Senior QA Automation Engineer/SDET

  • Tala
  • Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Jul 12, 2018
Full time Developer JAVA SCRUM

Job Description

We’re looking for a Senior QA Automation Engineer/SDET who happens to have a passion in testing and quality assurance. You will help plan, estimate, coordinate, and automate testing activities for our financial platform that is serving millions of users across the world. You will also work with product managers, developers, and customer service agents to ensure that quality issues and defects are appropriately identified, documented, tracked, and resolved. The role is based in Santa Monica office and you will be reporting to the Release Manager.


  • Contribute to the development and growth of automation test coverage for the entire backend architecture
  • In collaboration with QA Architect contribute to building, expanding and maintenance of our automation frameworks and tests suites
  • Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases
  • Design, develop, and execute automated test harnesses around Backend APIs
  • Write scripts and perform load tests against Backend servers
  • Actively participate in code reviews conducted by the developers
  • Perform thorough regression/smoke tests before code deployments
  • Actively monitor post-release metrics to identify any defects that may have slipped through the cracks
  • Contribute to continuous integration and continuous deployment
  • Work with customer service, product, and development teams to identify and track bugs
  • Review requirements specifications and provide timely and meaningful feedback


  • Experience - Bachelor’s degree in computer science, or related field, + minimum 3 years of experience as software engineer, software automation engineer, technical quality engineer, or related field
  • Detailed oriented - keen eye for details ranging from copy to pixels. Ability to communicate those details to others and translate to specs
  • Team player - enjoy working closely with engineers, product managers, and cross-functional teams
  • Initiative - highly motivated and self-disciplined. You can work independently and be productive
  • Startup ready - Excellent ability to prioritize and communication in a fast pace environment

Preferred Skills & Requirements:

  • Experience working in Agile development process (Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban)
  • Experience building test automation (Java/Groovy/Kotlin/Python, Spock/Cucumber, Jenkins, Shell Scripting, Linux, Mac OS)
  • Java/Groovy - 2+ years writing production Java/Groovy code
  • Spring framework: Experience in designing webservices in Spring framework
  • Computer Science degree
  • Experience working closely with remote team members in different timezones

About Tala

Tala is the leading mobile technology and data science company committed to financial inclusion globally. More than 1.3 million people have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, and other personalized financial services in emerging markets. Tala has raised more than $105 million from leading venture and impact investors including Revolution, IVP, Ribbit Capital, Data Collective, and Lowercase Capital. Tala’s global team is headquartered in Santa Monica, with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Bangalore.