Development Director

Location: Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain


Requisition Number: 150986

Position Title: DD I

External Description:

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning innovation, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences dedicated to growing the love of sports. EA SPORTS creates authentic, immersive, and fun experiences that invite a diverse audience of players to create, connect, compete, and self-express through industry-leading sports videogames and live services, including FIFA, Madden NFL, NHL, NBA LIVE, and EA SPORTS UFC. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit

EA’s NBA LIVE 18 had an impressive launch, thanks to many awesome features like The One, an all-new dynamic game experience centered around the player, the choices they make, and how they will define their legacy on the court. 

Basketball in Spain produces some of the best international players to ever step foot on an NBA court. Both of Spain’s women and men’s national teams are always in medal contention when the Olympics come around. That’s why EA SPORTS is excited to announce that we are expanding our NBA LIVE console team into Madrid – where the passion for the sport is only matched by the talent on the ground. 

Interested in joining our team? EA Madrid is looking for passionate Software Engineers and Development Managers of all levels to develop genre-bending features like The One for our NBA LIVE franchise. 

The Challenge Ahead: 

A Development Director manages a variety of disciplines including artists, designers, software engineers, QA and other production staff. DD's are the keepers of the project schedule and help move the development team from one project phase to the next while ensuring a collaboration and communication. They must partner closely with producers to ensure that they are managing the project on time, to quality, and within budget

What a Development Director does at EA:

In an Agile environment, manages a direct and indirect development team which generally consists of Software Engineers, Animators, Artists, and Designers. 

Work with feature development teams to lock down requirements and specifications.

Maintain communication with project team and coordinate requirements with all partners.

Establish project schedule and lead across multiple geographical locations to delivery dates

Establish project budget, determine task requirements, and assign tasks to team resources

Identify task-related processes to improve efficiency

Assess and mitigaties risk for assigned scope

Ensure each projects setup meets the specifications with Studio.

Track and implement project improvement plans to guide team efficiency.

Define engagement practices: Ensure all workflow is clearly defined, processes are documented, and staff trained in expectations on the workflow.

Participate and drive resourcing, hiring, performance reviews, team building, and team health

The next great EA Development Director also needs:

An EA Development Director is expected to have at a minimum: 7 years of experience in a software development environment, 5 years Project Management or Project Lead experience, and 2+ years of leadership experience

Bachelor’s degree in any number of related fields including Computer Science, Game Development, Business.. Master’s degree is a plus. PMP is a plus

Excellent knowledge of production life cycle, tools and projects planning.

Experience in a Scrum / Agile software development environment. Scrum Master Certification is desired.

Experience establishing project plan and project budget, determining task requirements, assigning tasks and implementing operational changes.

Proficient in tools such as Jira, Hansoft, Perforce, and Confluence

Experience working on console development would be a plus

Experience working with broad diverse teams. Experience leading multi-location and remote teams is a plus

Mediation and conflict resolution skills

Fluent in English

What’s in it for you? Glad you asked!

Since we realize it takes world-class people to make world-class games, we offer great benefits packages and a culture that thrives off of creativity and passion. You will also get a benefit package that includes medical and life insurance, pension plan, meal vouchers, stocks programs, fitness reimbursement, flex benefit program…and of course, free video games.

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Community / Marketing Title: Development Director

Company Profile:

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

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