Development Director - RED KITE GAMES, LEEDS

Red Kite Games, Leeds
Studio Management
Full-Time, Permanent
Since its formation, Red Kite has been producing award-winning games for a variety of different platform holders, studios and publishers. Specialising in complete multi-platform games development, Red Kite has a proven track record in the creation of cutting-edge games.

Having set up home in the beautiful Grade-II listed Park Row House in Leeds city centre, Red Kite Games continues to deliver unrivalled creatively led and technically proficient game development to the likes of Microsoft, Sony, 2K, Activision, SEGA and Codemasters.

Several high-profile titles include God of War III: Remastered, Crackdown 3, Two Point Hospital, DiRT 4, Payday 2, Team Sonic Racing and Call of Duty: Strike Team.

It’s a very exciting time to join Red Kite; not only are we working on several high-profile games for current gen and next gen platforms, we're also developing our own IP.

Come join the team and help to make great games with a lovely bunch of people!


The role @ Red Kite Games

Red Kite are working on a variety of exciting open world AAA games and has a unique opportunity for the right candidate to shape and strengthen our game development teams.
In this role you will be responsible for delivering projects to meticulous creative and commercial standards. You will also be involved in securing new opportunities for the studio through successful RFP execution and delivery.
Your knowledge and expertise will also be invaluable in helping to lead projects across a multitude of platforms, genres and game areas.

In your new role you will:
·        Work closely with the Leadership Team to continually enhance Red Kite's culture whilst building upon our reputation as a world class development studio.
·        Be instrumental in helping to deliver Red Kite's first original IP - along with delivering successful RFP's to secure new project opportunities.
·        Direct production to create clear and measurable project goals, maintaining effective planning and tracking systems to best suit the needs of each project.
·        Manage project P&L to deliver forecast Gross Margin or better.
·        Assist in the studio's strategic hiring process.
·        Track and update Red Kite's available resources for new and existing project opportunities.
·        Work closely with Sumo Pune to manage external development resources.
·        Take ownership of production related reporting processes.
·        Maintain Red Kite's portfolio to support business development needs.
To be successful you will have:
·        Shipped multiple AAA titles in a lead role across full-project lifecycles (all disciplines considered).
·        Assisted in creating and managing development budgets.
·        Planned, tracked and managed project P&L across one more or projects.
·        Established project KPI's to communicate progress internally and to external partners.
·        Created and set clear and measurable goals for a project leadership team and followed these through to completion.
·        Delegated important tasks to provide bandwidth to lead large teams.
·        Motivated teams and acted as an arbiter to resolve disputes.
·        Ensured positive working relationships within a studio and with external partners, through excellent written and oral communication.
Experience in any of these areas may be advantageous but not essential:
·        Coordinated development budgets in excess of £10M.
·        Successfully delivered an RFP which has led to a project being greenlit for development.
·        Helped to create an original IP from initial concept to completion.

*Please Note* - In what are clearly unprecedented and challenging times for everyone due to COVID-19, Red Kite Games remains committed to hiring the best and brightest developers that our wonderful industry has to offer. We would also like to take this opportunity to alleviate any concerns in respect to applying to Red Kite during this period by stating that all applications will be processed and that all live job roles are still very much active. As expected the Red Kite team are currently setup temporarily to work remotely and should you wish to join our ambitious studio then the support and reassurance required to do so will be provided.

Red Kite Games is in central Leeds, a major European city connected to London by rapid rail links and the M1 motorway – plus the rest of the world via Leeds Bradford airport. Leeds is a financial, legal, cultural and commercial hub within Yorkshire. It's home to some of the best restaurants, bars and museums in the North of England, and is within easy reach of spectacular countryside (the Yorkshire Moors and Bronte Country), historical York and the Yorkshire East coast.
We offer a superb benefits package including but not limited to, generous holidays and flexitime. We care about our people, with an emphasis on work/life balance.
Red Kite is a social studio – the team regularly gather for drinks, game nights, film nights, to play sports etc. – making this a great place to build a career whilst making friends...and let's not forget Red Kite's legendary Summer BBQ and our epic Christmas party – plus much more!
One of the coolest components to working at Red Kite is the diversity of projects present within the studio. It's certainly never boring and we constantly find ourselves pushing the boundaries when it comes to the game-play that we're creating or the technologies that we're engineering/leveraging. Our highly experienced core team enables us to offer rewarding careers, along with the ability to help develop great games.
Red Kite's studio environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the belief that working smarter is better than working harder. Every team member can shine, and we pride ourselves on providing a positive social atmosphere, facilitated by shared interest groups, after work clubs and charity fundraising events.
Ultimately, we’re looking for talented games developers that love what they do and want to make friends doing it!