AVAILABLE POSITIONS Lead/Senior Producer – Racing

Careers Category: Production

Careers location: London, UK

Connected Worker Type: Connected

Requisition Id: R_110881

At NaturalMotion, we make games that wow people. We innovate to create experiences that previously were impossible and that would not exist without us. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last. For the past six years, NaturalMotion Studios have been named as one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by gamesindustry.biz.

Our Racing business is responsible for the CSR Racing franchise, including the #1 Racing Game on Mobile, CSR2 and the groundbreaking next instalment, CSR3. We are one of the most ambitious, successful, and creatively inclusive studio groups in the world. Based across three locations – London, Birmingham and Bangalore – the team loves welcoming diverse, humble, straightforward and ambitious talent, aspiring for award-winning excellence. People who want to find a place where they will be supported and encouraged to do the best work of their career.

We embrace a hybrid work environment. Within this role, you would work 2 days per week (Wednesday and Thursday) in our London office and the remaining days at home.

Job Purpose 

We are looking for an experienced Lead/Senior Producer, who excels at project management side and has direct and successful experience delivering in one of the following areas: feature development, release management or technical development. You will partner with the Project Leads to either lead a key delivery team or manage specific area of the game project.

As an experienced Producer at NaturalMotion, you will have central communication and leadership role within delivery structure. You will be leading by example, planning, resourcing, mentoring, empowering, course correcting, protecting your team or area of development, making improvements, using retrospectives, finding solutions and above else, keeping delivery direction true to the vision and goals as outlined in Acceptance Criteria.

You will work on risk assessment and mitigation, maintaining resource tracker, resolving issues, outlining dependencies, and communicating across the whole project, including Project Leadership.  You will also be tasked with regular reporting out of your areas of responsibility, covering all the points above.

In your daily job, you will be asked to switch between tactical and strategical view. At one day your job can be about quickly reacting to a change, including decision-making and communications. On the other day, you will have to spend some time thinking about roadmap for your team for 6-12 months ahead.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Plan and Execute: working with Feature Owners, delivery teams, leadership, and partner teams, you will capture and track the work state, set backlog & development priorities, clarify roles and responsibilities, clearly communicate goals, report regularly and maintain steady pace of execution
  • Manage Delivery: deliver on time, budget and quality while keeping everyone around informed & aligned
  • Manage Team: make sure delivery teams are happy, motivated, know what they do and can look forward into the future with optimism
  • Triage and prioritize bug fixes maintaining a healthy, manageable, controlled bug backlog
  • Collaborate Across Departments: Collaborate closely with Game Teams, LiveOps, and craft leaders to understand their requirements, manage expectations, and ensure alignment
  • Establish (when needed), Drive and Maintain regular, high-quality reporting in your areas of responsibility
  • Drive processes improvements continuously, supporting and nurturing culture of efficiency
  • Lead by example, whenever needed. Set goals, course correct to align with direction, solve problems, communicate clearly, do project direction updates, be honest to your team, your leadership and yourself. Present transparent progress status and risk plan reporting, as well as quantitative production milestone metrics

 Required Skills & Experience 

  • You will have demonstrable ability in defining, overseeing and executing delivery in gaming environment in one of key areas: feature development, release management or technical development
  • Deep knowledge about project management standards and practices with ability to show how they apply to specific situations (Scrum, Agile, Kanban, Waterfall)
  • Knowledge about mobile games and key Design and Product pillars for mobile gaming
  • Demonstrable ability to say “no” to senior management, while justifying it and proposing solution
  • Comfortable communicating and presenting across the whole project spectrum from Intern to General Manager and beyond, be it on 1v1, small meetings or big meetings
  • Strong status and risk reporting skills including executive-level project reporting
  • Effective at bringing order out of chaos, excellent prioritization and decision making skills
  • Capable of being responsible for a defined area of a project, expected to provide best practice input and mentoring to the more junior members of the group
  • A real passion for gaming, mobile preferred

What we offer you

  • Competitive salary and discretionary annual bonus scheme 
  • Create next-gen games that will be played and loved by millions of players around the world
  • Work in a family-oriented, collaborative team that invests in your development and growth on-the-job
  • A diverse team of friendly, fun and supportive co-workers
  • Flexible working hours & crunch-free working culture
  • Communal music and laid-back atmosphere
  • Summer/Christmas parties and Happy Hour in the studio each Friday
  • 26 days holiday + bank holidays, 2 paid personal days 
  • 6 months of fully paid maternity/adoption leave or 16 weeks of fully paid paternity leave (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Pension plan with a double matching employer contribution (capped at 8%)
  • Private medical insurance, dental insurance and healthcare cash plan
  • Life insurance, accident insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Company Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Fitness Reimbursement plan worth £600 per annum
  • Charitable Giving Platform to which the Company contributes a 2:1
  • Annual season ticket advance and cycle to work scheme

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

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