AAP Software Developer Hiring Challenge


Advance Auto Parts ( AAP ), Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 5, 2019, Advance operated 5,000 stores and 152 Worldpac branches in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AAP also serves 1,260 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands.


Founded in Roanoke, VA in 1932, Advance Auto Parts ( AAP ) is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers. Our family of AAP companies operates more than 5,100 stores across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands under four brands, Advance Auto Parts, Carquest Auto Parts, WORLDPAC and Autopart International.

The Advance Auto Parts team is currently looking to hire Software Developers for their Hyderabad office.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Years of experience: 2 – 10
  • Skills: Java, Spring, Microservices

Challenge format: 

  • 1 Backend Application Building Question


Software Developer

Experience:2-10 years
Compensation:As per industry standards
Job Location:Currently Remote

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with business stakeholders, project managers, business analysts, and other IT teams to understand the business needs and their requirements.
  • Work with a nimble team of software engineers and enterprise architects to ensure the solutions meet our business needs using Agile methodologies in a fast-paced environment.
  • AAP Will often require to take a lead role in the entire development cycle, conduct design and code reviews, and have a heavy input throughout the process, from requirements to production deployment.
    • AAP Able to shift between priorities as needed throughout the workday.
  • Create technical system specifications and ensure documentation remains current throughout all phases of the SDLC.
  • Raise up opportunities, enhancements, and process improvements. Communicate timely status, including any potential risks/issues of the assignments to management.
  • Research, design, define, develop, test, document and implement new service APIs or changes to existing services. Participate in test planning, development, and execution for integration and system testing.
  • Learn new software tools and skills as needed. Keep up with technologies. Provide mentoring to other development staff on technical topics.
  • Support and maintain applications utilizing required tools and technologies. Ensure applications are scalable and operate efficiently in the production environment.
  • Ability to research issues across multiple key systems and databases. Assist customers and team members on issue resolution and problem-solving.
  • Participate in an on call rotation to provide system support outside of normal working hours.
  • Comfortable working in an open, dynamic, rapidly changing environment where collaboration is crucial.
  • Extended hours may require during peak workloads or special projects.
  • Must be self-motivated and take initiative.

Required Skills

  • 2+ years of experience in java middle-tier applications in a J2EE environment within the US
  • Strong familiarity with API management, micro-services, Java/J2EE application stacks
  • Strong experience working in an Agile/Scrum environment
  • Experience in large-scale applications – either public-facing web applications or applications with large numbers of concurrent users.
  • Experience with either online or in-store retail selling applications
  • Deep technical hands-on experience developing in REST/JSON or SOAP/XML 
  • Experience developing solutions in AWS, Azure, and/or Google Cloud Platform.
  • Experience with Docker, or related container-oriented technologies (i.e. Docker Enterprise Edition, Kubernetes, etc.).
  • Comfortable implementing continuous integration / continuous delivery process for applications using technologies such as Jenkins and Git.
  • Experience with Test Driven Development, including writing and implementing automated unit, system, and integration tests.
  • Experience with relational databases (Oracle 11g or above, SQL Server). Experience with NoSQL databases including Cassandra and MongoDB.
  • Experience building microservices using Spring Boot
  • Experience building applications that work with IBM MQ, JBoss and Tomcat, JPA and Hibernate
  • Working knowledge of EJB 3 or above
  • Experience developing and deploying applications on Linux/Unix/AIX servers
  • Experience creating and consuming REST API services with JSON
  • Experience creating and configuring deployments in Jenkins
  • Experience using Unix command line and Bash/Shell/Python scripting to automate tasks, etc.
  • Experience with Subversion (SVN) and GIT source control; Maven and Ant; JIRA, Confluence, Grails, web security experience such as WS-Security; Eclipse-based IDEs
  • Experience using JUnit and Gatling to write automated tests
  • Experience with designing and conducting performance/stress tests on applications, analyzing and leveraging these results to improve application throughput and response time.
  • Exceptional customer relationship skills including the ability to discover the true requirements underlying feature requests, recommend alternative technical and business approaches, work with architects to come to an agreed technical approach, and lead development efforts to meet aggressive timelines with optimal solutions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with or lead cross-functional teams with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to drive consensus within a team and influence outcomes in significant technical decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to work with different business groups as well as IT partners (enterprise architects, vendors, etc.) at all levels within the organization.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills.
  • Extreme attention to detail and organization in all aspects of the system development. Enterprise-level services/APIs often require every detail to be carefully designed and developed to achieve high availability, reliability, and scalability to meet our user’s needs. Person in this role will often be writing real-time service APIs that are critical to business success.
  • A strong technical vision. Ability to understand, master, and be able to prototype with new technologies quickly. A person in this role needs to be able to quickly understand and solve unique and undocumented programming problems.
  • Open-minded, willing to consider multiple options, sources, perspectives, and possible solutions.  Careful assessment of the importance, relevance, and validity of all options.
  • Inquisitive.  Ask probing questions and research as a basis for making design decisions and judging quality; understand the true reason behind the request rather than just accepting an initial thought or proposed solution.
  • Proactive and willing to contribute ideas.  Not afraid to ask questions.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize and prioritize multiple streams of activity. Adapt well to changes.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, organize, and plan work to satisfy established timeframes; meet commitments and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with a high level of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Strong integration architecture experience with familiarity of the retail order management process.
  • Experience and understanding of enterprise Integration concepts and technologies including ESB, SOA-based solutions, transactional systems, message-oriented middleware, canonical message model pattern, JMS, continuous integration framework, REST, SOAP, and web services.
  • Broad knowledge of service and client development, different open-source frameworks, application performance tuning, Agile Scrum methodology, software engineering best practices.
  • Experience of developing low latency, highly available and scalable distributed systems in an environment with high volumes of transactions.
  • Experience of building middle-tier services that integrate with various external systems and vendors with enterprise middleware technologies and different standardized communication protocols.
  • Experience of defining system architectures and designs, exploring technical feasibility tradeoffs, and making data-driven decisions.
  • Experience in supporting large-scale web applications and enterprise service software.

Desired Skills 

  • Experience defining tables and creating SQL queries using Oracle (preferred) or another database platform (DB2, MySQL, SQL Server)

Desired Qualification

  • Bachelor degree in engineering experience, with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms and API design..

OPENS AT: AUG 13, 06:00 PM IST





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