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Games Producer

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We are looking for a Games Producer for a global technology/gaming company based in Reading. Please find the job spec below for you to review:

• Salary up to £55,000 per annum
• Contract to start ASAP
• Contract until 30th June 2014 (and then looking to extend)

Key notes from the hiring manager as to what is essential to this hire:

Reason for the role:
A global technology and gaming client is looking for a games producer to join one of the biggest game console's teams within its expanding Programming team. You will be leading a team of 3.

What is most important about this role?
- Solid, proven team leadership experience – this is probably the most crucial, as a lack of hands-on team leadership has been the reason why no previous candidate has been successful.
- Excellent editorial background
- Strong project and stakeholder management skills.
- A huge passion for gaming, and a working knowledge of the gaming landscape.

Role Purpose

The Programming team is responsible for publishing content for the console dashboard. Working with a wide variety of partners, the team develops editorial programming ideas, builds content collections, creates and manages publishing schedules and ensures user experience meets the highest bar for quality, consistency and technical accuracy.

The client is seeking a Producer to lead a high-performing multi-disciplined editorial programming team. The successful candidate will oversee content and creative execution of the dashboard promotions across EMEA, working hand-in-hand with the Business and Marketing teams.

This position requires strong scheduling and project management skills, experience of Games & entertainment localisation, with a good knowledge of the EMEA landscape.

You will possess strong team management experience, be a strong and effective communicator and be able to maintain individual workload whilst managing a team. In addition, you will have deep experience in online publishing or digital entertainment production, and a proven track record of working cross-group, cross-division and cross-region.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for & knowledge of console games coupled with solid experience of developing and evangelising a vision for engaging content collections.

This hands-on role requires an aptitude to ramp-up fast in using bespoke content management tools, and technical knowledge to drive efficiencies on your team.


Main Responsibilities:
Lead a team to develop vibrant and engaging programming that engages new, potential and existing subscribers by promoting relevant content choices which will delight the audience, drive high user engagement, repeat transactions, revenue and market growth.
• Own and oversee the pre-production and planning phases for all merchandising & editorial across the games channels on the console, across all EMEA markets.
• Direct management of the Games Programming team
• Collaborate with Studios & Live Events team to deliver successful initiatives on the Dashboard
• Develop intimate knowledge of proprietary content management tool in order to resolve or escalate technical issues for the team
• Identify new ways to resolve customer needs/experience that can be shared with the wider Programming Teams.
• Drive planning with Engineering counterparts to develop tools and training
• Ensure team’s projects meet business objectives and standards for scalability, quality, and customer value
• Partner with Business Intelligence team to evaluate engagement data & KPI to manage/improve ROI across all Games promotions
• Keep technical skill set current and demonstrate proficiency with the technologies & tools required for the Programming
• Cultivate a climate of teamwork across the discipline and the business group

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential Experience
• Excellent project and risk management, planning and scheduling acumen
• As this is a hands-on role, experience of working with CMS or online publishing systems is essential
• Excellent people & team management skills.
• Proven record within games, entertainment or online publishing
• Proven history of delivering projects with many deliverables and stakeholders
• Demonstrated deep understanding of production and development life cycles in either online or digital publishing
• Partnering with an internal Design team on high profile promotions/projects

Technical/Functional Skills

• This role is not a technical position but technical aptitude and experience of working with CMS or online publishing systems is essential
• Knowledge in content management tools with experience of driving efficiency through technical innovation

Personal Attributes/Interpersonal Skills

• Highly motivated professional with an ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders across a variety of disciplines
• Excellent internal partner relationship skills, including the ability to work with a range of teams with sometimes competing goals to ensure business needs are met, editorial standards are maintained, while maintaining strong collaborative relationships across all teams
• Finely-tuned analytical and problem-solving skills
• Ability to work well under pressure and motivate the team
• Excellent communication, time management and editorial judgment

CV Submission Deadline is Thursday 14th November @ 11.00am – please submit your Top 3 CVs only.

If you are interested in this role then please send me your CV to ebraham@aquent.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

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