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Production Director

Crop Circle

world wide
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Operations
  • Industry: Technology
  • Post Date: 11/23/2022
  • Website: cropcircle.co
  • Company Address: , New Orleans, LA US

About Crop Circle

Crop Circle games is an independent distributed game studio founded by a community of industry veterans who believe games have the potential not only to entertain, but also to widen perspectives and make the world a better place. Reaching that potential requires building a singular studio of unique personalities and experiences to create a one-of-a-kind work culture.

Job Description

We are assembling a dream team of exceptional developers with a shared vision for a powerful new game built around the pillars of hope, humor, and human empowerment. We aim to create an industry phenomenon by leveraging our team's proven track record for building narrative-driven sandbox games that create strong emotional engagement through empathy, positivity, and community participation on a global scale.  Reaching that potential requires building a singular studio of unique personalities and experiences to create a one-of-a-kind work culture. We love quirks, we embrace oddities, and we trust that our world is extraordinary when it's a little off-beat and a lot unusual. We know the people we are looking for rarely exist in the same place, which is why we are a fully distributed team allowing everyone to work from their home base of choice.

Reporting directly to the Studio Director, the Production Director will lead all aspects of the game development process, including schedule and milestone specification and tracking, inter-disciplinary team coordination, sprint methodology, change management based on regular user research data, and ongoing scoping and prioritization of development tasks. You'll also be responsible for building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with our development and publishing partners and ensuring efficient coordination of internal and external development staff. You'll have broad latitude to build, structure, and lead a production team to guide both the development process and live game operations. Because strong collaboration makes the best games, you'll also work closely with all development disciplines to help shape and guide the game holistically through all stages of development.

This position will be the founding member of the production team at Crop Circle and the right candidate will have a high degree of flexibility in how they pursue their goals and a great opportunity to grow their career as we build a unique and highly innovative game that will delight our players. You'll be helping an experienced and passionate team launch their first game as a new studio so being comfortable building process out of ambiguity while empowering your colleagues is crucial!

Core Responsibilities & Objectives 

  • Work closely with cross-discipline leads to create and refine processes and project planning methods that allow the development team to produce ambitious work within constraints. 
  • Establish and drive a nimble, distributed-team development methodology aligned to high-level development goals and ensuring remote team members are on equal footing.
  • Identify schedule and product risks; continually seeking out opportunities for improvements.
  • Create a healthy, positive, and respectful project workflow designed to meet project goals while also building a sustainable studio culture.
  • Implement a series of checks and balances that measure both the health of the team and the product.
  • Coordinate with external partner colleagues to ensure alignment across all development, publishing, and marketing work streams.
  • Model schedule and quality impacts of design, art, and engineering proposals against existing schedule and resources.
  • Build, lead, and mentor a diverse and empowered team of producers.
  • Work with studio leadership to build and maintain a healthy, supportive, equitable, and safe work environment for everyone.
  • Advocate for other developers with plans to improve workflows, communication, and tools integration.

Core Traits (Skills, Knowledge, Experience) 

  • Significant experience leading production teams for games through all stages from concept to release and live operations.
  • Strong knowledge of task, sprint, and workflow management tools and techniques for iterative software development.
  • Strong support and collaboration skills working across many disciplines and experience levels. 
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.
  • Self starter with a propensity towards action and practical resolutions.
  • Ability to consider all perspectives and keep a neutral position when navigating conflict resolutions.
  • Sufficient technical knowledge to engage with engineers and technical artists and participate in balancing technical requirements with product vision and schedule
  • Leads with empathy and supportive collaboration across all disciplines and experience levels.

Bonus Traits 

  • Experience managing international outsource teams.
  • Experience developing with Unreal.
  • Experience developing for a live, service-based game.

Physical Requirements 

  • Close vision to monitors and screens, consistently working on computer equipment such as keyboards and monitors, long periods of sitting 
  • Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

Crop Circle Games is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition(s), national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances, or common human decency.