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A Senior Producer is relied upon to manage and/or direct scheduling and the day to day production of internal and external groups. Responsibilities include collaborating with producers, creative leads, and studio managers to develop and maintain a specific discipline or project plan to determine resource, budget or schedule needs in game development.
Manage the production of one of more discipline teams in all areas to include:
- Managing the game production pipeline of a specific discipline or disciplines throughout all production phases
- Responsibility for specific phases or portions of the games's product development cycle from design through final approval
- Scheduling and maintaining day to day tasking of departmental and interdisciplinary teams. Partner with other producers to balance resource contention
- Managing development efforts to keep product development on schedule and within budget
- Planning and troubleshooting production resources with designs and scope forecasted
- Communicating between team members, outside developers, consultants and all inter-company resources
- Contribution to future product development needs such as enhancing creative relationships, guiding the development of new technologies, and evaluating competitive products
Manage and/or Direct the day-to-day production issues through analytic thinking and information gathering. This would include:
- Breaking down large or complex projects into meaningful subprojects
- Assimilating diverse information and assessing the impact on each piece of the project as well as on the project as a whole, developing and implementing resolutions to issues that arise
- Identifying all groups that may be affected by the project, and involving them – actively soliciting their input and following up through execution
- Holding regular meetings with project teams and individuals to discuss status, resolve issues and share information
- Ensuring a common understanding and agreement on the project scope and objectives and on any subsequent changes
Contribute to current and future product development needs. This contribution would include:
- Maintaining and enhancing creative relationships with internal game development team
- Partnering with team managers to deal with personnel issues and individual growth, such as meeting task expectations, as well as actively tasking individuals toward determined growth goals
- Participating in yearly performance review process, helping to gather feedback and compiling first pass written review under the supervision of team managers
- Maintaining and enhancing necessary processes and procedures for product development while coordinating with development team to ensure SIE company-wide policies are adhered to
- Contributing to the development of new theories and methodology. Using judgement within defined policies and practices, and anticipating change in order to direct or redirect efforts as needed
Education & Experience:
- Minimum 7+ years of games industry experience in a product development environment
- Minimum 4 years as Producer on a 50 plus person team
- Experience producing for large scale, AAA game required
- Previous internal team production and team management experience desirable
- Two or more published titles considered a strength
- Familiarity with art, animation, level design and engineering production pipelines and software
- 4 year undergraduate college degree or equivalent skill set
- Ability to create and maintain project schedules and milestone documentation, monitoring the progress of department milestones and individual tasks against those schedules.
- Proven experience producing and managing cross-functional creative development teams and resources to quality and schedule goals
- Familiarity with Agile techniques, including SCRUM or Kanban. CI-ACP, CSP, PMP or equivalent certification a plus
- Familiarity with traditional production management techniques
- Excellent organizational & prioritization skills, attention to detail, process knowledge and ability to multi-task
- Experience with Microsoft Office (emphasis on Excel), Hansoft, JIRA, Confluence and other project tracking and bug database software
Communication & Collaboration
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively across product development and management teams.
- Interpersonal and facilitation skills
- Implementing projects in partnership with co-workers, developers and other SIE business units
- Ability to identify other business units with necessary technical knowledge and cultivate relationships
- Ability to adapt quickly in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
- Knowledgeable of current games industry trends: stays up-to-date on competitive products and best practices
- Must love games and have a passion for creating them!
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