IT Manager

Job typeTechnology/Information Technology
LocationUnited Kingdom - Wilmslow
TypeFull Time
Posted DateFeb. 04, 2020
Playdemic, a division of WB Games Inc., is looking for a hands-on IT Manager to run the IT function within the studio in close collaboration with the TT and WBIE global IT team. This role will work closely with the Playdemic development team to identify, recommend, implement and support technology solutions.

In addition, you will participate in day-to-day IT infrastructure, game technologies, applications and desktop support operations We are looking for self-motivated candidates, comfortable with taking ownership in a collaborative manner.

Initially this role is the sole IT position within Playdemic but the expectation is that future hires within the function would report to you. Playdemic’s IT infrastructure is currently maintained by TT Games so working closely with their IT team is a must.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Manage the studio IT function.
  • Work closely with the TT Games IT team and WBIE Global IT team on projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Establish and maintain regular written and in-person communications with the organisation’s executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent IT activities.
  • Develop and maintain budget for the IT within Playdemic.
  • Ensure appropriate systems are in place to maintain a reliable and productive work environment for studio personnel.
  • Provide hands-on technical skills from desktop support through to cloud infrastructure.
  • Work with others on negotiation and administration of vendor, outsourcer, and consultant contracts and service agreements.
  • Work with IT leadership and the studio management team to formulate and deploy long-term strategic plans for enabling efficient technologies and provide the tools needed to support development.
  • Work across all areas of IT as needed. As the sole IT person with Playdemic this role is involved in everything from desktop support to strategy discussions.

Skill Requirements:
  • Demonstrate relevant IT experience.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language.
  • Highly self-motivated, self-directed, and attentive to detail.
  • Able to effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, sometimes geographically disparate collaborative environment.
  • Proven experience in IT infrastructure strategic planning.
  • Understanding of the game industry technology processes not essential but a plus.

Technical Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent work experience required.
  • Good knowledge of AWS.
  • Desktop Support skills.
  • Experience with Atlassian products, particularly Jira and Confluence.
  • Experience with meeting room AV systems and video conferencing.
  • IT Infrastructure knowledge including storage, switches, firewalls and virtualization.
  • Solid understanding and technical knowledge of current network and PC and Mac operating systems, hardware, protocols, and standards.
  • Experience with ITIL or similar is an advantage.
  • Experience in an environment developing software for mobile platforms is desirable.

About Playdemic

Founded in 2010 by leading Games Industry entrepreneurs, Playdemic is a BAFTA Award winning developer and publisher of mobile games, focused on creating fun and engaging, free-to-play game services for iOS and Android. These games include the global smash hit, Golf Clash. 

We are a highly ambitious company committed to making chart-topping products. Our culture and values place great emphasis upon open communication, autonomy and empowerment. We believe in encouraging people to be the best they can be and giving them the tools to achieve their goals. 

As a result of our acquisition by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Playdemic is embarking on a new phase of growth as we expand our teams to craft the next generation of hit mobile games that will be loved and played by millions of people the world over. As a result, we’re looking for the most talented, passionate and dedicated individuals to join us. 

At Playdemic we know that the only way to make world class games is by hiring the very best people and then creating the right environment to empower them to do their best work. As such we’ve built a studio that is open, inclusive, fun and friendly. Our personality is to be ambitious and innovative and to encourage creative risk taking.  This is combined with a flat and transparent approach to decision making that creates a shared culture of success. 

As well as offering successful candidates a competitive salary, Playdemic also has a comprehensive benefits package including bonus scheme; a generous company pension and life assurance. We also offer perks such as regular health and wellbeing activities, discounts on a wide range of company and partner products, free online training courses, complimentary snacks and a wide selection of drinks, social events and much more!  

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