[Chicago] Job opening: Leapfrog Online - Test Engineer

Kevin Boers KBoers at leapfrogonline.com
Mon Apr 25 19:20:23 CEST 2011


I'm looking to add a Python user to my team for a Test Engineering position. My company (in Evanston) develops complex web apps using popular frameworks like Django and Rails, and we need people to write and maintain the functional test suites those apps require. Are you a good communicator who can do some translating from Marketing Speak into Technology Speak? Are you highly organized and able to juggle a lot of priorities and responsibilities? Are you a critical thinker who's able to learn new skills and apply them in clever ways to the job at hand? If so, we're looking for you!

Leapfrog Online is the leading independent digital direct marketing firm in the country, developing programs for Fortune 500 marketers to find and convert the right customers. We’re not your average marketing company, though.  We stake our business directly on the success of our products, our Clients’ business results, and ultimately, their satisfaction.  We're a small company, and to feel at-home here, you need to thrive in a fast-paced environment, be self-motivated and a resourceful independent-thinker who works well independently and in a collaborative team environment. Leapfrog is committed to agile project management and the open-source software movement.

The position we're looking to fill is 'Test Engineer,' but don’t let the title fool you; our QA people don’t sit around all day clicking links. Test Engineers work closely with the business side to understand how a Web site is supposed to behave, and equally closely with the technology side to make sure it really does behave that way.

And because none of us are interested in clicking links all day, we automate our tests using a variety of open-source testing tools and frameworks including twill, Selenium, and others. Plus, we all do a fair bit of programming in Python and spend a lot of time in a Unix terminal. Sometimes we write applications, do Web site design (HTML/CSS/JavaScript), or handle small system administration tasks. We write test plans, and find and investigate software bugs. Sometimes we fix them ourselves; mostly, though, we figure out what’s wrong, what’s right, write it up, and send it on.

Sound interesting to you? If so, then you should know our requirements are a bachelor’s degree, an intense attention to detail, a love of learning, a passion for problem-solving, and a good attitude and sense of responsibility. You should also have experience with a scripting language such as Python, Ruby, or PHP; be comfortable working on a *nix command line; and have general knowledge about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Examples of ideal candidates include: born hackers who have a knack for getting to the bottom of things; system administrators who find themselves programming more and more; someone who has found ways to automate administration or other tasks using a scripting language; or testers that have used open-source testing tools like twill, nose, or Selenium.

Still interested? If so, here's what's in it for you: a competitive salary plus an incentive and benefits package; a close-knit team who likes what they do and has fun doing it; and, if that’s not enough, there’s free all-you-can-drink soda, and free bagels on Fridays.

If you would like to apply, or if you'd like more details, please feel free to contact me.


Kevin P. Boers
QA Manager

Leapfrog Online
807 Greenwood
Evanston, IL  60201
Main 847-492-1968
Fax  847-492-1990
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