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Performance Engineer Specialist | Remote

Job Level:  Professional

Minneapolis, MN, US, 55416-1297

Due Date:  NA
Area of Expertise:  IT & Tech Engineering
Unit:  Allianz US Life
Job Type:  Full-Time
Remote Job:  Not applicable
Employment Type:  Permanent
ID:  8630


At Allianz Life, we are driven by our mission – we secure your future – and by our common goal of caring for tomorrow. We care for our employees by promoting an inclusive culture where everyone has the opportunity to grow and be rewarded for their success. We care for our customers by creating new products that help them protect their families and pursue their retirement goals. We care for our community by giving time, resources, and donations. And we care for the future by supporting sustainability, protecting the local environment, and promoting societal equity.


What you do:


The Test Automation Engineer Specialist / Performance Test Engineer will plan, design and execute performance tests for all applications across enterprise participating in a particular release.  This person will be responsible for understanding the business requirements focused towards non-functional space, perform a feasibility study from load test needs, gather all the server/environment configuration details, work with solution architects, database administrators, network monitoring support and Dev and QA teams. This person will also be required to provide an overall recommendation on the health of the application based on performance test results and analysis.


A successful candidate will have background in:


  • Understanding of the application functionality and Non Functional requirements along with SLA's defined.
  • Identifying the test scenario's to validate the performance of key business functions and certifying the NFR requirements.
  • Identify the test environment, test data and access needs.
  • Create performance test plans, baselines, execute planned tests.
  • Analyze test results and call out any discrepancies against the SLA's.
  • Publish performance analysis reports and conduct review sessions with all the stakeholders.
  • Maintain flexible work schedules driven by test environment availability.
  • Provide ad-hoc performance testing/load generation for support of development tasks.
  • Instrumentation Design and Configuration
  • Transaction Profiling & Application Characterization
  • Conduct, when necessary, and review results of transaction profiling
  • Response Time Modeling
  • Design & Build Load Testing
  • Assist with Troubleshooting & System Tuning
  • Production Threshold Definition
  • Speeds & Feeds Customization
  • Lead all performance test reviews
  • Review all performance test artifacts for comment and approval,
  • Write and distribute risk assessment
  • Lead review of actual versus predicted performance
  • Educate teams on performance testing processes, methodology, performance & scalability and the science of testing


 What you bring:


  • 8 + years performance testing and work load modelling experience across various technology platforms (Web-based, web services, MQ, SalesForce, Oracle, CRM systems, mainframe, Java, .Net, client-server apps etc.)
  • 5+ years of experience in performance test planning, team management and coordination.
  • Advanced knowledge of LoadRunner & Performance Center Experience
  • Experience developing and deploying test strategies for software applications and interfaces
  • 5+ years of experience in developing and managing performance testing strategies
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skill
  • Has in-depth knowledge of a variety of testing techniques and methodologies.
  • Good understanding of QA methodology – test plans, test cycles, and software releases.
  • Solid understanding QA Best Practices.
  • Strong Knowledge of current industry wide Quality & Test processes and practices, Tools and techniques.
  • Excellent analytical, debugging, problem-solving and root-cause analysis skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Demonstrated technical and professional skills in job-related area required
  • Appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with business partners to meet mutual goals required
  • Knowledge of computer software
  • Experience with information technology (IT) in sourcing, outsourcing and offshore development models


Basic Skills Preferred


  • Advanced degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field
  • Experience in production application support and incident management
  • Proven ability to adapt and implement industry-leading software processes
  • HP LoadRunner or Performance Center certifications preferred.


Allianz Group is one of the most trusted insurance and asset management companies in the world. Caring for our employees, their ambitions, dreams and challenges, is what makes us a unique employer. Together we can build an environment where everyone feels empowered and has the confidence to explore, to grow and to shape a better future for our customers and the world around us. We at Allianz believe in a diverse and inclusive workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage you to bring your whole self to work, no matter where you are from, what you look like, who you love or what you believe in. We therefore welcome applications regardless of ethnicity or cultural background, age, gender, nationality, religion, disability or sexual orientation.


Great to have you on board.  We care for tomorrow.