External Development Director

Corporate DevelopmentHybrid Remote, Bucharest, Romania

About us

At Amber, we're always on the hunt for the most talented individuals in the industry to join our team. We're dedicated to delivering top-notch service to our customers and know that our employees are key to making that happen. We offer attractive compensation packages and plenty of chances to grow with us, and we're always on the lookout for ways to do things better. Our team works together towards common goals and we value each member's contributions to our mission of continuous improvement and innovation.

About the role

We are looking for a new External Development Director to join our team.

The External Development team’s main role is to manage Amber’s network of partner studios. Amber may work with such studios on a variety of projects, types of engagement and required skills. The Ext Dev team is responsible for maintaining the database of external partners, managing Amber’s outgoing RFPs, conducting the necessary due diligence process for evaluating the external studios, negotiating the contracts with the studios and managing the relationship between Amber’s product teams and external studios. The External Development team is part of the Corporate Development group, and its main client is the Product Development organization.

The Quest:

  • Actively manage and implement Amber’s strategy for working with external developers.
  • Be the main point of contact and the owner of the relationships between Amber and its external development partners.
  • Prospect the market and attend industry events as necessary to identify potential partner studios for Amber.
  • Work with the Product Development leadership to identify needs and find the best vendors and contractors to assist with production as needed.
  • Adapt and improve external development pipeline and processes.
  • Facilitate a good collaboration and feedback between internal and external teams.
  • Work with production leadership to track and maintain development budgets, quality and turnaround time.
  • Proactively identify and resolve risks to both the project and outsource pipeline and ensure that all security measures are in place.
  • Actively manage the ongoing working relationship and be the main driving force for conflict resolution, where needed.
  • Manage the invoice approval and payments process for vendors.
  • Preparing reports and presentations for stakeholders or potential partners.
  • Work with the Corporate Development team to identify strategic opportunities for M&A with promising vendors.
  • The External Development Director role reports to the Head of Corporate Development.

The Skills:

  • 3+ years of experience in product development in the video games industry.
  • 2+ years of experience in managing external teams and delivering products built by external teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business Administration or Computer Science.
  • Good understanding of video game development tools and methodology.
  • Excellent knowledge of the video games market.
  • Organized, analytical thinker, problem-solving attitude.
  • Ability to manage expectations appropriately while coordinating, planning, and meeting deadlines for deliverables in a fast-paced environment where projects span across teams.
  • Good sense of perspective – able to switch between “details” and “big picture” as needed.
  • Experience working with legal teams in the negotiation of non-commercial terms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (in English).

The Reward

  • A fun and dynamic industry where you can make a difference.
  • Additional Days Off - according to Amber’s internal policy. 
  • Professional and friendly work environment.
  • An attractive salary package with private medical services.
  • Awesome and talented colleagues.
  • Support from all your teammates.

Access to training and learning programs.