Development Director (Hybrid Options)

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Posted 20 October 2022
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
Contact NameDaniel Butcher

Job description

We’re supporting Splash Damage as they look to bring onboard a Development Director as they embark on new and ambitious projects, including a new IP, a move into self-publishing and expansion into new locations. As part of this new era Splash Damage have created their own worlds including an original Sci-fi game in Unreal Engine 5, giving them true ownership of their projects.

You will lead and drive overall project development plans, focused on team performance and health while executing the ongoing vision for games. You will bring together people, materials and tools, unencumbering teams through direction, mentoring and management; changing agile production process to match performance to ensure a strong focus on quality, teamwork, communication, and improvement.

You’ll own a project plan through to launch and continually operate the game in on time, to quality, and within budget. Drawing on your agile leadership experience, you are able to continually review and improve the development process and team performance, and executive development plans to suit different projects.

You will be quality-first focused and understand the needs of our players and the business. You will be accountable for the overall project plan and make data-driven decisions to improve your teams and align them around the long-term plans for operating a GaaS.

You’ll be the voice of reason when needed, as teams balance creative ambition with their proven capacity to execute on time and the single source of truth and represent the state and the outlook of the project internally and to external clients; and seek to foster an open, fun, and transparent development culture.

The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • Proven management skills with clinical handling of agile development, allowing your team to execute on the goals and craft the best product possible
  • An adept strategist with careful planning to produce results, highlight obstacles and mitigate risk
  • Experienced at agile production and comfortable advising other project leaders where necessary
  • Effective leadership skills to balance and prioritize short-term solutions with long-term vision and goals
  • Effective, consistent, clear, and aligned communicator that builds trust, internally and externally, providing updates on issues, achievements, priorities, and goals
  • Able to foster an environment of shared ownership, empowerment, accountability, constructive criticism, recognition, appreciation, and collaboration
  • A true love of games, you play games, you take your play seriously

Splash offer a host of perks and benefits including… 
  • Private Medical and Dental Cover for you and your family, mental health support and a 24/7 digital GP service
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Industry-leading fully paid 30 weeks maternity leave and 10 weeks paternity leave 
  • Enhanced company pension contributions and a group life assurance scheme
  • Tailored visa and relocation package and support for you and your family
  • Extensive Mental Health support, with Line Manager Mental Health training, a group of Mental Health First Aiders, and on-site or remote counselling
  • Bespoke Learning and Development course framework to help you grow as an employee, manager, and leader

Splash believe that games play better with friends. For more than 20 years, they’ve been creating team-based multiplayer experiences that have entertained tens of millions of players all over the world and forged countless new friendships along the way.

Their studio culture is rooted in their open, friendly, and collaborative environment and their games are made by people from all over the world, from their entry-level hires to industry veterans, and they believe that fostering a diverse culture is the best way to build both games and their studio. 

Splash Damage have won numerous awards, including a ‘World-Class’ accreditation by Best Companies and being named one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to work for.