Development Manager - Total War

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on our well established Total War team working on our next historical Total War project.

Company Overview

Founded in 1987 and based in Horsham, England, Creative Assembly is one of the UK’s premier video game developers. Creator of the multi award-winning Total War strategy series, the SEGA-owned studio has received numerous press, industry and consumer accolades, including BAFTAs, Develop Industry Excellence awards including the Best In-house Studio in 2012, and the 2011 Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Video Game Soundtrack. With Just over 400 highly experienced and creative industry professionals and counting, the studio is currently working on multiple new AAA PC and console projects.

Position Overview

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on our well established Total War team. The role of Development Manager is to work alongside and assist the Game Director to manage the development of a game project from pre-production to release.
The successful candidate will assist with the day-to-day and week to week process of managing a cross discipline game team. The Development Manager will be able to provide support to keep the project moving forward, and the team positive, informed and focused whilst keeping momentum. The role will also require working with the project leads to generate the project roadmap, identify dependencies, and prioritise work.
The role will also require the development and fostering of positive relationships and cohesiveness within the team and other relevant third parties including internal relationships with SEGA.

Key Responsibilities

Drive project planning for the team.
Facilitate the planning and estimation process across the team to generate fully scoped plans for upcoming phases of the project.
Manage the development team schedule daily, ensuring that milestones are adhered to, tech and decision pipelines remain unblocked and, if changes to dates are incurred, all relevant parties are notified and the schedule adapted accordingly.
Communicate progress on current and upcoming milestones, providing detailed analysis on team performance, risks and areas for improvement.
Maintain the product roadmap at both a high and detail level in consultation with the Game Director and project leads.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Required:

Very strong organisational skills. Driven and self-motivated approach to work.
Able to identify and assess risks and strategize to mitigate.
Strong project management experience with a good understanding of scheduling, planning, tracking and resource allocation.
Experience with Agile/Scrum.
Excellent problem-solving skills. You will be aware of potential and current issues and formulate pragmatic plans to solve them.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Always looking for ways to improve our process, team or project.
Enthusiastic approach to work with a genuine passion for games.
A team thinker - able to work within a team and to actively work to make the team perform cohesively.
Excellent knowledge and experience using MS Office applications, especially Excel.

Desirable:

Experience working with server-based / free-to-play games.
Advanced Excel skills
Previous experience working with one or more of:
QA
Localisation
Outsourcing
 Perforce
 JIRA
 Wikis
 SharePoint and office macros
 Good presentation skills.
 Knowledge of the Total War Franchise.

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder. It does not form part of the contract of employment.