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Test Engineering Manager

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Location: Franklin, WI, 53132

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What’s the role?                                         

As a technical, hands-on Test Engineering Manager for desktop, web and mainframe applications, your job is to guide (and participate) in the manual and automation testing of our zOS, Unix and Windows applications. These projects are integrated over various systems and include: new purchase process (application input and underwriting), policy servicing (policy changes and term insurance conversions to whole life), money movement (premium payment, loans and surrenders, fund allocation, insurance exchanges) omni channel delivery, and complex insurance product interfaces, rules and algorithms.


You will be tasked as a quality advocate and will be responsible for driving the quality processes and standards that have been established by the Test Engineering group.  You will be reporting directly to the Director of Test Engineering and lead a team with an already-established testing process that you are expected to evolve/grow as you build out your team. Your role will be that of a “full-stack” Test Engineering Manager - a strong, passionate leader of people who is a skilled exploratory tester with previous experience writing automation or at least a deep understanding of how it can be effectively implemented.  We align with the context-driven approach to testing and test management - if you know what that is, and more importantly, if you consider yourself to align with this approach, we want to talk to you!


Additionally, at NM, your hard-to-find expertise in these systems and this particular brand of testing is something that is celebrated – mainframe technology is and will be the core backbone of our business systems and those that operate well within the space are seen as heroes and magicians and are rewarded at a premium. You will play a key position in ensuring that these systems that keep our company operating are running as intended and performing optimally.



Your general milestones for the first year are the following:


  • Within the first month, be able to jump head-first into an ongoing project and ask the appropriate questions / do the appropriate research to amend/construct a presentable testing strategy for up to 3 ongoing projects.
  • Within two months, present list of process improvements / goals / hiring plans that you plan to implement over the course of next 6 months to a year.
  • Within three months, be able to discuss high-level functionality and infrastructure of entire digital insurance space. You should understand all basic user flows and how the technology and integration points behind them work.
  • Within six months, demonstrate that you have effectively led and provided proper test coverage for all projects under your umbrella from inception to delivery.
  • Within seven months, demonstrate that you were able to execute on the list of process improvements / goals / hiring plans that you proposed 6 months prior.
  • Within eight months, show a basic understanding of JCL and PLI.
  • Within twelve months, demonstrate that you have learned our Java-based automation framework to a sufficient degree in which you can create basic scenarios (leveraging your JCL knowledge).


Bring Your Best! What this role needs:


  • Proven results of delivering and process improvement (with references).
  • Proven experience of leading and mentoring teams specific to QA / test engineering.
  • Working proficiency of at least one programming language. PLI and JCL strongly preferred and rewarded.
  • Can move quickly and independently. Everyone here is incredibly kind and extremely willing to share knowledge and a helping hand, but you have to be willing to take ownership of the outlined goals and make things happen.




  • Tons of room for career growth.
  • Highly technical and passionate fellow test engineers. We care a lot about what we do and are very active in local meetups and love new ideas.
  • VERY competitive salary and amazing benefits.


Req ID: 23727
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 11/29/2018