Studio Production Director

Production Austin, Texas


Description

Would you like to work on some of the greatest franchises in gaming history? Certain Affinity is an exclusive, independent Austin developer 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.

As Studio Production Director you will serve as the advocate for, and manager and mentor of Certain Affinity’s production staff studio-wide. You will provide a project-agnostic voice for the production team to the company’s executive leaders, advocating for the team’s needs and serving as a conduit between the team and other departments. You will help members of the production team at every level with skills development and career guidance, and grow the team by finding and mentoring new members.

You will work with executive leadership and other department directors to help foster the studio process and develop resource allocation plans to make sure all project needs are met. Ultimately you will play an essential role in helping an exceptionally talented and unusually professional group of producers transition from co-developer to lead developer and IP creator behind successful live service products. Come make great games with us! 

Please review the job description and along with completing the application please submit a cover letter that includes:

  • Your views on where you stand relative to the various responsibilities in the job description
  • What experience from your resume is applicable
  • Where are you most experienced & least experienced
  • Where are your strengths and weaknesses regarding this role

Responsibilities

Team Building

  • Identify and recruit production talent at all levels and oversee onboarding and integration of new team members
  • Promote company values within the department and collaboration across departments
  • Ensure Producers are helping each other and collaborating across projects

Studio Production Process & Resource Allocation

  • Create and foster healthy production process across the studio, working with producers and department directors to determine the right project management techniques to work within Certain Affinity’s unique culture
  • Guide resource allocation throughout the studio by determining project needs and working with producers and department directors to make sure all projects are appropriately staffed
  • Partner with the business development staff to determine needs of potential opportunities, and how those needs would impact the current resource allocation plan
  • Drive identification, trial, and adoption of new production tools and techniques that improve efficiency and communication 

Transition to Live Service

  • Help Certain Affinity transition from a culture focused on co-development to one focused on development and success of its own Live Service products
  • Work with producers and department directors to build change process where needed to fit a live service orientation

Professional Development

  • Institute a framework for coaching, mentoring, and education for continued skills development
  • Develop career ladders and other growth resources for all disciplines within the department
  • Ensure managers are providing regular, quality feedback and oversee quarterly and annual feedback and reviews
  • Mentor across all levels, and outside of the discipline, where appropriate, on processes, and best practices

Management and Leadership

  • Partner with department leads across all projects, providing support as they manage their teams and solving issues as a collaborative, well-aligned production management team
  • Manage the top-level leaders in the department, including project-level leads and shared service leads
  • Develop succession plans, manage risk, and identify growth opportunities for future leaders
  • Backfill as a Production Lead when necessary

Promotion

  • Advocate for the department, communicating successes, challenges, and points of view and championing consistent processes
  • Promote the company externally, with emphasis on the talent and accomplishments of its producers

Requirements

  • 10+ years overall production experience and 5+ years running a production team that has shipped multiple AAA console and PC titles
  • Successful deployment of at least one live-service game
  • Experience building high functioning, quality-driven teams
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, self-directed, and capable of instilling that characteristic in others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, and scheduling skills
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to multitask across disciplines, assess risk, define priorities, and resolve problems while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and handle many discrete 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, development milestones, etc
  • A solution-oriented change agent accustomed to accountability and driving improvement within organizations, with examples to share outlining improved team dynamics and performance within diverse environments
  • A diplomatic leader able to have crucial, and at times sensitive, conversations
  • An inspirational leader who can “rally the troops” and seize opportunities through improved communication and organization
  • Knowledge of game industry technology

Extra Credit

  • Experience working, partnering and fostering productive relationships with established brands and IP holders
  • Previous experience as a Production Director or Executive Producer
  • Experience with UE4
  • Avid gamer on multiple platforms

Certain Affinity offers relocation for this position to Austin, Texas where we make it all happen.