Production Manager

Greetings from The Bunker! Secret Mode is the newly founded publishing wing of the award-winning Sumo Group Ltd. Our goal is to publish internally developed projects from any of our 11 game development studios across the UK, US, Europe and India, as well as third party independent game developers.

Now is an exciting time to get in at the beginning of Secret Mode’s adventure. If you have a strong passion for video games and want to help us build the best games publisher in the business, please reach out to us. We’d love to have a chat!

About this role

As Production Manager you will be working with external and internal development teams to build, manage and follow milestone plans; assessing code issues and offering solutions for any production problems. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver quality and excellence for Secret Mode titles, while working closely with our development partners, leadership team and Sumo Group colleagues to achieve those production goals.

In this role, you will

  • Manage title life through the production pipeline once Greenlit (Project Kick off)
  • Set expected standards of game quality and best practices
  • Work with external and internal development teams on the milestone process.
  • Ensure a healthy feedback loop from QA, Marketing and other internal assessments to development teams on game dev and content suggestions and recommendations.
  • Manage certification across all platforms
  • Manage localisation across all platforms
  • Assist with submissions for development teams
  • Help build post launch patch, content and DLC plans.
  • Run Due Diligence checks on potential dev partners
  • Validate Secret Mode production pipeline alongside Sumo Group Development Processes.
  • Help improve communications between teams and across projects
  • Understand the videogame market, trends, competition, foresee future issues before the team and challenges them on those issues
  • To be successful, you will have

  • 3+ years experience of delivering successful project management systems and processes.
  • An understanding of technical game development
  • Experience with entertainment products and content.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, workflow control and communication skills in high-volume conditions.
  • The ability to influence and connect with people at all levels of seniority.
  • An understanding of tech, lifecycles, change, waste, capacity and resource constraints.
  • A desire and ability to thrive in ambiguous situations and be able to operate effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is unclear.
  • A proactive approach to problem solving on complex cross-functional projects.
  • Experience in delivering excellent high quality results for high growth startups or games publishers / developers.
  • What we offer:

    . Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
    . ULEV car scheme
    . Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits        
    . Salary Sacrifice Pension
    . Flexible Working  
    . 21 days free-use holiday
    + your birthday off
    + 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
    + a duvet day
    + Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
    + Bank Holidays
    + extra allowance accrued for longer service
    . Free dental insurance 
    . Life Assurance 4x Salary
    . Income Protection of 75% for 5 years           
    . Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    . Employee Assistance Programme:
    . Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
    . Free financial & home buying support consultations
    . Cycle to Work Scheme
    . Payroll Giving Scheme
    . Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    . Career Development Pathway  
    . Wrap Parties.
    . Project Completion Awards
    . Game/Creative Jams
    . Big Family Events
    . Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…
    . Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group 
    . Free fruit and drinks in our studios
    . Employee Referral Bonus     
    . Relocation Support to the UK
    . Visa Sponsorship

    We are Secret Mode.
    Quality drives us.
    Fun informs us.
    Community is our reason for being.
    Inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do.
    To delight and inspire is our goal.
    Secret Mode is managed by a small group of industry veterans and a team of experienced and newcomers to the industry alike.  We’re looking for diverse, creative, driven people who share our passion for all things video games, no matter their background.  
    As part of the Sumo family, we’re able to offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. We’re based in Royal Leamington Spa but are flexible on work-from-home options.
    Our environment is fast paced, dynamic and friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we publish. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand-new team, and creating a culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other. We have taken the #RaiseTheGame pledge to fully dedicate ourselves to inclusivity in our hiring and working processes and already have aligned ourselves with amazing initiatives and charity organisations to make a difference in the industry we all love.