Senior Development Director

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Programming and Development
South East UK
Guildford, Surrey
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We are Criterion. We love games.

Over the last fifteen years we’ve entertained millions of players around the world with our award-winning and massively entertaining games. We are a team of talented people who craft games with joy, passion, and commitment to quality.

At Criterion, we place enormous value on creative collaboration, fresh ideas, and unique perspective. Our studio is a healthy mix of industry veterans and newcomers working together to inspire, support, and educate one another.

The Challenge Ahead:

We are looking for someone to take a senior role as a production leader in the studio. This person will inspire, influence, coach, and develop the team that they work with at Criterion.

We are looking for someone driven to get things done who is a creative, enthusiastic and a natural leader.

They will be responsible for ensuring a project or selection of projects have credible plans and the teams are set up for success to deliver on them. In addition, they will be accountable for effective and efficient development of these projects to meet their delivery of budget, time and quality.

You are passionate about all of the following:

Coaching and facilitating people to achieve studio, project and personal goals
Applying, defining and implementing the right development process to suit the challenge
A curiosity to learn more the craft of a Development Manager as well as a passion to learn from others and share
The way we create: not doing things just because that’s the way we’ve done them before, understanding change is a necessary part of success
The people you work with: asking appropriate questions and being open to new solutions is key to you and your team’s development
Generous collaborator: a desire and inherent need to work with others to achieve great things, develop ideas, plans and strategies

What a Senior Development Director does at Criterion:

As a leader you will set your own priorities but a typical week could include:

Champions the plan: collaborating with all Criterion talent to develop plans and achieve success
Coaches people: coach and develop other DDs to achieve our team goals and their personal goals
Coaches teams on process: selecting most suitable process and most valuable metrics, communicating plans, challenges and tracking to the team
Leads the way to achieve high performing teams, creating and championing best practice
Identifies, mitigates or manages project risks
Provides effective feedback: to both people you manage and members of your team
Nurture a healthy and happy team
Manage project budgets in line with studio and project priorities
Collaborates effectively with studio leadership and in particular the Director of Product Development (DPD)

Experience and knowledge we are looking for

We are looking for someone who understands the challenges of making complex projects with multi-disciplined, distributed teams and the inherent elements of uncertainty and risk that accompany this.

Preparedness for this role is rooted in:

Prior experience as an SDD or equivalent senior project manager
Ability to manage large project teams over development cycles of varied periods of time
Solid understanding of project management practices and process
Expert in people management
Experience building and maintaining high performing teams
Experience working with external partners to deliver on projects

Not essential requirements but certainly helpful qualities and skills

Experience in delivering games
Experience working in media or creative industries such as film and TV
Craft experience in game development as an artist, programmer etc.

What’s in it for you? Glad you asked!

We realise it takes world-class people to make world-class games, so we offer competitive compensation packages and a culture that thrives off of creativity and individuality.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01483 463415
Contact: The Recruitment Team

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