Director of Product Development

Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment company backed by Sequoia Capital and Tencent, is breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine. Profitable since launch in 2009, the company has grown to over 200 employees. Pocket Gems’ games have been downloaded over 250 million times by players around the world. Our ideal candidates enjoy a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction, coupled with an aptitude for team collaboration and open communication.

We're currently looking for an execution leader who is passionate about games and game-making to help us build out the Production Management discipline.   

Responsibilities:

  • Lead execution of game teams and ensure on time delivery, high efficiency and strong team morale.

  • Constantly evaluate and improve process, talent mix, organization, and process to achieve exceptional results.

  • Create a decision framework to make the right calls around time / cost / quality based on the project goals

  • Proactively identify risk and preemptively create and implement mitigation plans.

  • Ensure clear communication of goal and vision for the team members and expectations with stakeholders.

  • Build out the development management as a formal discipline at Pocket Gems

Qualifications:

  • A proven execution leader:  You are proud to have lead 50+ person teams to deliver exceptional results on multiple axis of time, quality, and cost.

  • An agile guru: Years of implementing different agile methodologies in teams large and small have given you a strong point of view on what works and doesn’t work and with the confidence you can get it right regardless of team dynamics

  • A caring mentor and manager: with stories to tell how you made a young talented member of your team successful in their careers and how you made difficult decisions around personnel for the good of the team.

  • A articulate communicator: Meticulously craft each message and fret over how to communicate complicated ideas in a clear and succinct manner that motivates it’s listeners.

  • A gamer and game maker: Love to play games during your off time and have helped create some of the great games of our time.

  • An optimizer: Love spending time to explore how new processes and tools can help improve team efficiency and results.  Have already mastered the common tools of the trade such as JIRA, wiki, Excel, Powerpoint and Google docs.

  • An analytical and structured thinker: Ideally holding a bachelors in engineering and love to use logic and math as a tool to create better results.

  • A Doer: Feel energized by the opportunity to build an organization from scratch and show hands on how things are done.

 

BenefitsPocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. Catered lunches and all the snacks you can eat! Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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