Software Development Engineer in Test

March 11, 2014

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Job Specialization: 
Software Development
Company Overview: 

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books. Millions of new, used, rare, and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books.

To booklovers around the world, AbeBooks is a great place to buy books. However, we have always been a technology company that helps booksellers and book-buyers. Since 1996, our technology has been helping to revolutionize the book business and that quest goes on.

Our technology workers are versatile, quick-thinking and thrive on deadlines. They plan and build systems that will yield long-term tangible benefits but also drop everything when required to solve critical issues where every minute counts. Anyone looking for a technology job at AbeBooks has to prove they are a flexible team player because there is no room for prima donnas. We do a lot with a relatively small number of people.

We are devoted to Agile practices and methodologies in software engineering, and e-commerce is a business that never sleeps when it comes to site operations. Our QA engineers are analytical on a global scale. Scalability is the magic word for the database administrators while the product managers have vision and a get-it-done attitude. Our web developers insist on the highest standards when building dynamic pages and user interfaces. Do you have what it takes to join our team?

Job Summary: 

Are you an advocate for a total quality approach, and want to demonstrate your skills all the way from test automation to operational metrics gathering and analysis?

AbeBooks, an Amazon company, is looking for an experienced Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) to join our development group in Victoria, BC. The ideal candidate will have industry-leading technical abilities that enable them to continuously improve and measure test coverage and automation, drive testability and diagnostic ability into products, while promoting best practices in quality areas.

Our team is responsible for purchase and post purchase experience, and financial regulatory compliance. The team works closely with Product, Operations and other Development teams to ensure seamless customer experience in our areas of responsibility. On a day-to-day basis we balance supporting of our legacy software that powers the foundation of our business, and writing new software according to modern SOA principles. Our tools are languages like Java, Groovy, Python, Bash and frameworks like DropWizard.


  • B.S. degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics
  • 3+ years of relevant test engineering work experience

Experience in:

  • Working with users to understand system requirements
  • Participation in the scoping and planning processes
  • Designing and building effective test harnesses
  • Creating quality test plans for complicated projects
  • Enhancing or creating new testing frameworks that can be used by the team
  • Helping to define quality metrics and implement measurements to determine test effectiveness, testing efficiency and measure the overall quality of the software
  • Offering technical leadership to the team on testing issues
  • Helping others debug complex problems and mentor them on the use of new tools
  • Offering technical leadership to the team on testing issues
  • Proficiency in more than one programming language; utilization of a broad range of tools
  • Making the right trade-offs between schedule and scope in order to deliver on a project
How To Apply: 

AbeBooks provides competitive salaries and great benefits. If you enjoy constantly broadening your technical skills, building software that affects users around the world, and working in an environment that thrives on creativity and product innovation, please apply online at

We appreciate your interest in AbeBooks!