ReliaSource

Validation Specialist

US-MD-Baltimore
2 months ago
Job ID
2016-1267
# of Openings
3
Category
Information Technology

Overview

A career at ReliaSource is much more than a consulting opportunity. People who join our organization are joining one of the fastest growing providers of technology consulting services and solutions in the region, and have the opportunity to apply their experience to challenging and rewarding opportunities where their contributions will be appreciated.

 

ReliaSource is looking for Validation Specialist at entry (level 1), journeyman (level 2), and advanced levels (level 3-4) to develop and maintain validation databases and automated techniques. 

 

 

The Validation Specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining validation databases and automated techniques for effective and efficient conduct of systems and acceptance testing. Designs, develops, implements, and executes test automation software, tools, utilities, and test databases for use in conducting systems and acceptance testing and independent verification and validation activities. Designs and/or prepares methods for test data creation or data sanitization. Prepares, writes, and reviews validation protocols and documentation to ensure compliance with and adherence to the Software Process Improvement (SPI) group standard processes and procedures. Provides on-going support for agency standard testing tools, both COTS and agency-developed. Provides customization of testing tools to meet functional area requirements. Provides support for designing systems and test architecture(s) (e.g., driver scripts, data stores, etc.); and provide expertise necessary for the expansion of existing agency standard software tools, such as Quick Test Pro and Quality Center. Provides validation support for the following activities: contributing to technical briefing and reports; participating in meetings and walkthroughs; analyzing problems and providing solutions; providing user support; and conducting research. Contributes to recommendations and solutions for complex problems throughout all phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

 

We anticipate positions within (not limited to) the following locations: Baltimore MD, Woodlawn MD, Northern VA, Washington DC, and Durham NC.

Responsibilities

The following applies to Level 3 of this position (VAL3):

  •  Leads and/or directs the efforts of specialists on project(s) across components and/or technical areas.
  • Provides guidance and direction across components and acts in a consulting and/or advisory capacity.
  • Leads the development of major projects, studies and other assignments to evaluate and develop automated techniques and databases for improved effectiveness of ageny independent verification and validation activities.
  • Reviews and evaluates computer hardware and software advances and develops proposals to upgrade or redesign present test systems in order to continue to meet agency independent verification and validation needs. Recommends system modifications, expansions, and procedural revisions.
  • Designs and develops test databases and other automated tools, utilities, and techniques. Develops guidelines and procedures for the use of test databases and systems testing, and independent verification and validation methods and technology.
  • Consults with systems users and developers, and assists them in use of automated systems testing tools.
  • Performs market research and evaluation/impact analysis of automated tools (Government or Contractor furnished) and techniques for the automatic generation of test databases.
  • Provides the methodology to collect, house, and manipulate all data generated to enable decision support at all levels of management.
  • Provides support for requirements-based testing, and automates test tools such as WINRUNNER, TSL scripting language, Quality Center, Test Director, QTP with SPUFI, QMF, Fileaid for DB2, and other DB2 query tools.
  • Implements best practices for security testing and evaluation.
  • Performs technical problem prevention/resolution.
  • Designs control procedures, investigation process and application of quality investigation for root cause analysis and its impact on products/processes and design.

 


The following applies to Level 2 of this position (VAL2):

 

  • Demonstrates the ability to provide an automated system to generate and/or select a proper set of records to thoroughly test and validate all programs, subsystems, and systems.
  • Demonstrates the experience and ability to work independently and/or to lead or supervise a team of specialists. Possesses strong oral and written communications skills in order to clearly and effectively convey issues, reports, and other deliverables to agency counterparts.

 

The following applies to Level 1 of this position (VAL1):

 

  • Demonstrates the ability to provide technical and validation support of automated techniques for effective and efficient conduct of systems and acceptance testing processes.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with some technical oversight and/or as a member of a team in a variety of roles ranging from providing assistance to assuming limited leadership. Possesses oral and written communications skills in order to clearly and effectively convey issues, reports, and other deliverables to agency counterparts.
  • Possesses knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, directives, instructions, policy, standards and guidance so that requirements ensure for security and privacy compliance.

 

Qualifications

Level 1 requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher AND one year entry level IT experience (basic/Entry level IT certifications may substitute for experience)

Level 2 requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher AND three years intermediate level IT experience (intermediate level IT certifications may substitute for experience)

Level 3 requires a Master’s degree or higher AND five years advanced level IT experience, including experience in emerging technologies (advanced level IT certifications may substitute for experience.

 

The following applies to Level 3 of this position (VAL3):

 

 

  • Demonstrates the experience and ability to plan systems and acceptance test strategies and approaches for independent verification and validation of target application software under test. Must possess data analysis/management skills.
  • Demonstrates the experience and ability to design and develop detailed test procedure specifications for automated execution of system test cycles and simulations.
  • Demonstrates the experience and ability to work without technical oversight and to lead and/or supervise a team of specialists. Possesses superior oral and written communications skills in order to clearly and effectively convey issues, reports, and other deliverables to agency counterparts.
  • Possesses expert knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, directives, instructions, policy, standards and guidance so that requirements ensure for security and privacy compliance.
  • Possesses expert knowledge of FedRAMP requirements and guidance.
  • Possesses expert knowledge of the Federal Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) (refer to OMB M-16-04) and related OMB and DHS cyber security initiatives to ensure that business process and requirements are aligned with cross-agency goals.
  • Possesses expert knowledge of IT and Financial Management laws and OMB circulars, and the Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM).
  • Masters’ degree or higher AND Five years advanced level IT experience, including experience in emerging technologies OR Professional level IT certifications

 

The following applies to Level 2 of this position (VAL2):

 

 

  • Possesses expert knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, directives, instructions, policy, standards and guidance so that requirements ensure for security and privacy compliance.
  • Possesses expert knowledge of FedRAMP requirements and guidance.
  • Leads and/or directs the efforts of specialists on project(s).
  • Designs and develops detailed test automation software that simulate the production system for test purposes and include test automation software components such as COBOL, JCL, JCL Procs, Control-M Schedules and Tables, Command Lists (IBM CLIST language), REXX, Visual Basic and Structured Query Language, and others.
  • Executes test cycles according to test plans and test procedure specifications using test automation software, tools, and utilities; and monitors the test cycle for correctness and completeness.Evaluates the requirements for test databases and files for agency independent verification and validation activities, and assures that test file specifications accurately reflect Operational files.
  • Consults with performance requirements developers and providers of system services to assure compatibility of procedures and technology and provide advice and assistance in their use.
  • Maintains contact with users to provide advisory services, conduct validation studies, conduct training, identify problem areas and determine feasibility of new or modified processes; responds to user recommendations for areas of responsibility.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higherAND Three years journeyman level IT experience OR Intermediate level IT certifications.

 

The following applies to Level 1 of this position (VAL1):

 

  • Possesses knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, directives, instructions, policy, standards and guidance so that requirements ensure for security and privacy compliance.
  • Possesses knowledge of FedRAMP requirements and guidance.
  • Analyzes and resolves abnormal termination of a system test cycle.
  • Initiates and analyzes activities with respect to correcting malfunctions in any of test automation software including test tools and utilities.
  • Analyzes and reviews databases and recommends modifications to improve integrity and reliability.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher AND One year entry level IT experience OR Basic/Entry level IT certifications.

 

 

Applicants selected for this position will require an Public Trust clearance and background screening. Applicants selected for a security clearance will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirement for access to classified information.

 

ReliaSource is an IT services company specializing in information assurance, cyber security solutions, systems engineering, and relocation services for government and private sectors. We provide program management, management consulting, technical engineering, infrastructure management and operation, and advanced data architecture solutions. We serve U.S. federal government (DOD, Civilian and Intel), state, local and commercial sectors, as well as large government integrators. ReliaSource was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.


DISCLAIMER:

 

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.

Unlike other company’s ReliaSource believes in our employees, our most valuable resource! Our employees are able to participate in a variety of ReliaSource paid premium benefits.

ReliaSource is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. ReliaSource provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. ReliaSource maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, and need a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, please contact us on our home page www.ReliaSource.net

 

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