Services is seeking a talented Quality Assurance (QA) Automation Analyst with an exceptional commitment to service excellence to join its team. As the QA Automation Analyst, you will be an integral member of the Enterprise Applications team, collaborating with diverse and talented team members to help solve multidimensional information technology problems, improve customer experience, and generate value for our campus stakeholders across a broad base of departments and constituencies.
ITS has embarked on a major digital transformation initiative to continually improve services for faculty, staff, and students in support of USCâs ascent as a leading institution of higher education. The ITS vision aligns strategy, business, and services; affirms ITS cultural values; empowers cross-functional teamwork; embraces world-class best practices; and promotes innovation, excellence, agility, and efficiency. To achieve this vision, ITS is committed to providing a modern technology infrastructure that is resilient and delivers the performance necessary to meet the demands of a growing customer base, training in the latest technologies for its highly productive and motivated workforce, outstanding customer experience, and technology services that are aligned with the universityâs mission to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students. ITS is creating a workplace where employees can develop cutting-edge skills, take pride in the services they provide, and have access to the roles and career paths that align to their abilities and potential.Â
We are looking for top talent to join us on our journey.
USCâs ITS organization represents a diverse and talented team, committed to supporting a collaborative culture and delivering secure and innovative IT services, core to the mission of USC. ITS values accountability, excellence, and commitment to exceptional customer experience. ITS strives for a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages employees to do their best work every day and where individuals are recognized and celebrated for their contributions.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angelesâa global center for arts, technology, and international business.Â With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Familyâthe faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to workâyou will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.
Come join the ITS team and work as a trusted partner in shaping an environment of innovation and excellence for the university.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The candidate for the position of QA Automation Analyst must meet the following qualifications:
Bachelorâs degree in a relevant field such as computer science, computer information systems, etc., or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Two years of experience in a relevant field such as information technology, higher education, etc.
Proven ability to design test plans, scripts, and supporting documents to deliver testing in functional and non-functional areas (i.e., performance, stress, load, resilience, availability, and operational).
Advanced understanding of software development processes and test methodologies including functional, unit, feature, regression, and scalability.
Experience leveraging quality management software to analyze real-time business data.
Experience identifying defects and issues using industry-recognized defect tracking tools.
General knowledge and experience in test automation using multiple testing tools and products.
Experience working with large, complex systems.
Understanding of persona-centric design and UI/UX concepts.
Ability to develop positive working relationships and a strong rapport with team members.
Ability to provide both detailed information as well as high-level summaries to management.
Experience developing request-based and data-driven automated tests using a range of testing frameworks.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS The ideal candidate for the position of QA Automation Analyst has the following qualifications:
Bachelorâs degree in a relevant field such as computer science, computer information systems, etc.
More than four years of experience in a relevant field such as information technology, higher education, etc.
THE WORK YOU WILL DO
The QA Automation Analyst is responsible for creating end-to-end test plans, executing those plans, and managing all activities in the plans to ensure that all objectives are met and the solutions work as expected. The QA Automation Analyst tests functionality, performance, reliability, stability, and compatibility with other legacy and external systems. This role ensures that every phase and feature of the solution is tested and that any potential issues are identified and fixed before the solution goes live. As a member of ITS, the QA Automation Analyst demonstrates ITS values in action.
The QA Automation Analyst:
Participates in test strategy, test estimation, and planning discussions. Coordinates with developers, QA analysts, and product owners to produce stable, maintainable, and reliable automated tests. Efficiently identifies, prioritizes, and escalates issues related to quality. Participates in the open and honest sharing of ideas and opinions. Shares timely information freely and openly across the organization.
Ensures automated test coverage of all new product features and associated requirements. Supports the design, documentation, and execution of test plans and test cases. Analyzes automated test results and improves automated test coverage to maintain product quality. Actively participates in continuous application improvements by developing and enhancing automated tests. Documents traceability between product requirements, delivered code, and test case verification. Investigates, reports, and tracks product failures to resolution. Supports the universityâs compliance with security governance and policies by embedding standards, procedures, and quality measures into work plans and workflows.
Builds and maintains effective customer relationships by providing timely follow-up and feedback. Seeks to deliver quality solutions. Builds empathy and advocates for the customer point-of-view when identifying priorities and presenting solutions.
Actively participates in test automation initiatives. Leads innovation and provides continuous improvement in testing by leveraging latest industry knowledge. Maintains awareness of new emerging technologies in automated testing and makes recommendations on adoption. Learns and adapts quickly to new situations and technologies.
Creates and executes scripts to perform test validation. Responds to test results and adjusts scripts as needed. Translates results from functional and non-functional tests into test status reports. Supports the release process by performing production site verification testing. Seeks to develop product expertise in functional and technical areas. Continually develops skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Leverages best practices to support decision making. Presents opportunities and measures success. Listens, challenges, and asks relevant questions. Conducts root issue analysis activities and recommends realistic solutions for improvement.
Contributes to an inclusive environment that values differences by building and maintaining collaborative relationships with team members, peers, and ITS leaders. Actively embodies ITS values and behaviors including accountability, ethics, and best-in-class customer service. Contributes to a culture of trust and transparency by sharing information broadly, openly, and deliberately.
Supports the vision for Enterprise Applications. Works closely with team members and management to implement and support effective solutions for quality assurance and automation. Maintains currency with technology, standards, and best practices. Supports process improvement efforts within the team and across ITS.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The candidate for the position of QA Automation Analyst must meet the following qualifications:â¢ Bachelorâs degree in a relevant field such as computer science, computer information systems, etc., or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. â¢ Two years of experience in a relevant field such as information technology, higher education, etc. â¢ Proven ability to design test plans, scripts, and supporting documents to deliver testing in functional and non-functional areas (i.e., performance, stress, load, resilience, availability, and operational).â¢ Advanced understanding of software development processes and test methodologies including functional, unit, feature, regression, and scalability.â¢ Experience leveraging quality management software to analyze real-time business data.â¢ Experience identifying defects and issues using industry-recognized defect tracking tools.â¢ General knowledge and experience in test automation using multiple testing tools and products.â¢ Experience working with large, complex systems.â¢ Understanding of persona-centric design and UI/UX concepts.â¢ Ability to develop positive working relationships and a strong rapport with team members.â¢ Ability to provide both detailed information as well as high-level summaries to management.â¢ Experience developing request-based and data-driven automated tests using a range of testing frameworks.â¢ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.