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Release Manager

The Release Manager will work across multi-disciplinary teams, and as such the postholder must manage relationships and co-ordinate projects between teams. The Release Manager plans release windows and the overall release lifecycle of Coatsink games. Responsible for managing risks that may affect release scope, the postholder will also communicate all key project plans, commitments, and changes, including requirements.

Please note: Applications are open until November 30th 2022

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Release Manager

Responsibilities and Activities (not an exhaustive list)

  • Work alongside Production to maintain a schedule for title releases.• Work alongside Production to maintain a schedule for title releases.• Manage submissions and delivery to First Parties, including:
    • New project setup on various First Party Platforms, including proof of concept and GDD submissions
    • DLC creation and setup• Store and pricing submissions
    • Game Preview and Game Pass setup
    • Briefing creative requirements for each platform
    • Onboarding on new platforms where relevant
  • Construct project milestones, taking the project’s design and concept and devising a clear development path that will see its completion, including concept submission, product setup, updating portal configuration during development and the submission of store metadata.
  • Prepare all materials required for a successful submission to platform holder certification and providing detailed feedback and advice throughout the submission.
  • Act in a project management capacity, to co-ordinate with all project stakeholders to help establish a detailed road map for every release and working with relevant parties to make sure all release milestone deliverables are met.
  • Carry out risk analysis on all stages of the release process with a view to mitigating all risks.
  • Provide support to the relevant Producer and the QA Manager to make sure that all console titles are defect free and are suitable for submission to platform holders.
  • Provide exceptional support to Coatsink’s partners from the concept stage through to post release.
  • Maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive working knowledge of all platform holder certification requirements, submission processes and documentation.
  • Liaise with the QA Manager and the QA team to ensure each project is ready for certification.
  • Prepare and submit materials to acquire the required age ratings for each release.
  • Promote our Coatsink values and behaviours.

Key Attributes, Skills and Experience

  • A Degree in a related field, or similar level experience A Degree in a related field, or similar level experience
  • An understanding of computer software and/or programming
  • Strong project management experience
  • Knowledge of global age rating bodies
  • Excellent knowledge of the submission/release process for Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, PC Platforms and have successfully delivered multiple titles from concept to final release.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills which includes –
    • The ability to communicate problems and understand the requirements of the development teams
    • The ability to clarify and escalate relevant issues where level of risk is under-estimated.
  • Leadership qualities
  • A methodical, organised approach to tasks.
  • The ability to work as part of a team as well as work independently.
  • Imaginative and creative approach to work
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to devise good working practices and a proactive approach to problem solving.
  • A flexible and analytical approach in general.
  • A passion for the interactive games industry.
  • Experience in quality assurance.
  • Experience and knowledge of the required communication procedures relating to all game development issues.
  • The ability and willingness to share and promote the values of the organisation and demonstrate these values in day to day behaviour and interactions with others.

A champion and exemplar of Coatsink’s key values and contributor to the company culture including –

  • A passion and enthusiasm for Coatsink games.
  • A straightforward and open approach to the teamwork and leadership.
  • A focus on quality.
  • An openness to others’ ideas and challenges around quality issues.
  • An eye to the wellbeing of project team members.
  • A mindful approach to diversity issues and opportunities to widen the scope of diversity within games.
  • Resilience to learn from mistakes and encounter new tasks and responsibilities.
  • A willingness to maintain continuous professional development

What we can provide

  • Competitive salary
  • Freedom to choose where you work in the UK
  • Monthly allowance for those who choose to wfh full time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Twenty days holiday as standard + an additional day off for your birthday + up to five extra holidays for duration of service
  • Option to "buy" unlimited additional holidays
  • One "volunteering day" a year
  • Enrolment in the company pension scheme
  • Enhanced and generous maternity and paternity package
  • Two days dependents leave per year to deal with emergencies
  • Access to our life insurance policy and WeCare healthcare app
  • Access to our health insurance cash plan
  • Annual pay reviews and bi-annual appraisals
  • Access to relocation support (where applicable)
  • Investment in your physical health with weekly live and on-demand strength, cardio, yoga and meditation sessions
  • Investment in your mental health with regular access to training courses and one-to-one wellness sessions and workshops
  • Access to metro pass and cycle schemes
  • Free access to some of our previously released titles
  • R&D days, get-togethers and parties
  • Work with cutting-edge technology

We are an equal opportunities employer

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. We do not pay fees to any third party agency or recruiter without a mutually agreed-upon contract and we are not responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.

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