User Experience Development Director / Program Manager
User Experience Development Director / Program Manager
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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What does a Development Director do?
As Development Director you will support the User Experience product area with a focus to ensure good Agile development practices. You will manage the development process, including project and capacity planning, progress and results tracking, risk management, process improvement and team-wide collaboration and communication.
You will report to a director of program management.
- Guide planning (i.e. resource, initiative, sprint/program increment, release planning) and support continuous improvement by conducting retrospectives
- Work with product owners, tech leads and engineering managers on product vision, strategy and priorities
- Deliver benefits to customers in a distributed development environment
- Educate the User Experience team with project management best-practices and promote Agile methodologies
- Coordinate collaboration between your teams, other Frostbite teams and game teams around EA
- Determine resource requirements through scenario planning and trade-off analysis
- Manage development tasks, and communicate progress against desired outcomes and committed deliverables
- Manage risk and dependencies
- Support your teams and help keep them unblocked
- 5+ years experience of project/program management in software development
- Experience in project management methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall, and using tools such as JIRA, Asana or Trello
- Experience working with User Experience teams, User Experience projects and user-centered design methodologies
- Experience creating and communicating presentations and reports
- Experience as a manager of staff
- Experience working as a software engineer or in game development
- Experience with distributed development across multiple locations
- Experience working with end-users on a tools or central technology team
- Know how to get your message across at all organizational levels
- Scrum Master or Agile Coach experience
US COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these states. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.
EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.
BASE SALARY RANGES
• California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento):
º $130,250 - $199,400
• New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo):
º $120,450 - $199,400
• Jersey City, NJ:
º $147,400 - $199,400
• Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs):
º $120,450 - $161,750
• Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane):
º $120,450 - $188,600
Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.
About Electronic Arts
Everything we do is designed to inspire the world to play. Through our cutting-edge games, innovative services, and powerful technologies, we bring worlds with infinite possibilities to millions of players and fans around the globe.
We’re looking for collaborative and inclusive people with diverse perspectives who will enrich our culture and challenge us. We take a holistic approach with our benefits program, focusing on physical, emotional, financial, career, and community wellness to support our people through every chapter of life. We provide comprehensive benefit packages and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free games and so much more. Our goal is to provide a safe and respectful workplace that empowers you to thrive in both work and life.
Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will also consider employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.