Swayable predicts consumer opinion and the impact of content

Lead Software Developer in Test

$120k - $150k / 0.00% - 0.10%
Remote / San Francisco, CA / New York, NY
Job Type
3+ years
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About the role

About Swayable

Swayable is a fast-growing cloud data product that doubles the impact of advertising by empirically measuring how it changes people's opinions. Our customers include Amazon, Paramount Pictures, MIT, Stanford, the Biden-Harris presidential campaign, and multiple state authorities fighting COVID. We were founded in 2018 by two physics PhDs and are backed by leading technology and social impact investors, including Y Combinator. This position is the perfect opportunity to join a fast-moving, high-impact, mission-oriented startup.

Technology Stack

Swayable uses MongoDB, Python (Numpy, Scipy, Pandas, Celery, Flask), Javascript (Node.js, Express.js, Vue.js), and GraphQL.

About the Role

Swayable is looking for a Lead Software Developer in Test to ensure high-quality standards in our core product. In this role, you will lead the team that decides what measures up to be deployed at Swayable. You will be responsible for building, maintaining, and continuously improving our automated tools and techniques for testing each release. You will also work closely with a cross-functional team to build new features and solve novel problems across the spectrum of software engineering, data visualization, and science.

The Lead Software Developer in Test will report to our CTO, Valerie Coffman.


  • Define test strategies and standards to ensure product correctness and high quality for product releases
  • Develop and execute test strategies for products in both test automation and manual test frameworks
  • Act as a bridge between engineering and internal stakeholders to ensure representation for all with regard to the development process
  • Spearhead quality initiatives with the view to influence product engineering into adopting industry-leading standards
  • Analyze and diagnose root cause for issues seen in production
  • Hire, manage and lead a team of QA engineers and analysts to conduct black box and white box testing 
  • Become an expert on Swayable’s products and technologies, proactively analyzing key risks and potential service degradations to the product
  • Adopt the voice of the customer with regards to the Swayable Platform 


  • BA/BS required Science/Engineering degree preferred, Masters/Ph.D. preferred
  • 4-6+ years of test development/QA engineering for technology companies— Startup experience a plus
  • Proficiency in coding/scripting in at least one programming language required
  • Knowledge of industry-standard/industry-leading technologies and tools used for test
  • Demonstrated track record of improving product quality
  • Hands-on experience with the entire testing lifecycle– must be able to plan, develop, execute, and evaluate a test pass
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Highly detail-oriented 
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented: requires minimal supervision and direction to complete tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing remote employees strongly preferred
  • Experience with Python and machine learning models preferred 
  • Experience with Javascript and creating automated tests in Cypress preferred
  • Experience writing and implementing test automation frameworks for web development
  • Experience with managing and hiring QA engineers
  • Prior experience in advertising and marketing technology, or B2B SaaS preferred 
  • Passion for data and scientific analytic methods, willing to learn new technologies and methods of analysis
  • Alignment with our company values

Our team is centered in NYC and SF, with flexible work arrangements for remote work.

We offer a benefits package that is well above-market. Swayable covers 100% of the health, dental, and vision insurance premiums for full-time employees. We also offer generous PTO, parental leave, equity, 401k, FSA, and an ongoing professional development stipend.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We strive to promote an organizational environment that values diversity and fosters growth. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other basis prohibited by law. The team especially encourages applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Why you should join Swayable

Swayable measures how effectively media content changes minds. Our clients are dramatically increasing the impact of the stories they tell on the world's most important issues.

We are passionate about the power of data to have a positive social impact on advocacy and commerce and are serious about using it responsibly and ethically. We work with organizations and people we care about and our job is to help make them successful.

Swayable is a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation and an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from anyone who shares our values and especially encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Team Size:30
Location:New York
Valerie Coffman
Valerie Coffman
James Slezak
James Slezak