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Santa Ana - California - United States

Description & Qualifications


Do you have what it takes to be a champion of quality? Are you passionate about being a key driver to deliver a high quality experience to our end users? Are you a self-starter who knows how to be successful in an agile team environment? Do you enjoy writing code using your specialized testing knowledge and techniques to develop automated test frameworks and tooling elevating and enabling your team? Apply today to join UKG’s Coaching & Development team.

The Coaching & Development team is looking for a motivated Lead Software Developer Engineer in Test (SDET) to build and maintain a cornerstone of UKG's core Human Capital Management (HCM) suite of products. The Coaching & Development product is a key product in the future of performance reviews in helping support holistic performance management through reviews and continuous feedback.

As a Lead Software Developer Engineer in Test on this team, you will:

* Implement and advance reliable and performant quality infrastructure and automation at all levels.
* Drive product quality through evangelizing the quality mindset and champion testing best practices and standards, and design patterns in a team of Software Engineers, Site Reliability Engineers (SREs) and other SDETs.
* Identify and correct shortcomings with existing technologies and tooling in order to craft constantly-improving solutions.
* Discover and share emerging industry trends and seek opportunities to incorporate them in the team's work.
* Coach and mentor team members, helping them grow their technical and non-technical quality knowledge and finding opportunities for them to excel.
* Empower your team, members from UX and Product Management to build the best-in-class performance management product in the market.


• 4+ years of professional experience in software development and automated testing.
• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent work experience.
• Knowledge of professional software engineering practices and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, design pattern, code reviews, build processes and testing.
• Strong understanding of modern automated testing frameworks, tools and techniques.
• Proficiency with testing methodologies like contract testing, black/white box testing, unit testing, regression testing.
• Experience writing and debugging complex automated tests at all levels of testing.
• Development experience with object-oriented languages like Java and working knowledge with web services, APIs, and microservices architecture.
• Experience with CQRS and Event sourcing architectural patterns.
• Experience with messaging systems such as Kafka and Rabbit.
• Experience with relational database such as SQL/NoSQL Databases like MySQL, MongoDB.

Desired Qualifications
• Familiarity executing and analyzing Performance, Scalability, and Reliability testing using tools like Gatling or similar.
• Familiarity using automated testing tools for testing at all levels such as Postman, Cypress or similar.
• Experience with Agile software development methodologies.
• Able to discuss technical challenges with non-technical people.
• Experience with containers and orchestration such as Docker, Kubernetes

As a team we believe in:
People over process. We think that processes should make it easier for us to deliver quality products faster together. We strive to understand why processes are in place, and work to change them if they just don't work. Ideas over titles. We treat everyone's voice on the team equally regardless of title or seniority. We want everyone to feel comfortable contributing ideas, because we build better products when we consider multiple perspectives. Everyone owns all areas of the software development and delivery life cycle. We don't like to work in silos. We believe that every person on the team owns the quality, security, delivery, and stability of our product.

More about our benefits:
We want to be accommodating to your work preferences! We offer a number of benefits at no cost to you — 100% employer paid insurance premiums for you and your family, 45% 401K matching, unlimited paid time off, IVF coverage, tuition reimbursement, etc. For the full list of benefits, please see

Company Overview

Here at UKG, Our Purpose Is People. UKG combines the strength and innovation of Ultimate Software and Kronos, uniting two award-winning, employee-centered cultures. Our employees are an extraordinary group of talented, energetic, and innovative people who care about more than just work. We strive to create a culture of belonging and an employee experience that empowers our people. UKG has more than 13,000 employees around the globe and is known for its inclusive workplace culture. Ready to be inspired? Learn more at

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ultimate Kronos Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. 

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Disability Accommodation

For individuals with disabilities that need additional assistance at any point in the application and interview process, please email or please call 1 (978) 250 9800.