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Lead Software Engineer in Test

Who we are

Creating a planet fueled by reliable, clean energy isn’t what keeps us up at night; it’s what get’s us out of bed. At Opus One Solutions, we pursue solutions that will change how countries access and distribute electrical energy. From microgrids that keep things running in the event of an outage to how Tesla's latest batteries can help accelerate the integration of renewable energy. From how electric utilities can optimize their operations and reduce their carbon footprint to how every homeowner will feed energy into a power grid fueling the electrical sharing economy.

At Opus One Solutions, we believe some of the best talent in the tech industry share our passion for delivering technology that matters and that will make a difference, in our lifetime and beyond. We want to work with people who love the complexities of software; who believe in its power to transform the world to a better place.

Good people know that great ideas are everywhere and what matters most is practical execution. Turning vision into reality is the hard part. But, when it’s creating technical solutions that support access to renewable energy, it’s an engineering feat worth contributing to.

Our tech stack

Our tech stack is deep because we interact with real things in the real world where the outcome matters. Our systems collect, analyze and interact with other systems in real-time.

Internally, we use a variety of tools to facilitate our Agile, continuous development environment such as Redmine, GitLab, and BuildBot. We maintain our own Linux servers and test setups on bare metal, VMs and AWS. Our software is designed to be deployed both on premise and on the cloud via Docker containers running on RedHat to achieve high availability and scalability. There is no shortage of tech stuff to get your hands dirty!

The opportunity

Opus One Solutions is looking for a builder and a coach. We need a Lead Software Engineer in Test who wants to lead and build out a small multi-disciplinary team. Reporting to our CTO Roger Moore, the new Lead Software Engineer in Test will learn our technologies quickly and apply their existing knowledge to help us develop, test and launch new solutions as we scale and grow. We need someone who can put out the fires but more importantly can anticipate what might cause it and where they might start.

Who are you?

You are an experienced Software Test Lead or QA Developer who is looking for a step up, or maybe you are in a lead role but want the opportunity to work for a company with a purpose you can get behind. Either way you want the best of both worlds: to stay in a hands-on technical role while having a say in how the solutions are built and scaled.

You have been involved in releasing solutions  into the real world following an Agile methodology. You are passionate about quality assurance and you act as a champion for the judicious use of process to help ensure that the end result is sane and robust.

You have experience leading deployment and you have the war wounds to prove it. You are a self-starter and a strong contributor who believes in sharing ideas and taking “safe risks”. You approach testing  software and tools as you would Lego: in a straight-forward and meticulous manner.

What’s in it for you?

Challenges. The electrical power grid is a lifeline to millions of people. Quite literally, this is a system that cannot go down when it comes to hospitals, traffic controls and more. Your challenge is to lead a team through mentorship and hands-on participation as they build and deploy systems that are robust enough to help utilities keep the lights on.

Team building. This is a role where you will be pulling together a cross-functional team, working with a range of technologies and deploying complex systems.

Personal and professional satisfaction. You want to do meaningful work. You don’t just want to build things, you want to build technology solutions that matter.

What will our new Lead Software Engineer in Test work on?

  • Quality Assurance. Oversee and grow both the automated and manual testing efforts to ensure that our next generation cleantech software works. The buck stops with you.
  • Team build and growth. Our software bridges the gap between software and energy. You will be leading a broad and multidisciplinary team that will include the sort of DevOps and QA software developers that you’re probably used to working with, but also energy experts that you’ll be able to learn from.
  • Agile release management. Oversee the lifecycle process. Plan and run Sprints ensuring deliverables are assigned and completed on time. Be a champion for best practices in software development processes.
  • Communication and representation. Be the voice of the team internally and across teams.
  • Design and implement. Design a variety of tools, services and procedures to more effectively write, test and deploy new code.
  • Evaluate. Assess impact of new features on overall product scalability and performance
  • Lead software deployment and maintenance. Provide technical leadership and make decisions around feasibility and methodology.
  • Build, manage and lead the administration of our internal infrastructure.
  • Strategic planning. Manage and implement short and long term strategic projects to ensure our capacity meets existing and future requirements.
  • Big picture improvements. Benchmark, analyze, report on and make recommendations.
  • Test plans. Evaluate test criteria, create and execute tests to determine if new releases of software are acceptable for delivery within the electricity environment.
  • Operational features and processes. Collaborate with Development Architects and leaders to implement operational features, tools and process.

Here’s what you bring:

  • The education. You have a degree or diploma in Computer Sciences, IT or related field.
  • The experience. You have 3-5 years in Software QA and have played a lead role in the deployment of a software project. You have software QA experience and exposure deploying complicated systems in a Linux or Windows Server environment.
  • The technical. You have done your share of programming and can use it when needed. You are aware of current test automation frameworks and devops tools. You can objectively evaluate their cost and value to an organization.
  • The passion. You are equally passionate about clean tech as you are about quality and continuous improvement. You have a deep appreciation for the Agile methodology.
  • The Software Deployment expertise. You have  experience getting a software release out the door.
  • The vision. You can focus on the big picture and the details. Robust, reliable and scalable is your motto.
  • The communication. You have exceptional written and oral communication skills. You are a strong presenter. You can build relationships with your internal team and with your external team relaying information, requirements and updates clearly.
  • The leadership. You are able to lead and grow a team, inspiring their work. You have strong mentorship, career coaching and prioritizing skills.
  • The energy. You thrive in a high volume, fast paced environment.
  • The skills. You are detail oriented and you possess excellent analytical skills.
  • The innovation. You have the ability to anticipate problems and provide creative, quick - and reliable - solutions to complex problems.

Why join Opus One Solutions

Opus One is growing! After spending the last four years under the radar focused on research and pilot projects we’re ready to shine as one of Canada’s top 10 game-changers named by CIX Cleantech! We are deploying exciting microgrid projects in North America and have partnerships with leading energy players such as Tesla and Advanced Microgrid Solutions.

Collectively, we are fanatical about the work we do. Our leadership has assembled carefully selected teams with some of the best strategic visionaries - and executors - in technology and the clean energy space. From the newest team member to the company founders, we are all driven by one common goal: to accelerate the integration of clean and sustainable energy in North America and the world.

As a team and a company, we are committed to working with like-minded people, with opinions and thoughts of their own that will contribute to our innovation and evolution. We equally want to work with people who like to get outside and spend time together on team outings, special events, to grab lunch or take part in off-site brainstorming retreats. There’s a lot of humility at Opus One Solutions. No one person is going to know it all – it’s too complicated. We must work and innovate together to get the job done.

If Opus One Solutions aligns to what you care about, we’d love to start a conversation and learn more about you.

Opus One Solutions welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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