QA Analyst/Game Testers-Contracts-SF Bay Area! kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Are you a gamer? Are you playing games RIGHT NOW on every imaginable platform? This is your chance to use your eye for detail to get paid for what you love doing! Nelson Interactive, in partnership with our gaming clients in Foster City, Redwood City, Santa Clara, AND San Francisco is currently hiring Game Testers!
We are also looking for Localization Testers/Translators. If you are bilingual in the following languages and have a knack for games as well, use both skills and join the gaming industry. Bilingual Written/Spoken in the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese or Korean.
Previous experience with the following platforms is great: consoles, iPhone, iPad, Android, or any mobile devices, social networking, online pc/MMORPG–if you play it, you could test it!!
Compensation based on prior experience:
Standard QA: $11.00 to $15.00 per hour
Language/Localization: $12.00 to $20.00 per hour
Local candidates only – US Work Authorization is required. EOE
Requirements:
• Industry knowledge and an avid gamer- PS3, 360, Wii, PC-MMORPG, Online, Social Media, Mobile
• Sharp attention to detail
• Excellent verbal and written communication (all applicants will be subject to a language assessment)
• Positive attitude and self motivated
• Full time schedules only M-F, 40 hours plus overtime and weekends
Please forward resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Mid-Level Production Designer- Long-term Contract-Redwood City, Ca

Our ideal candidate is knowledgeable about user experience and passionate about creating elegant graphic design solutions while still being able to work in a fast paced environment. We seek a designer with extremely clean design chops, impeccable taste, thorough attention to detail, and an ability to clearly and completely articulate visual design solutions. You are obsessed with design, able to professionally respond to feedback, and you thrive in a highly collaborative and iterative product environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Creating promotional and other marketing/sales-focused web graphics
Visual/graphic design across multiple online products, specifically web banner ads, landing pages, and email campaigns
Working neatly within established design guidelines and maintaining global corporate brand standards
“Heavy lifting” – accurate and quick graphic production and batch processing. Can work quickly when needed but still maintain high quality design
Managing multiple concurrent design projects

Skills:

Heavy web and banner ad experience required
Experience in localization of assets for global marketing initiatives required
Fluent knowledge of design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator
A stellar portfolio showcasing impeccable sensitivity to color theory, typography, priority and balance
Comprehension of usability and user experience design practices
Demonstrable examples of e-commerce and web application work
Strong working knowledge of HTML and CSS is a plus
Ability to work faithfully to existing visual style guidelines
Up-to-date knowledge of online product trends and best practices
Excellent communication and teamwork skills
Passion for gaming is a big plus

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, with 2+ years professional design practice, or equivalent experience

Pay Rate-$25/hr

Please send resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

UI Developer- 6 Month Contract- Austin, Tx

Reporting to the Director of Architecture and Development, the role offers a seasoned front-end developer an opportunity to be aligned with and establish front-end technical standards, including design & coding, tools, or platforms. You will be involved in all aspects of front-end development (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, AJAX, prototyping, usability testing, etc.) and be a true partner in defining the solutions in furthering the products and business.

Key Responsibilities:

· Act independently as a top-level contributor in building major, complex programs being 100% hands-on during development cycle.

· Align interactive initiatives with business vision, strategy and deployment

· Work as a team member on large cross-functional projects, ensuring that robust and scalable solutions are implemented

· Own and produce development deliverables and communicate their status to global teams

· Estimate development effort; build optimizing prototypes into production code and be part of small execution teams

· Perform unit testing on all new code from inception through integration, staging and production environments

· Exhibit Creativity and resourcefulness at problem solving while collaborating and working effectively with best in class designers, engineers of different technical backgrounds, architects and product managers

· Experience with agile/scrum methodologies to iterate quickly on product changes.

Skills:
6-8 years of experience working in UI and front-end Web engineering

· HTML, CSS, and JavaScript coding with thorough knowledge of cross-browser compatibility issues specifically with HTML5 and CSS3

· Experience with advanced CSS3 features such as CSS transforms and animations

· Strong understanding of Node.js, Backbone.js, jQuery, LESS, SASS

· Strong communication skills required

· Familiarity with Responsive Design and mobile development

· Familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator or similar visual design tools

· Familiarity with application prototyping

· Some knowledge of Java server technologies (e.g. WebObjects) preferred but not required

· Sense of humor

Who are you?:

· Creative: Ability to find out-of-the-box/non-traditional ways of problem solving, and apply innovative thinking when approaching and defining solutions

· Entrepreneurial: Self-directed/motivated individual with the willingness and ability to personally jump in, roll up their sleeves and get to work in either a strategic or executional capacity when needed

· Pro-active: Provides recommendations & takes the lead on initiatives without being prompted by internal or external partners

· Efficient: Highly resourceful and organized person that evaluates everything & implements new ways of doing things faster, better

· Curious/Inquisitive: Investigates the current situation, asks the relevant questions needed to get the whole picture then provides specific actionable recommendations

· Team Player: Leader that encourages team collaboration, works well with peers across multiple functionalities within the company, promotes enthusiasm, leverages powers of influence when necessary and motivates relationship building

· High-energy, assertive and decisive person that has strong interpersonal skills and can build rapport and trust quickly in order to form strong business partnerships within the organization as well as outside the company

· Gets it done – Believes that actions speak louder than words, thrives on achievement

Education:
Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience required

Pay-$50/hr

Please send resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Software Engineer with Unity 3D Mid-Sr. Level- Perm Position in SF-HOT

Minimum qualifications:
• BS or MS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent practical experience
• At least 3-5 years of Software Engineer experience
• Minimum 2 years of iOS development experience
• Experience with game engine:Unity 3D
• Experience with following languages: C#, and X code for iOS, and JAVA
C++ for Android- a plus
• Strong communication and time management skills

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with PHP
• A positive can-do attitude
• A balanced team player and self-starter
• High attention to detail and strong organizational skills
• Perform well under short deadlines

Candidates need to have a firm grasp of common CS topics, like programming paradigms, design patterns, computer memory, algorithm design, coding best practices, testing, et cetera.

Salary-Up to $135,000
Please send resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Compliance QA Tester- Contract Position in San Jose, Ca

The Temporary QA Game Compliance Tester is responsible for testing and debugging pre-released game software for 1st party compliance violations. This position performs regression testing, verifies claimed bug fixes, and enters program defects into a bug tracking database. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, ability to analytically research program defects, strong teamwork and interpersonal skills are required.

RESPONSIBILITIES
* Test and debug pre-released game software for 1st party compliance violations.
* Perform regression testing, verify claimed bug fixes.
* Document program defects in a bug tracking database.

EXPERIENCE

* 12 months experience with successful track record in game Quality Assurance position preferred.

* 6 months experience with 1st party standards (TRC, TCR, Lotcheck).

* Comprehensive understanding of the test process and cycle.
* PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and/or PC testing.

REQUIRED SKILLS

* Excellent verbal and written communication language skills.
* Analytical problem solving skills.
* Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
* Good organizational skills.
* Strong ability to focus and remain on task.

DESIRABLE SKILLS

* Significant knowledge of current, past and upcoming video games and systems.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, bug tracking software (Test Track, Filemaker Pro, etc.).

* PS4 and/or Xbox One testing experience.

Please send resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Sr. Backend Software Eng. with Ruby- Direct Hire- San Francisco

  • Design and develop features on the back-end.
  • Coding features in Ruby/Rails connecting to a storage/cache layer in MySQL/Redis.
  • Push features live daily and monitor the game to see your features working immediately with millions of users.
  • Interact with Front End/Flash engineers for feature integration.
    • BS in Computer Science or equivalent
    • Minimum 3-5 years in tech industry
    • Ruby/Rails development experience
    • Accustomed to agile workflow
    • Work on-site in San Francisco. This position has no remote work option.
    • Desired Experience:
      • MySQL, Redis, node.js experience
      • New Relic experience
      • Open source contributions
      • Experience scaling web services
      • Online gaming experience a plus
      • Jira familiarity preferred
      • Working experience with git, branching, git-flow, and deployment strategies.
      • Minimum of 3 years in Mobile Gaming or Tech Industry
    • Salary DOE
  • Please send resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Software Engineer with Unity 3d and Stack Exp-Perm Position in San Francisco

 

  • 3D Game development experience (ideally with Unity 3D)
  • Practical C, C++, C#, or Javascript experience
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Basic 3D math, advanced math a plus
  • Network Socket communication experience is plus
  • Preferred experience with mobile platforms (iOS or Android)
  • Preferred experience with back-end technologies such as MySQL, HTML/CSS, Php, Ruby, Java
  • Design and code new features and enhancements across all our product offerings
  • Work closely with server-side engineering and the UI team to influence game design and development
  • Participate in many aspects of a project life-cycle, from specifications through QA
  • Find and fix bugs, optimize scalability and performance, keep up-to-date with the latest relevant technologies
  • Education:

    C.S. Degree or Equivalent

    Years Experience:

    Minimum 3+ years in Tech industry; Mobile Gaming industry preferred

    MUST Have Skill Sets:

    • Mobile development experience would be a bonus
    • Proven working experience with backend systems engineering.
    • Java, Ruby, and/or Scala preferred
    • At least some knowledge of security and performance optimization.
    • Test-driven development experience (and the desire to work in such an environment) is a plus.
    • Efficiency with SQL skills: including experience querying large, complex data sets.
    • Efficiency in writing and executing detailed test cases.

    Salary-DOE

  • Please send resumes to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

Sr. Technical Project Manager-Contract- Palo Alto, Ca

The Senior Technical Project Manager: 
• has overall accountability and responsibility for successful delivery of multiple client facing and strategic infrastructure projects 
• is accountable and responsible for contract creation, project planning & estimation, resources allocation, and overall management of the project 
• will use a disciplined approach, provide guidance, mentorship, and technical expertise to manage cross functional teams through multiple and complex infrastructure projects 
• will liaise with technical staff, management, and executive leadership alike to provide continual assessment and progress reports 
• will excel in cross-team coordination, project management and executive presentation skills 
The ideal candidate is a creative, demonstrated leader with superior delivery focused abilities who successfully manages multiple strategic operational and infrastructure initiatives utilizing cross-functional teams. This opportunity requires excellent technical, collaboration, project management, and communication skills. This candidate should possess superior leadership qualities including being proactive, thoughtful, thorough, decisive, and flexible, conducting themselves professionally and with integrity at all times. The candidate drives to get the right things done. At the core of the position is on time delivery. You will have a strong working knowledge of data center infrastructure technologies (storage, network, server, cloud computing, orchestration, and related technologies), strong project management skills and experience, and thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment. 

Initiatives 

The successful candidate will be Project Manager for multiple initiatives including one or more of the below, or additional, initiatives: 

Console and Mobile Game Development 
• Successfully deliver infrastructure and required vendor services to facilitate on time product build, testing, and launch 
• Studios set aggressive delivery dates, typically 4-8 weeks from project ideation to launch, and success is measured by continual on time delivery of all infrastructure services 

Data Center 
• Deliver a fully functional and integrated service that enables hosting in public and/or private cloud services 
• Delivery will include consolidated and/or integrated AD, orchestration, logging, monitoring, and other technical services 
• Implement process, with supporting documentation, to: 1) support live operations; 2) onboard clients to cloud services 

Network Systems 
• Manage multiple and complex network infrastructure projects with competing priorities to deliver multiple client and infrastructure services 

Migration 
• Manage complex migrations of product from legacy infrastructure to cloud services 
• Build operational compute systems for migrating product and sunset legacy equipment 
• Work with data center services providers to build and deprecate infrastructure services 

Project Management 
• Program/Project Management experience managing multiple projects and cross functional teams 
• PMP Certification (or equivalent certification) 
• 10+ Years Project Management experience 
• Experience prioritizing competing demands, scoping large efforts and negotiating timelines are necessary skills 
• Create and execute project work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements 
• Manage day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope 
• Apply methodology and enforce project standards 
• Minimize exposure and risk on project 
• Provide regular communication on status, risks and change control 
• Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately 
• Co-ordinate the transition of finished projects to support groups 

Technical Knowledge 

• Strong knowledge of technical infrastructure, data center, storage, and network technologies 
• Strong knowledge of cloud operations, orchestration, and service provisioning 
• Strong knowledge of monitoring and logging technologies 
• Experienced in Technical Operations support processes and tools used to provide 24 x7 operational support 
• Experience in design of technical solutions with emphasis on infrastructure components 
• Security expertise and how policy is practically implemented in infrastructure, compute, and application technologies
Leadership and Management 
• Has overall accountability and responsibility of assigned portfolio and successful delivery of projects 
• Set and manage client expectations and day-to-day client interaction 
• Effectively manage and articulate how cross functional teams will realize success 
• Mentor technical team members and direct the day-to-day work of project 
• Continually seek opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships 
• Must be able to work independently with limited supervision 
• Proactive: display energy and initiative in solving problems. Follow all possible avenues to get the job done 
• Adaptable: undertake a variety of tasks willingly. Ability to switch from complex to routine tasks when required. Adapt quickly to new technologies and products. Work effectively with a variety of personalities and work styles. 
• Quality: demonstrate appropriate quality and thoroughness in your work. 
• Decisive: ability to make decisions quickly when faced with multiple options. Ability to influence others in decided course of action. 
• Integrity: act with personal integrity at all times. 

• Background in game design, content distribution, and/or entertainment media 
• CS Degree would be helpful

Agile, Development skills, infrastructure 

1. Product launch experience. Launching games/product. They are building this infrastructure out but they are working with product teams to launch games and services. 
2. Working primarily on half a dozen games to launch over the next few months. Work with the product teams to launch their games. 
3. Migration of games from one data center to another. (servers are virtual and physical). Manage folks to rebuild it. Changing code from old data center to new data center. 
4. They want someone a little more. 

EXPERIENCE: 7 to 10 years- large infrastructure projects. 
Leadership and management is important. Manager wants someone to be independent. Takes accountability and responsibility. “infrastructure is key.”

 

Please send resume to kjohnson@nelsoninteractive.net

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