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Sr. Software Engineer, SDET

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7115479620220306 Location San Francisco, California, United States Business Lucasfilm Date posted Jul. 22, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Lucasfilm’s Advanced Development Group (ADG) is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our Quality Engineering team.

Come join our Quality Engineering/SDET team to improve the quality assurance of products from the ADG, ILMxLAB, and ILM’s Virtual Art Department (VAD) through automation. We automate testing for the entire software development lifecycle, from Unreal Automation System to web services and lots of components in between. 

ADG develops tools and techniques for high-fidelity computer graphics and simulation. Our goal is to expand and enhance creative storytelling in the Star Wars universe through real-time rendering of film-quality imagery. Our work can be seen powering ILMxLAB’s immersive experiences like Vader Immortal and Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, as well as virtual production using ILM’s StageCraft for The Mandalorian and other TV shows and movies.

This position is eligible to work hybrid or remotely.

What you’ll do

  • Design, Implement, and maintain a self-service test automation framework that’s intimately linked into the delivery (build, release, and deployment) pipeline

  • Recommend testing automation strategies and delivery best practices, and expose testing tooling to our customers to achieve these.

  • Provide necessary status reports as needed

  • Continually improve the quality hooks into the delivery process through automation as our stakeholders innovate with new technology

  • Standardize procedures for repeatability, discoverability, and faster inception of a given project

  • Build the foundation of delivery technology on easy-to-use and easy-to-discover self-service principles that we expose to the wider internal community of artists, testers, producers, and engineers.

  • Sets the strategic direction for the quality assurance engineering aspects of the DevOps tool-suite for ongoing software deployment, maintenance, and development efforts.

  • Sets the strategic direction for various elements of the overall strategy and supports quality assurance through automation for the delivery pipeline.

  • Develop and maintain quality assurance engineering strategy and frameworks.

  • Architects test automation to promote software from development environments through testing and into production environments, ensuring that each environment is correct and consistent.

  • Architects one or more aspects of the development and implementation of automated testing systems.

  • Provides day-to-day operation support for automated testing tools, repositories, and utilities currently deployed.

  • Architects better tooling around the upgrade of deployed test automation tools.

  • Use procedures and processes to provide organizational support to control project quality through defined automated testing strategies.

  • Architects and sets the strategic direction of enhancements of test automation definitions.

  • Architects automated testing strategies for change management processes, addressing the end-to-end process and controls.

  • Operates within the clearly defined structure of established test automation standards, practices and protocols.

  • Architects and sets the strategic direction for the development of test automation standards, practices, and protocols.

  • Administer, control, and audit regular test automation throughout the SDLC.

  • Stays current in the latest automated testing and process improvement technologies.

  • Architects and sets the strategic direction for the training of customers (artists and engineers) in automated testing tool use and defined build processes.

  • Provides technical team leadership and mentors junior team members.

  • Participates in recommending strategic operational goals for the ADG Quality Engineering organization.

  • Sets strategic direction for reporting and auditing strategies for test automation tasks and activities

  • Architects test automation philosophy, processes, and procedures that will be applied to all application development projects.

  • Identifies problems with the functionality and integrity of assigned applications and architects solutions to a variety of test automation technical problems.

  • Accountable for achieving high levels of personal operating efficiencies on assigned tasks.

  • Anticipates and avoids complex problems; solves problems quickly and efficiently and independently when they arise within the ADG and ILMxLAB organizational structure.

  • Reviews overall processes on a regular basis, identifying areas of process improvement and develops strategic plans to support DevOps strategic philosophies through collaboration with stakeholders.

  • Effectively communicate complex technical information for both technical and non-technical personnel to a variety of audiences.

  • Communication with both internal and external contacts at a variety of organizational levels to diagnose and resolve test automation and related application development problems.

  • Interacts with peers, management and senior level staff within other departments, units or functions regarding test automation issues and problems with assigned applications.

  • Participates in industry DevOps groups and evaluate external findings as they pertain to ADG Automation Engineering; suggest courses of action.

What we’re looking for

  • Expert knowledge of trends, technology advances, new products, and best practices in automating testing processes and standards.

  • Expert understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) or Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

  • Expert knowledge and experience with programming languages, relational databases, and configuration file formats.

  • College degree or equivalent work experience required.

  • 8+ years experience in a related field.

  • Passion for DevOps including but not limited to test automation and system automation.

  • Passion for immersive media such as virtual, augmented, or mixed reality.

  • Flexibility to handle a variety of tasks.

  • Experience using a continuous integration system.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a distributed team.

  • Self-motivated individual with excellent problem solving skills.

  • Ability to quickly learn new technology and then implement new techniques.

  • An ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with the following technologies:

  • Unreal Engine, including C++  and Python code for test automation, C# and XML for build automation

  • Kotlin, Java, and Maven for TeamCity configuration and integration of testing rigs

  • Python for scripting for general automation

  • Web and mobile app testing frameworks like Selenium and Appium

  • Dockerfile and docker-compose syntax for container image creation.

  • Windows and Linux administration

  • Static analysis tools like linters, and comprehensive reporting tools like SonarQube


About Lucasfilm:

Lucasfilm is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects, audio post-production and cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Lucasfilm Ltd, which is part of a business we call Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm Ltd is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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