Functional Associate QA Project Lead

Jun 30, 2024
Austin, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

Job Title:

Functional Associate QA Project Lead

Requisition ID:

R023498

Job Description:

Job Title: Functional Associate QA Project Lead

Reports To: QA Project Lead, Senior QA Project Lead and/or QA Manager

Locations: Austin, TX

Department: Quality Assurance

Your Platform

Founded in 1979, Activision has continuously redefined the world of entertainment as a leader in the videogame industry. With a history of delivering iconic innovators -- like Pitfall®, Tony Hawk®, Guitar Hero®, Crash Bandicoot™, Skylanders™ and Call of Duty® -- our obsession is delighting our players around the globe. Focused and committed to innovation, we consistently deliver the most beloved, engaging and successful entertainment.

And while we have world-class franchises, infrastructure and resources, our success comes from a passionate, dedicated and team with varied strengths of people producing greatness together. So, if you’re interested in our biggest priority, it’s our people.

We’re currently driving the next era for our company and community by creating amazing experiences for fans and continuing to make Activision an inclusive place where everyone can thrive.

Join us, make history. To learn more, check us out at www.activision.com, www.activisiongamesblog.com or @Activision on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Your Mission

The Associate QA Project Lead is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations on the test floor, acting as an extension to the assigned QA Project Lead by assisting with the responsibilities of guiding a team of QA Testers through the functionality testing and/or 1st party compliance testing of an Activision product. The Associate QA Project Lead may also be called upon to perform in an acting QA Project Lead role, including organizing and leading the testing effort on assigned pre-release video games as well as being the main point of contact between Production staff, Development teams, and other Activision QA groups.

Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Assists and makes recommendations to the QA Project Lead in overall project management including fielding and assigning out tasks, and tracking test team effectiveness and issues across the project.
  • Assists and makes recommendations to the QA Project Lead with the creation and maintenance, and auditing within DevTest.
  • Assists and makes recommendations to the QA Project Lead with the completion of achievement assessment reports at Alpha & Beta in accordance with QA policies.
  • Collaborates with and makes recommendations to the QA Project Lead in creating informative and accurate daily reports and may be called up to ensure consistent distribution to designated Production and Management staff.
  • Contributes towards the development of effective test plans and performing standard testing on console games to verify proper function, data content, performance, usability/playability, and hardware/software compatibility.
  • Assists in special projects, such as demonstrations, training, surveys, focus groups, etc.
  • Assists in forming and improving QA systems and procedures by making recommendations to Leads, Sr. Leads, and Managers
  • Manages the test team on a day-to-day basis, and occasionally serves as Lead in the QA Project Lead's absence.

Database Administration

  • Assists the QA Project Lead with a review of all issues entered by the test teams to ensure bug reports include required information and conform to Activision QA standards.
  • Tracks high severity issues across the project to ensure that they are resolved for submission.
  • Independently reviews and assigns out NMI issues to testers to ensure swift updates to developer and Production questions regarding issues.
  • Assists the QA Project Lead with initial research and evaluation of all disputed (‘Not a Bug,’ ‘Will Not Fix,’ & ‘Duplicate’) issues.
  • Updates the database after each bug sweep.

Managing and Mentoring

  • Monitors the defect report database and other platform associated databases.
  • Provides direct supervision of the test team on a day-to-day basis to ensure rapid and accurate completion of assigned tasks.
  • Evaluates tester performance and recommends promotions or remediation plans to the Project Lead.
  • Coaches testers to alleviate any issues that arise.
  • Prepares testers for additional responsibilities, such as Senior QA Testers.

Player Profile

Technical

  • Proficient with Devtrack & Jira or similar bug tracking database.
  • Able to identify defects in software titles and report defects in a clear and concise manner.
  • Capacity to create and implement innovative testing procedures and materials.
  • Solid understanding of most popular console platforms and related peripherals, PC Software/hardware, and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Has been in a leadership role (Senior QA Tester and/or Acting Associate QA Project Lead).

Non-Technical

  • 1+ year of experience working in the Activision QA Department or in a comparable Quality Assurance department.
  • Possesses excellent spoken and written communication skills and can work with varied staff members and personalities.
  • Proficient in exercising independent judgment in supervising others and/or making meaningful recommendations to senior managers with respect to decisions concerning personnel and team management.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to mentor new employees.
  • Ability to handle high pressure situations and have strong prioritization skills.
  • Must be punctual, proactive, and have a strong work ethic.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Actively communicates a positive, outgoing approach to Quality Assurance. Able to give and accept positive feedback as well as constructive criticism.
  • Must be an avid gamer, with interests in many different genres of games and a passion for developing high quality games.
  • A strong desire to learn and understand the technologies involved in game creation.

Our World

At Activision, we strive to create the most iconic brands in gaming and entertainment. We're driven by our mission to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences for the world to enjoy, together. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™, and Guitar Hero®. As a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and products, our “press start” is simple: delight hundreds of millions of players around the world with innovative, fun, thrilling, and engaging entertainment experiences.

We’re not just looking back at our decades-long legacy; we’re forging ahead to keep advancing gameplay with some of the most popular titles and sophisticated technology in the world. We have bold ambitions to create the most inclusive company as we know our success comes from the passionate, creative, and diverse teams within our organization.

We’re in the business of delivering fun and unforgettable entertainment for our player community to enjoy. And our future opportunities have never been greater — this could be your opportunity to level up.

Ready to Activate Your Future?

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $19.23 - $35.58 Hourly. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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