Senior Test Specialist

<strong>AF Group (Lansing, Mich.) and its subsidiaries are a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions. Insurance policies may be issued by any of the following companies within AF Group: Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Accident Fund National Insurance Company, Accident Fund General Insurance Company, United Wisconsin Insurance Company, Third Coast Insurance Company, or CompWest Insurance Company.</strong>

Lansing, MI*

AF Group

<p class="p1"><strong>AF Group&rsquo;s focused and passionate team uses industry-leading best practices, analytics and resources to manage risk and minimize loss for our policyholders while strengthening businesses with our valued independent agent partners.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>We strive to continuously increase the long-term value of our organization by outperforming our industry peers and fostering a culture of underwriting and claims excellence.</strong></p>

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Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: <p>This position is primarily responsible for performing duties as a Senior Test Specialist including performing as the test lead on large scale projects and complex testing initiatives; determining test environment set-up requirements; developing and executing systems testing; providing system expertise on advanced and large-scale system changes; reviewing the output of other testers assigned to the project to ensure quality of results; sharing test results with members of the project team; and logging and tracking defects found in testing.</p> <p>Participates in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.&nbsp;&nbsp; Works collaboratively with BA&rsquo;s, Developers, and Internal Business Customers to investigate and explore alternatives to system issues and enhancements.</p> <p>Consult with business unit staff to stay current with workflow processes, understand system processes, and discuss test plans/results. Contacts include Enterprise employees at all levels as well as external vendors.</p>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Provide Test Effort estimates</li> <li>Assist development with analysis and design for new or existing systems.</li> <li>Collaborates in the analysis of advantages and disadvantages of solution alternatives as they are reviewed and a solution recommendation is made.&nbsp;</li> <li>Participates in the pro-active review of enterprise processes and applications. Provides input that determines relative efficiency of the alternatives.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Functions as testing expert in the inspection of business and system requirements.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Works with development team to determine test approach and to translate requirements/stories into test plans, use cases, and test cases.</li> <li>Review project requirements and change requests to provide an estimate (timeline and resources) on effort required for completion.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Provide input to Test Automation Developers in order to create new automated test cases and/or modify existing automated test cases.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Coordinate vendor testing.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Responsible for developing test cases that support the positive expected results as identified by the requirements/stories.</li> <li>Responsible for developing complex test cases that test the negative results of the requirements/stories.&nbsp; Parameters for these cases are identified by the tester&rsquo;s business knowledge.</li> <li>Responsible for using established tools and templates for ensuring test cases are clearly linked to requirements/stories.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Responsible for executing test plans; manual and automated test cases for Enterprise-wide applications and interfaces between internal and external systems.</li> <li>Responsible for assisting other testing staff with developing and executing test plans.</li> <li>Validate application test results to verify documented system requirements/stories.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>EDUCATION REQUIRED:</strong></p> <p>Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Information Technology, Business or related field. Combination of relevant education and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em><a target="_blank">Quality certification (CTFL, CTAL, CSQE, CSTE, or equivalent) required.</a></p> <p><strong>EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:</strong></p> <p>Three Four years of progressively more responsible software quality assurance and testing of business systems required.</p> <p><strong>SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Thorough understanding of software development lifecycles.</li> <li>Thorough knowledge of testing philosophies, methodologies, workflow and software tools that supports them.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Working knowledge of automated testing tools.</li> <li>Ability to create and execute SQL queries for use in testing and validating systems which have relational database.</li> <li>Ability to interpret program logic, prepare test data, and execute test plans.&nbsp;</li> <li>Excellent understanding of the various types and phases of testing.</li> <li>Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.</li> <li>Ability to apply the principles of independent logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.</li> <li>Ability to establish acceptable workloads and expectations.</li> <li>Ability to comprehend the consequences of various problem situations and take appropriate actions or refer them for appropriate decision making.</li> <li>Working knowledge of computer systems and integrations.</li> <li>Ability to develop and execute test plans and test cases.</li> <li>Ability to communicate effectively to clearly and concisely communicate factual and technical information.</li> <li>Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities, establish workflows and meet necessary deadlines.</li> <li>Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.</li> <li>Knowledge of computers, word processing, and spreadsheet software.</li> <li>Basic knowledge of relational databases.</li> <li>Ability to enter and verify alpha/numeric data accurately.</li> <li>Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.</li> <li>Ability to proofread documents for accuracy of spelling, grammar, punctuations, and format.</li> <li>Ability to adapt to changing priorities and demands.</li> <li>Demonstrated ability to create test plans, execute test cases and capture results (examples required)</li> </ul> <p><strong>ADDITIONAL EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND/OR ABILITIES PREFERRED</strong></p> <p>Experience in insurance business systems, knowledge of workers&rsquo; compensation insurance, and experience working with relational databases highly preferred.&nbsp;</p> <div id="gtx-trans" style="position: absolute; left: -54px; top: -20.0139px;">&nbsp;</div>