Head of Technology Strategy and Operations
Craft:Technology & Development
Senior Director, Technology Strategy & Operations
The Senior Director, Technology Strategy Operations is responsible for working closely with the CTO and other leaders in the King Technology organisation, as well as the King Leadership Team, on a portfolio of projects which will involve collaboration and consultation across many departments and stakeholders in King and our parent company Activision Blizzard. The projects will be varied but technology focused and will include both longer term strategic initiatives as well as shorter term tactical work.
The role will involve leading engagement with stakeholders, building business case analyses, resource planning, project execution, progress measurement, status reporting and overall relationship management. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Tech Leadership in framing and driving King technology strategy and with other leadership in the wider King organisation on developing, framing and executing wider strategic initiatives in King.
Leadership and end- to- end ownership of CTO and other Tech projects
Contribute to the senior leadership team of the Tech organisation at King and organise and run the Tech leadership forums and processes, including operational meeting structures, Tech comms channels and cross King Technology leadership organisational processes.
Lead the Strategy and Operations team, defining the team structure and organisation, mentoring the existing team and growing the team as appropriate in line with future required capabilities and scope.
Serve as a single point of communication for status of all CTO & Tech Projects
Lead development of business cases, including industry and market analysis
Create presentations outlining proposed projects, their goals and business cases, the stakeholders involved and proposed work plans and schedules
Coordinate and facilitate detailed scope and resource allocation estimation
Lead project update and coordination meetings, defining schedules and agendas and tracking outcomes, communicating regularly with all stakeholders
Oversee project progress and budgets, presenting regular updates to Tech and King Leadership teams
Perform risk analysis on all active projects and manage risk through mitigation / reporting; identify blockers or other issues for escalation
Facilitate project retrospectives; identify areas for improvement and learnings
Partner evaluation, negotiation and management
Oversee, in coordination with all required internal team and functions, assessment of external partnerships
Identify, define scope, negotiate, and work with King Legal and internal King stakeholders on contracting of external partners and on other contract negotiations
Own management of collaboration with external partners/stakeholders contributing to projects and track delivery schedules and quality of deliverables.
Build relationships across King and Activision Blizzard to facilitate project execution and drive successful outcomes.
Desired experience & skills:
A strategic and analytical business leader with extensive experience leading projects in mobile, consumer internet or media
Excellent relationship skills – uses high emotional intelligence to engage, facilitate and influence teams and individuals, build networks and establish strong working relationships with King Leadership.
Excellent communication skills and an ability to facilitate difficult/complex conversations
Excellent presentation skills with an ability to succinctly express complex topics and condense information into easily understood presentations, white papers and memos
Strong analytical skills – an ability to create financial models and scenarios and an understanding of project accounting practices
Strong knowledge of project management methodologies, best practices and related tools
Previous experience working with multi- cultural and/or distributed teams
Ability to adjust quickly to changing priorities and make quick decisions with limited information
Adaptable and flexible, detail oriented and with a strong completer/finisher approach
King is the game developer behind the world- famous Candy Crush franchise, as well as mobile game hits including Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. Candy Crush is the top- grossing franchise in US app stores, a position it has held for the last two years, and King’s games are being played by 255 million monthly active users as of Q2 2021. King, which is part of the Activision Blizzard group since its acquisition in 2016, employs nearly 2,000 people in game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona and Berlin, and offices in San Francisco, New York, and Malta.
A Great Saga Needs All Sorts of Heroes
Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply cannot expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people. A great saga needs all sorts of heroes.
Making the World Playful
Making the World Playful is what inspires us to create new experiences and raise the bar. It’s what makes King a place where we can all dream bigger, continue to add innovation to our games, broadening the portfolio and exploring new territories in mid- core and casual. We take the art and science of gaming to the next level through our curiosity for the unexplored, passion for games, respect for each other and love for our players – and we’re not afraid to have fun along the way. In fact, together with our parent company Activision Blizzard and experts around the world, we believe having fun is good for you. There has never been a better time to join us. We're dreaming bigger and see a world of possibilities ahead. If you share our passion, our values, and our hunger to shape the future, join us in Making the World Playful!
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