Senior Producer, External Development (XDEV)

Job

  • Liverpool  
    Merseyside, United Kingdom
    perm  
  • Company
    Playstation  
    Start date
    ASAP  
    Duration
    n/a  
    Wage
    Undisclosed
  • Closing date
    22 November 2022  
    Posted on
    22 September 2022  

Why PlayStation?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Why PlayStation?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Now, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

The Team:

XDEV is part of the PlayStation Studios family with regional offices in UK, Japan and USA. We partner with talented independent game development studios to create exclusive PlayStation games. We provide our partners with full production support and access to PlayStation Studios global network of award winning technical, creative and support services. XDEV’s recent PlayStation 5 releases include: Returnal, Sackboy: A Big Adventure & Death Stranding: Director’s Cut.

XDEV Europe is headquartered in our recently opened 65,000 ft2 PlayStation offices located minutes from Liverpool’s city centre and iconic waterfront. Our state-of-the-art facility boasts a staff gym, cafeteria, collaborative breakout spaces and a rooftop terrace with views over the River Mersey.

The Role:

We are looking for a talented and collaborative-minded Senior Producer to join our team in Liverpool. You are an experienced individual with a diverse game development production background that includes delivery of AAA console games.

You will work with our internal and external development partners, third-party suppliers and our colleagues across the wider PlayStation business to develop and publish AAA games for worldwide release. An evangelist for your titles, you will help define the development path and schedule for the game as well as work to identify and resolve conflicts and issues that arise during development. Responsible for delivering the game on time and to budget, you will ensure that it delivers on its strategic and portfolio objectives.

This is a management role that reports to an Executive Producer or Studio Director and is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join the PlayStation Studios family and lead production of an undisclosed PlayStation title.

Scope of Work:

  • Agree a realistic milestone plan with the developer with particular focus on deliverables, resourcing, budget and schedule
  • Prepare and present comprehensive greenlight presentations to PlayStation Studios Executive including details of the pitch, the development team, costs and the commercial opportunity
  • Review development milestones against contractual delivery criteria and approve release of the associated milestone payment. Your familiarity with the game design and knowledge of similar or competitive games will allow you to provide the developer with insightful written feedback and direction necessary to achieve AAA quality targets.
  • Provide regular status updates for PlayStation Studios leadership. Your deep knowledge of the production process will help you mark progress as well as identify risks and mitigation strategies that will minimise any impact to the production schedule.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with the development team. You will be encouraged to visit their studio, participate in regular on-site meetings and build a deep collaborative relationship with the game development team.
  • Ensure that all communication between your production team and XDEV leadership, the developer, third-party suppliers and multiple PlayStation Studios support teams is timely and effective
  • You are responsible for agreeing and tracking all game development expenditure for your game against the budget agreed with the PlayStation Studios Leadership Team
  • In close partnership with SIE legal and XDEV leadership, you will help to negotiate business terms for new products or participation in new strategic initiatives
  • Representing your game to Marketing and Brand leadership, you will ensure your title is aligned with PlayStation strategic and portfolio objectives as well as developing franchise opportunities
  • Develop an expert-level understanding of PlayStation tools, technologies and production processes
  • Evangelise XDEV awareness and best practices with global development teams and cross-regional partners

Desirable Qualities & Experience:

  • An open communicator, you are respectful of others and an active listener
  • An innovator who is creative and curious. You have a thirst to understand and know more, and a desire to encourage this amongst those around you
  • A collaborator who shares plans, you welcome the perspective of others
  • Inclusive and self-aware, you are sensitive to how your actions can impact the team
  • You are pro-active and capable of delegating tasks across a team
  • You have project management experience gained in the video game industry including knowledge of agile production methods and tools
  • You have a passion for game development with a deep understanding of core game mechanics and emerging trends plus first-hand knowledge of what it takes to execute at a AAA quality level
  • Minimum 10 years AAA game production experience in a leadership role

Benefits:

  • Pension scheme
  • Discretionary bonus opportunity
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Dental Scheme
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • On Site Gym
  • Subsidised Café
  • Free soft drinks
  • On site bar

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

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