Career Opportunities: Director of Product Development (29344)

Requisition ID 29344 - Posted 08/01/2014 - Regular - EA Mobile - PopCap - Development Director - Seattle - Washington - United States - Americas

WE WANT YOUR BRAINS… PopCap is on the hunt for bright, talented, people with a passion for making the world’s best games.  What’s in it for you?  A super-fun environment, rewarding work, excellent benefits, and lots of great perks (matching gift donations, onsite yoga, and more).  It takes big, delicious brains to make award-wining titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, and Peggle.  Are you up for the challenge?


PopCap is seeking a Director of Product Development for its studio in Seattle, WA reporting to the Studio COO.  We are looking for a professional with in-depth knowledge of game development acquired by having led the delivery of AAA and/or mobile game franchises.  This role requires highly developed relationship building skills, the ability to build credibility and influence within and outside the Studio.  It also requires comfort in using multiple leadership and partnering styles (e.g. coach; mentor; directive/prescriptive as required), and an ability to engage, lead, and influence meaningfully at all levels.


Outcomes will include successfully managing to project on-time predictability and quality targets, studio operating and capital budgets, including the studio’s resource plan while achieving established studio responsibility profit (RP) targets.   Core responsibilities include:



  • In partnership with the COO and PopCap leadership team, implement the Studio roadmap and supporting execution plan.
  • Partner and review with Studio EP’s and DD’s on franchise planning and execution.
  • Develop, maintain and publish studio KPI’s that track project quality, delivery, and financial status and risks.


Product Development

  • Validate and audit franchise development plans.
  • Conduct plan reviews with each of the game teams according to milestone gates; ensure consistent delivery and the leadership team has a strategy to execute against key milestones
  • Own alignment of studio requirements in partnership with external or central team partners.
  • Provide resolution to project escalation between studio teams and partner organizations where necessary.
  • Through direct and dotted-line reports drives transparent, predictable and value-add processes for quality product delivery and drives efficiencies.
  • Play a key role in shaping the development processes for the label in partnership with the PopCap leadership and other mobile label DPDs and COOs.
  • Own process improvement for studio.



  • 10+ years’ experience in game development.
  • Successful track record in leading the project delivery of AAA and/or mobile game franchises
  • Significant project and risk management experience
  • Proven experience in providing complex project solutions across multiple disciplines that consider process and technology
  • Experience in the development and delivery of games-as-a-service
  • Mastery of the key components of building and delivering software as a service



  • Strong leadership skills: ability to challenge and influence a variety of stakeholders.
  • Self-starter who is able to identify and solve problems.
  • Excellent change management skills, i.e., comfortable with ambiguity and constant change, yet able to set priorities and execute on commitments.
  • Flexible and agile: ability to adapt quickly and be effective in new situations a highly dynamic environment.
  • Ability to prepare/present high impact business cases/analyses/recommendations to exec team
  • Able to effectively and quickly build relationships and establish trust, respect, competence and confidence.
  • Possess passion, energy, enthusiasm to drive results; highly action oriented.


PopCap is the leading global developer and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across mobile, PC, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, and has a worldwide staff of more than 150 people in Seattle, San Francisco, and Shanghai. PopCap's games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and our flagship franchises, Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, have sold more than 80 million units collectively.