Lead Software Engineer in Test (SDET)

NerdWallet, San Francisco, CA or Remote (Based in the U.S.)

A personal finance website that helps people make and manage financial decisions

At NerdWallet, QA is involved in all stages of the software development and delivery process, with the goal of delivering a world-class experience in our product. Each development team is responsible for delivering an elevated level of quality in the products they ship, and our SDETs advocate this daily.

Where you can make an impact: 

  • NerdWallet is looking for an experienced SDET Lead for our Platform and Data teams to lead a growing team of automated test engineers that work closely with our product and development teams to create new and exciting features for our customers.
  • Help our Data Engineering teams build robust test infrastructure.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with other teams and stakeholders at NerdWallet to leverage shared platforms, best practices, insights and innovations.

You are:

  • A technical leader- This is a technical leadership position where you will own the quality and reliability of Data Platform & services and ensure timely releases with quality.
  • Hands-on- this is a position where you will be doing test-execution and mentoring other engineers. 
  • Experienced in automation framework development & test automation in the Data and Platform domain.

Your experience:

We recognize not everyone will have all of these requirements. If you meet most of the criteria below and you’re excited about the opportunity and willing to learn, we’d love to hear from you.

  • 7+ years of professional experience
  • Experience leading technical discussions 
  • Experience working with the backend/data technologies (Snowflake, SQL, Python)
  • Experience with reporting tools (Looker preferred)
  • Experience in a cloud environment (AWS preferred) 
  • 2+ Years of experience leading a team of 3 or more engineers for QA projects (feature/service delivery)
  • QA & automation work experience in Data, Platform, & Services


  • This role will be based in San Francisco, CA or remote (based in the U.S.).
  • We believe great work can be done anywhere. No matter where you are based, NerdWallet offers benefits and perks to support the physical, financial, and emotional well being of you and your family.

What we offer:

Work hard, stay balanced (Life’s a series of balancing acts, eh?)

  • Industry leading medical, dental, and vision health care plans for employees and their dependents
  • Rejuvenation Policy – Flexible Time Off + 13 holidays + 4 Mental Health Days Off
  • New Parent Leave for employees with a newborn child or a child placed with them for adoption or foster care
  • Mental health support through Ginger.io 
  • Financial wellness, guidance, and unlimited access to a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) through Northstar 
  • Paid sabbatical for Nerds to recharge, gain knowledge and pursue their interests
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA and HSA Plan with monthly NerdWallet contribution
  • Weekly Virtual Bootcamp, Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation sessions
  • Monthly Wellness Stipend, Cell Phone Stipend, and Wifi Stipend

Have Some Fun! (Nerds are fun, too)

  • Nerd-led group initiatives – Intramural Sports, Employee Resource Groups for Parents, Diversity and Inclusion, Womxn, LGBTQIA, and other communities
  • Hackathons, Happy Hours, and team events across all teams and departments
  • Company-wide events like Little Nerds Day (aka bring your kids to work day, even if you're remote!) and our annual Charity Auction 

Lifestyle (Be your best self - we’ll take care of the details)

  • Our Nerds love to make an impact by paying it forward – Donate to your favorite causes with a company match
  • Work from home equipment stipend and co-working space subsidy 
  • Anniversary recognition program – choose from different items and experiences
  • Commuting stipend 

Plan for your future (And when you retire on your island, remember the little people)

  • 401K with company match
  • Annual Enrichment Stipend for learning and development
  • Be the first to test and benefit from our new financial products and tools
  • Access to Rocket Lawyer for online legal support and resources

If you are based in California, we encourage you to read this important information for California residents linked here.

NerdWallet is committed to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.






About NerdWallet

NerdWallet gives consumers and small businesses clarity around all of life’s financial decisions. When it comes to credit cards, bank accounts, mortgages, insurance, loans or expenses like hospital costs and medical bills, consumers make almost all their decisions in the dark. NerdWallet is changing that, helping guide consumers' decisions with free, accessible tools, research and expert advice. 

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