VIRTUAL HUMANS – DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

LOS ANGELES

SEED is a R&D organization within Electronic Arts whose purpose is to explore new technologies and the creative opportunities that they can enable for our future games. Our areas of research include virtual reality, how we build game worlds, procedural content generation, creating truly realistic characters, and deep learning, i.e. neural networks and other machine learning techniques applied to game AI and game design.

We collaborate with teams all across Electronic Arts such as Battlefield, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, Star Wars and Dragon Age, as well as the Frostbite Engine team and upcoming new games & IPs.

SEED Virtual Humans team is looking for a Development Director to be located in Los Angeles. The successful candidate will be the right hand of the Producer of the Virtual Humans team and work to develop our team, culture and environment and work with individuals in support of their careers. This position is critical to enable our fast moving teams to effectively build & deliver on our & EA Studios vision of the future.

What skills does SEED look for?

As a person you are driven, build relations, get things done, creative, enthusiastic and a natural leader. You preferably have a technical background in development or research – games or similar high tech – with management experience.

You will be part of growing the best talent in the world and to help them reach new heights. Our employees are passionate, dedicated and creative and they need passionate, dedicated and creative leaders to support them.

Responsibilities: Development Director

  • Enable our team to perform at their highest potential and remove roadblocks
  • Drive team culture and values
  • Coordinate development with stakeholders, e.g. reporting and expectation management
  • Work with the with the Senior Development Director and the head of SEED to plan & report on development
  • Manage team budgets – working closely with your finance partner
  • Identify and mitigate risks
  • Team staffing, e.g. what roles that are needed, validate resources against scope and plan
  • Manage headcount & recruitment
  • Create roadmaps and report & track progress and goals to the Senior Development Director
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration across the teams and studios
  • Protect the team from external interference

Responsibilities: Career management

  • Manage local personnel, providing feedback and assisting in career development
  • Continuous feedback & coaching of people in the team, including performance reviews and setting goals & targets
  • Monitor and act upon team health
  • Establish clear goals and expectations
  • Participate in recruitment and developing talent
  • Local team culture
Qualifications
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Solid project management skills
  • Effective communication & collaboration skills across all levels of an organization
  • Experience working with a distributed team spread across multiple locations
  • Able to manage & grow people
  • Able to work in a creative and fast moving R&D environment, and help to build that environment
  • Experience working with and supporting complex multi-disciplinary projects
What’s in it for you?

We take care of our staff! In addition to a competitive compensation package we will offer you:

  • Health and benefit packages
  • Annual bonus
  • EA stocks
  • 401k
  • Flexible work hours
  • 10 free EA games per year
  • Free gym membership
  • We respect and value our employees’ personal lives. A good work-life balance is essential to our long term success!
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We will review applications continuously. Apply online with a resume and cover letter in English. We look forward to receive your application!

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