Software Test Engineer - Big Data

Job Location USA-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/6/2018 12:34 PM)
Job ID
Required Clearance
Top Secret
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Company
General Dynamics Mission Systems

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must have at least three (3+) years of Quality Assurance experience
  • Effectively communicate issues with software and propose solutions
  • Thorough knowledge of QA theory and methodology
  • Can define and execute different types of non-destructive (NDI) testing
  • Understanding of one or more high level programming languages
  • Experience with test automation and one or more of the industry standard test Automation Tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team

This position requires an active Top Secret security clearance upon hire and must meet SCI eligibility. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.



Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Software Test Engineer - Big Data.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.



  • Participates in the planning of technical approaches, resources, schedule, budget and equipment required for testing and evaluating new systems, products and special devices
  • Executes the test approach and documents system verification throughout the engineering development lifecycle
  • Generate system test work products by applying the appropriate standards, processes, procedures and tools
  • Prepares test and diagnostic programs, designs test fixtures and equipment, and completes specifications and procedures for new products
  • Develops and conducts functional, environmental, operational, and/or performance tests on hardware, software, and systems
  • Assists with the design, development and implementation of cost-effective methods of testing and troubleshooting of hardware, software and systems for all phases of product development and manufacturing
  • Isolates and documents issues and defects
  • Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle
  • Researches and analyzes data, such as customer design proposals, specifications and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
  • May provide leadership and/or direction to lower level employees
  • Has some latitude in technical objectives of assignments, typical works under limited direction
  • May lead technical tasks for small teams or projects
  • May be exposed to helping engineering support proposals
  • Involved and accountable for the successful completion of major programs and projects
  • Frequent contact with managers within and outside of Engineering
  • Some contact with project teams across the company
  • Some contact with external customers and vendors
  • Recognized internally and/or externally as a subject matter expert (SME) in a particular technical area
  • Travel may be required
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends
  • Analyze and understand requirements, devise a test strategy to adequately cover the requirements, develop high-level test scenarios that implement the strategy, elaborate scenarios into detailed test cases.
  • Review test artifacts with QA and Development team members, and edit accordingly
  • Own the QA role throughout all projects by: writing and executing tests (manual and automatic), monitoring test progress, reporting status, logging defects, tracking and testing defect fixes, retesting and delivering
  • Work with user and partner teams to develop automated test scripts and extend the automation infrastructure
  • Maintain subject matter expertise for the systems under test and use that expertise to create, maintain and extend the test case library
  • Participate in team process improvement to make sure everyone understands development lifecycle



  • Proficient use and understanding of test engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Contributes to the development of new theories and methods
  • Proficient awareness of business objective and Engineering's role in achieving them
  • Proficient knowledge and experience with object oriented programming, system processes and scripting languages
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficient written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Good at multi-tasking
  • Skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
  • Proficient ability to clearly report information relevant to sound test engineering
  • Team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
  • Proficient ability to promote concepts and ideas to a diverse audience



Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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