Development Director - NHL 3D Art

Jul 13, 2023
Vancouver, Canada
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

EA SPORTS is one of the most iconic brands in entertainment – connecting hundreds of millions around the world to the sports they love through a portfolio of industry-leading video games.

EA SPORTS NHL has revolutionized sports gaming for millions of players worldwide. We’ve pioneered award-winning creative technology and experiences to connect players to the speed, skill, and heart of the NHL. The EA SPORTS NHL franchise is founded on passion and new ideas. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the team is composed of diverse talent dedicated to creating on-ice experiences that connect gamers around the world through play. If you're a creative pioneer with a passion for your craft, this will be more than a job.

The EA SPORTS™ NHL Art team is a global community of content creators covering Characters, Environments, Lighting, Technical Art, Visual Effects and Project Management. Fueled by imagination and a unified passion to grow the love of sports for players worldwide, we push visual boundaries and create leading edge content. We are a diverse group that encourages team members to bring their unique perspectives and expertise to the table.

The Challenge Ahead:

Development Directors for NHL Art are the keeper of the project schedule and help move the development team from one project phase to the next while ensuring collaboration and communication both on your team and with other partner teams within NHL and the studio. Reporting to our Lead Art Development Director, you will partner with producers to ensure that they are managing the project on time, to quality, and within budget.



  • Lead and evolve a team; identify resourcing needs, provide challenges and developmental opportunities to ensure that all employees reach their potential through mentoring and career development.
  • Develop working relationships with immediate team and those outside of the immediate team that influence the completion of the project.
  • Provide line management to employees across departments within a single project team.
  • Communicate with the project teams and coordinate requirements with external partners.
  • Participate in the hiring process to ensure candidates meet project requirements.

Project management:

  • Establish an overall project schedule based on the individual task estimates for production.
  • Determine the resources and skills necessary to meet the task requirements.
  • Establish and manage the project budget, determine task dependencies, and assign tasks to team resources.


  • Assign task goals from defined project goals; achieve project deliverables through managing a team at a project-level.
  • Track and manage scope in alignment with capacity, identifying and mitigating risks for assigned scope as needed.
  • Partner with producers to manage and balance scope, ensuring timeline and quality targets are met.


  • 5 years project management or team leadership experience.
  • Experience in different project management methodologies such as Waterfall and Agile
  • Knowledge of Shotgrid or JIRA/JAAS is considered an asset.
  • Strong leadership skills: ability to challenge and influence a variety of stakeholders while maintaining strong emotional intelligence.
  • The ability to foster and support an inclusive and diverse team culture. 
  • Effective communication skills with the proven ability to influence outcomes across all levels of organization.
  • Excellent change management skills, i.e., comfortable with ambiguity and constant change, yet able to set priorities and execute commitments.
  • Experience working with expansive teams, promoting collaboration, mediation, and conflict resolution.
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