Papuna Gagnidze, Network Engineering Developer in Rustavi, Georgia
Papuna Gagnidze

Network Engineering Developer in Rustavi, Georgia

Member since January 5, 2018
Papuna is a QA automation and DevOps engineer with a Linux system administration and network engineering background. He has experience as a team lead in an agency environment working on end-to-end tests, designing architecture, and implementing highly scalable systems using dockerized microservices. Papuna has worked on mobile banking apps, cloud management platforms, navigation apps, and event management software.
Papuna is now available for hire




Rustavi, Georgia



Preferred Environment

MacOS, Docker, Git, VS Code

The most amazing...

...project I have worked on is Casting Networks, where I was in charge of automating the data validation process for the database migration team.


  • Co-founder

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Participated in conferences, cooperating with the industry's financial sector and public institutions.
    • Administered accreditation of training providers to supply courses that meet the syllabus of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB).
    • Provided certification of IT professionals in Georgia according to ISTQB standards.
    • Assured large company managers about the effectiveness of ISTQB certified staff.
    • Implemented an internationally recognized certified tester scheme.
    Technologies: Test Automation, Software Testing, Quality Assurance (QA)
  • QA Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    Casting Networks (via TulaCo)
    • Managed a team of five senior QA automation engineers.
    • Implemented unit testing for performance using the K6 load testing tool.
    • Maintained UI, API, and load testing frameworks for a large-scale application with up to 3 million users.
    • Implemented optimized tests that validated big data up to 4 million records in extreme cases.
    Technologies: QA Leadership, JavaScript, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, AWS DynamoDB, TestRail, WebdriverIO
  • Mobile Automation Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    • Analyzed business and functional requirements and developed test scripts for iOS and Android Native applications. Automated test coverage of the core functionality increased by 75%.
    • Created data-driven tests by integrating a framework with Google Sheets API as a database and creating data tables as an external asset.
    • Implemented a simplified flow for the application version management by integrating a framework with Bitrise API.
    • Set up a CI/CD pipeline on a TeamCity server with parametrization to run any tests using specific builds on Sauce Labs cloud devices. Built reporting with Allure reporter and integrated results with TeamCity.
    • Managed the application state using API calls within UI tests.
    • Trained the QA team on mobile automation processes.
    Technologies: JavaScript, WebdriverIO
  • QA Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    • Collaborated with the database development and manual QA teams for testing implementation.
    • Wrote database tests using Mocha and Chai JavaScript frameworks.
    • Added reporting to Jenkins that contains information about the history of test runs, a curated list of failures, and graph statistics.
    Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, TestRail, JavaScript, QA Leadership
  • QA Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    TBC Bank Group
    • Managed a team of QA engineers (ten testers) as a chapter lead.
    • Collaborated with automation consulting engineers to standardize end-to-end automation tools and processes.
    • Created JMeter scenarios and scheduled the virtual users to generate a realistic load on the server using JMeter (load generator machine).
    • Developed automation test scripts for web service (API) testing.
    • Implemented page objects and test classes using Selenium WebDriver, Java, and JUnit.
    Technologies: Jenkins, Apache JMeter, SoapUI, Java
  • QA Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    Product Savvy Consulting
    • Served as a project team leader working on highly available software for event management.
    • Migrated test plans into scripts for automated regression testing using frameworks such as Protractor and Calabash.
    • Designed architecture and implemented a highly scalable system using dockerized microservices with AWS ECS, ALB, and VPC.
    • Set up Jenkins as a continuous delivery pipeline which included automated build, E2E testing, and deployments in multiple environments.
    • Developed and maintained test cases for testing the applications after analyzing system specification documents.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bash, TypeScript, Jenkins, AWS
  • NOC Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    Delta Comm
    • Worked with field technicians and vendors to assist in resolving data circuits, voice, and data problems.
    • Monitored network performance using tools such as Cacti and Nagios.
    • Configured and maintained Cisco and Juniper routers and switches.
    • Analyzed and determined technical problems within LAN/WAN infrastructure.
    • Coordinated with other departments to resolve customer issues and to determine appropriate escalation paths where necessary.
    Technologies: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Routing, Cacti, Nagios


  • WorkTrip

    WorkTrip is a web-based and mobile event management software that serves as a centralized hub to communicate all of your event and travel details.

  • Casting Networks

    Casting Networks is the leading provider of casting and audition management software to the casting industry. Casting directors and agents worldwide use Casting Networks to source and manage talent across film, television, digital, and commercials projects facilitating over a million auditions per year.

  • TPay

    TPay is an innovative payment method using QR payments and simple checkout procedures online. QR payments can be made with Android and iOS applications. Online checkout is available on the web for stores.

  • TBC Web

    TBC Bank's Internet banking enables you to check balances and view statements, transfers between your own accounts, to other persons and entities and to the state treasury, etc. TBC Bank's internet banking was named best for four times by Global Finance magazine in 2012-2015 years.

  • TBC Mobile

    TBC Mobile offers you the most innovative and easy way to manage your money on the go. It was the global winner of the best in mobile banking nomination by Global Finance magazine in 2019.

  • AVaStar

    The AVaStar platform provides the operating system to effectively plan and execute efficient AV and Technology services in a public or private venue. Anywhere staff needs to manage the presentation technology needs of meetings and events, AVaStar can improve revenue, decrease costs, protect your investment and enhance the customer experience.

  • ParkMyCloud

    ParkMyCloud is a policy-driven cloud cost optimization platform that turns utilization data into automated action. It provides an easy-to-use platform that helps enterprises automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend.

  • WolfPack

    WolfPack reinvents the group riding experience. Gives you the ability to plan group rides, invite your pack, navigate together, and communicate, all from your Android or iOS device. For system monitoring and management, a web application is used.

  • Speaker at Extent Conference Talks

    Speaker about test automation at Extent Conference Talks in Tech Park Georgia. A possible solution for successful test automation.

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  • Speaker at DevOps Con Tbilisi

    Speaker about unikernels at DevOps Con Tbilisi in Ilia State University. Unikernels - Building Blocks of Future Applications.

  • Panel Discussions at TMPA Conference

    Member of panel discussions about the future of software testing and connecting academia and industry.

  • Panel Discussions at the A4Q World Congress

    Member of panel discussions about the challenging quality engineering practices at the A4Q World Congress, discussing use cases for accessibility, biometrics, location-based applications, and real-time application testing.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, SQL, Python, Bash, TypeScript, Java
  • Frameworks

    Appium, Selenium, Selenide, JUnit,
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, WebDriverJS, Chai, REST APIs, Paessler PRTG API
  • Tools

    Jenkins, Cucumber, REST Assured, Mocha, AWS ECS, Apache JMeter, Git, Gradle, Postman, Jira, VS Code, TestRail, Nagios, Cacti, WebdriverIO, TeamCity, Grafana, Kibana, AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, Vagrant, SoapUI
  • Paradigms

    Manual Testing, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Automated Testing, DevOps, Testing, Test Automation, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Agile Software Development, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Load Testing, Microservices Architecture, Stress Testing, REST, Software Testing
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Linux, Fedora, MacOS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), AWS EC2, Firebase, Kubernetes
  • Other

    Mobile App Testing, Web Application Testing, AWS, SDET, Manual QA, QA Testing, AWS DevOps, Quality Assurance (QA), Agile Software Testing, UI Testing, API Testing, Network Engineering, QA Automation, Regression Testing, Integration Testing, Monitoring, AWS Cloud Architecture, QA Leadership, Test Design, Cloud Architecture, Configuration Management, Ride Sharing, Event Management, Routing, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IT Networking, System Administration, Applied Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Networking, Cisco, Cisco Networking, Troubleshooting, Prometheus, Filebeat, QA Test Plan Management, ECS, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Web Performance, Performance Tuning, K6
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Database Testing, Microsoft SQL Server, Databases, Elasticsearch, AWS DynamoDB
  • Industry Expertise

    Banking & Finance, Security, IT Security


  • Coursework towards a Bachelor's degree in Informatics in Informatics
    2016 - 2019
    Georgian Technical University - Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Coursework towards a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in Mathematics
    2015 - 2016
    Tbilisi State University - Tbilisi, Georgia


  • CCNP Routing and Switching
    MARCH 2016 - MARCH 2022
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
    JUNE 2013 - MARCH 2022

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