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American Equity Performance Engineer in West Des Moines, Iowa


American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company is a leading retirement income provider specializing in fixed index annuities designed to protect principal and guarantee income. American Equity is committed to quality products and high-level customer service, integrity, excellence and safety, delivering customers the promise of protected growth of their savings and the dignity of a paycheck for life.

Founded in 1995, they currently fund over half a million retirements nationwide. The company is the #3 producer of fixed income annuities, has over $57 billion in assets, 21,000 active agents and over 600 employees. They succeed by hiring people who embody the beliefs that drive their unique, energetic, fast-paced and caring culture. The team is built on trust, motivated to accomplish a shared mission through collaboration, ownership, drive and innovation.


The ideal candidate for the Performance Engineer position will have strong experience and ability in collaborating with department leaders to assess necessary needs and understanding of networking, network performance and API testing methodologies.


  • Thorough understanding of TCP/IP, ports and associated protocols.

  • Ability to operate and interpret the data from packet analyzers

  • Strong understanding of networking to include servers, routers, switches, LAN’s, WAN’s and security best practices.

  • Ability to collaborate with department leaders to assess network capacity needs.

  • Experience with monitoring and testing network performance, providing network performance statistics/reports.

  • Ability to troubleshoot problem areas as needed as related to application and network performance.

  • API Functional, Regression, Performance (REST & SOAP)

  • API Endpoint Mocking

  • Integrating Test into CI/CD Pipelines

  • Experience with API testing tools: Karate, Gatling, Prism, ReadyAPI, Postman

  • Experience with cloud technology stack: Kubernetes, Azure, AWS. Docker

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) or equivalent from four-year college or technical school preferred; or at least three years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • None required; Education and experience are the primary considerations.


  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  • Ability to maintain company attendance, punctuality and dependability standards as stated in the company handbook.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with co-employees, customers, and other outside third parties.

  • Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Knowledge of principles of superior customer service.

  • Analyzes and synthesizes complex information.

  • Presents numerical information effectively.

  • Understands business implication of work.

  • Professionalism and follow-through.

  • Adaptable to change, delays and unexpected events.

  • Self-motivated.

  • Experience with LoadRunner, Selenium, Networking and API testing a major plus.

  • (Must have knowledge in at least two).