QA Performance Engineer

Location: West Pittsburgh, PA

Job Type: Contract


  • Coordinate and manage all testing activities assigned by the Performance & Automation Team Lead. This includes task planning & estimation, status reporting, metrics collection, developing test summaries & risk analyses
  • Work closely with QA engineers, developers, architects and DBA’s to create meaningful Performance tests
  • Write Performance test cases, plans, scripts and test harnesses as required
  • Maintains and updates the Performance test strategy
  • Uses LoadRunner, MS Test Manager and custom C scripting to record and execute scripts
  • Provides Performance testing assistance to Development and Technical Operations community by performing tuning activities for various hardware, OS, network and application troubleshooting and analysis initiatives.
  • Review existing manual tests and analyze where Performance testing will provide maximum ROI
  • Report issues via defect tracking application and coordinates with developers and Project Managers on resolution
  • Participate in business & technical requirement reviews for assigned projects
  • Verify that software and applications perform according to specifications
  • Conduct test case reviews with peers, Software Engineers and Development Managers
  • Fosters a collaborative work environment encompassing all phases of software development
  • All other duties as assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Certification preferred, but not required (CSQA, CSTE, CSQE, CTM, CSTP, etc.)
  • Recent Performance Testing experience
  • 2+ years in manual software testing
  • 3+ years testing applications using Hewlett-Packard/Mercury testing tools (LoadRunner, Quick Test Professional, Quality Center)
  • 2+ years of Programming / Scripting (C, C#, JavaScript, VBScript)
  • First-hand experience with a wide variety of LoadRunner protocols, such as Adobe Flex/RIA, COM/DCOM, and Web (HTTP/HTML)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SQL Server and Oracle, query building and data extraction tools
  • Effective in a fast paced environment
  • Collaborative/enjoys working in teams
  • Self-starter/motivator
  • Creative and effective problem solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills