Project Manager

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Areas of Expertise:
Marketing, Production
Los Gatos
Cryptic Studios
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Cryptic Studios is currently seeking a Project Manager. Project Managers at Cryptic work closely with programmers and game producers to organize and coordinate the development of the Cryptic game engine. A Project Manager’s number one priority within the development structure is to make sure everyone else can get their job done. This means a no-nonsense approach to problem solving, daily in-person communication with all the members of the team, and working in support of the Director of Software in all task management and scheduling challenges.

Every day you could be:

• Working in the trenches with game artists, designers and programmers tracking tasks and helping the developers stay on schedule.
• Communicating about the work game engine programmers are doing to the producers, artists, and designers on Cryptic’s games, and looking ahead to set expectations.
• Responding to incoming feature requests and helping to drive prioritization so that people outside of our group have the things they need.
• Coordinating the QA and testing effort during production, closed and open beta and through launch.
• Contributing to the production process and helping refine production pipelines.
• Facilitating cross department communications and being a product knowledge base for the entire team.

What you need to work here:

• Ability to track priorities and manage day-to-day emergencies
• Experience working with software engineers as a Project Manager or Manager
• A friendly, never satisfied attitude about the process of making software – and a passion for making things better.
• Effective communications skills, both written and verbal.
• Ability to bridge communication across departments and disciplines -- be able to talk art, design and software. Especially be able to talk technical. Be up front about what you don’t know, and be willing to learn.
• Ability to build a process to improve work flow between multiple projects
• Ability to adapt to change quickly and frequently
• Competence in project management and scheduling concepts.
• A passion for MMO games and the ability to talk about why you think they are fun.
• Ability to run effective meetings
• Have a great attitude.
• 2+ years of experience
• Bachelor’s or equivalent

Things we’d love to see:

• Experience in the video game industry, working in production or product development.
• Ability to run various reports to evaluate and communicate project status to, both, team and stakeholders
• A love of games and making games.
• Have shipped at least one video game title.
• Console and PC development experience.
• Fanatic level of enthusiasm for an entertainment industry field (role playing games, comics, movies, television, etc.).
• Experience as a software engineer or a Computer Science degree

Contact Details:
Cryptic Studios
Tel: 408-399-1969
Contact: Cryptic Studios

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