Principal Engineer - AI Driven Testing



Software Engineering, Data Science
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Principal Engineer - AI Driven Testing

Multiple Locations: Vancouver, BC, Canada • Orlando, FL, USA • Austin, TX, USA • Toronto, ON, Canada


Requisition Number:179687
Can this position be remote?: Yes

We are a global team of creators, storytellers, technologists, experience originators, innovators and so much more. We believe amazing games and experiences start with teams as diverse as the players and communities we serve. At Electronic Arts, the only limit is your imagination.

Our mission is to empower game teams to create high-quality experiences for all players.

We're motivated by our vision to build games in a better way. Our strategy starts with driving quality upstream and guiding game teams to shape the games we create. This approach unlocks our ability to focus on experiential quality through stable software. Expanding the power of play, we also help game teams talk to players earlier to improve on quality.

Reporting to the Head of Technology of EA's Quality Verification group, you will take ownership of the AI-driven testing domain and focus on technologies such as bots to play games and ML models that help us enhance the quality of verification processes.

Our team prides itself on building high-quality software with a culture of openness, collaboration, and psychological safety. As a leader in the central engineering team, you are expected to continue building on our cultural & technical foundations to help EA create the highest-quality games possible across our entire portfolio.


  • Take ownership of EA's proprietary bot technology, providing expertise to the teams using the technology and the engineers working with it. You will continue to look for opportunities to improve this technology and how it applies to EA's test automation domain.

  • As a Principal Engineer, you will provide guidance and knowledge sharing to the 200+ SE community in the QV group.

  • You will participate in internal and external events that help share knowledge and promote EA's technical brand in our industry.

  • The AI domain is dynamic and evolves at a rapid pace. You are expected to keep current with industry developments and provide technical and strategic insights to QV's executive and technical leadership groups.

Required Qualifications

  • Technical skills

    • A minimum of 10 years experience with game development — focused on AI

    • Extensive knowledge of C++

    • Foundational knowledge of and experience with ML based systems and techniques

    • Knowledge of game engine architecture and client/server models

  • Soft skills

    • This role requires a great deal of collaboration with teams around EA world, as such, you will need to be collaborative and customer-centric.

    • Given the nature of the technologies involved, we are looking for someone who is curious, has a keen interest in AI, loves to solve hard problems and is passionate about their work.

    • You will work in a distributed team and are expected to work independently towards goals and deliverables.

US Compensation and Benefits

The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these states. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.

EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.

Base Salary Ranges

• California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento):
º $207,950 - $303,100
• New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo):
º $193,000 - $303,100
• Jersey City, NJ:
º $231,600 - $303,100
• Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs):
º $193,000 - $266,050
• Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane):
º $193,000 - $296,400

Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

About Electronic Arts

Everything we do is designed to inspire the world to play. Through our cutting-edge games, innovative services, and powerful technologies, we bring worlds with infinite possibilities to millions of players and fans around the globe.

We’re looking for collaborative and inclusive people with diverse perspectives who will enrich our culture and challenge us. We take a holistic approach with our benefits program, focusing on physical, emotional, financial, career, and community wellness to support our people through every chapter of life. We provide comprehensive benefit packages and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free games and so much more. Our goal is to provide a safe and respectful workplace that empowers you to thrive in both work and life.

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will also consider employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.