Director of Game Engineering
Riot Games - Santa Monica, CA

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Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to critical and player acclaim. As the most-played PC game in the world, over 11 million play every month. Players form the foundation of our community and it’s for them that we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience.

We’re looking for humble but ambitious, razor-sharp professionals who can teach us a thing or two. We promise to return the favor. Like us, you take play seriously; you’re passionate about games. We embrace those who see things differently, aren’t afraid to experiment, and who have a healthy disregard for constraints.

We currently have a great opportunity for a Director of Game Engineering to oversee the engineering and technology for a Riot game. If you want to work at an amazing company on a great game with a rabid community then this is the place for you.

The Director of Game Engineering’s primary focus is growing, developing and nurturing a world-class engineering team with the results being a continual expansion of individual and team skills and capabilities. These skills cover a variety of areas including soft skills (leadership, communication), hard skills (technical) and overall professional development. The position is ultimately accountable for the success of the game technology to empower the whole team to create an amazing game. From the lowest level systems to the highest level game mechanics, from the automated testing solutions to the productivity of the tools and pipeline, the Director of Game Engineering holds the bar for excellence and gets his team over it.

The Director of Game Engineering is a senior leadership role within the game team and must exemplify Riot values of passion, quality, innovation, collaboration, player value and integrity.

Hold the bar of world-class game engineering

Grow and nurture a team of architects, engineering managers and engineers of all levels to deliver and continually expand a great game for our players

Create a great development environment through processes, tools and workflows to enable high levels of productivity and effectiveness across the game team

Promote a culture of entrepreneurial spirit

Build strategic 12-month roadmaps to align game engineering with the rest of the team

Work collaboratively with other discipline directors on short-term problems and long-term business strategies

Develop people so that they are constantly learning and growing their careers

Regularly perform 1:1s with direct reports and encourage their personal development

Support individual career paths through goal planning and positioning for success

Directed training efforts for the continuous growth of skills across the team

People management including the recruiting process to grow the team

Share technology effectively and responsibly with other Directors of Game Engineering working on other Riot games

Grow external partnerships (contractors, outsourcing, etc…) as needed to meet business goals

Experience leading AAA game engineering teams

The ability to get things done through other people

An understanding of what the “best in the industry” technology looks like and how to get there

Broad knowledge of game systems: graphics, AI, animation, networking, game mechanics, etc…

The ability to deliver win-win solutions

Strong ability to coach, mentor and teach

Risk assessment and mitigation planning

Experience with multiplayer online gaming

Experience hiring top talent and mentoring people over the long-term

Experience with Agile, Scrum and/or other iteration based production methodologies

Deep knowledge of C++ along with other languages

A passion for games

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Recommended Skills:
Live service experience: rapid releases, large concurrent user base

Test driven development methodologies

Lean product development methodologies

Required Skills

Required Experience

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