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Staff Distributed Systems QA Engineer

Engineering | San Mateo, CA

Job Description

About You

You are a leader who “gets” the importance of creating products that delight customers.  You keep their perspective in mind as you work on ways to test (OK: Break!) our software, so you can educate us about code problems and elucidate us about what will cause our customers pain, and what will make the fans of our product.

You have more than a passing familiarity managing products that are based in Java, Scala and/or JavaScript.  You have thorough understanding of web architecture and success implementing and executing QA in a startup culture.


The Opportunity

Platfora is revolutionizing the way enterprises view and analyze their data.

We need you to break our software.  It’s your job to find creative and methodological ways to figure out what’s wrong with our product, finding the corner cases that a lesser QA professional would miss.

You will help set the direction of a QA engineering team in a small, startup culture that walks the walk regarding the importance of QA.  We need you to apply your keen mind to the questions, “Will the code run?”, “Can it scale?”, and, most importantly, “Will our customers love and use this?”  To get to this point, we need your judgment and customer mindset to prioritize what needs testing, and what doesn’t.

Specifically, the testing you’ll do involves multiple devices (tablet, web, mobile) on a robust stack that’s JavaScript/HTML5 on the front end, with a slick, distributed data processing backend that uses Java and Scala – not your average “full stack”!


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop expertise in our product solutions, and use that expertise and your experience to help design and qualify the solution as a whole

  • Clearly understand the components that compose the product solution

  • Create test plans and test cases for assigned components

  • Execute and automate test cases and perform bug tracking and management

  • Contribute in building a flexible and scalable automation solution

  • Work closely with the design team to help create an amazing user experience

  • Help create and implement quality processes and requirements

  • Work closely with the team to replicate customer environments

  • Own the release decision.  Weigh the business needs against quality, listen to the opinions of others, work to gain consensus, and be willing to hold the release... even when it’s not the popular decision

  • Identify and communicate risks about our releases.  Look beyond your specific area of responsibility and ensure our products deliver value to our customers

  • Be able to own and make quality decisions for the solution. Own the release

  • Be a customer advocate.

Job Requirements:

  • A track record showing that you are a highly motivated individual, capable of coming up with creative, innovative and working solutions in a collaborative environment

  • Eager to learn from peers

  • Experience testing distributed systems

  • Experience testing enterprise applications

  • Strong database skills (SQL)

  • Strong knowledge of QA methodologies

  • Strong scripting skills (Python/Perl/Shell)

  • Strong Unix skills (Ubuntu/Red Hat)

  • Experience building automation frameworks

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and taking the initiative regarding issues and decisions

  • 7+ years of QA experience in a software company

  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent combination of technical education and work experience.


About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 native Big Data Analytics platform for Hadoop. Platfora puts big data directly into the hands of line-of-business people through self-service analytics that help them uncover new opportunities that were once impossible or impractical across transaction, customer interaction and machine data. An interactive and visual full-stack platform delivered as subscription software in the cloud or on-premises, Platfora Big Data Analytics is creating data-driven competitive advantages in the areas of security, marketing, finance, operations and the Internet of Things. Leading organizations such as Citi, Comcast, DirecTV, Disney,, Opower, Riot Games, Vivint and The Washington Post use Platfora.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Principals only; if you are a recruiter, or represent a search firm, you must be under contract with an OK to work on this role, prior to submitting resumes to Platfora.  Thanks!

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