Head of Studio

The Head of Studio will be the owner of a portfolio of AAA mobile games in different stages of production and live operations, and responsible for managing their long term business success. The prime goal is to drive the success of his / her portfolio of products over different stages of their life cycle. Based on overall company strategy he / she will create business value for the company by guiding 3rd party studios and the flaregames product teams to create great games within his / her portfolio group. He / she has full P&L responsibility and will be the key person for any high-level decisions related to his/her portfolio.

The Head of Studio reports to the CEO, is a member of the Management Board and will have a strong, direct impact on flaregames’ overall company performance and strategy.

The Head of Studio has a track record of commercially successful internal and external F2P products and live services. He / she has superior operational and communication skills, and is able to develop and communicate a strong vision to his / her leadership team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Take overall P&L responsibility for a portfolio and manage production schedules and budget for large scale mobile development budgets and live operations
  • Build strong interdisciplinary product teams and effectively manages product leadership
  • Recruit senior production and product leadership, mentors particularly all production staff across the whole company and support the further development of our great talents
  • Form and own solid relationships with 3rd party studios
  • Ensures each product creates and executes effective vision, strategy and roadmap
  • Set and execute against the portfolio’s revenue, profit and operational goals
  • Define and enforce product quality standards and ensure high production values
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Operations Managers to develop and execute growth strategies for his / her portfolio of games
  • Establish and improve 3rd party production methodologies to improve efficiency, quality and effectiveness
  • Ensure knowledge transfer between product teams as well as other business units
  • Monitor the market for competitors and new trends

Required Skills and Experience

  • Self-identifies as gamer and driven by his/her love for games
  • Minimum 10 years of experience working in senior production roles in the videogame industry, or minimum 6 titles (multi-platform) shipped in a Producer capacity
  • At least 6 years of experience as publisher-side Executive Producer or other director level position
  • Track record of managing commercially successful F2P mobile games
  • Proven budget responsibility >5m EUR
  • High passion for leadership & experience managing key talent and 3rd party studio relationships
  • Deep understanding of the mobile games business and the overall games industry
  • Strong commercial focus and ability to evaluate business impact of decisions in a single game, as well as portfolio context
  • Strong entrepreneurial mind-set and shows strategic, outside of the box thinking
  • Excellent project management skillset including budget, schedule and quality management tools and techniques
  • High degree of target-orientation and outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to excite, inspire and motivate teams in external and internal relationships
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in order to convey complex information in a clear and suitable manner to a diverse range of target groups
  • Strong interpersonal skills, empathy and intercultural competence to effectively collaborate and build consensus with senior executives, but also with team members on all levels and with different backgrounds
  • Critical-thinking and quantitative analysis skills
  • Hands-on and problem-solving mentality
  • Driven by the motivation of bringing the company to the next level
  • Based in Karlsruhe, Germany; regular domestic and international travel required
  • Fluent at least in English, additional languages preferred

We offer

  • A fulltime, permanent position
  • Being part of an international team that is built around challenging values (Be bold, Take ownership, Trust your team and Keep evolving)
  • A challenging, results-achieving environment with a flat hierarchy
  • A voice in our team: you will feel that your contribution to the quality of our games is decisive
  • An asshole-free workplace, populated by true team players
  • Many ways to grow your personality, skills and area of competence
  • Coffee, juice, Club Mate and other hipster drinks to quench your thirst, and daily fresh fruit to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

 

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