Engineering Director

Nov 16, 2022
Santa Monica, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

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Engineering Director

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Job Description:

Your Platform

Activision Blizzard plays a centralized role in the creation of epic entertainment by supporting our interactive gaming brands and studios with a diverse range of career opportunities across corporate functions such as Marketing, Communications, Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Supply Chain. Located in our global headquarters in Santa Monica, we encompass equal parts agility, creativity and rigor to enhance the employee and player experience. To learn more, check us out at or on Twitter at @ATVI_AB.

Your Mission

As an Engineering Director you will be take ownership for the execution of key components across our technology roadmap, guiding a focused team of engineers to build and refine components, tools, and capabilities to support Game Security initiatives.  Working directly with senior management in the Game Security group, you will be entrusted and empowered to deliver mission critical capabilities that protect the safety and security of our major franchise titles.

As a battle tested engineering leader, you will help navigate roadblocks, define solutions, and focus resources to deliver best of breed solutions in support of our mission.  Taking direction from Game Security leadership, you will be empowered and encouraged to be a proactive, inventive, and trusted resource to mentor and guide a highly skilled engineering team.

A concise understanding of the full software product development lifecycle, supported by a solid track record of managing the delivery of complex technology solutions, is essential to be successful in this role.  This role is highly suitable for somebody who not only garners respect as a professional and knowledgeable engineering team leader, but isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get the job done – getting hands-on with the team will be highly encouraged.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for full product development lifecycle, from gathering requirements, to prioritizing features, assisting engineers writing specifications, reviewing execution plans and ensuring alignment against strategic technology development goals.
  • Work with Game Security leadership to align technical requirements across multiple stakeholders.
  • Resolve ambiguity, highlight risk, and provide predictable estimates for deliverables.
  • Balance resources across multiple projects already in flight, and build plans for upcoming roadmap deliverables.
  • Identify risks early and often, and suggest mitigation strategies that consider multiple paths and pragmatic solutions.  Be able to offer alternative approaches, balancing technology and business requirements against time and resources.
  • Provide hands-on engineering leadership by example, offering guidance and mentorship to engineers.

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • 7+ years of technical product ownership, engineering team management in support of videogame development at engine, tools, or feature-level, or similar experience.
  • Experience with defining and leading platform initiative and/or complex software engineering projects.
  • Deep experience with each stage of software development lifecycle, from inception, design and implementation, through to QA and deployment; translating requirements into effective engineering execution.
  • Experience in practicing agile development practices, and strong working knowledge of a variety of project management techniques.
  • Be able to practice what you preach – diving in and contributing directly to development efforts when necessary.
  • Able to proactively navigate roadblocks with effective solutions.  Can breakdown complex projects into manageable phased deliverables.

Skills To Execute Successfully

  • Exceptional communication and leadership skills.
  • Facilitator who clears roadblocks for the engineering team, taking ownership to keep things moving.
  • Highly technical acumen – understand key problem domains and how to leverage innovative modern software engineering techniques.
  • Be able to juggle multiple priorities – able to keep things moving and stay on track.

Technical Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of Intel-family processor architecture, mobile processors (such as ARM64) a plus.
  • Strong C/C++ development on game titles, including some understanding of assembly code, and solid understanding of source control best practices and hands-on knowledge of P4.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment.  We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision Blizzard is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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