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VP, QA Engineer



Quality Assurance
Atlanta, GA, USA · Sausalito, CA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024

About this role

Team Overview

BlackRock SMA Solutions helps clients customize portfolios for unique tax, values-alignment, or investment exposures across direct indexing, fixed income, active equity, and multi-asset. We deliver world-class service to all of our clients, from wealth advisors to family offices to endowments and foundations.

Our unique approach to portfolio management requires development of custom software to ensure efficient and accurate execution of our daily tasks. Therefore, security, accuracy, and reliability are paramount, considering the volume of business that we handle daily. As a software engineer focusing on quality of our products, you will be a part of our highly collaborative Engineering Team. Your main responsibility will be collaborating with various stakeholders to determine our quality metrics, develop the platform and tools required to measure and monitor them, and lead any improvement effort required to deliver them. You will play a key role in ensuring that every release of our software performs as specified by the business owners, and fulfils our high standards in security, accuracy, and reliability.

We work hard and move quickly as a well-coordinated, collaborative team whose exceptional people are focused on providing extraordinary client service. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow and contribute in a fun, industry-disruptive, fast-paced environment, SMA Solutions is the place for you.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop infrastructure and a platform for monitoring application quality and reliability.

  • Collect data for performance baseline and early problem detection.

  • Develop and maintain Aperio QA Test Automation framework.

  • Collaborate with other QA engineers to design, prototype, and implement new strategies, tools, or concepts.

  • Research new technologies to improve our efficiency and to keep up with current software development best practices.

  • Collaborate with our Data and Application architects to guide quality criteria, process gates, and test strategies in the evolution of our application infrastructure.

  • Guide the evolution of Aperio QA strategic and technological evolution, taking into consideration Aperio's business strategies.

  • Drive overall quality process by encouraging discipline in versioning, documentation, and deployment processes

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Eight plus years of software testing or software development.

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Data Science, Math, or related fields; or equivalent industry experience.

  • Strong foundation in RDBMS, SQL, and application infrastructure technologies.

  • Strong skills in object-oriented programming languages (Python highly desirable).

  • Intimate familiarity with QA concepts: white-/black-/grey-box testing, acceptance/regression test, system integration test, performance/stress test, and security tests

  • Intimate familiarity with quality metrics: escaped defects, reliability, repeatability, resiliency

  • Experience with good programming or scripting practices and tools: code review, distributed repositories (Mercurial, Git), CI techniques and tools.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for soliciting relevant information for a project from different teams

Highly Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Related experience in the financial or investment sector is a big plus

  • Experience with React.js is a big plus

  • Experience with data flow tools and processes: data ingestion, ETL processes and tools (e.g., CloverDX, Microsoft SSIS, etc.)

  • Familiarity with Agile software development process desirable

  • Experience in security testing desirable

For California only the salary range for this position is $150,000 – $204,000. Additionally, employees are eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, and benefits including heath care, leave benefits, and retirement benefits. BlackRock operates a pay-for-performance compensation philosophy and your total compensation may vary based on role, location, and firm, department and individual performance.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work model

BlackRock’s hybrid work model is designed to enable a culture of collaboration and apprenticeship that enriches the experience of our employees, while supporting flexibility for all. Employees are currently required to work at least 4 days in the office per week, with the flexibility to work from home 1 day a week. Some business groups may require more time in the office due to their roles and responsibilities. We remain focused on increasing the impactful moments that arise when we work together in person – aligned with our commitment to performance and innovation. As a new joiner, you can count on this hybrid model to accelerate your learning and onboarding experience here at BlackRock.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

We recruit, hire, train, promote, pay, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), sex stereotyping (including assumptions about a person’s appearance or behavior, gender roles, gender expression, or gender identity), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. We interpret these protected statuses broadly to include both the actual status and also any perceptions and assumptions made regarding these statuses.BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.