Studio Operations Manager

Operations · Kirkland, Washington
Department Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive

Harebrained Schemes is looking for an executive-level video game industry leader with a deep understanding of management and operations. The HBS Studio Operations Manager is thoughtful, collaborative, and has a passion for maintaining a healthy, innovative, and smoothly-running studio allowing our project teams to do their best, most creative work.

This is an on-site, full-time executive management role. 

(Please note that we are currently working from home due to Covid-19. We will return to the office in stages when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, all interviews will be done virtually.) 

Direct Reports 

  • VP of Finance
  • Sr. IT Manager
  • Sr. People and Engagement Manager
  • Sr. Office Manager 

What You’ll Do

  • Direct all administrative and operational activities for the studio under the guidance of the studio’s CEO. 
  • Take point on ensuring that critical issues are resolved as they arise, collaborating with the studio leadership. 
  • Set agendas and lead regular meetings of the Executive team. 
  • Ensure strong communication across the studio including smooth flow of information between project teams and departments, between management and the studio, and between individuals and upper management. 
  • Organize regular studio-wide meetings and proactively coordinate their agendas with the studio leadership. 
  • Facilitate change management, both proactive and reactive, to meet business and production needs. 
  • Lead efforts to continuously improve integration with our parent company, Paradox Interactive, while prioritizing the preservation of HBS’s culture and care of its people. 
  • Find opportunities to increase efficiency and improve studio profitability. 
  • Use feedback, metrics, and retrospectives to improve the studio and develop future initiatives. 
  • Collaborate with the VP of Finance to manage the studio-operations budget. 
  • Oversee employee recruitment, onboarding, training, and development in collaboration with the Sr. People and Engagement Manager and studio leadership 
  • Champion our studio values of trust, respect, collaboration, diversity and inclusion.
  • Lead the development of studio policies that reflect our values and promote our studio culture without over-indexing on process. 
  • Consciously evolve our culture when needed, while maintaining the core of what makes us HBS. 
  • Foster an environment where experimentation and iteration are encouraged, and where team members feel like it's safe to fail or be wrong. 
  • Act as an advisor to the Studio CEO. 

What You’ll Bring

  • Game industry experience at the senior leadership level 
  • Deep experience with the publisher-developer relationship
  • Comprehensive knowledge of video game development 
  • Pragmatic, goal-oriented, collaborative approach to team leadership 
  • Experience managing 70+ person teams
  • Experience scaling game studios to meet market needs
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills 
  • High emotional intelligence 
  • Natural problem solver 

Nice to Haves

  • Management of Human Resources teams
  • Project management
  • Development studio/publishing leadership within a larger corporate environment

Employment Eligibility Requirement

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and not require Visa sponsorship to be eligible.

What to Expect at HBS

All HBS employees

  • Contribute respectfully with empathy, emotional intelligence and self-awareness
  • Can work collaboratively in a team as well as on your own
  • Are able to be self-directed in their work and learning
  • Bring a growth mindset to the work they do

Working at HBS Means:

  • Work-life balance: a work family that doesn’t replace your family-family
  • Flexible workday hours and work-from-home opportunities
  • Time off when you need it: a wellness-first and family-first mindset
  • High transparency and easy access to studio leadership

HBS Benefits:

  • Generous medical, dental, vision, EAP, FSA, and both short & long-term disability
  • Paid vacation time
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays including the week between Christmas and New Years Day
  • 401(k) program 
  • Annual profit-sharing from Paradox Interactive
  • Easy access off I-405 and free parking
  • Skilled, passionate, and fun co-workers
  • Pet-friendly office

You should apply to work at HBS if you want to:

Make amazing game experiences with co-workers who are just as passionate about their craft as you are

Be part of a where everyone can have a significant impact on their projects and the studio

Join a warm, inclusive and diverse team, with a respectful and collaborative culture

Evolve and learn with us in a growth-mindset environment 

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