Pearson Senior Software Quality Engineer - API Lead in Centennial, Colorado

Senior Software Quality Engineer - API Lead


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

The Sr Software Quality Engineer (SQE) - API Automation Lead performs complex testing tasks requiring planning, scheduling, and testing to assure that developed products meet design specifications and are within total quality management limits and standards. They will communicate with product, developers and technical support specialists on product issues; operate under general supervision and report to the Software Quality Engineering Manager. This position requires five to eight years of experience in development, research, or product testing specializing in API testing and automation.



  • Serve as the primary technical API/Web Services automation expert, architect and consultant.

  • Execute, troubleshoot and maintain routine automated API regression suite(s).

  • Integrate automated API test cases from various Teams (possibly including multiple tools) into a common suite(s) for ongoing regression execution.

  • Design, document, build, train and lead others on API automation framework.

  • Evaluate API automation framework options and propose plan for possible standardization.

  • Guides the planning, creation and execution of automated tests using an test automation tool including, but not limited to, SOAP UI, REST, Service Test, UFT, Selenium, Fitnesse, JUnit, and Java based homegrown test frameworks. Understands the concepts behind and when and why to do automation.

  • Has demonstrated lead capabilities: lead a team successfully, worked well with other departments – Dev/PM/PdM, etc. Contributes to the development of other team members. Has demonstrated planning and resource scheduling skills. Facilitates troubleshooting and solves problems.

  • Understands and implements, at a team level, practices developed by the Core Platforms Practice Areas.

  • Understands when to execute a SQL trace to capture stored procedure execution/duration and read/writes.

  • Ensures highly complex testing on projects utilizing Practice Area guidelines. Such as, understanding API/Web Services testing and understanding when to write test harnesses using web services technologies and is able to disseminate this information to team members.

  • Leads, plans, schedules and implements testing for projects, defines test objectives, writes scripts (manual and automated). Formulates test plans including systems analysis, risk analysis, dependency analysis, writing and plotting test strategies, and determines how to report defects (pre/post- production).

  • Investigates and reports project issues by communicating and working with various departments including: Development, Product, Project Management, Systems and Application support groups, Network Engineering, etc., as well as other project teams.

  • Provides training and mentoring to Software Quality Engineers

  • Analyzes and ensures requirements/User Story acceptance criteria are acceptable for test case creation.

  • Executes manual and automated test cases, as well as performs back end data validation.

  • Tracks test progress and results in test management tools like ALM and defect management tools such as JIRA.

  • Identifies opportunities, then leads the roll out of inventive tech ideas and implements solutions with other projects teams, the SQE department, as well as other departments.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer related field preferred with five (5) to eight (8) years experience and/or equivalent work experience. Experience leading and mentoring multiple teams and projects required; or equivalent education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


  • Expert experience or knowledge required in the following: SQE process, SQE documentation, Agile development methodology, testing, API/Web Services, API automation.

  • Intermediate experience or knowledge required in: HTML; XML; Java; JavaScript; SQL/TSQL(Includes DML/DDL/function commands), stored procedures, DB Tracing, DB profiling/SQL Profiler, impact analysis, DB sharding; AJAX, JSON, XPath

  • Understanding of Coding Fundamentals (variable declaration, program flow, functions, error handling, etc)

  • Understanding of Web Services (SOAP, REST)

  • Understanding of non-relational databases (e.g., Cassandra) a bonus

  • Proficient with automated testing tools (HP LoadRunner, Selenium, etc)

  • Strong working understanding and implementation practice of software development life-cycle and testing tools

  • Advanced experience using estimation practices related to task durations to meet schedules in an agile software development environment

  • Ability to learn and actively seek new skills and knowledge to keep up with the changing technology field, including bringing any new ideas to the SQE department

  • Ability to think outside the box, adapt to circumstances, learn from co-workers, and share information and experiences

  • Work with other project teams to identify dependencies

  • Able to research root causes around customer facing incidents

  • Organize, implement, and execute defined testing processes within the test team

  • Identify, recommend and implement mitigation strategies to keep project work on track

  • Track project team progress by utilizing Greenhopper; create pre-release and release templates that include all common user stories and tasks; add additional tasks for iteration planning

  • Assess progress of developers to ensure code is delivered in a timely manner

  • Prepare groups and documentation for project release: App. Support, Release readiness Dashboard, etc.

  • Lead deep dives after iteration planning

  • Monitor QE work and escalate issues when appropriate

  • Ensure status of Jira and Greenhopper, etc. are up to date

  • Validate defects and triage Severity 2 defects for the release

  • Ensure integration testing is conducted as needed – set up meetings with other teams, discuss testing needs, ensure testing is done

  • Automation skills (UFT, SOAP UI, etc)

  • Strong working understanding and implementation practice of software development life-cycle and testing tools. Required: ALM

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-CO-Centennial

Work Locations: US-CO-Centennial-2154 East Commons 2154 East Commons Avenue Centennial 80122

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Feb 28, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1801115