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Product Director, Game Client Technology

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We are looking for an experienced product director to join the Shared Tech organisation to lead product management for the Client Foundations team, to shape the future of our technology platform enabling King to build some of the most popular mobile games in the world, such as Candy Crush Saga.

Your role within our Kingdom

As a member of the Shared Tech Services & Foundations Product team, you will lead our product management work in providing the solutions for the game developers to build, deploy and test mobile (iOS, Android, UWP) software, like game clients and the SDK framework.

Our platform supports game developers in integrating the game client code with various platform services (e.g. social, game economy, game engine and liveops solutions), compiling the game client, testing the integrations and deploying the applications for distribution via app stores. Our platform supports games developed with King’s Fiction Factory game engine and the Unity engine. Another key technology for the client development is King’s Unified SDK (USDK), which provides the client API and logic to integrate with our platform.    

Client Foundation product and engineering portfolio consists of;

  • Developer productivity tools, used by development teams all around King to setup efficient developer workflows, such as Github, Artifactory, Jenkins, Sonarqoube and a modern cloud based elastic scale build agent environment,

  • A Unified SDK platform all games use to access Shared Tech services. Providing core services such as connectivity, tracking, and user id handling and a well designed API and pluggable architecture, C++ based and  game engine agnostic.

  • Release management, top notch developer documentation and Integration Engineering, to help games integrate and adopt Shared Tech services as fast and easy as possible. 

Our platform supports game developers in integrating the game client code with various platform services (e.g. social, game economy, game engine and liveops solutions), compiling the game client, testing the integrations and deploying the applications for distribution via app stores. Our platform supports games developed with King’s Fiction Factory game engine and the Unity engine.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and coaching Product Managers in the organisation to be effective in their roles

  • Leading the organisation on getting better at understanding and prioritising the most important needs.

  • Leading the formulation, validation, updating and communication of the product vision and product strategy.

  • Closely collaborate with the Engineering Director and the engineering organisation to realize the product vision through product strategy 

  • Helping and guiding Product Managers/Owners on tracking and acting on product performance metrics

  • Collaborating with senior stakeholders to align initiatives across the organization

  • Integrating product discovery and rapid learning to the teams’ way of working

  • Defining testing strategy for the platform and game deployment 

Skills to create thrills 

  • 5+ years experience working as Product Manager/Owner or in similar roles in agile software development environments.

  • Expertise in creating products with focus on developer experience

  • Experience with SDKs, game client development tools and related release processes

  • Experience with iOS and Android development, and related app stores

  • Experience in leading and coaching product managers/owners

  • Expertise in agile best practices

  • Expertise of build, test and release process for mobile applications and client technologies

  • Ability to create agreements across different teams and stakeholders with good communication skills

  • Passion for building products that people love to use

Bonus points

  • Expertise in Lean Product Management and Design Thinking

  • Experience with software platform products

  • Experience in the video gaming industry

  • Experience working with or transitioning to DevOps culture

  • Experience with Github, Perforce, Jenkins, Unity, Backtrace, SonarQube

  • Experience creating and scaling internal development platforms, build environment and the tools to improve the efficiency of the release process

About King

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 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 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!

Applications needs to be in English.
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