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Nathaniel Ritmeyer

Test Automation Architect @ ITV

Test Automation Lead at HSBC

London, United Kingdom

Ranked #1,113 out of 22,260 for Test Automation Architect in United States

Nathaniel Ritmeyer's Work Experience


Test Automation Architect

September 2011 to Present

London, United Kingdom


Senior Test Automation Engineer/Developer in Test

January 2010 to September 2011


Test Automation Team Lead

May 2008 to January 2010

Nathaniel Ritmeyer's Education

Harrogate Grammar School

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Nathaniel is a highly proficient Test Automation Architect with more than 10 years experience in designing and implementing successful test automation frameworks on high-profile projects for a range of major blue-chip clients internationally. His expertise lies in the rapid implementation and deployment of sustainable test automation frameworks, and in introducing test automation to clients.Test Automation Architect @ From September 2011 to Present (4 years 4 months) London, United KingdomSenior Test Automation Engineer/Developer in Test @ •Automated a previously “impossible to automate” WPF UI client using an ironruby/white solution, integrating it into an existing cucumber test framework,working around defects in the White library by wrapping the MS UI Automation API instead •Subsequently replaced above framework with simpler, easier to maintain cucumber-based framework, replacing White with Bewildr, providing reliable and speedy tests •Automated a days-long, manual regression testing process of BBC News website’s publishing system using RSpec, SOAP, SQL, XPath and http calls to test HTML/JSON/RSS output •Wrote ruby library to allow communication with SOAP data service to create of complex data – greatly expanded the scope of testable functionality •Wrote Java/JUnit framework to test Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) of data from Oracle to MarkLogic – involved SSL, SQL and XQuery •Heavy focus on mentoring, both one-to-one and across the test team, often involved pair-programming with junior test automators, in depth code reviews •Ran “Learning Test Automation with Ruby” classes,attended by 8 manual testers for 6 months •Replaced failed End-to-end based automated testing strategy with a system-level testing strategy. Resulted in fast and reliable tests •Wrote a few end-to-end tests to verify system integration •Setup Jenkins tasks to allow continuous integration •Wrote Webrick and Sinatra services to stub out 3rd party services •Wrote cucumber/WebDriver tests for BBC Weather site •Wrote RSpec tests against SEO-focused httpd.conf rules for BBC News website •Wrote selenium web tests for the BBC News refresh project •Wrote performance tests using JMeter •Assisted in technical testing of the BBC Royal Wedding news coverage •Worked with Product Owners to establish Acceptance Criteria •Participated in sprint planning sessions, standups, retrospectives •Consulted to various projects, helped them set up test automation solutions tailored to staff skill level •Interviewed many candidates for various test roles From January 2010 to September 2011 (1 year 9 months) Test Automation Team Lead @ • Automated testing of MS SQL Server, IIS, ASP .Net MVC-based music store (; WCF-based RESTful services (SOA); MS .Net WPF-based music client (iTunes competitor); Music store Mobile app on Nokia phones • Lead a team of 4 in the design and implementation of a ruby/test::unit/cucumber/firewatir/watir framework • Test team serviced many scrum teams (Nokia Music being a mature Agile organization) allowing signoff of stories by end of sprint with completed automated regression tests – used in the Music Store Rewrite project • Framework and 1,000 tests (of both browser and mobile music stores) completed in 2 months • Wrote parallelization code to allow tests to run on multiple VMs – achieved full regression execution time of 20 minutes which allowed full regression runs to be executed many times a day (4-5 times being average) • Wrote code to perform the vast bulk of test execution results analysis – with an average time taken for analysis of 5 minutes, I was able to provide rapid and relevant results to scrum teams thus speeding up development • Wrote code to interact with REST services to create test data dynamically – lack of dependency on pre-existing test data allowed test execution to be started immediately, speeding up development • Wrote Rails app to stub out 3rd party service – allowed us to continue testing when unreliable service was down • Tested ecommerce system used for music download payments from music store • Taught team members ruby, test::unit, watir/firewater • Kept test code in SVN • Initially hired by Nokia to lead a team of 8 test automators; managed the creation and execution of QuickTest Pro (QTP) tests for the Nokia Music 2.0 app • Lead a team of 4 in the design and implementation of a C#, White, Watin and MS Test/NUnit framework in Visual Studio to automate testing of Nokia Music 2.1 WPF app • Wrote ASP .Net MVC integration tests in C#, executed in NUnit by Hudson (part of Continuous Integration) From May 2008 to January 2010 (1 year 9 months) Extended Holiday @ Travelling around New Zealand, Australia and Egypt From February 2008 to May 2008 (4 months) Test Automation Team Lead @ • Automated testing of Oracle SPL’s Customer Care & Billing – “CC&B” – Oracle/Unix/WebMethods • Automated testing of IBM Maximo Asset Management (for Asset Management of this Gas Piping company) • Above systems implemented to open up the Queensland natural gas market for FRC (full retail contestability) • Manual testing of Custom in-house GIS system • Automated testing of MS SharePoint based document management system • Brought on to introduce test automation to APA – a gas piping company • Performed test automation tool evaluation (WinRunner, QuickTest Pro, SilkTest, Rational Functional Tester – “RFT”, Selenium, Watir) – decided on RFT as it was capable of automating the largest number of the client’s applications • Wrote low maintenance RFT based framework that used a Ruby on Rails web application to construct the tests using only a GUI interface – fulfilled requirement to have a no-code way for manual tester to write automated tests • Tests and execution reports were held in centrally located MySQL database – allowed test authoring, execution, reporting to be accessible everywhere – circumventing the need for more than one RFT license – major cost saving • Framework used SQL queries and API calls to query and create data required for the tests, removing the dependency on pre-existing data – true “one click automation” • Wrote hundreds of tests using my Rails/RFT/MySQL framework • Wrote many UAT tests for organization’s SharePoint document management system • Mentored manual tester in Java, Ruby, Rails, Object Oriented Design, Testing & Test automation • Automated hundreds of manual tests stored in Mercury QualityCenter • Execution of Control-M batch jobs for test environment preparation • Was flown around Australia to various client sites to introduce software testing and test automation to other depts From July 2007 to February 2008 (8 months) Lead Data Conversion Test Analyst @ • Testing of data migration from DB2/IBM Mainframe system for managing this Utilities company (Natural Gas - LPG, Renewables, Electricity) to an Oracle/Unix/IBM Maximo based Asset Management system • Worked with Data Conversion developers, performing white-box testing of the conversion code (PL/SQL) • Wrote many SQL queries to verify conversion process results – queries were stored in an MS Access DB which hooked into the original (DB2) and target (Oracle) databases (using ODBC) allowing one-click testing of the conversion process • Created MS Excel based spreadsheets to perform data integrity checks on random data samples • Wrote MS Access reports for management to inform them of conversion development progress • Spent a month managing the manual test team executing 4 full test cycles of application regression and new functionality tests – produced HP Mercury Quality Center reports to inform management on test progress • Reorganized Quality Center to better reflect the organization of the client’s numerous test teams • In last week performed test automation tool evaluation (QTP, RFT, Watir, Selenium) – recommended Watir From February 2007 to July 2007 (6 months) Test Automation Team Lead @ • Automated testing of Oracle/Unix/WebLogic/Java Swing based IBS “AiRes” system for commercial Flight Scheduling, Passenger Reservations & Bookings, Inventory Control, Departure Control (Check-in & Boarding), Fares & Ticketing and Revenue Accounting. The system was to replace 37 separate systems based on many technologies (.Net, Java J2EE , web based, AJAX, WebSphere, MS Excel, MS Access, Oracle, MySQL, Linux, Unix, Windows Server) and interface with many others, including Mainframe based Navitaire OpenSkies • Led requirements analysis phase, resulting in 4224 test cases being identified • Liaised across the business with subject matter experts to prioritize test cases to get a ‘top 300 test cases’ list • Wrote Test Plan, Test Cases (from functional specifications, user requirement docs and UML), Test Automation Proposal, Weekly reports on test automation progress • Managed team of 5 testers writing both manual test cases and test automation framework • Trained 5 staff in Test Automation, Rational Functional Tester • Designed framework that balanced the need for short lead-time to test case creation, and minimal maintenance of test scripts; technologies used: XML, XSL, Java, SQL (for dynamic test data) • Reduced team size from 5 to 3 – reducing cost, and radically improving efficiency • Delivered high quality test framework, all 4224 tests (spanning many systems) 4 weeks early and under budget! • Provided testing and technical assistance to Disaster Recovery, Performance and High Availability Testing Teams • Coordinated offshore testing (located in India) • Implemented project knowledge base using MediaWiki (same system that runs Wikipedia) • Helped business users by reducing a 480 man hour manual task to a 2 hour automated process From June 2006 to February 2007 (9 months) Lead Test Automation Analyst @ • Automated testing of Unix/Oracle/WebLogic/Java Swing system used for Patent Administration and Management • Designed and created Object Oriented, Data Driven, GUI based Test Automation Framework using Rational Functional Tester and MS Access with dynamic test data selection at runtime using parameterized SQL queries • Framework design allowed manual testers to create automated test scripts using only a UI, no code required • Framework had exceptionally low maintenance costs, was configurable across environments, wrote test results to central location with reporting accessible across the organization • Test framework hailed by IBM Rational as the most advanced use of RFT in its time • Reduced 6 weeks of regression testing to 6 hours – providing the organization with the ability to perform a full regression test run nightly – core part of the organization’s strategy in moving to more agile development practices • Trained two colleagues in Java, OO Design, MS Access, HTML • Framework was designed and developed in an agile, highly iterative manner • Wrote data creation scripts in JMeter to populate test environments • Wrote performance tests using both Rational Performance Tester and Mercury LoadRunner From October 2005 to June 2006 (9 months) Lead Test Analyst @ • Manual testing of IBM z/OS Mainframe/DB2/CICS based system used for the calculation of overcharged General Interest Charge (GIC) for superannuation (pension) payments by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) • Manual testing of MS Access/MS Excel Superannuation (Pension) Guarantee Contingency system written in VBA • Used TSO/ISPF to execute JCL scripts, and SPUFI to execute tests in DB2 • Wrote SQL queries to import data from DB2 database into MS Excel spreadsheet • Created MS Excel spreadsheet containing combinations of functions and custom formulae used to verify program output – resulted in a 4 hour manual process being streamlined into an instantaneous automated process • Tests designed off Functional Specifications and Requirements documents • Performed financial calculations by hand to verify system results • Delivered training and mentored junior test staff in principles of software testing and data migration testing • Created Test Progress Reporting spreadsheet • Performed data migration testing based on business requirement, functional specification and UI specification docs • Managed team of manual testers, assigning tests, tracked and reported on progress of test case creation • Managed test project and delivered on time From June 2005 to October 2005 (5 months) Extended Holiday @ Spent a few months on kibbutz (Sde Boker and Ein Gev) From October 2004 to June 2005 (9 months) Lead Test Automation Analyst @ • Automated testing of SAP FI, SAP CO (FICO) Common Payments System; part of the high profile “Pharmaceutical Benefits System” • Automated testing of Document Conversion app that read in various XML based document types generated by the many legacy payment systems and converted them to SAP IDocs • Automated testing of A number of different interfaces with 3rd parties including Reserve Bank of Australia, Government Bulk Printing Service and “PBS Online” (Pharmaceutical Benefits System Online – web based public interface to PBS) • Manual and Automated testing of PKI Enabled “Aged Care” web app • Automated SAP FICO web front end for General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable using Rational Robot and Rational XDE Tester (now Rational Functional Tester) • Created hundreds of automated tests from User Requirements, executed automated regression tests daily • Automated creation of huge volumes of XML test data in various formats matching the output of legacy systems • Wrote automated tests for PKI Enabled Aged Care web app using Rational Robot • Installed, Administered and mentored others in the use of Rational TestManager, Rational ClearQuest, Rational RequisitePro, Rational Robot and Rational XDE Tester From June 2004 to October 2004 (5 months) Lead Test Automation Analyst @ • Manual and automated testing of Unix/Oracle/WebSphere Document Management System and Business Workflow web app used in Westpac's Mortgage Processing Center • Manual testing of WinForms (C++) Fat Client app for bulk scanning of hard-copy documents sourced from snail mail and fax • Debugged and improved Custom MS Access/MS Excel based system containing customer data • Wrote automated scripts using Rational Robot, VB, SQL queries to create huge volumes of test data for the manual test team, as a result test data creation time was measured in minutes instead of hours (with legacy scripts) • Made Lead Tester for WinForms Client, leading team of 3 manual testers • Wrote many manual tests for complex mortgage approval process • Made Test Team technical contact • Wrote complex SQL queries in TOAD for test result verification From February 2004 to June 2004 (5 months) Lead Test Analyst @ • Manual testing of MS SQL Server/J2EE/C++ Win app/touch panel based RADAR Simulator Trainer System used to train radar operators, including Maritime Radar Surveillance officers from the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) • As the only tester with test experience, I decided on and wrote up the Test Strategy, various Test Plans, and lead the Test Case creation effort • Testing planned and performed against MIL-STD-498, all documentation conforming to IEEE 829 • Implemented requirement-to-test-case-line level of traceability as required by above standards – wrote MS Word macros to calculate • Trained 2 colleagues in software testing principles, test case authoring • Implemented frequent peer review of test cases • Liaised with Squadron leader on requirements clarification • Wrote mathematically complex tests, involving mobile submarine and sea vessel detection scenarios as part of testing the real time RADAR simulator • Wrote many tests for the Java Swing based Scenario Manager used by trainers in developing training scenarios • Performed UAT with military personnel on behalf of the RAAF on site resulting in the system being accepted From July 2003 to February 2004 (8 months) Test Analyst @ • Manual testing of 20 year old Custom DB2/Mainframe legacy system • Manual testing of “Prophecy International” “OpenROAD” Oracle/Unix/Apache/Proprietary UI based system used to manage and administer Water Licenses as issued by the South Australian Government (replaced above legacy system) • Requirements analysis against incomplete documentation, liaised with SMEs to find missing information • Completed UAT and System test creation • Dealt with many requirements changes – performed impact analyses • Performed data migration testing using MS Access to link DB2 and Oracle – wrote complex data integrity checking SQL queries – designed MS Access reports to present data migration results and progress reports • Travelled to various sites around the state to do performance testing of the web client • Wrote VBA apps to produce test data From August 2002 to July 2003 (1 year) Extended Holiday @ Moved to Australia, spent a few months travelling From June 2002 to August 2002 (3 months) Test Analyst @ • Wrote test plans, system/UAT/integration tests for a Power Station Generator Monitoring System and an Electricity Trading System (VB6, Client/Server). • Deployed and administered Rational TestManager and Rational Robot • Automated environment setup using Norton Ghost across 5 Test servers (Windows 2000 Server/MS SQL Server 2000) and 20 clients (Windows 2000) • Performed Platform Migration testing (Windows NT to Windows 2000 on both servers and clients) • Performed UAT on site with client, completed on time under tight deadlines and heavy penalties resulting in the client accepting delivery of the system • Wrote various VB6 based apps to help testing effort, eg: test data creation, environment management • Created MS Excel spreadsheet to provide test data – spreadsheet contained many complex calculations that modeled the activities and output of power stations • Automated system tests using Rational Robot From May 2001 to June 2002 (1 year 2 months) Nathaniel Ritmeyer is skilled in: Ruby, Cucumber, RSpec, Capybara, Selenium, WebDriver, BDD, TDD, DDD, Scrum, Kanban, C#, Test Automation, Test Automation Framework, Agile Testing

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