Performance Tester at PRA Health Sciences

PRA Health Sciences

Performance Tester

Job Locations: (All) | US-CA-San Jose | US-CA | US-CA-San Ramon | US-Remote

ID: 2019-54187


Does solving hard technical challenges appeal to you? Do you want to find a balance that still lets you be, well, you? Most of all, do you want to do it in a place where you’re more than an employee number?

Still here? Good. Because if this is you, we’d really like to meet you.


The Performance Tester fulfills a key role within PRA’s Nextrials Division (San Ramon, CA). They will analyze needs, determine requirements, and develop and maintain applications in a fast-paced, intricate environment. The role will follow standard operating procedures to deliver high-quality technology solutions to clients, departments, and users.

  • Analyzes and translates business requirements into functional and non-functional system requirements
  • Participates in design sessions and provides input on the processes and software solution
  • Designs technical solution, tests, and develops software to satisfy demand
  • Develops, implements, and maintains systems that conform to company’s information technology principles, compliance levels, and architecture
  • Partner with infrastructure and architectural heads to ensure the application meets service-level standards and roadmap requirements
  • Follows directives and standards on programming style and documentation
  • Develops and maintains new and existing applications under supervision of senior team members
  • Participates in the creation and execution of smoke, unit, and regression testing on projects
  • Performs root cause analysis on system performance, using a variety of analytical skills, techniques, and resources
  • Provides training, technical support, and documentation to peers and end-users
  • Routinely communicates project statuses (progress, dependencies, issues encountered, time remaining) to the team
  • Participates in code reviews by providing input and ensuring code developed adheres to established development standards and best practices
  • Creates custom and ad-hoc reports



  • Bachelor’s Degree (or international equivalent) in Computer Science or a related field.
  • 2+ years of experience working on large scale applications.
  • Strong ability to troubleshoot application issues.
  • Strong ability to design & organize software test plans.
  • Experience with UNIX and/or Linux programming.
  • In-depth SQL knowledge and usage with major platforms (mySQL, PostgreSQL,Oracle, DB2 or MS SQL Server).
  • Performance testing of Web Applications like JMeter, Webload, LoadNinja,, etc.
  • Continuous Integration (CI) environment and configuration experience (use of Github webhooks, gitlab pipelines, etc.).
  • Experience with Java, C, or C++.
  • Knowledge of software development lifecycle methodologies (e.g., Waterfall, Iterative, Agile).
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements dictated by business and IT.
  • Ability to translate business requirements into system functional and nonfunctional requirements.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills including presenting, collaborating and persuading.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.


  • Experience with software testing in a FDA regulated environment (GMP, GLP, and GCP systems) is highly preferred.
  • PostgreSQL experience.
  • Database administration skills / experience.
  • Experience with Scripting Languages (Shell Scripts, Python, Perl, Powershell).
  • Web application troubleshooting experience (Front-end and backend).
  • Familiarity with RPA tools like Automic, Blue Prism, UIPath, etc.

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