Director of Live Operations and Development / Game Production (m/w)

The Director of Operations (m/f) role resides within the Technical Division, the group within Gameforge that is responsible for project execution across all games in the Gameforge portfolio. The Director of Operations (m/f) will support this mission by leading the Operations Management team and the Project Management team and supporting such hit titles as Metin2, AION, TERA, and several upcoming AAA titles.

Tasks to inspire:

• Accountability for the scheduling and operation of the projects that support the games in the Gameforge portfolio
• Accountability for the successful integration of new games into GF systems and the operation of portfolio games over the full product lifecycle from "Signature" to "Shutdown"
• Support, mentor, and facilitate career development for all members of the teams
• Accountability for the coordination, prioritization and planning of resources of different disciplines needed to operate a game (e.g. System Administration, Development, QA, Localization, Live Game Design)
• Participate in development and launch of new products in collaboration with key internal stakeholders such as Portfolio Management, Games Division, and Marketing as well as the Gameforge Executive Board
• Resolve obstacles, dependencies, timeline issues and support the communication of project status and progress
• Advocate innovative solutions in budget and resource planning cycles to maximize transparency and optimize resource allocation in partnership with leaders across the organization
• Standardize project management methodologies to put processes, communication tools and planning in place to optimally run a virtual game team with distributed resources and develop, implement and optimize planning and tracking systems
• Drive business results through continuous planning that optimizes revenue potential, cost and resource allocation, with a careful eye toward long term sustainable growth and positive brand perception, to the greatest benefit for Gameforge
• Evangelize the strategic vision and needs of the Gameforge portfolio with external studios, in recruitment activities and at trade shows and press events as required

Qualifications to convince:

• A minimum of 5 years in Program Management, Game Production, Project Management and/or executing projects to support live operations with experience operating at least one successful game title through key phases of its life cycle
• Strong production and project management background with proficiency in common methodologies and tools
• Strong leadership skills and experience and exhibited ability to coach and mentor employees at all levels of an organization, especially in distributed teams
• Outstanding communication, project management, process management and relationship-building skills
• Able to work well in a team environment and manage multiple complex projects with various groups
• Ability to travel internationally to lead on-site visits and workshops with partner studios
• Demonstrated passion for competitive and cooperative session based online computer games / console games and self-motivation for furthering a prosperous career in the F2P online games industry
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience; MBA or other relevant higher degree a plus
• Proficiency in English, written and oral is required; German, written and oral a plus
A company to connect:

• A position of responsibility in one of the most creative and exciting industries around
• An informal start-up atmosphere combined with 10 years' experience in the industry
• A challenging work environment offering the chance to contribute your own ideas, with opportunity for personal development
• The ability to be flexible with working hours
• The opportunity to reach millions of players in dozens of countries

About Gameforge

With more than 20 titles and over 450 million registered players, Gameforge is the leading provider of free-to-play massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) in the western hemisphere. Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, the group offers its games in more than 75 countries. Their portfolio includes a bundle of established gaming industry brands, including client-based titles such as award-winning role-playing game AION Free-to-Play and TERA as well as Europe's most successful MMO, Metin2. In future, the varied offering will be expanded by action-rich Anime MMORPG SoulWorker; Popular browser-based games such as OGame and Ikariam complete their offering. More information available at http://corporate.gameforge.com/ .

Contact Details:
Gameforge AG
Tel: +49 721 354 808 244
Contact: Recruiting Office
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