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IT Business Systems Analyst Sr (Automation Test Engineer)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title IT Business Systems Analyst Sr (Automation Test Engineer)
Job Requisition Number AE501562
Position Number 107902
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Information Technology
Minimum Qualifications
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to the job plus two (2) years of experience. 

Experience may substitute for education for up to (4) years

Licenses or Certifications:

Notes to Applicants


When completing the City of Austin employment application: A detailed, complete employment application is required to evaluate your qualifications. If you are selected for the position, your starting salary will be based on your overall relevant experience that you included/submitted in your online employment application, not a resume or cover letter.

  • The City of Austin employment application is an official document.

  • Describe your specific experience for each position.

  • Complete all fields of the Employment Record, including job titles, duties and responsibilities, employment dates, and relevant professional certifications.

  • Your resume will not substitute for your online employment application; statements such as “see resume” are not accepted.

  • Use “N/A” for fields not applicable to your experience.

  • Responses to Supplemental Questions inquiring about experience should be reflected on your application.

  • Supplemental information or changes to your application will not be accepted once the job posting closes.

  • An assessment may be utilized during the hiring process.
Pay Range

$32.47 – $42.10


This position is expected to work Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., a 40 hour work week, and may be required to respond to scheduled/unplanned after-hours events and activities that include days, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin TX 78704
Preferred Qualifications

Austin Energy(AE) seeks a highly skilled Automation Test Engineer with experience working with the Rational Suite of testing tools (Rational Functional Tester, Rational Performance Tester, Rational Robot) to fill the role of Senior Test Analyst in the IT Division of Business & Quality Management. This position is a member of the Service Validation & Testing (SVT) team, supporting IT’s Quality Assurance Program. The position requires excellent knowledge of different programming languages, object oriented design and analysis concepts, and the ability to solve problems in coding and testing. This position requires the ability to create Test Automation Frameworks consisting of functionality libraries while adhering to coding standards. Also, the selected candidate will be able to review system and functional requirements and extract information to use in preparing automated test plans and scripts.

This position will need a solid background in manual testing, creating and executing test plans, documenting test scripts from requirements, executing tests, and documenting variances for new, large, enterprise applications being deployed as well as existing enterprise applications being enhanced. The position requires working in a deadline-focused environment while balancing multiple projects and changing priorities providing support to various IT groups, project stakeholders and business groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. A degree in Computer Science with extensive experience using Java, C++, and Visual Basic.

  2. Seven years of experience working with Rational Functional Tester (RFT), specialized in writing code for testing applications and developing test automation frameworks.

  3. Seven years of experience working with Rational Performance Tester (RPT), specialized in System Architecture (SW, HW and Enterprise) and Web technologies. Broad IT knowledge of various systems and technologies such as CPU, memory, storage, network, firewalls, load balancers, application delivery controllers, switching/routing, front end presentation servers, application servers, database servers, and web services.

  4. Seven years experience working with the Atlassian suite of testing tools specifically (JIRA & Zephyr).

  5. Seven years experience supporting the business of an Electric Utility or Water Utility.

  6. Proven experience leading test automation status and results meetings.

  7. Experience working with all the following utility applications: CC&B, StormCenter, Service Now, Maximo, ADMS.

  8. Foundations level ITIL certification.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Partner with decision makers, system owners and end users to define business, financial and operations requirements and systems goals
2. Lead requirements gathering sessions to elicit requirements, specifications, business processes and recommendations related to potential IT solutions
3. Create more complex models, use cases, process flows, specifications, diagrams and charts to provide direction to developers, designers, and vendors
4. Develop statement of work for use in requests for proposals
5. Evaluate compatibility and interoperability of commercial off-the-shelf or in-house technology systems
6. Review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing systems and develop strategies for improving or further leveraging these systems  
7. Perform cost-benefit and return-on-investment analyses to aid in making IT business decisions
8. Conduct research on software and hardware products and technology services to justify recommendations and to support purchasing efforts
9. Write and deliver reports, recommendations, or alternatives that address existing and potential trouble areas in IT applications across the organization 
10. Coordinate and perform tests, including end-user reviews, for modified and new systems, training and other post-implementation support

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of concepts and principles of application programming, database and system design including Internet and network architectures
Knowledge of legacy and web-based systems interfaces
Knowledge of importing data for use in report software, spreadsheets, graphs and flow charts
Knowledge of cost-benefit analysis and total cost of ownership modeling
Skill in performing requirements development, process modeling, reporting and project management tools
Skill in developing process models and data flow diagrams using industry-standard modeling techniques
Ability to accurately identify/determine customer needs and take appropriate actions and/or steps to address identified needs
Ability to recognize, value, and include different perspectives, experiences, approaches, and cultures in achieving organizational goals
Ability to gain and maintain the trust and confidence of others and the organization through consistency and reliability
Ability to give, receive, or share thoughts, ideas, perspective, and data to create shared understanding
Ability to define, analyze, and find solutions for difficult or complex problems
Skill in selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new concepts
Ability to view the big picture 
Ability to quickly become familiar with emerging technologies
Ability to identify trends as well as isolated events

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The IT Business Systems Analyst Senior position requires graduation from an accredited (4) four-year college or university with major course work in a field related to the job plus two (2) years of experience. Experience may substitute for education for up to (4) years. Do you meet these minimum qualifications for the position?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Describe how you meet these minimum qualifications. Detail how you meet the educational requirements (if applicable), account for the years of related experience (if applicable), and explain any substitutions of experience for education (if applicable).

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you have as an Automation Test Engineer?
    • 0 years
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-7 years
    • 8-10 years
    • 10+ years
  5. * Please list any Quality Assurance Testing Certifications you have and the year attained or latest re-certification (specify).

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * How many years experience do you have analyzing and translating project documentation (e.g. project requirements documentation, design specifications, and technical specifications) into executable test scripts?
    • less than 1 year
    • 1 year to less than 3 years
    • 3 to less than 5 years
    • 5 to less than 8 years
    • 8 or more years
  7. * List and give a brief description of the types of test documents that you have created in support of work projects.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Describe the types of applications that you have tested previously.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * How many years of experience do you have using Rational Robot?
    • 0 years
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-6 years
    • 7+ years
  10. * How many years of experience do you have using Rational Performance Tester (RPT)?
    • 0 years
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-6 years
    • 7+ years
  11. * List the types of tests you could create from a new recording in RPT.
    • No answer
    • 1 test type
    • 2 test types
    • All 3 test types
  12. * How many years of experience do you have using Rational Functional Tester?
    • 0 to less than 1 year
    • 2 years to less than 5 years
    • 6 or more years
  13. * How many years experience do you have working with the Atlassian suite of test tools, specifically JIRA & Zephyr?
    • 0 years
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-6 years
    • 7+ years
  14. * How many years experience do you have working at an Electric Utility or Water Utility?
    • 0 years
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-6 years
    • 7+ years

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