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The last 12 months have been amazing for esports at Riot. We held our most-watched League of Legends Worlds Championship, and we ran our first global tournaments for VALORANT, Wild Rift, and Legends of Runeterra. On the back of that success, and in our ever-growing dedication to our mission to be the most player focused company in the world, we are doubling down on our investment in esports. We are doing this through our high-priority focus on Unleashing Fandom and Reinventing the Watch Experience and through investing in industry-leading innovations like Project Stryker.

The Sport IO team is focused on innovating in the broadcast storytelling experience as well as  delivering tools and technology for esports tournament creation, operation, and management. We have a mix of user facing experiences through our web properties lolesports.com and valorantesports.com and back-end tools which are used by the broadcast producers and tournament operators.

As the Principal Technical Producer, you will have a mix of direct team leadership work as well as coordination and collaboration with other producers in the group to identify opportunities to assist them as they develop work systems, manage team health, manage project deliverables, and scale out their organizations. You will also need to identify opportunities to create cross-team work systems that allow us to achieve economies of scale, share practices, and work better together.

This role reports to the Director of Production for Riot Esports Tech R&D.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and collaborate with a small team of other producers to collectively guide and lead the teams to execute against the feature roadmap to high quality and on time
  • Lead and guide a multi-team group of ~15 - 25 people consisting of engineers, product managers, UX designers, and Quality Owners to bring player facing features and core infrastructure features to reality
  • Build strong collaborations with multiple external vendors building tools and managing operations for our global esports tournaments.
  • Implement initiative-wide work systems to manage activities such as staffing/headcount management and cross-division accountability tracking
  • Implement accountability rituals wherein product teams review their commitments/delivery with organizational leadership and hold each other accountable for celebrating successes and learning from failures
  • Own the quality of the experience for the player/customer through partnership with Engineering, Product Management, and QA
  • Create alignment between organizations working towards common or complementary goals
  • Dependency-manage across large business units with different cultures and operating models (internal or external)
  • Proactively identify issues impacting work life balance/sustainable development in your teams and integrate sustainability tracking measures into the process
  • Represent your business unit’s staff, service, and tooling needs to the leadership team
  • Adapt from a toolkit of methodologies to scale across teams and products

Required Qualifications:

  • 7+ years experience launching large scale features, business critical efforts or cross-team projects on schedule and as part of a multi-phase launch plan.
  • Experience shipping large-scale premium products on multiple platforms with a live service component
  • 2+ years of team leadership experience growing and mentoring more junior individuals and building healthy, diverse, and inclusive teams
  • Experience fluidly adapting methodologies in situations of high product or team complexity, or long duration
  • Experience working on technical initiatives and technical product development and a capability to deeply engage with customers and development teams in technical discussions
  • Strong alignment to servant leadership principles and the value and importance of ensuring psychological safety, healthy feedback culture and conflict management within and between teams

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in med-large size organizations where collaboration across organizational boundaries is critical to success
  • Experience leading and coordinating external development teams
  • Leadership experience in game development, esports, or entertainment industries 
  • Experience leading and pivoting multiple teams/processes/efforts through a significant change in direction or operations
  • Passion for esports and Riot’s games

Our Perks:

Riot has a focus on work/life balance, shown by our open paid time off policy, in addition to other perks such as flexible work schedules. We offer medical, dental, and life insurance, parental leave for you, your spouse/domestic partner and children, and a 401k with company match. Check out our benefits pages for more information.

Riot Games fosters a player and workplace experience that values teamwork embodied by the Summoner's Code and Community Code. Our culture embraces differences as a strength, and our values are the guiding principles for how we approach work. We are committed to putting diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the center of everything we do, and promoting a fair and collaborative culture where Rioters treat one another with dignity and respect. We encourage you to read more about our value of thriving together and our ongoing work to build the most inclusive company in Gaming.

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