Development Director

Production Austin, Texas


Description

Would you like to work on some of the greatest franchises in gaming history? Certain Affinity, the largest independent video game developer in Austin is comprised of a tightly knit group of experienced, no-nonsense veterans committed to solid work/life balance. We’re best known for co-developing numerous AAA FPS games, though we are also creating compelling new games of our own.

Certain Affinity is looking for an exceptional Development Director to help manage a games-as-a-service product across the production and the live-ops teams. As a Development Director, you will oversee the project schedule, team management, hiring, and lead the team to deliver a successful FTP game on multiple platforms.  Your focus will be on achieving outcomes, proactively solving problems, and ensuring your project runs smoothly. This position is a key leadership role that involves a high level of interaction with team members, peers, and studio leadership.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for building and leading a strong production team; oversee recruiting, onboarding, retention, coaching and mentoring staff
  • Collaborate with key project leaders to define the project’s vision, mission, and strategy; develop and drive plans to achieve those objectives
  • Drive project planning and execution; hold teams accountable for meeting milestone commitments and quality targets
  • Develop team-wide processes that foster strong communication and development practices
  • Drive efficiencies and new ways of thinking to reduce waste and increasing predictability
  • Coordinate dependencies with supporting organizations across the company and with external co-development studios
  • Set goals and priorities that help teams focus on the critical few: filters issues based on a clear understanding of project strategies and objectives
  • Solve problems of all types as they arise and find creative and effective solutions which achieve results
  • Work closely with the discipline leads to determine outsourcing needs and pipelines
  • Foster an engaging, fulfilling and fun working environment

Requirements

  • At least 7 years of project management experience in the online AAA console and PC game development
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must be highly organized, self-motivated, and customer focused
  • Successful deployment and ongoing maintenance of at least one live-service game
  • Must thoroughly understand the mechanics behind cross-discipline team collaboration and development driven product ownership
  • Ability to multi-task and handle many discrete, highly varied tasks at once without losing focus on any individual items and without missing a stride
  • Deep knowledge of game development – team dynamics, common development hurdles, game engines and technology, development milestone definitions, production process and methodology, outsourcing and co-development scheduling
  • A cool-headed, diplomatic leader able to maintain critical confidentially and to have crucial, and at times sensitive, conversations
  • Excellent people skills, with the ability to work collaboratively to solve problems efficiently
  • An expert understanding of production and proven ability to schedule, communicate and monitor tasks
  • Great with time estimations, assessments, and prioritizing
  • Ability to collaboratively create and implement the best production practices regarding the specific needs of the individual teams
  • Ability to lead external teams
  • Project management software skills using Jira or other project management software

Extra Credit

  • Experience working, partnering, and building strong relationships with established brands and IP holders
  • College degree in a related field such as Computer Science or Business Management
  • Experience with large-scale development using UE4
  • Avid gamer on multiple platforms
  • Experience with FPS titles

This position requires the ability to travel internationally. Relocation to Austin, TX is a requirement for this position.