Lead Producer

Lead Producer

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Lead Producer, Central Technology

Zynga is looking for a Lead Producer to help evolve our processes and manage all aspects of production for our Core Technology team.  He or she will work closely with engineering leadership, product management, other producers and game teams to balance a set of commitments and milestones to predictable execution, facilitating tough tradeoffs along the way. Tactical enough dive deep on daily execution, proactively spot areas for improvement, then energetically drive those improvements broadly, resulting in all peers feeling collaboratively led into changes that solve confusion, miscommunication and differing expectations.

Key Responsibilities:
Leadership - 

  • Provide strong leadership to the team, inspire and motivate through personal example, enthusiasm, and dedication
  • Enable and promote a resilient, capable team which embraces accountability, seeks opportunities to maximize their potential, and takes pride in their accomplishments
  • Actively participate in and collaborate with the Core Tech leadership team to achieve the group’s vision and goals
  • Build effective relationships with internal customers and supporting partner groups

Development - 

  • Drive execution from concept to live, accountable for meeting milestone commitments and quality targets
  • Create and improve development and release processes, including effective implementation of agile methods
  • Create project schedules which maximize feature quality and output within resource, financial, and licensor constraints
  • Create and validate project scope, ensure clear definition of deliverables
  • Coordinate external dependencies with supporting organizations across the company
  • Identify and manage project risk
  • Keep the team informed on development results, schedule, and changes
  • Report status at regular intervals, escalate urgent issues in a timely manner
  • Solve problems, balance priorities, and find creative solutions to achieve results
  • Ensure deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality

Required Skills:

  • 7+ years of project management experience on software development projects
  • Previous production experience in the mobile and/or gaming industry
  • Experience working in an agile environment and implementing processes for agile development
  • Experience setting up and running project management tools such as Jira
  • Strong negotiation, change management and conflict resolution skills
  • Comfortable using Excel to track, model and analyze data
  • High degree of initiative, takes opportunities to make improvements
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Preferred Skills:

  • 5+ years experience as a technical project manager
  • Familiarity with back end server technologies for live games
  • Computer science, statistics or technical degree
  • Scrum Master or Agile Coach certification
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