Manager, Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET Manager)



Software Engineering
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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About the Team

Welcome to the Reporting team within Analytics at Workday! We are responsible for improving and scaling the reporting and analytics engine to query and operate on large volumes of transactions for critically important business needs, interactive analytics and background extractions.

About the Role

As a Manager in the Reporting Software Development Engineering in Test team, you will be a key leader in the company. You will be responsible for enabling a top-notch SDET team to innovate and deliver enterprise-grade components and features for our analytics suite of applications. You will work across teams both horizontally and vertically to ensure we deliver a high-quality application that solves our customers’ needs.

Our Reporting team supports over 3.5 billion executions every month across all Workday customers (and growing!). This is a phenomenal opportunity to lead a team of a team of highly motivated and dedicated engineers and contribute to one of Workday's foundational product spaces.


  • Manage complex technical projects and provide architectural guidance.
  • Successfully deliver enterprise-ready features by leading projects ranging from seed initiatives to customer-focused enhancements.
  • Coach, mentor and provide real-time, meaningful, sensitive, and constructive feedback to direct reports.
  • Grow the team and align project assignments with career development goals and company vision.
  • Collaborate with engineering leaders on setting technical direction and Product Management on requirements and trade-offs.
  • Set team-level and engineering best practices around product development.

About You

- You have a passion for overall product quality.

- You love leading QA/SDET teams and delivering industry-leading products.

- You are first a leader, then a manager and an engineer. You are motivated by solving challenging problems with simple, elegant solutions and feel great satisfaction from helping others. Your dedication and high standards translate to impressive results and attract like-minded people.

- You love to have fun.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience as an engineering manager with excellent leadership, management, and coaching skills.
  • 5+ year’s experience in building or leading a team of 7+ test engineers.
  • 7+ years’ experience testing APIs, Data warehousing and/or Web/Analytic applications

Other Qualifications:

  • Experience with Agile software development methodologies and short release cycles.
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, test automation framework, API, and UI automation
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Track record of delivering high-quality products.
  • Superior communication & interpersonal skills.

Our Approach to Flexible Work

With Flex Work, we’re combining the best of both worlds: in-person time and remote. Our approach enables our teams to deepen connections, maintain a strong community, and do their best work. We know that flexibility can take shape in many ways, so rather than a number of required days in-office each week, we simply spend at least half (50%) of our time each quarter in the office or in the field with our customers, prospects, and partners (depending on role). This means you'll have the freedom to create a flexible schedule that caters to your business, team, and personal needs, while being intentional to make the most of time spent together. Those in our remote "home office" roles also have the opportunity to come together in our offices for important moments that matter.

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