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Development Director

Orlando, FL, USA | Electronic Arts

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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This is a key leadership role in the Game Development Application Services team and offers a recognized expert the opportunity to lead the development of a portfolio of enterprise-wide solutions in support of Application Lifecycle Management for EA’s video games and central services teams. You will be involved in all aspects of enterprise software development working closely and hands on with the development team as well as other teams as part of Agile run projects to deliver the best quality game development solutions.

As a Development Director (DD), you’ll be primarily driving collaboration in planning and execution on our cross-functional game development applications across the entire EA organization. You will be managing a partnership with other development leaders and managers. This is a leadership role that involves a high level of interaction with team members, peers, and development leadership. DD’s focus on outcomes, solving problems, and making things work (or work better). You’ll be accountable for leading the team to meet milestones and quality targets, creating and improving processes, coordinating with support departments across the company, tracking and resolving issues, and seeking out opportunities for Continuous Service Improvement. In this role, you will work closely with other game team leaders such as the Game Designer, Art Director, Producer, and Technical Director.

Key Responsibilities

Be responsible for process, schedule and quality aspects of the game development applications, including establishing the development framework, reporting, risk management, capacity planning, resource management and budget

Work with leadership to define the strategy to execute against milestones and key deliverables

Ensure the team has the best organizational structure, processes and practices that allow them to produce high quality work efficiently on time and on budget

Drive efficiencies and new ways of thinking with a goal of reducing waste and increasing predictability

Foster an engaging, fulfilling and fun working environment

Help the team focus on the critical few: filters issues based on a clear understanding of the studio strategies and objectives, and helps the team break down complex problems

Develop, maintain and publish project KPI’s that track project quality, delivery and predictability

Establish regular communication with team and key stakeholders to provide project status updates

Able to initiate or implement development process improvements to achieve efficiencies and to act as a change agent for process improvements

Prioritize and direct development strategies and models to support near and long-range plans & innovation

Effectively monitor and adjusts capacity plans

As a people manager, leads a high performing team with a strong culture of trust and collaboration

Regularly collaborates outside of core team to solve problems and share best practices

Effectively report progress and status through regular email or face to face communication with appropriate leads/managers

Key Attributes

Strong communicator, mediation and conflict resolution skills

Able to build a strong effective team; effective at selecting strong people

Ability to think outside the box in a challenging and ambiguous environment

Experience leading enterprise projects with Agile project management principles and practices

Excellent written and verbal communication and possess strong emotional intelligence skills

Able to work on complex problems where analysis of situations requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors

In-depth knowledge of software development operations acquired from a minimum of 10 years relevant experience

Minimum of 10 years leadership experience with the ability to challenge and influence a variety of stakeholders

Minimum of 7 years experience in technical or engineering role working with custom software development tools and technologies

Ability to plan and execute change through a formalized change management process.

Undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent domain

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