Head of QA

QA Leamington Spa, United Kingdom


Description

Kwalee is a leading independent mobile game developer and publisher based in Leamington Spa – the UK’s biggest gaming hub outside Greater London and a great place to live – along with growing teams in Bangalore and Beijing.

Now the largest hypercasual games publisher in the UK, Kwalee is a company known globally thanks to half a billion downloads for hit mobile games including Draw it, Bake it, Shootout 3D, Rocket Sky and many more. These successes have driven rapid growth in recent years and with exciting new projects in the works for Nintendo Switch and PC alongside the studio's hypercasual specialism, Kwalee shows no signs of slowing down!

Founded in 2011 by David Darling CBE, a key architect of the UK games industry who previously co-founded and led Codemasters for many years, our team also includes legends such as Andrew Graham (creator of Micro Machines series) and Jason Falcus (programmer of classics including NBA Jam) alongside a growing and diverse team of mobile gaming experts. Everyone contributes creatively to Kwalee’s success, with all employees eligible to pitch their own game ideas on Creative Wednesdays. Could your idea be the next global hit?

As Head of QA you have a passion for games, experience in QA and more importantly, great management skills.

What you tell your friends you do

“I manage teams across the globe, making sure the games we release are up to scratch and ready to be played by millions””

What you will really be doing

  • Managing the QA process both in our UK and Indian Studios

  • Maintaining, improving, and establishing protocols to further optimise the QA process

  • Working with stakeholders and heads of department to ensure priorities are understood and expectations set for game releases and updates

  • Mentoring the senior QA testers, improving all aspects of their understanding

  • Producing high quality bug reports including: a detailed description, accurate reproduction steps and severity rating, etc.

  • Working with Designers, Artists, and Programmers to improve the overall experience by suggesting improvements and changes

  • Offering constant feedback to ensure our games achieve their potential

How you will be doing this

  • You will coordinate with key members of the QA team in the UK and India to keep them on track and manage priorities.

  • You’ll be part of an agile, multidisciplinary and creative team and work closely with them to ensure our games are extremely high quality and bug free.

  • You'll think creatively and be motivated by challenges and constantly striving for the best.

  • You’ll work with cutting edge technology, if you need software or hardware to get the job done efficiently, you can get it.

Team

Our talented team is our signature. We have a highly creative atmosphere with around 100 staff where you’ll have the opportunity to contribute daily to important decisions. You’ll work within an extremely experienced, passionate and diverse team, including David Darling and the creator of the Micro Machines video games.

Skills and requirements

  • At least 6 years of experience of “hands-on” bug reporting, ideally within the games industry

  • Wide experience leading teams of QA Testers, vetting bugs, managing databases, etc,

  • Experience establishing or furthering QA departments, hiring new starters, and creating new teams

  • Experience testing server dependant applications

  • Experience writing test plans (functional and compliance)

  • Experience handling external testers

  • A methodical, scientific and analytical mindset

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Knowledge of the mobile landscape in terms of hardware and software

  • Passion for games

Desirable

  • Experience working within Google Play Console, AppStore Connect

  • Experience testing ad mediation platforms like IronSource and MoPub

  • Knowledge of Jenkins and an understanding of multi-branch development

  • Knowledge of AB testing

We offer

  • We want everyone involved in our games to share our success, that’s why we have a generous team profit sharing scheme from day 1 of employment

  • In addition to a competitive salary we also contribute to your pension, offer private medical cover and life assurance

  • Creative Wednesdays! (Complete freedom to design and make your own games every Wednesday)

  • Access to on site gym - no more skiving!

  • 25 days of paid holidays plus bank holidays 

  • Great work-life balance with flexible working hours

  • Quarterly team building days - work hard, play hard!

  • Entertainment area with consoles, pool table, tennis table and darts!

  • Monthly employee awards

  • Free snacks, fruit and drinks

Our philosophy

We firmly believe in creativity and innovation and that a fundamental requirement for a successful and happy company is having the right mix of individuals. With the right people in the right environment anything and everything is possible.