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External Development Director - SUMO SHEFFIELD


Sumo Digital Ltd.


Sheffield, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Programming and Development




Director Executive

Permanent | Full Time


We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world's biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sheffield is our largest studio and headquarters, situated just north-east of the city centre, where we've built and contributed to some of the world's best-loved game franchises.

It's an exciting time to be part of Sumo , winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio ; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The role @ Sumo

As the External Development Director at Sumo Digital you will be the key program and execution owner for large scale distributed engagements. The primary function of your role is to execute the full project life-cycle for projects which are largely standalone from our internal studios.

As well as this you will act as an internal point of contact, escalation point and troubleshooter on large and multi-discipline co-developments with our internal studios.

You will need to be subject matter expert on facilitating communication best practice, remote working, cross site working and processes collaborating with heads of disciplines to make distributed development as effective and friction-less as possible.

Ultimately you will be responsible for the successful delivery of contracts to exacting creative and commercial standards, building long term relationships with effective vendors to allow us to be able to deploy friction-less and flexible capacity and services to maximise opportunities for Sumo Digital Limited.

In your new role your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with all stakeholders to execute an RFP analysis on opportunities which we consider standalone from other Sumo Studios.
  • Facilitate, drive and validate detailed execution plans between lead vendors and co-development partners. Act as the project management POC for large multi-discipline engagements.
  • Act as lead interface for Sumo's clients in the execution of standalone Distributed Development Projects.
  • Monitor and validate project output and tracking against agreed plans, milestones and critical deliveries. Manage, mitigate and escalate variances and work them to satisfactory resolutions.
  • Alongside the Distributed Development team act as the judicial balance between internal teams, vendors and external clients with a view to the commercial needs of Sumo Digital Limited.
  • Work with members of the Distributed Development Department and Sumo internal Clients to agree escalation pathways, communication strategies and responsibility assignments for engagements.
  • Management of project change control process - ensuring both requested project changes are tracked from request through to contract price and scope amendment, and recording of delay and disruption on the project, being able to utilize this data to defend any Sumo delays and additional compensation if necessary.

  • To be successful you will:

  • Have executed multiple full project life-cycles in the games industry
  • Have a proven background in delivering projects with a large outsourcing, co-development and/or remote working component.
  • Be able to create and set clear goals for the external project teams, which are measurable and to assure reliable delivery and operational excellence.
  • Show a good technical awareness of systems, IT infrastructure and software required to facilitate distributed development and the ability to collaborate with Sumo IT to deploy a required suite of tools and functionality to set up a distributed engagement for success.
  • Demonstrate you can establish a Projects KPI's / Dashboard and be able to use this to communicate progress both internally and to clients.
  • Be able to successfully manage a project P&L, able to set up a P&L and track it's progress. Ensures financial control of project expenditure, able to determine value from contracts and exhibit good financial judgement.
  • Operation of project change control process - ensuring both requested project changes are tracked from request through to contract price and scope amendment, and recording of delay and disruption on the project, being able to utilize this data to defend any Sumo delays and additional compensation if necessary.

  • What we Offer:

    Sumo Digital continues to be one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying year on year stability and growth since its founding in 2003.

    We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

    We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out-of-office events such as our legendary annual Sumo 'Big Day Out', plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and the upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

    Sheffield itself offers all the benefits of a big city with a village attitude. Renowned for its friendly inhabitants and green spaces, Sheffield is a phenomenal place to live and work whether you're just starting out in your career, or if you're looking to establish roots and family. The city includes world-class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, the National Video Game Museum, shopping and restaurants, and a third of the city lies inside the stunning Peak District National Park, offering easy access to incredible recreation and history.

    Our Sheffield studio is adjacent to the Meadowhall shopping centre and its rail, tram and bus links and to the M1 motorway, making for an easy commute from places like Leeds and Nottingham.

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.

    Keep Calm and waka waka...