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Development Director 2

Location: Shanghai, Shanghai, China

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Requisition Number: 169374

Position Title: DD II

External Description:

Report to Studio Director of EA Create Shanghai.

The Create studio is looking for a skilled, energetic and fun loving individual to join our leadership team and help create EA’s next big AAA title. EA Create is a center for distributed development across EA’s game studios where we get to work on popular franchises such as Battlefield, Need for Speed, Plants vs. Zombies, EA Sports, Command and Conquer and many more. We strive to provide game studio partners with high quality art production solutions while focusing on refining and expanding our studio capabilities.

Similar to producer or project manager, a development director is in charge of making sure your team delivers their work on time and to quality. You will be the main communication conduit to the game teams in understanding project requirements, coordinating project resources, managing development schedules, identifying and resolving risks and most importantly, executing to plan.

This role will be based in Shanghai and we are willing to relocate the right candidate. If you are looking for an adventure in the wild wild East, Shanghai is the place for you! Our office is located minutes away from the heart of downtown Shanghai where the city’s full range of culinary delights, culture sites and amazing nightlife awaits you.

Our leadership team is composed of experienced game developers from all over the world. We are an international group and we aim to create a fun work culture and environment worthy of a top notch global game company. We actively promote staff-driven culture initiatives such as photography club, bike riding club, poker nights, table top games, monthly happy hour etc. as a way to improve inter-studio communication and relationships between project teams.

Responsibilities Include

  • Responsible for creating and validating a project schedule that meets the requirements of the game team; discuss and create consensus on project resource requirements, workflow and milestones; establish WGLL (What Good Looks Like), identify key stakeholders for regular communications and check-ins;
  • Prioritize tasks to minimize bottlenecks while ensuring the production pipeline matches with the needs of the game studios;
  • Identify project risks through regular monitoring of production status, team morale and communication channels; call out project risks and create mitigation plans before they become an issue;
  • Managing through change request process by clearly communicating to project stakeholders the nature of the change request, the cost of changes and the prioritization of the changes;
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to team members through regular 1:1s and weekly team meetings;
  • Identify and mitigate attrition risks;
  • Reward and recognize top performers through quarterly team performance review, promotions and salary adjustments while identifying and assisting low performers in improving their capabilities;
  • Discuss and provide career path for team members, identify training courses and seek opportunities to assign team members challenging assignments to continuously improve their skills;

Qualifications

  • 10+ years total of game development experience with 4 years in project management and 3 years in managing a development team;
  • Strong communication skills across all levels of an organization including negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution;
  • PMP Certification an asset;
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin;
  • Experience in managing an Asian team is a big plus;
  • Experience in distributed development is a big plus;

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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.

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

We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. 

We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. 

Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game.

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