IT Director wanted for AAA Game studio in London, UK

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Job Reference: BBBH2700
Job Type: Permanent
Sector: Senior Development
Location: London
Salary: Competitive Rate

We are seeking an Information Technology Director who will be an integral member of the leadership team and will help design, socialize and implement overall IT strategy, vision and goals for development locations.
The director will oversee and participate in day-to-day IT infrastructure, game technologies, applications and support operations and will closely collaborate with business process owners to identify, recommend, develop, implement and support cost-effective technology solutions.
We are specifically looking for self-motivated candidates comfortable with taking ownership and providing leadership.
The IT Director has a duel reporting line inside the studio and to our Executive IT Director for our Global Division.
? Formulate and deploy long-term strategic plans for enabling efficient and cost-effective
technologies to provide a customer centric set of services.
? Evolve and promote the implementation of IT department vision, mission and goals
? Establish and maintain regular written and in-person communications with the organization’s executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent IT activities.
? Manage IT staffing, including recruitment, supervision, scheduling, development, evaluation, and disciplinary actions.
? Develop and maintain budget for IT group, as well as IT-related spending within project teams.
? Supervise existing IT team including conducting annual reviews, weekly face-to-face meetings, and other activities designed to ensure a smooth workflow.
? Ensure appropriate systems are in place to maintain a reliable and productive work environment for studio personnel.
? Maintain ongoing relationships with peers to stay abreast of industry trends.
? Provide hands-on technical skills (servers, network, storage, database, virtualization, cloud computing, firewall, security etc.) when required.
? Oversee negotiation and administration of vendor, outsourcer, and consultant contracts and service agreements
? Demonstrable and relevant IT experience, including time served in a management position.
? Bachelor’s Degree or Associates’ degree and/or equivalent work experience required.
? Good understanding of game industry or software development technology processes.
? Extensive management and leadership 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 prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
? Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, sometimes geographically disparate collaborative environment.
? Proven experience in IT infrastructure strategic planning and development, project
management, and policy development.
? ITIL (or similar) implementation and/or ITIL process improvement hands-on experience
? Solid understanding and technical knowledge of current network and PC operating systems,
hardware, protocols, and standards.
? Experience with systems design and development from business requirements analysis through to day-to-day management.
? Good understanding of contemporary IT concepts such as Cloud Computing and Business Process Automation.

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