• RND Software Tester
  • Department: R&D
    Location: London
    Reports To: Head of R&D

    Double Negative’s R&D department develop ground-breaking software to ensure that the studio remains at the cutting-edge of global VFX production.

    Our R&D Programmers support multiple film projects in parallel, from initial design through on-set supervision and production to post-production, by delivering pioneering tools that enable our artists to tackle increasingly complex challenges, with stunning results.

    R&D Programmers at DNeg are tasked with a variety of responsibilities spanning the full software development life-cycle; designing, supporting and maintaining software, integrating tools into our Pipeline, and even further extension as work adapts and new challenges arise.

    At Double Negative the R&D Software Tester is more than just a traditional testing role. We are looking to expand the team with a smart, driven Tester with a passion for the visual effects industry. We realise that functionality is just part of what makes software quality. As an R&D Software Tester, you will be responsible for steering the future of our groundbreaking in-house toolset.

    You will work closely with our team of around 65 R&D programmers, as well as our artists, helping to determine what works and what doesn’t. With an understanding of workflows, a keen eye for detail and design, as well as an analytical mind, you will help to shape projects and improve them.

    Needs to Do:
    Work closely with both the R&D programmers as well as the 2D & 3D department artists.
    Understand the requirements of the tools written and the workflow they are used within so that their fit for purpose can be tested before being released into a production environment.
    Convey concerns and bugs clearly back to the R&D department.
    Highlight UI issues that compromise the usability of a tool.
    Understand feedback from the artists and convey those concerns back to R&D.
    Suggest improvements to the testing framework with the aim of making tools ready for production in a quicker time-frame.

    Needs to Know:
    Experience with VFX pipelines and processes.
    Experience with compositing tools (e.g. Nuke).
    Experience with 3D tools (e.g. Maya, Houdini etc.).
    Experience working with external renderers (PRMan, Mental Ray etc.).
    QA domain experience.
    Solid knowledge of Python including development processes and tools.
    Solid knowledge of C++
    Experience of improving and maintaining automated testing frameworks is desirable.
    Experience with bug tracking and Test Management Systems is desirable.

    Needs to Be:
    A keen eye for detail and a passion for user-interface design.
    Analytic problem solving, fault finding, and troubleshooting.
    Well organised with the ability to prioritise, multi-task and work with minimal supervision.
    Self motivated and a good team player.
    Excellent communication – ability to present your views in a persuasive, influential way.
    An appreciation and desire to work on cutting edge creative software in the visual effects industry.


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