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Development Director - BioWare

Location: Austin, Texas, United States

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Requisition Number: 169420

Position Title: DD I

External Description:

At BioWare, our mission is to create worlds of adventure, conflict, and companionship that inspire you to become the hero of your story. Our teams inspire creativity using tech and tools such as the Frostbite engine and work with thousands of developers across EA's network of studios. We are passionate about games and their potential as a creative medium to reach and inspire people through emotion, artistry, and engaging storytelling. If you share this passion, this is an amazing opportunity to help shape the next generation of gaming.

What the Development Director will do at BioWare, on Star Wars: The Old Republic:

As a Development Director on Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, you'll run planning on a development team with multiple external partners to ship narrative and content updates for ongoing live service. This is a leadership role that involves regular interaction with team members, project leadership, central EA departments, and external development partners. Working with the Senior Development Director, you'll guide the team to meet milestones and quality targets through all phases of development.

Responsibilities

  • Develop project schedules that maximize feature quality and scope within resource, financial, and licensor constraints.
  • Form close working relationships with our discipline leads, individual contributors, and our project and studio leadership.
  • Support our teams in meeting their sprint goals and ensure that tasks are tracked.
  • In partnership with our project leadership, balance trade-offs between scope, resources, and time to reduce project risk and provide updates that meet the quality expectations of a BioWare game.
  • Foster and maintain relationships with essential partners (e.g. licensor, certain EA centralized groups) and guide the work required from them to publish each update.
  • Keep our development team and external partners informed of project goals, schedule, and deliverables.
  • Administer and refine project processes. Identify opportunities for improvement, find creative solutions based on current standards in project management and the industry, and implement solutions with our team.
  • You will report to the Senior Development Director.

Expectations

  • Several years of game development production experience, with 2+ years supporting large cross-discipline teams.
  • A foundation in project management methodologies and process frameworks (e.g. Agile, Waterfall, Scrum).
  • Experience with industry project management and development tools (e.g. Jira, Confluence, Perforce).
  • Comfortable modeling, analyzing, and visualizing data to be understood by any audience.

Bonuses

  • Full-cycle game development experience focused on narrative and content, especially on a live service title.
  • Experience using game engine tools and version control software.
  • Experience using a scripting language to speed up or automate tasks.

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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.

Date Opened: 2021-10-20 21:19:27.143

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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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