QA Engineer – Associate to Mid-level – New Sci-Fi FPS IP

Quality Assurance | Console Team

Creative Assembly’s award-winning team behind Alien: Isolation are exploring new frontiers with a brand-new and exciting First-Person Shooter IP.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, and technically minded, QA Engineer to join our talented production team at our studio in Horsham, based in heart of Sussex, England.

In this exciting role, you will work alongside the Tools, DevOps teams and QA team, supporting the development and delivery of the game, as well as enabling the development team to work without blockages and as efficiently as possible. You will identify risks in our build delivery pipeline and work with DevOps, Production and QA teams to deliver resolutions in a fast-paced agile environment.

Key Responsibilities

Working as Technical QA you will be working directly with the DevOps and Tools teams on ensuring the smooth operation of our CI pipeline, as well as delivery of a consistent cadence of builds and releases. You will check the output and logs of our build processes, as well as the output and results from our automated tests to ensure the smooth operation of our CI pipeline.

As a QA Engineer on the project, you will be open, friendly, and approachable and be a nexus of information on the project. 

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
  • Monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot issues with builds, from continuous delivery to overnight builds, escalating these to the relevant teams and proactively driving them to a resolution
  • Be a key point of contact for assistance in various software and build related issues, build delivery timetables, and build requests
  • Work with the DevOps and QA teams on raising and triaging new issues, ensuring existing issues are being progressed, and working with relevant embedded QA teams to escalate where needed
  • Aim to detect issues at the earliest point in the cycle and then work towards preventing potential issues from reappearing in the production environment
  • Liaise with multiple teams, such as Tools, DevOps, Automation, QA, and Release Management, to formulate plans to help with the fast and effective delivery of builds to the wider team
  • Find and help prevent defects and use those lessons to highlight problems in the processes and recommend changes wherever necessary
  • Raise clear and concise bug reports for issues found, as well as managing them though their lifecycle
  • Collaborate with DevOps, engineering teams and QA to develop effective test strategies
  • Assist with automerges, execute manual integrations and Changelist backouts.
Knowledge, Skill and Experience

  • Some practical work experience within QA
  • Knowledge of version control software – e.g., Perforce or Git
  • Technically minded
  • Forward thinker and problem-solver with the drive to seek out and acquire information
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with CI systems such as Teamcity, Jenkins, Hudson
  • Familiarity with commercial game engines (Unity, Unreal, CryEngine, etc)
  • An understanding of coding in at least one language i.e. C, C++, C#, Python
  • Experience managing large volumes of requests and work priorities
  • Experience with data reporting toolsets – e.g., PowerBi or Kibana

Creative Assembly is about the right people making the best games. We are united through our values; Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust.

We house many talented people, 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.

Winner of multiple Best Place to Work Awards, we have studio sites in Horsham UK and Sofia Bulgaria, including a number of bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedicated motion capture site.

Currently we are working fully remotely, and we continue to assess the COVID-19 situation with the safety of our staff our number one priority. We are still actively recruiting and onboarding new staff each week. Our expert IT and HR teams will set you up with everything you need to join remotely whether you will need to relocate to the UK (or within the UK) now, or at a later date.  

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • Bespoke relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialists
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave, 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 free Japanese lessons, 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.