Test Analyst II

Test Analyst II

TaxAct | Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404, US

Posted 11 days ago

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Blucora has a bold aspiration: we are committed to giving all people the tools needed to lead healthy financial lives - tools often reserved for the wealthy.

We now turn to the next leg, developing the technological tools that make our vision of financial health for all a reality. Atypical for the financial services industry, we take a contemporary approach to strategy and product development that is founded in user insights, rapid testing, and a singular focus on driving end-user value.

Since charting new territory daily is part of everyone's job at Blucora, we've attracted team members who thrive on the challenge, encourage each other, and are passionately committed to the goal. If you agree that problem-solving is a team sport, and feel energized by a good debate, deep-dive research, or a fun night out with colleagues, we might be the right firm for you!

Position Summary

TaxAct, a subsidiary of Blucora and sister company to Avantax Wealth Management and Avantax Planning Partners is seeking a Test Analyst II who will be responsible for creating and executing manual and automated tests using various tools and techniques. The person in this role participates in the evaluation and testing of TaxAct's software programs to verify that programs function according to specifications and standards. May also lead small project-based teams.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Create and execute test plans, test cases, and test and tax return data that adequately test the functionality, compatibility, operability, and interoperability of software applications using proper test procedures, methodologies, and quality standards.

  • Communicates test results, status, and potential risks.

  • Identifies, analyzes, fixes, and documents defects, questionable functions, errors, and inconsistencies in software program functions, outputs, online screens, and content.

  • Executes and enhances automated test regression profiles as required.

  • Responds to inquiries and problems from end-users and technical support regarding functions and operations of software programs.

  • Read and comprehend tax forms and instructions; collaborate with cross-function teams.

  • Provides feedback on program improvements or revisions to programmers and system analysts.

  • Provides recommendations for software program documentation.

  • Provides recommendations for improvements to current procedures and processes to improve quality.

  • Devise improvements to current procedures and develop possible future configurations.

  • Perform workflow analysis and recommend quality improvements.

  • May assign work or provide guidance to others in the department.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in the computer-related field required.

  • 4 - 6 years of QA/software testing experience required.

  • Understanding of test methodologies (regression, functional, unit, integration, code coverage, performance, etc.).

  • 2 - 3 years of experience with test automation tools and techniques required; Microsoft and related tools strongly preferred (C#, Selenium with C#).

  • Familiarity with TDD concepts.

  • Significant experience with the Agile development process is a must, Scrum is highly preferred with 2-week sprints.

  • Experience with Microsoft development stack and tooling is strongly preferred (Visual Studio, TFS/Azure DevOps, and related technologies).

  • A basic understanding of SQL, ISAPI, COM, Windows Servers is a plus.

  • Good understanding of application development and ability to implement testing programs, review code and systems solutions.

  • Experience with iOS and Android phones and tablets preferred.

  • Familiarity with tax preparation or personal finance is a plus.

Physical Demand & Work Effort

  • Keying/typing, standing, walking.

  • Sitting for an extended period.

  • Constant mental and/or visual attention; the work is either repetitive or diversified requiring constant alertness in an office environment.

  • The job is typically performed under comfortable working conditions; any disagreeable elements are generally absent during the normal performance of the job.

  • Compliance with company attendance standards.

Comprehensive Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and 401(k) with company match.


At Blucora, we believe our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our employees. As such, Blucora welcomes and celebrates diversity and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity employment. At Blucora, you can expect a supportive, open, and inclusive atmosphere and a team that values your contributions.

Blucora, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Avantax Wealth Management, Avantax Planning Partners (formerly HK Financial Services), and TaxAct are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and any other status protected under federal or state law. Blucora considers information gathered in the hiring process, including information on this application, confidential, and only shares it on a need-to-know basis or as required by law.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at HR@Blucora.com or by calling 972-870-6000 to speak with a member of the HR Talent Acquisition team.