Producer, Console & PC
Must be able to commute to Burbank, CA on a hybrid work model in January 2023 (Tues/Wed office days, subject to change).
SEGA of America, Inc. a rapidly expanding video games publisher and developer within the western market, and is the US arm of SEGA Sammy, a world leader in the provision of interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. SEGA develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms such as Xbox, PlayStation platforms, Nintendo platforms, PC and wireless devices.
SEGA… What do you think of when you hear that word? Do you think of the console with the iconic, harmonized voice fire ups or do you think of the countless gaming hits from Sonic the Hedgehog to Golden Axe to the Persona series?
When we think of SEGA, we think of its evolution as a pioneer in the video game market to one of the most prominent video game developers and publishers ever! Globally, SEGA has over 5,000 employees passionately working to bring the best gaming entertainment to players around the planet. We have one of, if not the richest, portfolio of original IPs – something we are very proud of and excited about as the market continues to change. New streaming technologies and shifts in the retail landscape are well poised for what will be the most disruptive and innovative time in our industry. Our IP strategy positions us well for this, and we are enthusiastic about the future!
There’s never been a more exciting time in the company’s history to join SEGA!
Producer, Console & PC (J/E Bilingual)
SEGA of America is seeking a game Producer to help deliver Sonic the Hedgehog console and PC products developed in Japan to publish in the Western markets. Our Burbank, CA-based Producers are internationally-minded professionals who coordinate between our Japan-based development teams, our Burbank-based Sonic the Hedgehog Marketing team, our Irvine-based Publishing teams, and Europe-based Localization teams to deliver Sonic the Hedgehog video games product to market on time, on budget, and at target quality.
We are currently considering a wide range of experienced candidates for this position, and are looking for individuals who love games, language, multiculturalism, creativity, and can speak with enthusiasm for their product.
You should apply for this job if…
- You have at least 5 years of combined production, project management, and/or localization experience within the game industry, and understand what it takes to ship a console and PC video game product.
- You can speak near native English and are business-level proficient at Japanese (additional languages welcome as well!)
- You are highly organized, love bringing order to chaos, and keeping people in the loop.
- You can throw together a production/localization schedule in a heartbeat.
- You enjoy the responsibility and satisfaction of working independently on a project.
- You are a wiz at commonly used production tools and formats, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MemoQ, XLOC, and other localization tools and platforms.
- You are accustomed to working across regions, time zones, and languages and are familiar with the associated challenges.
- You have a proven track record of delivering localization and production projects.
- Working in multilingual, multicultural environments is exciting for you, and you have a strong understanding of the language challenges facing the game industry.
- You have extensive experience working with vendors and teams associated with the video game industry, as well as video game voice over recording experience.
- Games are love, games are life: Especially games from Japan. You have opinions about them, know what makes them good and what makes them bad.
- You can balance the expectations of fans with the needs to a larger gaming audience.
- You can respect the legacy of over 30 years of Sonic the Hedgehog video games, and work to preserve the integrity of the character across the projects you manage.
In the SEGA Production Department, you will spend your days doing the following
- Gathering and digesting information about your project to reassess the current status of the project needs and priorities.
- Acting as the international product owner, making sure everyone understands the vision and nature of the product in your care.
- Communicating in written and spoken Japanese with the Development team in Japan to support their needs for the project and keeping up to date with the status of development.
- Communicating with the internal teams to make sure content approvals, publishing needs and product setup and submission are all happening in a timely manner.
- Building resourcing plans and schedules for approval by your managers and alignment with your dev teams.
- Communicating with external vendors to estimate, schedule and execute on time, on quality and on budget for any production needs the title requires.
- Breaking down your projects into manageable subtasks and getting them done independently.
- Supporting the greater needs of the project, including coordinating internal communications, translating and distributing documentation, getting game text translated, or shuffling bug reports. Whatever it takes to get things done.
- Overseeing the recording of English voiceover with the legacy Studio, Director and Voice Talent.
- Coordinating with QA to make sure the quality of the product is assured, vetting issues, and providing direction to the Development team if necessary.
- Providing proactive guidance and engaging with marketing on external activities related to your product.
- Keeping the schedules accurate, up-to-date, and communicated outwardly regularly.
- Making sure people understand what makes your game fun, compelling, interesting, and unique, and what is the importance of the title to the brand roadmap.
- Building post-mortem lookbacks on your project for the benefit of yourself and the group.
- Playing the games and generating feedback and insight as needed.
- Making sure best practices and policy is followed and implemented within your projects.
- Getting in front of fans and media to talk about and promote your product at tradeshows and media tours.
- Other duties as assigned.
Once this pandemic is over, we may need to send you places!
- Fly both domestically and internationally 3 or 4 times a year.
- Occasionally visit and conduct business in Tokyo, as required.
Passport and ability to enter Japan is required.
Attend media, trade and consumer events a couple times a year.