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Assistant Director of Engineering, QA


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Location: 1 Blizzard Way, Irvine, CA 92618, USA Posted: Jun 17, 2020

Job Description

The concept of “Blizzard polish,” that is, the infinite care and loving detail put into every aspect of our games, is something we take seriously and pride ourselves on delivering to our players. It is a responsibility shared across the company – and its undisputed heart and soul is Blizzard QA. We are searching for like-minded folks with a passion for QA to help us continue to deliver unforgettable gaming experiences for years to come. Blizzard QA is a close-knit team; we care about iteration, problem-solving and succeeding as a group. We genuinely love what we do for a living and expect the same from everyone who joins us! If your career is ready for its next great challenge, get in touch, and let’s get to work!

Blizzard is investing in increasing the quality of our products and development processes through engineering. We are looking for an Assistant Director of Engineering to scale and level up these efforts. In this role you will work side by side with the Director of Engineering to help grow our engineering teams and shape the future of our technical direction.

Covid-19 Hiring Update: We have transitioned to a work-from-home model and we are continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.


  • Engage with QA department leadership to develop, refine and evangelize department’s technical vision
  • Partner with several Blizzard development teams to help establish and improve testability engineering strategy
  • Hire, evaluate, and grow software engineering leaders and teams
  • Positively contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment of continuous improvement and enable people to do their best work
  • Own and drive cross-team initiatives and research projects to advance theory and practice of applying software engineering towards quality assurance
  • Accountable for technical quality of solutions within their area of responsibility
  • Act as a technical stakeholder to shared service and technology providers
  • Participate in company-wide technical leadership initiatives and serve as an active partner in driving the company’s technological vision
  • Participate in QA department management processes and present formal business reviews regularly


  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in software engineering including a minimum of 3 years’ experience in test automation
  • A minimum of 3 years' experience in a technical leadership position developing and operating multi-user online services
  • A minimum of 3 years' experience managing individual engineers and engineering leads
  • A strong leader, mentor, and coach, excellent collaborator, facilitator, and influencer
  • Proficient in both written and verbal communication with technical and non-technical developers and at all levels from individual engineers to executive level
  • Strong ability to partner with technical and non-technical leaders from the larger development organization
  • Flexible and pragmatic software architect with an ability to build solutions from scratch or within an existing codebase and development process
  • Proficiency with at least one and familiarity with multiple widely used programming languages
  • Expert in application of multiple test automation approaches (functional/non-functional, UI/API/Unit, etc.) in a CI/CD development environment
  • Good understanding of modern Software Development Lifecycle methodologies, software testing strategies, DevOps practices and software quality metrics


  • ISTQB or CSTE certification or equivalent
  • Experience working in game development or familiarity with modern off-shelf game development engines
  • Experience with data analysis, visualization, and machine learning applications
  • A passion for Blizzard products

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to champion an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences...ever. Join us!

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