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Application Support Engineer (Madison, WI)

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Essential Job Duties

  • Understand the architecture and operational flow of web-based applications.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases and structured data sets.
  • Continual development of technical knowledge base around the use of Forte products.
  • Comply with industry and customer security, privacy and confidentiality policies.
  • Develop queries and reports to assist with and facilitate customer inquiries.
  • Develop, test and document SQL scripts and stored procedures to rectify application data or database logic issues.
  • Conduct technical root cause analysis on application and integration issues including but not limited to:

o   Writing and executing queries within the application database

o   Analyzing application server logs

o   Recreating customer issues within internal environments

o   Creating and investigating SQL trace files

o   Using performance monitoring tools

  • Provide detailed communication to outline corrective action for current problems and provide guidance to the SDLC team on long term solutions for recurrent issues.
  • Ability to work closely with cross functional teams as well as customers to solve non-trivial problems.
  • Participate in retrospective analysis to identify improvements in process, application functionality and/or tools and utilities.

Job Qualifications & Job Evaluation

Documentation:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; or equivalent work experience.


  • Proven track record of strong analytical ability and problem-solving skills including capacity to make self-directed progress towards a solution.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proficient in SQL

o   Understanding & writing complex queries to diagnose and troubleshoot issues

o   DML and DDL operations

  • Ability to learn and master Forte’s proprietary software
  • Innate technical curiosity
  • Relentless problem solver
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and proven ability to communicate and work to solve issues across functional teams.
  • Exposure to the following is a plus:

o   SDLC processes

o   Report writing tools

o   Programming languages – Java, JavaScript, etc.


Forte Research Systems, now part of Advarra, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.


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