(Closed) Video Game Technical Director, First Party Games, Stadia
- 10 years of experience in a technical leadership position and with shipped titles within the game industry.
- Experience with the optimization and architecture of video game technology and development.
- Experience recruiting and building teams and delegating and motivating technical experts.
- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.
- Knowledge of agile development methodologies (e.g., XP, Scrum, etc.).
- Understanding of the tech considerations and best practices for games-as-a-service.
- Understanding of Cloud based development and streaming considerations.
- Ability to work through diverse challenges and interest in finding ways to optimize the game development process. Ability to motivate large teams in a fast-paced, changing environment.
- Excellent leadership, organizational, and priority management skills.
About the job
Like Google's own ambitions, the work of a Software Engineer (SWE) goes way beyond just Search. SWE Managers have not only the technical expertise to take on and provide technical leadership to major projects, but also manage a team of engineers. You not only optimize your own code but make sure engineers are able to optimize theirs. As a SWE Manager you manage your project goals, contribute to product strategy and help develop your team. SWE teams work all across the company, in areas such as information retrieval, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, distributed computing, large-scale system design, networking, security, data compression, user interface design; the list goes on and is growing every day. Operating with scale and speed, our exceptional software engineers are just getting started -- and as a manager, you guide the way.
In this role, you'll be responsible for defining the technical strategy for the first games in the first Stadia Games internal studio. You will collaborate with the Head of Tech on setting the overall tech strategy for all first-party games. Your role will be to become an expert in the new Stadia platform, challenging the organizations various teams to ensure that the development pipeline is optimal for a wide range of developers.
In this role, you will focus on shipping one of Stadia's first AAA games, pushing innovation and defining optimal pipelines for future games. You will work in collaboration with the Producer and the various Leads to define the technical specifications of games in development, assess the difficulty of tasks at hand, and bring team members together around shared goals.
Stadia is Google’s premier Video Game platform, designed for everyone. We are working on custom built hardware and rapidly evolving open source technology to deliver a seamless gaming experience across multiple devices. Stadia provides players new ways to discover, engage, and connect with content with no download required thanks to our cutting-edge data centers. Our team members are building the tools that will push game development to new levels, reducing the barrier to entry and bringing gaming to everyone. Through the power of Stadia, there is unlimited possibility.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of modern video game technology and a practical understanding of common architectures processes used in development.
- Build an Engineering team focused on innovation, quality, developer efficiency, and on-time delivery.
- Define and oversee the debugging, polishing, and live service strategies to ensure that an always live, iterative, and data driven approach is taken throughout development.
- Determine any necessary applications or services enhancements to meet project needs and ensure the feasibility of these upgrades.
- Anticipate technological advances, understand the issues brought about by new industry trends, and implement solutions that leverage these changes by tapping into the best Google tech available across the company.