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Electronic Arts

(Closed) Director of Engineering

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Electronic Arts
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Redwood City, CA

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

Group Technical Director

Multiple Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Los Angeles, California, United States Austin, Texas, United States Seattle, Washington, United States Redwood City, California, United States

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

We are searching for a Group Technical Director to lead our Quality Engineering teams across multiple AAA game studios. The Group TD will be responsible for building and leading a team of Technical Directors and software engineers in multiple studios, who will play a key role in increasing predictability and reliability of our game development. This team will identify, develop, and deploy tools and practices which increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our development and quality verification activities. EAโ€™s goal is to deliver the highest possible quality experiences to our players and our QV practices are critical to meeting that goal.

The Group Technical Director is expected to advance the discipline of EAโ€™s quality verification in software development, testing and system engineering through large scale automation and data by creating a strategic vision of the entire software development lifecycle for our console titles and working with studio leadership and executive to align this vision with their needs.

Proven experience in leading software engineers and delivery from architectures through software design, implementation and testing, to quality engineering best practices is required.

The role will report directly to the Head Of Technology for Quality Verification and Engineering.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create technical strategies to ensure effective QA engagements across multiple groups and projects.
  • Guide the quality development discipline forwards as part of the global Quality Technology Council and the worldwide Quality Verification organization.
  • Participate in the Quality Verification planning and strategies for your respective projects and teams
  • Ensure the excellence of our embedded and in-sourced tools development services.
  • Oversee all project dependencies, risks, and critical paths.
  • Promote achievement of the Quality Verification teamโ€™s business goals and develop policies for sharing software, technical innovation, business processes and other intellectual property.
  • Help create a strong technical community by developing excellent relationships with technical peers in game development teams and other groups throughout EA studios.
  • Work with other team leaders to manage change.
  • Lead, coach, and mentor Technical Directors and software engineers on the team.
  • Recruit and retain great people to the team and company.

Requirements

  • Bachelorโ€™s degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering or Software Engineering or equivalent
  • A minimum of 10 years of technology industry experience, including roles at the senior leadership level within technical organizations.
  • A minimum of 4+ years of industry technical experience working with console games.
  • Knowledge of game application technologies, spanning client, server, live operations, and infrastructure systems.
  • Game development contributions that demonstrate the above requirements with a high level of proficiency.
  • Balance technical, team, product, project, and business requirements for successful outcomes.
  • Experience leading technical teams that are distributed across multiple studios and time zones.
  • Change management, experience adapting/changing status quo and traversing changes with people, products, and processes.
  • Experience with multi-studio development.
  • Experience developing new talent.
  • Able to travel.

Additional Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with Video Game development
  • Experience with AI and ML in the context of test automation a strong plus.
  • Performance Competencies (Non-Technical Skills):
    • Passion for the entertainment industry and distributed development.
    • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, face-to-face, written and presentation.
    • Excellent detail-oriented, problem solving skills
    • Experience of customer service
    • Able to quickly assess situations, troubleshoot complex problems and keep a calm head under tight time constraints and high pressure.
    • Self-starter and ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts, principles and solutions with little supervision.
    • Ability to review, evaluate and qualify technical skills
    • Ability to mentor, coach and develop technical staff
    • Ability to travel

Given that you will have a role with a worldwide scope, there are no specific location requirements. We are open to candidates who prefer to work remotely.

About EA: At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free video games and so much more! Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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