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Mid-Level QA Games Tester

As part of the QA Department, you are critical to the development of our games, and at Coatsink, we place enormous value on the detail and quality of our products, we therefore place a great deal of value on the work of the QA team.

Your role, and that of the wider team is to find inconsistencies and bugs in the game experience. You will document, reproduce and review these inconsistencies, and work with the development team to ensure these get fixed, and to work towards getting the quality of the game ready for release. However, your role goes further than this. At Coatsink, as your experience and skill develop, you will create Test Plans and take ownership of areas of the game, leading testing in those areas.

You are part of a pivotal team, being integrated into the game project teams and communicating at all levels and across all functions and teams in the business. Your work is very detail orientated and you have the patience and tenacity to systematically and thoroughly focus on all areas of the game assigned to you.

At mid-level in the department, you have responsibility for a specific game or area of a game for testing, as well as communicating and reporting to developers and production.

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Mid-Level QA Games Tester

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Testing of titles as designated.
  • Creating efficient bug reports and clear, concise reproduction steps for developers.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the bug database.
  • Creating and carrying out Test Plans.
  • Communicating with the QA team and leads about known issues and progress on them.
  • Maintaining documentation on Confluence of all required QA processes, as well as titles as and when required.
  • Working directly with developers regarding quality issues and providing practical support in the resolution of the issues.
  • Tracking stable builds through daily smoke tests.
  • Creating reports for build sign-offs.
  • Any other reasonable duty assigned to you that is line with your skills, knowledge and ability.

Person Specification

Experience

  • It is likely that in order to undertake this role effectively, you will have at least 2-3 years of exposure within the QA function of the games or a similar industry at a junior level (possibly having moved into mid-level), depending on the type of activity and responsibility undertaken.
  • Significant experience of using and testing on multiple platforms such as PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Google Stadia.
  • Relevant Compliance testing experience.
  • Multi-player games testing experience.
  • Cross platform games testing experience.
  • Solid game specific documentation experience.
  • Some experience of developing test plans and documentation.
  • The following experience would be advantageous –
  • Working with development software and hardware.
  • Working in an agile environment.
  • Developing for VR.
  • Compliance testing experience on major platforms.

Education

  • Games related degree level education or equivalent experience

Skills

  • Effective communication skills which include a high standard of the written word and the ability to verbally
    relay information succinctly and precisely.
  • A strong eye for detail to be able to spot issues and errors.
  • Proficient computer literacy skills.
  • An effective problem-solver, with the ability to work out what is causing an issue.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of platform SDKs and software used in the process of testing on various hardware.
  • Knowledge of bug tracking software, such as JIRA.
  • An understanding of the importance of timely information sharing.
  • An understanding of the game development process and how issues occur.

Aptitude

  • Keen, with the ability and willingness to learn and to keep on top of new technology
  • Patience, tenacity and resilience to undertake testing activity.
  • The confidence to approach colleagues in the company to obtain or impart information.
  • A team player, with the ability to operate effectively in multi-disciplinary small and large teams.
  • Willingness to adopt the Coatsink team values of respect, tolerance and kindness to one another.
  • Flexibility to work in dynamic team changing environments, where project teams change regularly. Adapting quickly to change, including new projects, new processes and changes to game mechanics.
  • An inquisitive and proactive mindset
  • A passion for and willingness to play video games across a wide variety of genres.
  • A passion and enthusiasm for Coatsink games.
  • A straightforward and open approach to the teamwork and leadership.
  • A focus on quality.
  • An openness to others’ ideas and challenges around quality issues.
  • An eye to the wellbeing of project team members.
  • A mindful approach to diversity issues and opportunities to widen the scope of diversity within games.
  • Resilience to learn from mistakes and encounter new tasks and responsibilities.
  • A willingness to maintain continuous professional development.

Submission Instructions

  • A CV is required
  • A cover letter is required

What we can provide

  • Competitive salary
  • Freedom to choose where you work in the UK
  • Monthly allowance for those who choose to wfh full time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Twenty days holiday as standard + an additional day off for your birthday + up to five extra holidays for duration of service
  • Option to "buy" unlimited additional holidays
  • One "volunteering day" a year
  • Enrolment in the company pension scheme
  • Enhanced and generous maternity and paternity package
  • Two days dependents leave per year to deal with emergencies
  • Access to our life insurance policy and WeCare healthcare app
  • Access to our health insurance cash plan
  • Annual pay reviews and bi-annual appraisals
  • Access to relocation support (where applicable)
  • Investment in your physical health with weekly live and on-demand strength, cardio, yoga and meditation sessions
  • Investment in your mental health with regular access to training courses and one-to-one wellness sessions and workshops
  • Access to metro pass and cycle schemes
  • Free access to some of our previously released titles
  • R&D days, get-togethers and parties
  • Work with cutting-edge technology

We are an equal opportunities employer

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. We do not pay fees to any third party agency or recruiter without a mutually agreed-upon contract and we are not responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.

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