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Applications Test Automation Lead

At SpartanNash, we deliver the ingredients for a better life through customer-focused innovation. We do this for our supply chain customers and U.S. military commissaries, retail store guests and, most importantly, our Associates. In fact, we see a day when each will say, “I can’t live without them.”

Our SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,000 strong, ranging from bakery managers to order selectors; from IT developers to vice presidents of finance; from HR Business Partners to export specialists. Each of them plays an integral role in SpartanNash’s People First culture, Operational Excellence and Insights that Drive Solutions. Ready to contribute to the success of our food solutions company? Apply now!


850 76th Street S.W. - Byron Center, Michigan 49315

Job Description:

The IT Application team is looking for an experienced Applications Test Automation Lead to join our Grand Rapids, MI, team. The primary responsibility will be to lead and contribute in Testing Automation and Release management of Enterprise Applications related to business needs such as demand planning, purchasing inventory, distribution, retail and billing, to ensure compliance with our organizational standards and business requirements. The individual will be working with Program Managers, Architects, Dev Leads, and Software Developers throughout the application development lifecycle to test and release the applications we’re building and/or integrating with third-party applications.

  • Participate in IT Project meetings (Demand Intake, ROM estimation, Project kickoffs, Weekly Status, etc.) and other required QA and release management meetings as needed.
  • Review requirements, specifications, and technical design documents to provide timely and meaningful feedback; analyze requirements for testability and identify gaps as needed.
  • Develop test strategies, and document and maintain test cases for large, complex projects.
  • Execute test cases and analyze results; identify, isolate, and track bugs throughout testing.
  • Creates reports and tracking for release readiness and testing results for leadership.
  • Communicate with leadership, developers, testers, and professional services regarding platform issues.
  • Understands the technical intricacies of enterprise integrations and communicates plans and solutions for testing these scenarios effectively.
  • Report bugs and errors to development teams; perform thorough regression testing when bugs are resolved.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to ensure quality throughout the software development lifecycle; assure internal documentation is updated to reflect any process changes.
  • Responsible for identifying blockers for a release, and work to eliminate them.
  • Responsible for documenting and preserving release artifacts, including, but not limited to, release documentation, release feature-list, release dependencies, resolved bugs, etc.
  • Coordinating meetings with various developers and QA engineers on a regular basis, to ensure that the release stays on track, and to communicate expectations internally to each developer throughout the release process.
  • Responsible for informing senior management of all risks and blockers on a regular basis.
  • Test Automation Framework assessment, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Implement testing automation especially for regression testing for SaaS releases and internal application releases/rollouts
  • Manage internal/external testing resources and develop a community of testing by engaging business and technical teams.
  • Defect and Test Management Tools administration and training.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related discipline with formal education/training in QA methodologies.
  • A thorough understanding of software testing methodologies, development processes, and the bug life cycle with the ability to intelligently speak about them.
  • At least 7 years of experience in Enterprise application testing, including experience as an Retail POS, Supply Chain, eCommerce, Web and mobile applications tester verifying the functionality of software solutions.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of purchase order management, Warehouse management systems (WMS), Retail applications stack and Ecommerce web and mobile applications.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of Cloud Computing, mobile computing.
  • Experience translating acceptance criteria and design specifications into test cases.
  • Experience implementing testing automation framework for Web and mobile applications especially using AccelQ or Tricentis is preferred.
  • Self-starter who can hit the ground running.
  • Ability to break down bugs into their core repeatable components.
  • Is equally comfortable working within a team or independent.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Experience in an Agile development environment (Plus).
  • ISTQB certified tester (plus).

As part of our People First culture, SpartanNash is proud to offer a robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.

SpartanNash is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and veteran, that celebrates diversity and believes employing a diverse workforce is key to our success. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals.

We are not able to sponsor work visas for this position.

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