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QA Automation Developer, Analytics

CBC Digital Operations is the country’s biggest digital startup, taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team.

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

If you want to enter the world of digital media and be part of the change and growth of one of Canada’s long-established and respected broadcasters, this is your chance. CBC Digital Operations is looking for a QA Automation Developer to join our growing Analytics team.

Our new QA Automation Developer will be responsible for designing, developing and rolling out automation processes that will track a user’s page/video views and other interactions. These Automation processes will measure how successful we are in engaging our audience with the content we are creating and the work we are doing. While strong core Automation testing and programming in HTML/CSS/JS are ideal for this role; we welcome people who feel they can contribute in non-traditional ways.

This is an opportunity for a developer who is confident in their capabilities as a programmer and as a tester. This is a role for a QA Automation Developer who is eager to innovate and open to learning. Someone who wants to collaborate across teams and work in an Agile environment.

If you're passionate about Canada and you love technology, learning and bringing out the best in others, you’ll love working at CBC.

Who you are and where are you now?

You are a QA Automation Developer seeking an opportunity to work on a Nationally respected and recognized brand or, you may be working as a Front End Developer with automation experience. You want to join a collaborative and highly communicative Agile team where you can focus on automating processes and testing for exciting new products. A team where conversation isn’t limited to just work but where quality work is their purpose. You are looking for an opportunity to join a company with a commitment to supporting the career progression of their people. A career that can include progressing up into a Senior Developer and then Architect.

What’s in it for you?

Cutting edge tech. CBC has more than 25 digital sites, all of which are mandated to reach Canadians online everywhere and every way, with a high emphasis on mobile devices. To achieve that goal, with no down-time, takes a robust infrastructure, powerful technologies, reliable solutions and rewarding work. All of which requires stringent automated testing and processes. Java, JEE and Python are just part of our rich technology landscape.

Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining our dynamic Digital Operations team, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. You will be part of a team that embraces diversity and at its core, truly cares about the country and the world.

Career growth. CBC is fully invested in our people. Whatever it is you want to pursue whether it’s a new programming language or a technical solution, whether it’s expanding your Agile knowledge or building an audience-facing platform. We will provide you with the time, resources and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding.

How you will make a difference, you will:

  • Develop. You will build a new automation framework for testing, one with the capability to leverage existing mock API code. You will write automated test code including API integration, ensuring our products behave as designed.
  • Maintain. You will maintain high-quality standards of automation testing, perform manual testing and contribute to the existing code based on insights gained from automation testing.
  • Research and implement. You will adhere to high-quality standards within the automation code and the QA process. You will research and apply best practices. You will recommend research- or experience-based automation tools.
  • Integrate. You will integrate Test Automation execution into existing Continuous Integration workflow with Atlassian Bamboo and Stash.

What you bring:

  • The education. A Computer Science, Engineering degree or equivalent is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way. You have the knowledge and understanding of software automation best - and latest - practices.
  • The passion. You have a passion for information and technology. You are enthusiastic about the opportunity to make an impact contributing to the strategy and automation of product usage and performance analytics. Analytics that will impact the direction of our new products.
  • The desire to learn. You have the ability to quickly learn new technologies and respond to change by learning and adapting.
  • The communication skills. You know how to listen and relay empathy and understanding for diverse perspectives. Your powers of observation help you understand your audience and communicate with the right level of detail.
  • The collaborative approach. You thrive in a team-focused environment.
  • The Agile experience. You believe in the Agile methodology deeply but you are flexible and open to the real world twists and turns. You are comfortable with iterative and incremental development.
  • The hands-on expertise. You have three or more years Software Automation, preferably development and testing in JavaScript automation frameworks. You have experience using Analytics and Search tools e.g. Adobe Omniture SiteCatalyst and Cxense.
  • The tools. You have used a variety of test automation tools such as Selenium, JMockit or Postman and you can make a case for choosing one technology over another.
  • The extra knowledge. You are comfortable programming in JavaScript languages. You have knowledge of Content Management Systems to enable test data creation e.g. MPX, Polopoly and Expression Engine. Direct experience working in digital broadcast media would be an asset.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We are rooted in the communities we serve and committed to sharing stories as Canadians live them, each and every day. We strive to speak in the voices of the country and support social and economic innovation. We live these external values. They are the foundation of our employee culture. A diverse culture of collaboration, learning and continuous improvement.

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles, and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression. Our team members are given opportunities to collaborate cross-functionally across multiple projects.

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. We embrace experimentation as a means to learn.

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. Everyone is given the opportunity to choose personal projects on which to spend 20% of their time. From prototyping new UI/UX for our content to setting up dev environments to experiment on. From reviewing Apple Developer videos and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. From updating old code to building unit testing tools. Your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

To Apply:

Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here. Apply here or learn more.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster. 

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