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Technical Test Specialist

​Agricorp is looking for a TechnicalTest Specialist to join the Test Services team within our Information Technology division.

The Role

The Technical Test Specialist will provide technical expertise for test-related solutions to improve the timeliness and quality of technical deliverables in support of projects and operational activities. The Technical Test Specialist is responsible for developing and refining technical strategies and test processes, configuring and optimizing third-party test tools to support efficient and appropriate testing, and enhancing or building in-house test tools. You will also mentor members of the Test Services team on technical matters. In this role, you will:

  • Use effective automation tools based on object-oriented analysis and object-modeling/data-modeling, including Selenium, Grinder, C# and Python
  • Test software solutions developed in Microsoft Visual Studio, .NET, ASP, ASP.NET, XML, source code management tools, and Oracle 11g or later
  • Develop and deliver technical testing strategies, tactics, and tools and techniques to both expedite the delivery of and add accuracy to the testing process
  • Train and mentor test team members in debugging, root-cause and impact analysis
  • Collaborate with technical peers in the definition, testing and necessary remediation of system non-functional requirements
  • Create detailed logical and physical system test cases and scenarios
  • Identify and resolve performance, stress and end-to-end testing related complex business and technical problems and issues
  • Design and develop technical solutions to improve performance and end-to-end testing quality and effectiveness using Selenium, Python and Grinder
  • Work independently with minimal guidance
  • Research, evaluate and recommend new products and processes to improve the timely delivery of quality technical solutions
  • Create, document, execute, and evaluate on detailed logical and physical test cases, test scripts and expected results to prove system conformance to business requirements and technical specifications
  • Assist with and ensure database data integrity across test environments
  • Design and build tools and utilities to diagnose data errors and data anomalies
  • Assist with testing, monitoring and maintenance of other IT environments, such as integration-test, training, and production environments

Job status: 6-month contract with option to renew
Salary range: Open
Location: Guelph


  • University undergraduate degree, preferably in computer science or equivalent
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in an Information Technology capacity
  • 4+ years' experience in testing environments, test methodologies, test tools, technical writing, and software development life-cycle
  • Must have technical expertise in SQL, C#, Python, .NET, XML, HTML, data modeling, Oracle, IBM Db2, mainframe and IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
  • Ability to critically read and evaluate functional and technical documentation
  • Strong experience with software testing techniques and methods to achieve optimal quality results
  • Experience in system design, programming, debugging and root cause analysis
  • Experience with Siebel, eCustomer, Microsoft BizTalk, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Selenium 2.0, Grinder, and Visual Studio Team Services an asset
  • Experience with TSO/ ISPF, CICS, JCL, COBOL, Visual Studio, ASP and design patterns an asset
  • Experience in software architecture and engineering and in-depth white-box understanding of Server technology an asset
  • Knowledge of the agricultural industry an asset
  • Knowledge of Siebel, online services, and programs delivered by Agricorp, such as AgriStability, Production Insurance and Risk Management Program, an asset

Key Competencies

  • Initiative – Identifies and deals with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise
  • Achieving quality results – Focuses efforts on managing one's self to achieve high quality results consistent with the organization's standards and measures, while managing risk
  • Analytical thinking – Interprets, links and analyses information and situations by breaking them down into component parts, and identifying patterns, connections and underlying issues
  • Critical judgment, decision-making and problem solving – Uses critical judgment to make decisions and solve problems involving varied levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk
  • Client focus – Provides service excellence to internal and external clients
  • Communication – Listens to others, communicates effectively and fosters open communication
  • Planning and organizing – Develops, implements, evaluates and adjusts plans to reach goals, while ensuring the optimal use of resources​


As an agency of the Government of Ontario, Agricorp works with partners to contribute to a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry. With more than 400 employees serving more than 44,000 producers province-wide, Agricorp delivers programs that help producers manage risk and remain financially secure. The agency was established in 1997 by the provincial government under the authority of the AgriCorp Act, 1996.

Agricorp delivers a variety of programs and payments on behalf of the federal and provincial governments, including AgriStability, Farm Business Registration and Production Insurance. Please see the full list of programs for more information.

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