Development Director

Production Horsham, United Kingdom


This is a fantastic opportunity for a Development Director to work with the multi award winning Total War team. You will work alongside the Game Director to manage the development of a large game project from pre-production through to release.

As the Development Director on this project, you will work collaboratively with the game team to establish requirements, create project plans, identify dependencies, solve problems, prioritise work and drive project delivery.

Key Responsibilities

As the Development Director on the project, you will manage the day-to-day and week-to-week process of leading a cross discipline game team. You will be key to success of the project and provide support to keep the development of the game moving forward, keeping the team positive, informed and focused.

Planning, communication, team building, process, you will be fluent with up to date development methodology, progress tracking and reporting, problem solving and risk mitigation, decision making, and financial management are all strings to the DD’s bow.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience


  • Outstanding organisational skills.
  • Experience delivering multiple large game titles, working in an Agile development environment but delivering to strict timelines.
  • Strong project management experience with a good understanding of planning, scheduling, process and people management.
  • Driven and self-motivated.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills. Able to identify and assess risks and strategize to mitigate.
  • Experience successfully managing large, multi-disciplinary teams and directly managing other leads
  • Experience managing complex project budgets
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Always looking for ways to improve our process, team or project
  • Enthusiastic with a genuine passion for games
  • A team thinker - able to work within a team and to actively work to make the team perform cohesively
  • Excellent knowledge and experience using a range of project management tools
  • Knowledge of the Total War Franchise
  • Previous experience working with one or more of:
       - QA
       - Localisation
       - Perforce
       - JIRA

We offer a fully bespoke funded relocation package for you and your dependants and you’ll be supported through the process with our dedicated Relocation Specialist. 

We also have an excellent range of benefits to support your work life balance, including:
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, as all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support so you can truly excel in your area of expertise
  • Support in Learning and Development; internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops to inspire and enthuse including internal programming conferences, on-site training with renowned specialists as well as global conference attendance
  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen
  • An employee assistance programme and onsite wellbeing sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy
  • Discounts portal giving access to a wide range of extras such as heavily discounted home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers
  • Amazing studio parties such as our CA Summer Festival, a Christmas Party for you and your partner plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have our wrap parties for all our releases.
  • Free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing and Pilates classes
  • A range of CA Social events including the annual sponsored Walking Challenge to 100Km, Couch to 5k in our beautiful local park, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more
  • We offer discounts with local businesses, including estate agents and local shops to support our local economy

We are Creative Assembly

We gather the greatest talent out there, coming together to craft authentic and detailed experiences of the highest quality.

We focus on our strengths and embrace our uniqueness, collaborating across teams and giving everyone the trust and respect to be masters of their craft.

Our values form the foundation of our culture and ethos:
  • Quality - Everything we do is about quality, from individual actions to final products, we take pride in the detail and authenticity of all our creations.
  • Focus - We focus on our strengths as a studio. Our teams might work across different projects, but our goals and vision should be clear for everyone.
  • Teamwork - We are a collective who thrive working across teams, empowering each other to succeed.
  • Respect - Respect at CA is given as a default, we respect each other as diverse and unique individuals, who come together to create games our fans will love.
  • Trust - Alongside respect, we trust each other, our teams and our leaders as experts of their craft. Everyone is given creative autonomy and freedom to make a real contribution to our projects and our legacy.
Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.