Full Time Job

Technical Director

Electronic Arts

Vancouver, BC 07-14-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description
We're EA-the world's largest video game publisher. You're probably familiar with many of our titles-FIFA, Battlefield, Madden, Battlefront, The Sims, Need for Speed, Plants vs Zombies and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, to name a few. But maybe you don't know how we're committed to creating games for every platform-from social to mobile to console-to give our consumers that anytime, anywhere access they demand. What does that mean for you? It means more opportunities to unleash your creative genius, be inspired by those around you and ignite your path in any direction you choose.

The Challenge Ahead

A brilliant chance for a talented and experienced software engineering professional to move into, and develop, within the fast-paced world of gaming.

If you are ready to make the difference, every day, with world class technology and development teams to deliver the products that reach and delight the most avid consumers worldwide then we have the role for you. The Engineering Services team is responsible to drive tools, innovation and development to ensure we deliver the leading entertainment products and eco systems that are expected from EA, while improving the quality of life for every content creator and tester within our teams world-wide.

As engineering leaders, candidates need to be self-driven, independent, able to conduct ROI analysis and to prioritize tasks based on them, achieve consensus with the various parties and work directly with stakeholders to drive change and influence our development processes.

Excellent communication, documentation and problem-solving skills are required, knowledge and interest in software quality assurance and process improvement desirable.

Come and join us for an opportunity to work with the best game development teams in the world in a challenging yet fun and creative environment.

What Does a Technical Director do at EA?

Strategy & Planning
• Define the roadmap for the team by working with customers to delivery required technology, methods & process to successfully deliver on opportunities identified by working with stakeholders across EA studios worldwide.
• Provide strategic planning and direction in the area of integrating, testing, releasing and live services of solutions and infrastructures for the group:
• Lead the development of tools, automation, services and release strategy.
• Validate requirements with stakeholders and design solutions in combination with members of the team.
• Drive innovation and manage opportunities.
• Drive collaboration and cooperation with partners.
• Be accountable for the technical proficiency of the team.
• Assist partners to understand their technology + data requirements and plan for service and strategies, while functioning as a subject matter expert in web technologies with customer teams.

Implementation & Deployment
• Provide technical oversight and direction to the local development teams.
• Establish a robust code quality process, including continuous integration and static code analysis.
• Review and approve proposed development releases and oversee the release process for solutions.
• Monitor solution usage, performance and resolve any failures.
• Provide consulting to partners to drive collaboration and gain alignment on strategies at the component, sub-system, system level and services.
• Partner with stakeholders and development directors to ensure technology is delivered following a Minimal Viable Product methodology.
• Oversee internal and external project dependencies, risks and critical paths; ensure contingency plan is in place; recommend solutions and approve plan & timelines; understand overall impact on all stakeholders.
• Ensure appropriate technology is used to deliver the best overall benefit for the business.
• Drive solutions deployment, education and collect customer feedback.
Operational Management
• Ensure technical problems are resolved in a timely and cost-effective manner.
• Ensure that internal technological processes and customer-facing services comply with expectations.
• Promote achievement of the team business goals and develop policies for sharing software code, technological innovation and business processes, and other intellectual property.
• Help create a strong and coherent technical community by developing excellent relationships with technical peers in game development teams and other groups throughout EA studios.
• Participate in recruitment, training & coaching of engineers to enhance individual effectiveness and professional growth.

You Will Need:
• 10+ years' experience with minimum .NET Web development experience (other useful technology experience may include Angular JS, React, Ruby on Rails, Spring / Play, PHP, etc).
• A minimum of 4 years software industry technical experience working on quality verification tools, test automation and/or development process improvements.
• Software Architecture experience in regard to designing large-scale, distributed and performant systems.
• Experience with containerization (Docker) and development / deployment in a distributed hosting environment.
• Experience working with multiple different types of data storage technologies, such as SQL based data stores (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, etc.), document-based data stores (MongoDB, Couchbase, Elasticsearch, etc.), and others.
• Experience with Continuous Integration and Test-Driven Development, and experience leading a team in implementing these principals.
• Demonstrated organizational communication and management skills with a strong desire to contribute to a unique creative environment by utilizing world-wide talent.
• Project management skills demonstrated by the ability to define tasks in a well-organized manner, based on proper resource and time management.

Bonus Points For:
• Passion for video games and digital entertainment.
• Able to quickly assess situations, troubleshoot complex problems and lead a team through issue resolution when customer impacting issues occur.
• Development experience with C++.
• Ability to mentor, coach and develop engineer growth and professional development.
• Ability to travel.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to be a key player in EA's approach for ensuring its games meet the highest possible software quality standards in a fast paced and fun software engineering environment.

It's not easy building the world's best digital playground. It's hair-standing-on-end exhilarating. It's down-in-the-trenches challenging. It's stroke-of-brilliance-at-midnight creative. It's you-taking risks, challenging yourself, pursuing ideas, changing the way millions of people do something they love: play. In an industry that's changing every day, EA is positioned for growth thanks to smart business plans, strategic acquisitions, and most importantly, our creative people around the world who gather each day to unite the world through play. We take that last part very seriously, so if what you're reading excites you as much as it does us, apply today.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gmxqjm-35-172-136-29-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. EA develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.