Senior QA Lead – New Sci-Fi FPS IP

Quality Assurance | FPS

We are looking for an experienced QA Lead who is passionate and enthusiastic about quality and video games, to join our award-winning Creative Assembly’s team behind Alien: Isolation.

In this role, you will be responsible for the planning and organising of the test strategy, and the Development QA team on the project. With a focus on assisting the QA Manager you will oversee the day-to-day task running, mentoring and organisation of our Development QA staff.

Key Responsibilities 
As a Senior QA Lead you will aim towards releasing the highest overall quality product possible by the given deadlines achieved through effective management of a group of testers. 

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
  • Enable the finding, grading, and reporting of defects completely and concisely
  • Communicate key defects, feedback, and testing requirements to stakeholders in both QA and the rest of the development team
  • Conduct Probationary reviews for all new starters and conduct 1 to 1s and/or performance improvement plans for QA Leads as well as Senior members
  • Assess project progress and request additional resources
  • Work closely with the QA Manager and lead recruitment interviews as required
  • Maintain the high-level QA test plan schedule, QA test plans & all other QA documentation in conjunction with publisher QA
  • Work closely with the QA Manager and other QA Leads to ensure that the vision for QA professional standards, and QA processes across the various phases of the project are achieved
As a Sr QA Lead, you will be a role model for staff, mentoring them in their own career goals and developing them to be better testers. 

Knowledge, Skill and Experience
  • A passion for quality
  • Proficient time management and organisational skills, able to handle multiple tasks and meet set deadlines and priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to relay important information in the most suited format
  • Experience in a senior QA Leadership role, from early-stage development through to post release
  • Experience managing a team, ideally in QA
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring and career development
  • Ability to follow set process and a methodical approach when investigating issues and generating tasks
  • A passion for video games and a desire to be part of the creative process involved in developing video games
  • Previous leadership experience working in Games or other related fields is highly desirable
  • Previous experience working on a AAA title in a development studio
  • Passion for First Person shooting games
  • Knowledge of Unreal Engine
  • Knowledge of the development process and the various disciplines involved
  • Experience using Jira, Confluence, TestRail and Perforce
  • Experience with BI reporting software, such as Microsoft Power BI

About Creative Assembly

It’s an exciting time to be a part of our craft-led studio, as we push the boundaries in creating deep and detailed experiences that last.

Our teams are diverse from across the world, from trainees to industry veterans who constantly challenge us and make sure we are striving for the best within our games and our studio life. We are united through our shared values of Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust and we win awards for our culture and our people-centric approach, having won a Best Place to Work Award for five consecutive years. We invest in our people, the studio, and our projects. We are a company that’s secure and safe – you don’t need to worry about job security at CA.

We’ll give you the creative freedom, tools, support and development to achieve your potential.

Our studios are based in Horsham, UK and Sofia, Bulgaria, including several bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedication motion capture facility. We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19 and are developing more flexible ways of working for the future. Right now, we are actively recruiting and onboarding staff with our expert IT and HR teams setting you up for success remotely, whether you’re relocating now or will be in the future.

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • We are developing more flexible ways of working to give everyone at CA the balance and space they need. We also offer enhanced holiday allowance, maternity and paternity breaks, flexibility with our core hours, and no-notice holidays.   
  • Bespoke relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialists
  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, and all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Join our award-winning education and social responsibility programme; the Legacy Project, as an industry ambassador to mentor and educate others
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support including; SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops, on-site training with renowned specialists and global conference attendance
  • Opportunity to join our Diversity and Inclusion Network – an employee-led group
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme with free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen*
  • Wellbeing support with an employee assistance programme and onsite confidential sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy*
  • Discounts for home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers, and many local businesses including estate agents
  • Studio parties for you and your family; such as our Summer Festival, Christmas Party plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have Cinema days and wrap parties for game releases*
  • Studio community activities such as life drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Walking Challenges, Couch to 5k, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more*
*some of the above in-studio benefits are on hold while we work remotely during COVID-19.

Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.