Director Development Electronic Arts EA Tokyo

Job Description
As Development Director at Japan Studio you will manage development process, organization and schedules of new and existing social game projects targeted at Japan’s largest Mobile Social Gaming platforms
You will be the owner of the full operational aspects of the development team, including cost and budget, development process and team resourcing
You will be creating and maintaining the execution environment for delivery towards business goals, keeping product development on schedule, within budget, and to specific design
Job Description
Keepers of the project schedule and play a vital role in successfully moving the development team from one project phase to the next
Work with the GM and Producers to identify and fix any issues, bottlenecks or potential improvements across the organization

Manage all operational costs across the development teams and provide input to GM and Producers for budgeting purposes
Ensure the team has the best organizational structure, processes, and project plans that allow the team to produce high quality work efficiently on time and on budget
Document and communicate best practice development approaches across all teams and roles
Proactively assessing and mitigating risk for project and feature scope
Ensure day to day execution of the teams tasks and work in an efficient and feature oriented manner
Collaborate with team members (Programmers, Artists, Designers) to establish realistic expectations for timelines, estimates and project deliverables. Make
decisions around the balance between quality/time/cost, and directing the team accordingly;
Define and track project to schedule and milestones in all areas of design, art and engineering.
Run meetings with the project team to discuss status, resolve issues and share information
Passionately articulate goals and team principles to help form a stimulating and fun work environment/culture
Be a positive member of our team, help to build a great culture for our Japan team, give feedback on games in development and take part in other activities in the company as needed

Proven industry experience in a management capacity (Producer, Project Manager or Development Director) on commercially shipped games on mobile and social platforms
Strong people management skills and conflict resolution skills
Proven experience and passion for managing projects including establishing project plans and project budgets, determining task dependencies, assigning tasks and implementing operational changes.
Strong knowledge of all aspects of game development, with ability to direct and manage across disciplines such as programming, art and design
Experience working with Scrum and agile development processes is a plus
Understanding of Japanese social game market
Understanding of metrics and commercially driven design and product development
Ability to motivate and direct team members towards a common goal
Fast paced, positive and pro-active solution oriented management approach
A passion for games, virtual worlds, and social networking
Native level Japanese language ability, and business level English a plus
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