Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Wikia - San Francisco, CA

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Like our wikis and communities, Wikia is passionate, high-energy and collaborative. Wikia is one of the largest "creative commons" sites in the world. While you may or may not have heard of us, odds are that you've been linked to our Wikis and perused our content numerous times in the past. We maintain over 300,000 wikis across an impressive array of subjects, spanning virtually all aspects of popular culture. Wikia is the top global video game publisher on the Web today, with over 70 million unique visitors a day. Wikia was founded in 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley as a for profit Wiki based platform. We are headquartered in a brightly colored SOMA office in San Francisco, CA. .

The Position

You are a quality driven engineer that cares deeply about users and their experience on your platform. You also understand how business drivers such as time to market and total costs of engineering are equally important. In the face of these often conflicting notions, you know what trade offs to make at which phases of the features' life cycle, and can advocate for and execute the proper levels of testing. Furthermore, you have broad expertise in test automation concepts, and can help drive the plans and approaches to building the right levels of automation at the right time.

Wikia is looking for a bright, motivated, and influential QA engineer to bootstrap the San Francisco Quality team. You will be the first in to a culture that desires higher quality in their approaches but that currently doesn't have QA people directly involved in the process. You will need to use a wide range of skills combining technical, planning, evangelical, negotiation, and of course your finely tuned attention to detail to help drive quality into the way Wikia builds our software.

We are a globally distributed, fast moving platform that has experienced consistent growth in both the scale of the service and size of the engineering organization. Over the past year, we have successfully integrated QA into our larger, Poland based engineering department and are now looking to do likewise in the growing SF office. This is a mid-to-senior level opening for a QA veteran with 5 or more years of experience.

This position is full-time, based out of our San Francisco office. This position could involve occasional travel to our engineering office in Poznan, Poland.

Required Skills & Experience

Excellent quality engineering skills and judgment. You live to deliver high-quality software products to end-users

Worked in small, fast-moving high-growth teams

Driven to instill quality thinking into a start-up culture

Understand the nuances of web based services and how to assure quality in a frequently releasing world

Hands on attention to finding issues at the requirements, design and implementation levels

Experienced with test automation concepts and solutions; you know what to apply for a given problem space

Can define and write test plans that work in an Agile environment

Excellent communication skills. International collaboration is critical to success.

Great to have additional Skills & Experience

Test automation implementation at the UI, APIs, and/or Unit test level

Knowledge of LAMP based systems

Have developed in any of PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS

Basic SQL usage

MediaWiki or other CMS development experience

Experience contributing to or maintaining a wiki

If you have one, please include a link to your user page on Wikia, Wikipedia or another wiki site

Have worked on Agile teams, preferably running a flavor of Scrum or Kanban

Willing to travel to Europe occasionally

Degree in CS or related discipline

Benefits & Perks

Wikia offers a competitive salary package including stock options, health benefits (medical and dental), PTO, and a 401K. Our San Francisco office is located within walking distance to South Park, AT&T Stadium, and the CalTrain station, and is only blocks away from Market Street and BART. Our dog-friendly digs also come with a stocked pantry and gaming room, where some employees practice yoga at lunch.

Principals only. Agency and recruiter resumes will be considered unsolicited resumes that are not subject to placement fees.

Job Location(s)

San Francisco, CA, US