Senior Program Manager, Engineering Systems
Location:
Irvine , California
Posted:
June 08, 2016
Reference:
16000GT
Battle.net is more than a destination, we are also a shared services organization tasked with delivering solutions and platforms that form the glue of the Blizzard Entertainment ecosystem. We are looking for a senior program manager to join our fast-paced development team and to help us design and build a premier testing platform for all of Blizzard games and infrastructure.

This position is part of the Battle.net engineering systems team. The Battle.net engineering systems team owns shaping cutting edge technologies into systems and tools that directly impact the business. We value program managers who exhibit exceptional creativity, strong communications skills, the ability to think quickly, excellent problem solving skills, and a passion for delivering amazing software and entertainment experiences.

In Battle.net, we are an integral part of every game that Blizzard makes. We provide gamers with the unified cross-game experiences that connect the Battle.net community and the platform that enables and supports Blizzard's games. Does the idea of being at the center of all Blizzard's epic entertainment experiences spark your passion and imagination? If so, we might be looking for you.


Responsibilities
  • Learn - Understand what our customers and competitors are doing and why. Analyze performance in the marketplace for opportunities to innovate, improve customer experience and increase adoption.
  • Develop vision and roadmaps - Help define clear and concise focus areas by identifying the desired business outcomes, priorities to improve and defining measurements to achieve this goal. Develop and guide the roadmap to set priorities in order to capture maximum business benefit while maintaining focus on creating the best experience for our gamers.
  • Streamline processes - Identify and document best practices that our teams rely on to release with the highest quality and on schedule. Ensure the best agile practices are being applied to the software development cycle. Champion continuous improvements to maximize process efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Own schedules - Develop schedules and own all commitments and operational plans. Anticipate and make tradeoffs to balance the business needs versus technical constraints.
  • Provide visibility - Communicate project status and roadmap to varied audiences.

Requirements
  • Strong understanding of testing, project management and product management principles, and methodologies
  • Unyielding passion for technology, gaming, and progress
  • A minimum of 6 years' experience as a senior program manager, product manager, or similar function while working on widely used customer-facing products or applications
  • Experience simultaneously running multiple projects through the full software development life-cycle
  • Experience implementing, championing, and working with Agile development methodologies
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a love for collaboration
  • Demonstrate ability for exceptional communications
  • Proven track record of working independently
  • Desire to be an expert that others can learn from
  • Willingness and experience mentoring other engineers or program managers

Pluses
  • Scrum alliance certifications (CSM, CSPO, CSP, etc.) or PMI certifications (PMP, ACP, etc.)
  • Application programming experience
  • Management or mentorship experience

Required Application Material
  • Resume

A little about us:
Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer/publisher of entertainment software, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone.

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