Development Director

Multiple Locations: Austin, Texas, United States • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • Orlando, Florida, United States

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Requisition Number: 165688

Position Title: DD I

External Description:

We are EA 

And we make games – how cool is that? In fact, we entertain millions of people across the globe with the most unique and immersive interactive software in the industry. But making games is challenging work. That's why we employ the most creative, passionate people in the industry. 

The EA Studios Data and Insights group (SDI) is responsible for bringing quantitative and qualitative insights to the entire company via Analytics Solutions, Data Science and Studio Analytics.  As the SDI Data Science team we are responsible for researching and building AI and machine learning solutions for our game titles. We develop and deploy models, run simulations, administer experiments, engage on advanced analytics research and aid in the training of game developers who use our data science solutions. 

The Challenge Ahead: 

We are seeking a Development Director who will be an integral part of our leadership team. You will manage project and resource planning, balance scope with capacity, track progress, implement and improve processes, mentor people, and manage risks and mitigation. You are a master of data science capabilities and solutions development. You understand the iterative nature of data science and how to empower a data science team. You know how to build healthy, high functioning relationships with external teams or vendors. You are a force multiplier for the team. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Organize the direction, priority, and strategy for multiple complex projects/teams while ensuring alignment with internal and external leadership
  • Monitor and adjust a project allocation strategy for multiple complex projects/teams to address skill gaps, capacity, historic team relationships, and identify funding needs
  • Lead and maintain a multi-year project forecast/backlog updated on a quarterly basis, working closely with game team and finance partners by proactively identifying and planning Data Science support.
  • Be the point of escalation for conflict management, problem-solving, risk identification and developing mitigation strategies.
  • Maintain understanding of game release schedules and forecast projected data science project milestones
  • Partner with DDs from other teams to highlight data science solutions and mentor them on the team’s capabilities
  • Attend stand-ups, grooming, sprint planning, demos, retrospectives and other team meetings with data science team members
  • Establish trust and credibility with team leadership as well as studio leadership
  • Identifying and implementing process improvement initiatives across full projects or multiple teams
  • Maintain project status reports across multiple complex projects, mentoring data scientists to set projects plans and schedules. 
  • Using change management processes to communicate project capabilities, measure the effectiveness of project-wide change effectively, and set up projects for success when scaling beyond the data science team. 

Qualifications:  

  • Passionate about managing data teams.
  • 7+ years working as a project manager
  • 5+ years of experience working in a Software Development industry, and you have released multiple solutions while seeing them through all phases of the development life cycle.
  • Have experience managing internal and external teams
  • Have many conflict resolution tools in your tool belt
  • The ability to comfortably talk across all levels of an organization
  • The ability to always know the status of your project and can visualize that status for any audience
  • Strong negotiation, prioritization, and conflict resolutions skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical individuals
  • Strong people management skills and proven track record of effective management of senior resources
  • Experience working in data analytics a strong plus
  • Experience with delivering live services a plus
  • Experience with game development a plus

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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.

EEOText: About EA At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free video games and so much more! Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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About EA

At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. 

We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and maternity and paternity leave, plus free video games and so much more! 

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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