QA Leader

QA Leader - New Startup, PEAK6 Entity 

Irvine, CA 

We are looking for a technical, entrepreneurial-minded Quality Assurance leader to help us create solutions that modernize the traditional financial services industry. You will lead a team of software engineers in test that are working closely with the product engineering teams to define, develop, deploy and maintain a number of real-time event driven services that will be the foundation of the new platform. Working side-by-side with other leaders, experienced technologists and industry experts, you will build this exciting new platform that will simplify, automate and facilitate access to financial markets for all. 


This role is for someone who is passionate about quality and approaches the problems of testing as an engineer. As you build your framework, teams, and fully-automated test suites, you’ll learn about the problem space, understand our solutions, and help us create a software culture that leads with quality and correctness. The team you lead assures the quality, consistency and performance of all back-end services and integration solutions, consistently applying testing frameworks you define.. 


This is an opportunity to join a fast-paced team with the urgency of a startup and expertise of an established organization. We are a flat organization which will afford you the ability to gain access to personnel and resources necessary to execute on your vision. PEAK6 is a privately-held organization focused on delivering long-term value rather than short-term gains. This translates to a focus on bringing solutions for an industry and not bespoke products. Due to the space we innovate in, your products will process billions of transactions per day, in real-time, and power both startup and established industry participants. 

You will report to the Head of Platforms but work closely with everyone across the organization. 


What you’ll do all day: 

  • Work as a player-coach, defining, developing, deploying, and observing automated testing software assures the quality of the collection of reactive micro-services that are the foundation of the new Peak6 platform.
  • Adopt and adapt the frameworks and libraries that we use to build tests
  • Build and lead the team of SETs who execute on your testing strategy
  • Drive the organization to write self-documenting and well-tested code with an emphasis on sustainable development practices
  • Work as a part of small, productive development team that puts an emphasis on code quality, peer reviews and strong engineering practices


What you need to succeed 

  • A degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or other demanding engineering degree (or equivalent work experience)
  • At least 10 years of professional experience working as a part of a multi-person development team that utilizes automated testing, CI pipelines and peer reviews.  With a focus on quality assurance and test automation.
  • Three or more years of management experience leading teams, building and managing quality assurance automation, and operating in a fast pacedmatrixed organizational structure 
  • The platform is written in Go. The language we use for testing is yet undefined. The [Director of Backend testing] is an excellent coder, and arrives with a strong proficiency and in-depth understanding of at least one of the following core languages a must: Go, Python, C, C++, C#, Java 
  • Demonstrated skills in quality assurance automation design, development and operations
  • Ability to learn new and unfamiliar technologies quickly, as required
  • Strong understanding of distributed systems architecture
  • Experience with Kafka abig plus 
  • A DevSecOpsmindset and experience with cloud-native applications and infrastructure-as-code is a plus 



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