QA Automation Engineer

Date:  Apr 9, 2024

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46278

Store # - Mall Name:  Corporate Office

About Our Company

Lids Sports Group is the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion-oriented headwear and apparel across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. Operating out of Indianapolis, IN, our retail stores offer officially licensed headwear and apparel from collegiate and professional sports teams, plus top brands like Nike, New Era, Adidas, and Mitchell & Ness.

We currently operate 1,200+ locations domestically and 50+ internationally, including specialty concept stores for the NBA, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, and numerous MLB teams. In recent years, Lids has built partnerships with iconic global brands including Marvel, Playboy, and the Harlem Globetrotters, and gained ambassadors like Justin Jefferson, Quavo, and Josephine Skriver – creating a community for both sports fans and fashion lovers.

The company is currently expanding with the goal of becoming the largest licensed brick-and-mortar sports retailer across the globe.

General Position Summary

The QA Automation Engineer position will be primarily responsible for validating the software produced by the development team, by designing, developing and executing manual and automated tests. This person will collaborate closely with other members of the QA team, business owner, and the development team to understand the requirements, test coverage and to make appropriate use of different automation frameworks and techniques.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and test software using automation and manual test practices to verify functionality and performance according to specifications and requirements.
  • Responsible for designing, documenting, developing and executing test scripts.
  • Evaluate, analyze, document and report test results.
  • Maintain the health of the automated test cases between releases/sprints.
  • Define and ensure adherence to the automated test strategy, processes and standards.
  • Collaborate with Product Owners, and Scrum Masters to understand the testing requirements.
  • Ability to work the developers to understand the impact of branch merges.
  • Perform exploratory testing to identify high risk areas, refine requirements, and isolate bugs to increase testability of application.
  • Identify acceptance criteria for complex projects and determine priorities for test automation to balance operational efficiency with sufficient test coverage.

Additional Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Knowledge of service-oriented architecture (SOA)
  • Knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Job Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience developing sophisticated automation testing plans
  • Deep knowledge of UI Automation and Web Service Automation
  • Experience in developing reusable, low maintenance automation scripts
  • Expertise in strategizing automation delivery by analyzing automation ROI
  • Proficiency with one or more scripting languages (Ruby, Python, Java, Power Shell)
  • Cross browser testing experience including desktop and mobile
  • Experience working with JSON, XML, SOAP APIs, REST API testing, Postman
  • Strong understanding of SQL queries and GUI design standards, especially as they relate to test automation object recognition
  • Solid in understanding of standard software test methodologies
  • Ability to use version control systems such as GitHub or Bitbucket.
  • Ability to use delivery pipeline automation and configuration tools such as Microsoft DevOps

Preferred Job Required Knowledge & Skills


  • Experience in CI/CD tools like Microsoft DevOps (Azure), Jenkins, Team City, Bamboo
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL, MySQL
  • 3+ years of experience with building or maintaining an automated test framework
  • 3+ years of experience using agile software development life cycle
  • Ability to manage tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the willingness to learn from other associates.
  • Awareness of project management requirements.
  • Excellent Analysis, problem solving, time management skills
  • Willingness and ability to accept after-hours support calls and the dedication to resolve after-hours calls to resolution, as necessary to support the business

Reports To

  • VP of Infrastructure and Operations


EEO Statement:
Hat World, Inc., Lids Holdings, Inc., dba Lids and subsidiaries is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local EEO laws. Hat World, Inc., prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on the individual's race or color, religion or creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, sex, pregnancy status, age, military status, disability, or any other protected characteristic or class protected by law. Hat World, Inc. provides reasonable accommodation for disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.

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Req ID: 17707 

Location: Corporate Office 

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis