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Outsourcing Manager (FTC)- SUMO SHEFFIELD


Sumo Digital Ltd.


Sheffield, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Art and Animation




Mid-Senior Level

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

The Outsourcing Manager role is the day to day interface between Sumo Digital's teams and the marketplace of vendors in the outside world.

Sumo Digital has, at any one time, around twenty games in development. For the most part the work is done by people in one of the project studios by a core team. However, there is a meaningful proportion of the work that either will get placed in other studios or will require external parties to engage with the team.

The team is responsible for identifying the work and defining it, but often they will do that assuming a solution or some outside knowledge. Their expectation is we will help connect them to the right, trustworthy, cost effective solution and give both the team and the people identified the best experience.

In your new role you will:

  • Collaborate with internal customers and stakeholders to identify content needs both short and longer term and build plans, options and solutions to solve them using external or Sumo India resources.
  • Work with a portfolio of key partners who can provide the needed content services to SDL across the domains and specialisms our business needs now and will need in the future.
  • Maintain a database of alternative providers across all specialisms.

  • o Ensure that SDL always has appropriate options to solve capacity problems in the content domain.
  • As part of the Distributed Development team, enable SDL to transform into a world class, frictionless, multi-site development organization.

  • o Act as the interface for Sumo's clients in the execution of standalone Distributed Development Projects.

    o Work with members of the Distributed Development Department and Sumo internal Clients to agree escalation pathways, communication strategies and responsibility assignments for engagements.

    o Work with Business Development to create options and methods for bridging long term utilization gaps in the contents domain in Pune or similar cost centres.

    o For all contracts with an external distributed development component, work with Sumo stakeholders ensure that Sumo's commercial position is not compromised, ensuring that all appropriate notices are sent, and contract is compiled to or waivers / concessions obtained.

    To be successful you will:

  • Demonstrate a proven background in delivering projects with a large outsourcing, co-development and/or remote working component.
  • Have experience in building a coherent set of vendors and maintaining relationships to the benefit of the contracting party.
  • Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills, can craft a document, spreadsheet or presentation which can be delivered to convey complex proposals, defend a company position or negotiate a positive outcome
  • Have the ability to defuse situations and make people feel that their interests are being looked after.
  • Be able to work towards compromises that ultimately benefit the company
  • Ensure that all appropriate notices are sent, and contract is compiled to or waivers / concessions obtained.
  • Create and set clear goals for the external project teams, which are measureable and to assure reliable delivery and operational excellence.
  • As an external representative of Sumo Digital Limited, maintain a positive outlook in adverse circumstances, be balanced, fair and empathic and make time to explain their own and the company's decisions.

  • What We Offer:

    We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

    We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, the National Video Game Museum, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.

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