Quality Engineer - Flywheel

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Job Description

A major component of the ancestry flywheel is to create communities that members can engage in. The M2M engagement team will drive the member-2-member component of this ecosystem via message center, message boards, help content, and more. The primary goal for this team will be to keep customers engaged with continuous generation of insights via the Ancestry community.

Ancestry is seeking a Senior Quality Engineer to join member to member engagement team. You will join an impressive team of developers, designers and product managers who have built some of the world's most compelling products, producing the world-wide leader in two categories: family history, and consumer genetic testing.

In this role, you will be focused on building test cases, automation tests for a world class experience around peer-2-peer engagement. This role provides many opportunities for professional growth and advancement and includes building tests, test cases using latest industry developing client-side components and pages using the latest JavaScript frameworks, and managing scalable resources using AWS.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, scope, schedule and implement testing activities for projects of varying size and complexity
  • Utilize test automation frameworks standards and tools, and contribute to best practices
  • Implement and enforce continuous testing quality gates in the continuous integration and continuous deployment pipelines
  • Write and maintain automation for select projects, primarily for REST web services, though other types may include frontend web UI applications, mobile web and mobile apps
  • Expand testing and test automation across the development teams and help the teams take ownership
  • Build credibility with development teams, and teach them how to write good tests and testable code
  • Communicate status, metrics and trending of quality for the development team


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/ related or equivalent required
  • 4+ years of software testing experience developing and maintaining  API and microservices test automation
  • Verifiable working knowledge of HTTP protocol (methods, headers, MIME types), REST, JSON, XML
  • Demonstrable experience of software development and agile software test lifecycles
  • Demonstrate ability to use and understand new technologies
  • Experience with continuous testing practices in a CI/CD development pipeline, and deploying test automation in the dev pipeline
  • Experience working in an Agile Development environment
  • Knowledge of current test automation tools and frameworks (ie: TestNG, JUnit, Postman, RestAssured)
  • Fluency in test automation using Java
  • Experience maintaining, setting up and using SonarQube for static analysis and quality gates preferred
  • Experience using performance testing tools and processes a plus
  • Working knowledge of AWS, Docker, Jenkins, continuous delivery, Git preferred

Additional Information

Ancestry is a profitable, growing company with a positive, high-energy environment. Together, our dedicated teams are harnessing the power of technology and using it to simplify the way people connect with their families and their unique legacies. Our work environment is fast-paced and challenging, but also extremely exciting. You’ll work with a team of passionate, engaged individuals. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at http://ancestry.com/careers

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.   The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law.  If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting. 

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.