QA Lead

Branch

Branch

Quality Assurance
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2023
We are an early-stage game development company behind the free-to-play massively-multiplayer online sandbox survival game Castaways. Our sole purpose is to explore and develop groundbreaking ideas that seamlessly merge the worlds of social apps and gaming, redefining the very fabric of interactive entertainment.
We invest in people who have surmounted many obstacles yet remain steadfast with an unwavering determination to cultivate the remarkable and enduring.
You would be a great fit at Branch if you are a detail-oriented subject matter expert in your domain and enjoy working with small teams to build and ship quality games on a rapid timeline.
As a QA Lead, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the quality and integrity of our game Castaways. You will be the first QA hire and work closely with developers, artists, and producers to identify and address issues, implement testing strategies, and uphold the high standards of quality that our studio strives to be known for.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the development and production teams to align QA efforts with project goals and timelines.
  • Develop comprehensive test plans, test cases, and test strategies for bi-weekly releases, considering various platforms and devices.
  • Implement and maintain efficient testing processes and workflows to prevent bugs and regressions from reaching production.
  • Execute manual and automated tests, including functional, regression, and performance testing, to identify and report defects.
  • Conduct compatibility testing across different platforms and devices.
  • Ensure adherence to established quality standards and guidelines.
  • Track and manage defects using bug tracking tools, prioritize issues, and ensure timely resolution.
  • Provide clear and detailed bug reports, including steps to reproduce and relevant information for developers.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to communicate QA findings, facilitate bug triage meetings, and drive resolutions.
  • Provide feedback to the development team to improve the overall quality of our games.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance QA processes and tools, and implement improvements.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.
  • Proven experience in game QA testing, with at least 2 years of experience in a QA leadership role.
  • Strong understanding of game development processes and methodologies.
  • Proficiency in using QA tools and bug tracking software.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with manual, automated, functional, regression, and performance testing.

Bonus experience:

  • Experience with outsourcing QA teams for extra support
  • Experience being the only QA person on a small team
We invite you to join our passionate team, where your expertise will make a lasting impact on our game's success. Be part of our exciting journey as we create captivating experiences for millions of players worldwide. Together, let's shape the future of gaming and build something truly extraordinary.
Benefits:
1. Work remotely or on site.
2. Platinum tier health, dental, and vision insurance 100% paid for by us for you and your dependents.
3. Unlimited paid time off and sick leave policies.
4. 401(k) with employer matching.
Branch is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Branch considers qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. Branch is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation made due to a disability, please let your recruiter know.