Disney Online: Director – Product Development (North Hollywood, CA)

Come play a leading role in the growth of the Walt Disney Internet Group, WDIG, the online and wireless division of the Walt Disney Company. WDIG consists of many of the Web’s most popular sites and services, including Disney.com, ABC.com, ABCNews.com, ESPN.com, FamilyFun.com, Movies.com and our own portal, Go.com. Join WDIG and be a part of the team that makes ideas come to life! WDIG provides a leading Internet web guide, e-commerce, Internet services, and the Best Content on the Web!!

Manage Game and Video Production Teams:

— Identify, create, develop, direct, budget, schedule and manage developer process for games, advertising creative and video content for the Disney Online suite of Premium Products

— Work with the internal production resources, external developers and QA vendors to manage the product development and QA timelines to ensure timely delivery of a quality products and advertising creative, including the management of all milestone deliverables and reviews

— Create and manage the product development process and procedures for the Premium Products team

— Ensure all products are user tested to ensure product satisfaction

— Identify developers and technology solutions for all products including the negotiation of development agreements

— Oversee bug reporting with operations, developers, porting developers, QA vendors, and carriers

— Direct delivery of the product to our distribution partners and coordinate/synchronize development schedules across shared resources

— Approve products with Creative Director and VP before delivery to partners or sale to guests

— Ensure that the goals of the project-quality, timelines, budget, etc. are met

— Maintain the policies, goals, and values of the development team

— Effectively use all resources for production and testing

— Constantly evaluate risks and potential obstacles

— Oversee the creation and maintenance of all project-related documentation: milestones, schedules, contracts, design documents, specifications, etc.

— Work with the teams and to develop project specifications that define the scope of the project, requirements of the prototype, and deliverables of milestones

— Manage day-to-day project schedule, communicating current status

Identify, Evaluate, Develop and Create Content:

— Develop new opportunities and business relationships while fostering a creative atmosphere to bring new prospects and ideas for development and distribution

— Work with the Creative director in the development of pitch decks and creative treatments for new products and business opportunities

Provide Resources to Marketing Team:

— Work with marketing team to include them in the product design and delivery process

— Manage the development of marketing collateral

QUALIFICATIONS:

— 10+ years experience within the internet, media, and/or video game industries

— Significant game development OR website/content development experience preferred

— Strong understanding of product development best practices and procedures and ability to implement those practices across a diverse array of simultaneous projects with multiple production teams

— Strong understanding and passion for the family and casual gaming demographics

— Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to exploit, game play mechanics that appeal to these demographics

— Product management or leadership experience with proven track record.

— Ability to manage a wide array of development projects across a large team of producers

— Understanding of properties/brands and how to maximize them in games.

— Proven experience managing and motivating internal/external development teams and internal team members

— Extraordinary attention to detail and focus on quality

— Strong computer skills, some programming experience preferred

— Bachelor degree required

SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

— Must possess excellent creative, organizational, verbal and written communication skills. Furthermore, must be an excellent problem solver and have demonstrated product management skills such as negotiation, scheduling and budgeting

— Ability to handle multiple priorities, development teams and projects for on time on budget delivery at the highest quality

— Initiative and quick learner with a flexible attitude to cope within a fast paced rapidly changing industry

— An appreciation for design and quality in creative product such as video games and video

— Demonstrated leadership and ability to work effectively in a cross functional team environment

— Outstanding attention to detail and organizational abilities

— Strong interpersonal skills

— Strong interest and knowledge of games industry, particularly of the game development community, required

— Customer care and quality focused

Contact Info: To apply please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected] and reference “JEDOLPP-DIRPRODDEV” in the subject line.