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The Chinese Room

Project Manager

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The Chinese Room
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Brighton

The Chinese Room has established a reputation as one of the most creative and exciting studios in the UK. We’re proud to be internationally recognised as pioneers of storytelling with a flair for creating atmospheric, rich and imaginative games.

As a Sumo Digital studio, The Chinese Room is built on passion, on finding amazing people and letting them shine. It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The Chinese Room is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

The role @ The Chinese Room

We are looking for a proactive and highly motivated Project Manager to join The Chinese Room to support our teams developing exciting new games projects.

Within your new role you will:

  • Be supporting the production team at The Chinese Room.
  • Be responsible for improving and following project management process to help us complete game projects on time, on budget and meeting creative and quality goals.
  • Prepare and communicate project status information to stakeholders.

To be successful you will have:

  • At least 3+ years experience in similar roles, ideally within games development.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability.
  • A track record of successfully completed projects.
  • An understanding of a wide range of project management concepts, tools and approaches and an ability to tailor methods to meet the requirements of the team.
  • Experience using Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban).
  • Experience planning complex software projects.
  • Experience using risk management methods.
  • Experience managing projects to a budget.
  • A passion for technology, entertainment and understanding of technical and creative concepts.
  • An open and flexible mindset, with strong communication skills.
  • A degree-level education with strong maths ability.
  • Experience of MS Project and in-depth working knowledge of Excel.
  • Experience of Jira or Azure DevOps Boards (aka TFS/VSTS) desirable.

Our titles include the ground-breaking Dear Esther (2012), cult horror Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013), the VR fairy-tale So Let Us Melt (2017) the open-world adventure Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (2015), a PlayStation 4 exclusive that won major awards across the world, and the multi award-winning Little Orpheus (2020). This included an amazing 10 BAFTA nominations and 3 BAFTA wins.

We bring our passion and commitment to creating exciting original games to a network of studios renowned for quality and expertise. Being part of the Sumo team enables us to expand and grow in ambition and confidence, taking our reputation for storytelling into new genres. Our most recently announced game, Little Orpheus, is an Apple Arcade exclusive and we’re working on other unannounced β€˜AAA’ titles that will further establish our award-winning style and reputation.

We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary Sumo β€˜Big Day Out’, plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and the upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

The Chinese Room is located in Brighton in the south of England, home to an amazingly vibrant game development scene and a cultural hotspot with fantastic food, arts, music, shopping and sports. The studio is in the city centre, near the beach, and close to the South Downs National Park. Gatwick Airport is only half an hour away from train, and you can be in central London in just over an hour. It’s an easy place to love!

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand-new team, and creating a studio culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other.