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Company Name:
Newcastle, England
United Kingdom
Job Type:
Position type:
Full Time
PC / Windows, Playstation 4
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Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Associate Degree

Development Director

EVE: Valkyrie, the award winning virtual reality space combat game, is looking for an experienced Development Director to join its growing team in Newcastle. Reporting to the Executive Producer, the Development Director is accountable for managing all aspects of the development process which will allow the team to execute and deliver on both the creative vision and the commercial ambitions of the game. As part of a small dynamic team working on cutting edge technology, the ideal candidate would be flexible enough to contribute to the development of the game as well as management of the studio outside of traditional project management responsibilities.

Experience and skills

  • Educated to at least a bachelor’s degree level, preferably in a technical or other relevant field
  • At least 3 years’ experience leading teams in a project management or development director role within the games industry
  • Shipped at least two AAA PC or console games in a project management role.
  • A thorough understanding of agile development and scrum – both their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Able to inspire and lead teams and deal with strong opinions, both technical and creative
  • Support and encourage the team’s autonomy and self-organization
  • Brilliant at communicating with a wide array of people
  • Fluent in English


The successful candidate will be accountable for the following:

Development Process

  • Articulating the development process used on the game and ensuring that it is properly implemented and executed.
  • Constantly evaluating all aspects of the development process and making changes as needed to ensure smooth delivery as well as alignment with the current and future Production Lifecycle Phases
  • Responsible for the development budget of the project.

Planning and Scheduling

  • Ensuring that the overall development plan is created and maintained, detailing the path of the project within and through the Production Lifecycle Phases.
  • Ensuring that all relevant tasks are identified and appropriately estimated to allow plans to be created.
  • Delegating the appropriate level of planning to subsections of the project and consequently aggregating them up into the overall project plan.

Teams / People

  • Ensuring that the project has the relevant skills and people who are properly motivated to deliver the product.
  • The development and wellbeing of all development staff.
  • Management of people from disciplines other than programming

Risks and Issues

  • Managing the Risk process on the project and ensure that proper mitigation steps are planned and executed to prevent the Risk becoming issues.
  • Managing the Issue resolution process so that problems which have occurred can be solved either within the normal development process or through the use of other means as appropriate.

Progress & KPIs

  • Tracking the progress of the project as it moves through each of the Production Lifecycle Phases and taking any actions required in order to hit agreed milestones.
  • Tracking and managing appropriate KPIs to demonstrate progress of the project and product through development. All application and related documents must be submitted in English in order to be accepted.

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