We are an ambitious team based in Chicago, focused on delivering eTextbooks more simply and affordably. Most of us at RedShelf were students not long ago and have experience with both paper and digital textbooks. This has allowed us to look critically at how software can be used to create eTextbooks that help students study, learn, and ultimately achieve their academic goals!We provide digital content from the world’s leading academic publishers, consumer trade publishers, self-publishers and a variety of other content creators. Our close partnerships with publishers and college bookstores have positioned RedShelf to bring affordable digital course materials to students and professors like you across the country.Our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology is accessible on any web-browser based device with no requirement to use a dedicated reader or download an application. With familiar tools such as bookmarking, highlighting, and note-taking, our eTextbook software allows students to study and learn like they would with paper. Our software also allows for digital advances, such as keyword search, dictionary look-up, and 24/7 access from nearly any device.

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at RedShelf

Job Summary:

We at RedShelf were students not too long ago and started the company based on the idea that textbooks shouldn’t cost a fortune or weigh a ton. They should be affordable and easily accessible for everyone to use. Our top priority at RedShelf is to help transition the learning community from print to digital course materials and be advocates for students everywhere.

Over the past four years, RedShelf experienced 400% YOY growth, and we’re looking to add a talented and passionate Senior Quality Assurance Engineer to our closely-knit agile team. The Senior Quality Assurance Engineer will be responsible for generating well-articulated test cases and work with our cross functional teams. This person will be expected to facilitate architecting, designing and implementing new and existing testing tools, methods and become a key contributor to the overall project team and resource for technical testing.

Perks of the Gig (aka Benefits):

  • Be part of a passionate team positively impacting the education industry
  • Own a piece of the company; competitive compensations packages which typically include company stock options
  • Attend annual "RedShelf Retreats" to strengthen team bonding
  • Frequent onsite and offsite events; holiday party, halo tournament, intramural sports (soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, etc.), happy hours, volunteer work, etc.
  • Unique growth opportunities; ability to have an impact on multiple parts of the business and grow with the company

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Define, develop and implement quality assurance practices and procedures, test plans and perform other QA assessments
  • Write automated tests, maintain scripts, test sequences and implement manual procedures to ensure proper test coverage
  • Execute test plans on pre-release, upgrades and current versions of software
  • Work closely with development teams within the company to promote software quality standards
  • Engage in test case execution including defect documentation and tracking, resolution support, and fix verification
  • Participate in test team activities including requirements analysis, test planning, tracking, reporting, and support of test cycles
  • Work closely with Customer Support team to replicate customer issues
  • Identify relationships of bugs to the software code; Anticipate and prevent problems and roadblocks as they occur


  • Six plus (6+) years direct experience functioning in a quality assurance environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent educational/work experience
  • Strong structured testing knowledge and thorough understanding of quality assurance testing applications and concepts
  • Minimum of one (1) years of full-time development experience
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management as well as a diverse technical team
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt to change in assignments and priorities
  • Track record of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business while meeting deadlines
  • Experience with Agile or Scrum methodology

Technology Requirements:

  • Experience with Python and SQL
  • Experience using HTML and CSS
  • Knowledge of Javascript frameworks (Ember, React, Angular)
  • Experience designing and maintaining automated tests for whitebox and blackbox testing
  • Experience executing REST API tests
  • Experience with Git or other distributed revision control and source code management systems
  • Knowledge of best practices for the Software Development Life Cycle (SLDC)

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience with Django
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advances in higher educational software, course materials, and digital publishing
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment

**Check out some of our favorite team moments to get a better idea of the people of RedShelf! http://blog.redshelf.com/new-blog/redshelfs-best-of-2015 **

EEO Statement:
RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

Company Reviews

"I've been working at RedShelf for nearly 3.5 years. In that time I have been exposed to opportunities, projects and conversations most young professionals can only dream for. RedShelf is a fast-paced, learn-on-the-go atmosphere. You have the opportunity to work alongside bright minds in a collaborative environment that caters to individuals' professional growth."
Gordon Elson
Sales & Customer Care Director
at RedShelf
"My colleagues at RedShelf are some of the smartest, most personable, and highly motivated individuals I've had the pleasure of collaborating with! The fun and vibrant team culture first drew me to the company and makes it both exciting and enjoyable to go to work each day. The last thing I'll say is each person on the team has the amazing opportunity to make real impact, both in the development of her or his individual role and on the company as a whole."
Briana Haguewood
Publisher Relations Manager
at RedShelf
"Working at a startup like RedShelf is as demanding as it is rewarding. We’re building products that end up in the hands of students and professors across the nation. Being a part of something that big in such an established industry is really exciting.”
Drew Bollinger
Front-end Software Engineer
at RedShelf
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Why work with us
RedShelf is a digital textbook distributor and provider working with over 500 college bookstores and 2000 content creators to spur digital adoption on campuses world-wide. With a team of 45, we have established a very unique company culture that shines in everything we do. From our "all hands on deck" approach for sales meetings to our unique 1:1 meetings with our developing staff, we find that communication is key in keeping our culture. Our ambitious team enjoys the environment of RedShelf where they can learn, grow and work towards purposeful contribution and individual success.
Perks & Benefits
Passionate team impacting the education industry
Competitive compensation packages including company stock options
Annual RedShelf Retreats
Onsite and offsite events; happy hours, intramural sports, volunteering, office bags tournaments
Growth opportunities, impact our business and grow professioinally as quickly as the company has
Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance

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