Princiapal QA Engineer - CSR2

Games Jobs - QA / Localisation - London

Job Title Princiapal QA Engineer - CSR2
Job Category QA / Localisation
Job Description At NaturalMotion, we make games that wow people. We innovate to create experiences that previously were impossible and that would not exist without us. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last. 

You are ambitious, intelligent, and intellectually curious. You are a self-disciplined problem-solver, who is respectful and straightforward with all your colleagues. You are trusting and trusted, flexible and emotionally mature, and you thrive on working with people who share these values. 

As Principal QA Engineer you will have a clear understanding of your leadership style and its impact on others, and be able to use a range of directive and non-directive leadership skills to get the best from your team.  You will balance delivering results with caring for the needs of your team. You will motivate and guide others to excellence, acting as a role model for organisational, technical, and creative skills, whilst showing others ‘what good looks like’. 

You will confidently and respectfully challenge the status quo in order to improve things. Assertive when needed, you ensure the requirements of your team and your business are met by stakeholders at all levels.  Confident in your decision making, you nevertheless think carefully before you speak and act. 

JOB PURPOSE:

As Principal QA Engineer you will drive the execution of the QA plan, working closely with the QA Project Lead to formulate the best QA approach, provide hands on technical and practical QA know how, and advise the QA Lead so they can make decisions. You will also play a major part across the organisation working with Principal in other teams to develop QA excellence and ensure we are efficient.

Reports to:

QA Project Lead

KEY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Technical/Functional

  • Become the QA Expert for a given Project or area of specialisation
  • Actively participate in requirement and design reviews of upcoming features. Detail clearly what is expected from QA to deliver said features
  • Assisting the QA Project Lead in developing test Strategy, and flagging up when a change might be required
  • To own test cases for a project including best practises, depth, organisation, quality and reporting methods
  • Actively QA your own areas and ensure defects are entered. This will include taking on features which are technically or practically more challenging
  • Identity opportunities for process improvements relating to QA and Agile, presents these to the QA Project Lead
  • Influence meaningful QA metrics that enable the QA Project Lead to make decisions that improve product quality


Leadership

  • Be a strong voice for QA in planning, weekly meetings, daily scrums and other team Agile practices
  • Communicate and/ or escalate issues encountered during test execution within the QA team, ensuring the QA Project Lead is always kept up to date with serious defects
  • Influence project-level decisions and QA best practices
  • Lead ‘areas of QA’ such as regression and feature testing, or an area of specialisation e.g. network QA for the team
  • Role model and mentor that seniors can learn from. Go out of your way to ensure everyone is always learning
  • Coordinate with off-shore resources, monitoring the deliverables


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent understanding of the QA process and testing terminology
  • Vast knowledge of games development methodology, particularly Agile software development
  • Proven experience testing in an embedded environment
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work with a variety of individuals
  • Experience in passing on skills, e.g. teaching, mentoring, demonstrations or presentations of particular areas of knowledge
  • ISTQB qualified a big plus
  • Experience in identifying development process problems and proposing solutions
  • Strong grasp of technical problems within games QA e.g. server vs client, branch integrations, metadata, network, API, compliance etc
  • High levels of reporting and presentation; aware of key QA metrics to measure success


WHAT DO WE GIVE YOU?

  • The opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Zynga Stock Unit allocation from day one
  • Private healthcare
  • 6 months fully paid maternity and 3 months fully paid paternity leave
  • Flexible working hours
  • Free fruit & soft drinks
  • 23 days holiday
  • Casual dress every day!
  • The opportunity to join the childcare voucher and cycle to work schemes we run
  • Summer/Christmas parties and Happy Hour in every Studio, every Friday.
  • A discretionary annual bonus
Salary Based on experience
Location London
Job Category QA / Localisation
Date posted 04/01/2018
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