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Software QA Manager

Boston Dynamics is looking for someone to lead internal software QA efforts. We’re currently preparing our four-legged robot, Spot, for mass production. This role will play a critical role in that and future production efforts by helping ensure that our software consistently hits a high-quality bar.  Robotics presents many exciting challenges in quality from hardware interaction to evaluating robots against the real world. This role provides opportunities to help set the standard for how production robot software is tested.

Day to day activities:

  • Define and measure top-line quality metrics to assess releases.

  • Manage software releases and ensure that they hit a high-quality bar.

  • Make sound judgment calls about where manual testing is needed, and where automation could improve efficiency and/or accuracy.

  • Define, execute, and refine manual test plans - either directly, or by assigning out to team members. 

  • Manage bug tracking systems, high-quality bug reports, and measure follow-through in addressing bugs.

  • In cooperation with the software development team, build out automated test infrastructure. 

  • Recruit, hire, onboard, mentor, and evaluate SQA team members.

Desired skills:

  • You’ve led an SQA team in the past. Ideally, you’ve managed a group, but if you’ve been the sole SQA person responsible for a product we’d also be interested. 

  • Someone with excellent verbal and written communication skills. You’ll need to regularly talk to people across a wide variety of disciplines, act as an advocate for software quality, provide regular status about the current state of releases, and mentor/manage new SQA team members.

  • Someone who can still do light hands-on software development work - such as Python scripting, spreadsheet macros, or R for statistical analysis. 

  • Be willing to roll up your sleeves and do some manual testing yourself. 

Bonus skills:

  • Prior Software QA experience in robotics or other embedded software environments.

  • Experience with Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment technologies and processes.

  • Building a well-functioning Software QA organization from scratch in the past.

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