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, USA

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> https://www.afgroup.com/

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Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: <br /> <p>This position is primarily responsible for performing duties as a Test Specialist including performing as the test lead on small and medium scale projects and testing initiatives; working with other testers to determine test environment set-up requirements; developing and executing systems testing; providing system expertise on small and medium scale system changes; 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. Works collaboratively with BA&rsquo;s, Testers, Developers, and Internal Business Customers to investigate and explore alternatives to system issues and enhancements.<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>WORKING CONDITIONS:</strong></p> <p>Work is performed in an office setting with no unusual hazards.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>REQUIRED TESTING:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Intermediate Windows, Intermediate Excel, Intermediate Word. Alpha Numeric. Math. Reading Comprehension. Proofreading.</p>
Responsibilities: <br /> <ul> <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 proactive review of enterprise processes and applications. Provides input that determines the relative efficiency of the alternatives.&nbsp;</li> <li>Functions as testing expert in the inspection of business and system requirements.</li> <li>Works with the development team to determine test approach and to translate requirements/stories into test plans, use cases, and test cases.</li> <li>Provide input to Test Automation Developers in order to create new automated test cases and/or modify existing automated test cases.</li> <li>Coordinate vendor testing.</li> <li>Responsible for developing test cases that support the positive expected results as identified by the requirements/stories.</li> <li>Responsible for developing test cases that test the negative results of the requirements/stories. 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> <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> <li>Responsible for following the SDLC process, specifically in areas that relate to testing.</li> <li>Raise awareness of application, tool, and data issues as found through the testing process to ensure requirements have been addressed and all impacted systems work appropriately.</li> <li>Evaluate impacted systems and applications to ensure standardization of presentation format, usability, and reporting.</li> <li>Assist in the testing of user documentation developed for training to validate that systems perform as designed.</li> <li>Assist in providing use case demonstrations to internal business customers.</li> <li>Identify, analyze, and retest defects relating to system changes, procedures, or workflows in regards to requirements, stories or specifications.</li> <li>Ensure defects found in testing are resolved (fixed or approved to go to Production by customer) prior to Test Approval.</li> <li>Responsible for ensuring the project planning systems are kept current for assigned testing initiatives.</li> <li>Ensure customer approval of test results is obtained prior to moving code to Production.</li> <li>Responsible for creating and maintaining test management documentation, for creating and distributing reports, and communicating directly with the customer.</li> <li>Assist in reviewing, evaluating, and making recommendations for process improvements.</li> <li>Assist in developing documentation for testing tools and conducting training for same.</li> <li>Periodically participate in groups/committees related to processes, standards, and best practices.</li> <li>Responsible for understanding, using, and retaining the technical and business knowledge of the Enterprise for testing purposes.</li> <li>Participates in the problem management process including data related discrepancies between systems.</li> <li>Leads testing initiatives for assigned Enterprise projects, department projects, and change requests (communication; providing subject matter and testing expertise; coordinating testing resources such as environment set up, tools and templates, access to applications, and other needs).</li> <li>Maintains confidentiality of information processed as appropriate.</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div>
Requirements: <strong><br />EDUCATION REQUIRED</strong><em>&nbsp;</em><br /> <ul> <li>Associate's degree in Information Technology, Business or related field.</li> <li>Combination of relevant education and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.<em>&nbsp;</em></li> <li>Quality certification (CTFL, CTAL, CSQE, CSTE, or equivalent) required.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Two years of software quality assurance and testing of business systems required.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><br /><strong>SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Thorough understanding of software development lifecycles.</li> <li>Thorough knowledge of testing philosophies, methodologies, workflow, and software tools that supports them.</li> <li>Working knowledge of automated testing tools and how they are used.</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>Ability to take direction and execute accordingly.</li> <li>Demonstrated ability to create test plans, execute test cases, and capture results (examples required)</li> </ul> <p><strong><br /><br />ADDITIONAL EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND/OR ABILITIES PREFERRED</strong></p> <ul> <li>Experience in insurance business systems, knowledge of workers&rsquo; compensation insurance, and experience working with relational databases highly preferred.</li> <li>Ability to create and execute SQL queries for use in testing and validating systems that have relational databases.</li> </ul>