Engineering Manager - Helsinki
12 days ago
Engineering Manager - Helsinki
Savage games were formed in 2020 by industry veterans from studios such as; Rockstar, Insomniac, Supercell, Wargaming and Rovio. In 2022 we joined Playstation, making Savage the founding studio of the PlayStation Studios Mobile Division.
Our Mission is to make action games with epic stories to foster lasting connections with players around the world. We’re fearlessly exploring bold new ideas with the aim to make high-quality, visually stunning games for mobile devices,
Why do our people love it here?
Games - We live and breathe games, playing together regularly and having games at the heart of everything we do. We prioritise our players and deeply understand them, which drives everything we do
People - Are Powerful Together, we believe that excellence is reached through team collaboration and a culture of feedback. We’re made up of passionate, collaborative and humble people. We’re committed to hiring a diverse team and we believe in treating people fairly. A great workplace is one where you feel like you belong. We are building a team of people who understand, empathise, collaborate, listen and connect. We want to create equal opportunity for all and give everyone a fair chance.
Pioneers - We’re pioneers. We aim to create AAA experiences that will push innovation and gaming on mobile. Think of everything you love about console games and imagine having that in the palm of your hand. You’ll be able to directly impact Savage Games by joining us, early on in our mission.
Inspired - Savage is a perfect home for those looking to make great games. We're hiring professionals who believe their best work is yet to be done. If you want; to make an impact, have more autonomy, bring AAA to mobile and want to work with a team of welcoming, open and honest teammates, Savage is the place for you.
We’re committed to creating a diverse team. If you feel that you might be interested in the role, even if you don’t hit 100% of the criteria, please don’t let that put you off. Get in touch with us. We believe in passion and potential.
As the Engineering Manager, you will lead a team of engineers, serve as the primary liaison for other departments, assist in hiring, planning, resource allocation, and oversee external development when necessary.
This role is not centered around your direct programming contributions but rather ensuring a cohesive tech team and a robust development environment for the entire game team. You will work closely with other craft leads to ensure seamless integration of tools, platforms and technologies.
Reporting to the Game Director, you will have an influential hand in elevating the tech team through tactical planning, providing valuable insights to craft leads and working as the voice of the tech team to help outline the trajectory of Savage’s engineering strategies.
- Work with team members to help define personal and professional career growth objectives.
- Guide career development, resolve conflicts, and foster team cohesion. Mentor engineers to enhance their skill sets.
- Develop and monitor essential quality and team performance metrics, driving continuous improvement and providing updates to stakeholders.
- Collaborate cross-functionally with product management, design, marketing, art and operations to ensure smooth, error-free launches within set timelines.
- Conduct performance evaluations and deliver candid performance feedback.
- Enhance productivity by eliminating obstacles and streamlining processes.
- Collaborate with the recruiting team to expand the department, working alongside team leads and management to determine growth requirements.
- Facilitate team events like retrospective meetings and tech gatherings.
- Maintain transparent, ongoing communication to establish trust with internal stakeholders.
- Play an active role in the tech strategy, promoting excellent engineering practices and continuous enhancement.
- Partner closely with Producers to align goals and plans effectively.
- Track record of guiding teams to deliver high-quality products on schedule.
- Ability to collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders, presenting both opportunities and technical challenges.
- Strong technical foundation in real-time interactive application development (games, simulations, visualizations, etc.).
- Comfort in managing a distributed team of software developers across various locations.
- Experience in shipping multiple games or real-time applications, understanding software development lifecycles.
- Proficiency in managing a team roadmap and regularly updating stakeholders throughout projects.
- Proven track record in fostering a diverse, inclusive work environment.
- Skill in translating strategic goals into technical execution, defining features and scope, collaborating cross-functionally, and delivering products.
- Previous experience as an engineer within the games industry.
- Understanding of technical domains and translating company strategy into technical implementation.
- Management experience with a grasp of managerial dynamics and maturity.
- Familiarity with team capacity planning.
- Effective personal communication skills, including managing difficult conversations.
Why join us?
Although we’re a new company, we’re committed to making this a great place to work, so this is only the beginning of our benefits:
- Annual bonus
- Paid lunches
- Budget towards commuting costs
- Gym or sporting subscription to spend as you wish
- Home internet provided
- Mobile Phone
- Educational budget: for language learning, self-training, attending conferences, buying games and books etc
- Financial and practical assistance with relocation through our relocation partner and a relocation budget
- Twice yearly off-sites, this year we held one in Berlin and one in Helsinki
- PVG - Pizza, beer and games on the last Friday of every month
- 30 days holiday plus additional days from Christmas and New Year
- Discounts on PlayStation products and games
We're an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
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