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#101 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 7:31:54 PM(UTC)
Job #676872
Posted 13 Aug 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/professionals/us/en/job/676872/Forza-Franchise-Senior-Marketing-Manager-Studios-Global-Marketing-Xbox-Games


Forza Franchise Senior Marketing Manager – Studios Global Marketing, Xbox Games

Quote:
Microsoft’s Gaming Marketing team is revolutionizing gaming. With a rich set of existing products and services like Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, Halo, Minecraft and Mixer, our gaming business is a one of the most exciting places to work in technology. We are fortunate to work on products that are loved by passionate customers, anchored by tier one marketing experiences. Our mission at Team Xbox is to inspire and engage every gamer on the planet with interactive and imaginative experiences. Our vision is to empower gamers to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want.

We are passionate about our mission, our vision and delighting Xbox fans worldwide. We are looking for people who believe in our mission and who will strengthen our culture. People with exceptional skill and capabilities; and those with new perspectives that will strengthen our team.

The highly acclaimed, award winning Forza franchise, which includes the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon series of games, is the best-selling racing franchise this generation across all console platforms and is also home to one of the largest racing communities in the world. Through premier partnerships across the automotive industry, Forza games feature the world's greatest cars, including "First in Forza" debuts such as the McLaren P1 and Senna, Ferrari La Ferrari, Ford GT, Lamborghini Centenario and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The Forza franchise is developed by Turn 10 Studios, creators of Forza Motorsport, together with UK-based Playground Games, developers of the Forza Horizon series.

Xbox has an amazing opportunity for a world class marketer to join the Forza marketing team and help us continue to shape and grow the franchise. Ideal candidates have experience launching AAA games on console and PC, running performance marketing campaigns, managing a live service, utilizing consumer insights and analytics to influence product features and messaging, and finding new and innovative ways to reach millions of fans.

This position requires a strong mix of leadership and communication skills to land world-class marketing strategies. In this role you will work closely with studio teams to build and manage always-on marketing campaigns, hone product design and feature prioritization, and support cross-team and cross-product campaign executions. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of marketing games with a steady progression of increased responsibility and impact. You not only understand how to develop blockbuster marketing campaigns, but you also embrace new business models, platforms, and devices. You have demonstrated your ability to define clear goals and develop creative, high-impact marketing strategies to achieve those goals, grounded in a deep understanding of the target customers. Most importantly – you have a passion for what you do!

Responsibilities
Creating global franchise marketing plans (market & competitive analysis, customer understanding, positioning/messaging/branding, PR planning, and marketing strategies) that drive awareness & purchase intent for the Forza franchise
Developing and leading always-on performance marketing campaigns in partnership with our studio, agency, and media teams
Developing strategies that incorporate traditional retail and digital business models alongside performance marketing and subscription-based services
Analyzing consumer trends and behavior to advise and assist the studio with portfolio development and planning
Defining and managing visual identity for global marketing materials (digital merchandising, branding, advertising creative, product pages)
Building and nurturing strong relationships with multiple studio teams
Managing all marketing aspects of the business plan, including sales forecasting, marketing budgets, KPI’s, localization strategy, launch timing, and lifecycle planning
Represent Microsoft as appropriate at key industry presentations, panels, and executive briefings

Qualifications
Required
5+ years of console or PC video game marketing experience is required
2+ years of experience running always-on user acquisition marketing campaigns is required
Proven experience planning and executing game marketing campaigns across creative development, media planning, CRM, PR, partnerships, and events
BA/BS degree is required

Preferred
MBA preferred
Proven ability to lead and partner with across studio and creative teams
Strong project management skills with the ability to identify and implement process improvements.
Excellent creative and strategic thinking
This position will require limited travel

Edited by user Friday, August 16, 2019 7:45:20 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#102 Posted : Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:27:14 PM(UTC)
Job #691763
Posted 29 Aug 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/691763/Software-Engineer-Services-Turn-10-Studios


Software Engineer, Services - Turn 10 Studios

Quote:
Xbox racing games. Cloud technology. The developer behind the highly acclaimed Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon series, Turn 10 Studios, is looking for a software engineer to help design and develop services that enable innovative experiences in online and social gaming.

We partner with Xbox Game Studios, Xbox Live, PlayFab and Azure. We ship games on Xbox, Windows, iOS and Android clients. We work closely with the game designers and client engineering teams to design compelling user experiences. We invest in our platform to continuously improve performance, scalability and developer productivity. We have an experienced, supportive, fun and passionate team. We love what we do and maintain a strong work-life balance.

Responsibilities
As a software engineer on the services team you will work with game designers and client engineering teams to define service requirements for online and social game features. You will design and develop services using the latest C#, .NET and Azure technology. You will own service quality and ship readiness. You will support services in a production environment.
Qualifications

Required
2+ years of professional software development experience using C++ or C#
Experience developing services with cloud platforms (Azure, AWS)
Strong communication and cross-team collaboration skills
Preferred

Passion for games and a drive to create amazing entertainment experiences
Experience working with high performance, high throughput distributed systems and parallel algorithms
Game development experience
Experience with source control and CI/CD systems (Azure DevOps, Git)
Experience with relational and non-relational databases (SQL, Azure Table, Azure Cosmos DB)

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Edited by user Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:30:11 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#103 Posted : Monday, September 2, 2019 8:37:20 AM(UTC)
Job #696790
Posted 30 Aug 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/696790/Senior-Integrated-Marketing-Communications-Lead-Forza-Racing-Game-Franchise


Senior Integrated Marketing Communications Lead – Forza Racing Game Franchise


Quote:
Microsoft’s Gaming Marketing team is revolutionizing gaming. With a rich set of existing products and services like Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, Halo, Minecraft and Mixer, our gaming business is a one of the most exciting places to work in technology. We are fortunate to work on products that are loved by passionate customers, anchored by tier one marketing experiences. Our mission at Team Xbox is to inspire and engage every gamer on the planet with interactive and imaginative experiences. Our vision is to empower gamers to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want.
We are passionate about our mission, our vision and delighting Xbox fans worldwide. We are looking for people who believe in our mission and who will strengthen our culture. People with exceptional skill and capabilities; and those with new perspectives that will strengthen our team.

Are you a marketer with a love of games, cars, digital media, and storytelling? The Xbox Integrated Marketing team is seeking a Global Integrated Marketing Communications Manager for the number one racing franchise in the world, Forza. The role spans leadership of brand and integrated marketing communications across the product lines: Forza Horizon, Forza Motorsport, and Forza Street game franchises.
This person will lead campaigns from strategy through to execution, working closely with the games studio, product marketing, digital, media, research and PR, as well as a range of agency partners.
This role will lead the creation of breakthrough, fully integrated brand and integrated marketing communications. This includes driving global campaign and creative strategy and leading campaign execution and cross-marcom integration for Forza as it aligns to product launches, major business priorities, and key beats throughout the year. You will author integrated marketing plans; develop naming, branding identity systems, packaging; author campaign creative briefs, oversee asset production (e.g. video/film/digital advertising) and partner with both global and regional/field teams to hit all customer touch points.
The ideal person will have a proven track record of delivering creative, integrated consumer marketing strategies and have a true passion for the gaming and entertainment industry. You need to be adept at working across a large and highly complex organization with multiple stakeholders and have experience leading agencies to deliver campaigns on time and on budget.
Responsibilities
  • Brand development and support:
  • Develop & trademark new product names
  • Develop visual identity systems that include deep guidance and assets for partners
  • Campaign development and production:
  • Oversee global marketing communications strategy and develop integrated marcom plans that drive key business metrics for Xbox Services & Subscriptions.
  • Oversee creative development and production/execution and cross-campaign integration - in partnership with global product marketing, consumer insights, media, owned channels, regional teams and external agencies and partners.
  • Directly lead campaign development and video and digital advertising production for campaigns and key event-related assets with agency partners.
  • Drive key consumer facing messaging and copy and identity assets that can be used consistently across all integrated marketing channels.
  • Drive communications and content distribution worldwide, including guidance for worldwide usage.
  • Lead the development and distribution of key campaign documents, including authoring the integrated marketing plan, campaign creative briefs, etc.
  • Cross-team collaboration and project management:
  • Partnership with Global Product Marketing on core business objectives and outcomes.
  • Partnership with the Consumer Engagement team and digital agency partners to ensure successful implementation across all digital channels (.com, social, CRM, etc).
  • Partnership with regional marketing and marcom leads to ensure successful implementation and execution in key markets around the world.
  • Partnership with Consumer Insights team on consumer insights, business intelligence, campaign measurement and reporting, etc.
  • Partnership with Media to ensure successful integration and coordination of key paid media strategies.
  • Partnership with the Worldwide Retail Services and Microsoft Stores teams to drive campaign implementation at retail.
  • Budget ownership and management across multiple deliverables and lines of business.
  • Maintaining compliance with legal, Geo Political and on the creative content approvals and clearances.


Team leadership:
  • Strong v-team management skills.


Qualifications
  • Must have 8+ years of marketing, advertising, brand and campaign development experience, with extensive experience working with or for an agency, with a demonstrative portfolio of creative work.
  • Advanced command of large-scale video, digital, print, and other production.
  • Must have a strong analytics background and ability to turn data points into strategic insights that inform creative strategies.
  • Must be nimble enough to negotiate with multiple stakeholders, be able to defend work, and also know how to address feedback and find successful solutions.
  • Must understand the competitive landscape of gaming and the network of gaming fans & community
  • Strong preference for previous experience with dynamic games franchises
  • Critical that the person has a real passion for cars.
  • Must be customer centric and driven by a priority of earning fans.
  • Must be a strong team leader and leader of vendors and agencies.
  • Exceptional communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills while working with all levels within the company.
  • A strong drive for results, with a proven track record, delivering under tight deadlines.
  • Budget management experience and the ability to manage large scale production budgets across multiple products and timelines.
  • Organizational agility and strong stakeholder management and cross-group collaboration skills will be critical of success, with demonstrated ability to execute through an influence model.
  • Exceptionally strong project management skills.
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#104 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:48:32 AM(UTC)
Job #699739
Posted 6 Sept 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/699739/Senior-Software-Engineer-Data-Science-Turn-10-Studios

Senior Software Engineer, Data Science - Turn 10 Studios

Quote:
At Turn 10 Studios we’re building the future of the Forza franchise. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, such as machine learning (ML) using deep neural networks (DNNs) has the potential to impact every aspect of our business. To help us realize this immense potential, we are seeking a Data & Applied Science Engineer to join our Technical Research and Development (Tech R&D) team.

Successful candidates will have demonstrable experience working with ML models and frameworks and have solid coding skills in modern languages. Knowledge and previous application of a variety of ML applications, including those related to data analysis, natural language and image processing, and/or multi-label categorization is required.

The individual in this role will be able to demonstrate leadership by understanding existing workflows and problem spaces and determine if, when, and how ML can be applied to solve problems or improve quality. This individual will need to be able to effectively communicate with any of the individual teams at Turn 10 across all disciplines. Finally, this individual will need to collaborate effectively with their peers as sharing expertise and leveraging the work of others is a key contributor to the Tech R&D team's success.

Responsibilities
  • Work closely with game teams to:
  • Understand their current scenarios and future needs
  • Determine potential improvements or solutions that utilize ML, and prototype them
  • Analyze results and make recommendations for future application
  • Share learnings and determine next steps
  • Build and own ML training and inference framework

    Qualifications

    Qualifications:
  • 2+ years’ experience with a strongly typed programming language such as C++, C#, Java
  • 2+ years working with ML frameworks such as SKLearn, PyTorch, or TensorFlow
  • 3+ years’ experience with scripted languages such as Python
  • Demonstrable and thorough understanding of ML concepts such as DNNs, convolution, and recurrent networks

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate and influence key stakeholders and share results
  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in fields like computer science, mathematics, statistics, machine leaning or similar
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#105 Posted : Friday, September 20, 2019 1:22:02 PM(UTC)
Job #707138
Posted 19 Sep 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/707138/Senior-Software-Engineer-CI-CD-Turn-10-Studios

Senior Software Engineer, CI/CD - Turn 10 Studios

Quote:
Are you looking for an opportunity that leverages your enthusiasm for gaming? Have you always dreamed about becoming a tech leader in a world-class gaming studio? Then Turn 10 Studios, creator of the highly-acclaimed Forza Motorsport franchise would love to connect with you!

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, customer obsessed software engineer to drive technical efforts to expand scalability and efficiency across our build, content pipeline, and engineering systems (DevOps). You will be responsible for designing and building highly scalable, distributed, reliable, business critical systems that process terabytes of data every day. You will be at the forefront of our AAA game’s evolution into Games-as-a-Service

We value the perspective and experience you bring and promote an autonomous workstyle. Turn 10 Studios offers a unique work environment that is innovative and electric, and at the same time, open and accepting. At Turn 10, we love what we do – Come join us and let’s change the world of racing games together!
Responsibilities
You will architect and build systems and workflows that transform code and art assets into optimized game-consumable bits. These systems form the living, breathing heart of Turn 10 Studios. You’ll work closely with all teams in the studio on the design and implementation of these systems. You’ll have a key role in the studio’s transformation to continuous delivery, and all the technology and infrastructure required for it. We are investing heavily in automating all aspects of our build, release, and quality processes.

You’ll partner with the Xbox Platform team and Microsoft Games Studios to define gaming experiences and developer workflows across Xbox and Windows platforms, including next generation platforms.

Qualifications
Required
  • 5+ years professional C++ or C# software development experience
  • SQL and scripting languages experience
  • Experience with build technology (MSBuild, NAnt, TeamCity, BuildTracker, etc.)
  • Solid understanding of software engineering & CI/CD best practices
  • Experience building complex frameworks and infrastructure
  • Passion for games and a drive to create amazing AAA game Experiences


Preferred
  • Experience managing distributed computing clusters (Incredibuild, Azure, AWS, etc.)
  • Experience developing automated test & unit test infrastructure
  • Knowledge of 3D art pipelines and rendering systems
  • Experience with networking and web services
  • Experience managing data center buildout and/or operations
  • Experience with complex games systems (animation, graphics, game engine, etc.)
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#106 Posted : Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:41:57 PM(UTC)
Job #711369
Posted 30 Sep 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/711369/Senior-Software-Engineer-Turn-10-Studios

Senior Software Engineer - Turn 10 Studios

Quote:
Are you looking for an opportunity to join a world-class studio to help deliver an unparalleled AAA gaming experience?

Do you have years of experience tuning and polishing game engines? The team that created the critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport franchise is looking to add a systems engineer to the talented engine team. In this role you will be able to leverage your experience with rendering, memory systems, high performance streaming and visibility to give our racers the flawless experience they crave. All while providing an efficient and creativity enabling experience for our content teams. Come join our team at this exciting time as we push the limits of Microsoft gaming platforms.

Responsibilities
As part of the engine team you will work on the ForzaTech engine, designing and implementing systems to optimize memory usage, streaming systems and threading models to improve the efficiency of the ForzaTech engine.

As a First-Party studio, this team works hand-in-hand with the Xbox One platform teams and Microsoft Studios to define gaming experiences across the Microsoft gaming ecosystem on Xbox One, Xbox Scorpio and Windows Store. You will help deliver the next AAA title from Turn 10 Studios on next generation platforms.

You must be comfortable dealing with ambiguous, challenging problems. Excellent communication skills are vital.


Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • A strong proficiency in C++
  • A strong background in memory and threading systems
  • At least 4 years of professional software development experience



Ideal candidates will have most of the following:

  • Professional experience with D3D / OpenGL
  • Proven track record of technical leadership
  • Experience shipping on both PC and console
  • AAA game development experience
  • DX12 experience
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#107 Posted : Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:38:14 AM(UTC)
Job #715023
Posted 3 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/715023/Environment-Artist-Biome


Environment Artist (Biome)


Quote:
Turn 10 Studios has an exciting opportunity to work alongside the team responsible for the top-selling and critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport franchise. Biome Artist is an important role that provides an opportunity to help drive our trees, vegetation, and terrain while ensuring our environments are delivered to hit the quality bar that meets studio and fan expectations.

Responsibilities
  • Create visually stunning organic assets with specific focus on Vegetation, Trees, and Terrain
  • Organize, create and maintain Biome Libraries for maximum visual impact and efficiency
  • Define specifications and document processes for creation of biome art (Trees, Vegetation, Terrain)
  • Partner with Tech Art on procedural workflow and tools supporting organics
  • Share best practices across team via presentations and at-desk mentorship

Qualifications
  • Shipped AAA title on current generation hardware (Console or PC)
  • Portfolio with stellar examples of vegetation, foliage, and terrain skills
  • Examples of work derived from modern software packages (Houdini, Substance, etc.)
  • Demonstrated understanding of physically based materials
  • Strong desire to collaborate cross-discipline to solve production challenges
  • Avid gamer who understands industry leading visuals and consumer expectations
  • Passion for art, innovation, and technology as well as a positive, team-oriented mentality
Rank: Moderator
#108 Posted : Friday, October 11, 2019 9:51:31 AM(UTC)
Job #714964
Posted 7 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/714964/Environment-Technical-Artist-Turn-10-Studios


Environment Technical Artist - Turn 10 Studios

Quote:
Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the top selling and critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport franchise, has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Artist to join our studio. This role involves supporting the art team with our production toolset and assisting in development of technical content creation methods to efficiently achieve high quality game content for our cutting edge games. This person is responsible for providing production tools and technical support to Artists in the following areas: environment art workflow, PBR materials, scripting, game content pipeline design and maintenance.

Responsibilities
  • Troubleshoot and triage artist issues with tools and art creation workflow
  • Work with Engine, Tools and Pipeline teams to prioritize and develop tools/scripts/plugins to streamline art processes, workflows and pipelines
  • Author technical environment art content in a stable and performant manner
  • Prototype new techniques to facilitate more efficient content production
  • Strive to maximize art production performance and predictability



Required Qualifications:
  • BS/BA degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Arts, Art or a related field.
  • Computer programming/scripting experience.
  • Strong knowledge of one or more major 3D animation packages, 3DS Max preferred.
  • Understanding of 3D graphics principles and procedures
  • Experience with next-generation content creation techniques
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Work well under deadlines and multi-tasks
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#109 Posted : Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:49:34 PM(UTC)
Job #714920
Posted 8 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/714920/Program-Manager-Partnerships


Program Manager - Partnerships


Quote:
Turn 10 Studios, creators of the hit Forza Motorsport franchise, and a division of Microsoft Studios, , is looking for a Partner team Program Manager to help drive our Partner Programs and the maintain the team Rhythm of the Business.

Turn 10’s Partner team is focused on securing, managing and maintaining a third-party Partner portfolio that provides excitement, in-game content, marketing & promotional activation, co-branded experiences, and selected inbound license deals. Our thru-partner program delivers a promotional footprint that includes both social media as well as traditional co-marketing activities. We leverage our partners to support and drive the growing Forza franchise across geographies, audience types, and Forza products. Our partner types cover a wide range – including automobile manufacturers, automotive ecosystem partners, major entertainment brands, other gaming franchise & brands, and major consumer brands We’re searching for an energized candidate to join our team, learn our business, and help support our growing footprint with a combination of project & organization skills supported by marketing / business experience or comparable training & education.

Responsibilities
The Partner Program Manager will work with the team to manage, organize, plan, support and follow through on team programs and rhythms. This will include driving the rhythm of the business, both team and selected external meetings & events, and maintaining and presenting the one source of our team projects, calendar, deliverables, resources needed, and other related items related to the projects at-hand.

The incumbent will interact with game production resources to track items, identify decisions to be made, manage schedules, and escalate items as needed. The role will require the program management of multiple initiatives coordinating with cross functional teams and track deliverables. To support this, candidates should have communication and collaboration skills supporting this responsibility. A strong cross collaboration view, understanding the importance and need of cross functional team members is required to be successful in this role.

The Partner Program Manager may work with key partners & licensors from time to time, and thus must be able to collaborate with those partners to ensure their brands and intellectual property is accurately represented in our games and / or marketing & activation materials. The role will require the triage and management of asks from external agencies and global marketing teams to ensure activations are being, assessed and delivered as approved

Success for this role includes a disciplined and predictable approach to execution that supports the timely launch of Forza titles, activations, products and services.


Qualifications
  • 3-5 years of experience in one of these supporting disciplines – partner management, program management, franchise management, or marketing.
    Project management training and / or experience
  • Experience with licensed content
  • Ability to collaborate in a matrixed environment with various teams to drive projects to conclusion
  • Ability to plan, create and maintain a highly effective schedule
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and be a master at conflict resolution
  • Ability to prepare project documentation and present this to a variety of audiences internally and externally
  • Ability to identify efficiencies in processes and optimize for a repetitive and formulaic approach to managing ongoing program status and deliverables for tracking and post activity analysis
  • Preference for candidates who can work internationally, whether in-person or by phone or email on programs. This will include being available at various hours to accommodate partners, and taking into account cultural differences
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#110 Posted : Monday, October 14, 2019 8:48:12 AM(UTC)
Job #714970
Posted 7 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/professionals/us/en/job/714970/Procedural-Technical-Artist-Turn-10-Studios


Procedural Technical Artist - Turn 10 Studios


Quote:
Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the top selling and critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport franchise, has an exciting opportunity for a Procedural Technical Artist to join our studio. This role involves identifying and using procedural content creation methods to efficiently achieve high quality game content for our cutting edge games.

Responsibilities
  • Assist the environment team with prototyping new techniques for population of environments with pre-authored assets using Houdini or similar software
  • Work with Tools and Tech Art teams to create procedural rulesets and tools for dynamic placement of assets such as roads, forests, fences, etc.
  • Identify pipelines for feeding authored assets into our proprietary Forzatech rendering engine
  • Keep performance optimization in mind with procedural assets


Required Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Arts, Art or a related field.
  • Computer programming/scripting experience.
  • Strong knowledge of one or more major 3D animation packages, Houdini preferred.
  • Understanding of 3D graphics principles and procedures
  • Experience with next-generation content creation techniques
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Work well under deadlines and multi-tasks
Rank: Moderator
#111 Posted : Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:42:51 AM(UTC)
Job #715092
Posted 7 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/professionals/us/en/job/715092/Technical-Lighting-Artist


Technical Lighting Artist


Quote:
Turn 10 Studios has an exciting opportunity for a Technical Lighting Artist to work alongside the team responsible for the top-selling and critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport franchise. This is an important role that provides the ideal candidate with an opportunity to be responsible for the technical implementation of lighting techniques to achieve state of the art game content. You will apply a deep and thorough understanding of lighting techniques and a strong sense of color and mood to execute our challenging visual targets.

Responsibilities
  • Lighting – set up and burning of offline light maps
  • Lighting – set up and visual look of dynamic light sources
  • Carry lighting of environment spaces through from pre-production to final polish
  • Ensure the integrity of lighting on all assets
  • Support lighting needs for all teams
  • Work with other teams to resolve lighting-related issues

Qualifications
  • Must have 3 years professional experience in a lighting/look development role in games
  • Experience with physically-based lighting and shading required
  • Experience with IBL lighting, real-world lighting values, and IES profiles
  • Experience with Autodesk 3DS Max preferred (experience with other major 3D packages such as Maya or XSI will be considered)
  • Experience working with UVs in a game environment required
  • Experience with Photoshop
  • Experience with offline renderers such as V-Ray, Arnold, or Renderman required
  • Demo reel/portfolio must demonstrate a firm understanding of lighting and color theory
  • Must be responsive to deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Experience with HLSL shaders a bonus
Rank: Moderator
#112 Posted : Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:37:40 PM(UTC)
Job #720121
Posted 9 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/720121/Senior-Game-Data-Analyst-Turn-10-Studios


Senior Game Data Analyst - Turn 10 Studios


Quote:
Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios, creators of the highly acclaimed Forza Motorsport series, is looking for an analytical and collaborative professional who’s passionate about using data to help make great entertainment. As the leader of Motorsport game analytics and BI you’ll analyze data from various sources to glean player motivations and insights. You’ll then partner with designers, developers, and producers to align priorities and identify opportunities to leverage your insights and improve player experiences.

Responsibilities
Organize and analyze game telemetry to inform design direction.

Hire and direct the work of contract analysts.

Partner with designers to develop features that delight our players.

Develop algorithms and models to solve critical game challenges.

Create reporting framework and dashboards to empower the whole team.

Work closely with our business team and fellow analysts to identify new opportunities to leverage your insights.


Qualifications
Education: BS or equivalent in statistics, economics, math or similar applied quantitative field.

At least three years’ experience as modeler, analyst, or related function.

Love working with data and have a history of working with SQL databases, cloud environments (Azure), and reporting systems like Power BI.

Strong communication and proven ability to communicate complex information to a diverse audience.

Natural problem solver, you’re comfortable driving clarity into ambiguous challenges.

Results oriented, you focus on the highest impact questions to improve player experiences.
Rank: Moderator
#113 Posted : Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:15:59 PM(UTC)
Job #723299
Posted 11 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/professionals/us/en/job/723299/Business-Intelligence-Lead-Turn-10-Studios


Business Intelligence Lead - Turn 10 Studios


Quote:
Do you want to be a part of an award-winning team and use data to help shape our Studio’s future? Are you an idea person who can persuade stakeholders with your cheerful attitude in a winning direction? Does working in Gaming intrigue you?

Turn 10 Studios, the developer and cultivators of the Forza video game franchise, including the award-winning Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon game series, is looking for an ambitious, results-driven business intelligence professional with a passion for solving intriguing challenges, and achieving high impact, high quality results to join our team. The selected candidate will be an analytical, data-savvy, highly motivated critical thinker who will work with studio stakeholders to craft or drive analysis, develop strategy, and drive understanding of how data and business decisions influence key business objectives. As the Business Intelligence Lead you will be responsible for driving our data programs, including leading a team of analysts, both in-game and business, and collaborate with data engineers to deliver actionable data insights that have a material impact on the Forza business and franchise. Come play a key role on our team and help us achieve this ambitious goal.

Responsibilities
  • Develop, write, and implement a business intelligence strategy across Forza franchise games and services. Leverage data science best practices to uncover and solve challenging optimization issues. Lead team of direct reports and / or stakeholders towards a consensus plan for the business intelligence space and then drive execution in a positive, collaborative manner.
  • Establish core measurements and methods that can be used across multiple game modes, game services, and hardware, and work with game and other teams to embed them
  • Deliver predictive modeling, impact analysis, game balance analysis, multiplayer performance, cheat detection, and social impact analysis to stakeholders and game teams.
  • Design and lead product analysis plans that materially impact the franchise, including both predictive analysis and more simple metrics. These will aim to provide truly actionable insights for future release and DLC development using standard business KPIs along with in-game telemetry events
  • Work with Turn 10 game developers and producers to design the in-game telemetry events used for gameplay analysis. Maintain and organize in-game telemetry specs, adhering to NGP + GDPR compliance and other corporate Personal Information policies
  • Design and distribute reporting that provide commentary highlighting our franchise performance against KPIs and identify developing trends that impact franchise and title growth. Maintain centralized site for reporting that is easily accessible and broadcasted among the franchise
  • Drive and conduct structured analysis on customer spending patterns and game engagement (DAU frequency, duration and Retention), resulting in concise summarized findings to management, identifying opportunities for improving content release strategy, retention and pricing to maximize lifetime customer value
  • Recommend enhancements to existing data systems to optimize for high speed, low latency reporting and self-service analytics for stakeholder clients
  • Provide actionable insights to drive the creation of effective CRM nudges and business optimizations to increase revenue and player engagement


Key Competencies
  • Exceptional data skills, an entrepreneurial attitude and the ability to collaborate with and / or influence senior leaders and other stakeholders
  • The ability to shape and grow BI strategy and instill and manage it appropriately as an influential part of the decision-making process. Drive new insights into a well-established,
  • award-winning franchise and team Operate comfortably in a sometimes-ambiguous environment
  • Passion for digging into complex problems and large datasets to distil actionable insights that inform decisions driving increased bottom-line results Ability to be or become a
  • Subject Matter Expert across many different KPIs and metrics across our customer segments and products.
  • Provide laser focus on measuring and hitting KPI’s that enable Turn 10’s business success
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to create and deliver executive-ready presentations
  • A champion of developing organizational maturity in making data-driven decisions.
  • High attention to detail and accuracy of work product, action-oriented, able to prioritize manage multiple concurrent projects in a fast-changing environment
  • Understands the video game industry, entertainment, consumer products, and / or technology business


Qualifications
Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in quantitative discipline such as Statistics, Economics, Finance, Data Science, etc.
  • Exceptional business planning, problem solving & analytics skills. Passion for uncovering, addressing, and driving solutions for data-intensive challenges
  • 5 years professional experience in an analytical role
  • Management experience preferred
  • Experience collaborating in a matrix organization environment
  • International experience preferred
  • People Management experience preferred
  • Expert proficiency in MS Excel required
  • Strong SQL skills and experience with large data sets required
Rank: Moderator
#114 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:06:35 PM(UTC)
Job #720117
Posted 9 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/720117/Software-Engineer-Turn-10-Studios


Software Engineer – Turn 10 Studios


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Do you want to have a deep impact on multiple AAA games currently under development?

Turn 10 Studios is looking for a skilled C++ engineer to join our tech share team as we prepare ForzaTech for the next console generation.

ForzaTech is the core engine, authoring tools, and build pipeline that allow us to ship beautiful, photorealistic, 60fps, 4K, industry leading games across multiple titles, studios, and platforms.

Responsibilities
  • You will bring the latest technology from each title into our shared engine
  • You will help engineers in multiple AAA studios build features in a shareable and maintainable way
  • You will implement new systems, platform abstractions, and tests
  • You will become a strong owner of one or more areas of the engine - participating in roadmap discussions and coordinating future development across our titles



Required Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of game development experience
  • 3+ years of professional C++ experience
  • Deep experience in at least one game engine technology - physics, UI, tools, graphics, AI, etc.
  • Experience implementing multithreaded systems
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Solid 3D Math skills (linear algebra and trig.)
  • Profiling and optimization experience
  • Experience with TDD(test driven development)
Rank: Moderator
#115 Posted : Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:55:18 PM(UTC)
Job #723301
Posted 22 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/723301/Business-Manager-Turn-10-Studios


Business Manager - Turn 10 Studios

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Turn 10 Studios, the developer and cultivators of the Forza video game franchise, including both the award-winning Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon game series’, is looking for an experienced Business Manager with a demonstrated ability to deploy financial and other skills in the course of business to join our business management team & function. The team’s role is to manage the financial & business affairs of the studio, including budgeting & spend management, forecasting and reporting, business modeling and opportunity analysis, and vendor contract management. As a member of the Business Management team, the Business Manager will be responsible for supporting these functions, work with other individuals on the team, and play an active role in working with the Studio’s producers and business partners on all business related aspects in running a successful game studio.

At Turn 10, we create and curate one of the most highly-rated gaming franchises in the world by nurturing a world-class studio environment in which people can create products our customers love, and smart and engaged people can uncover and solve intriguing challenges.

Turn 10’s Business Management team supports two AAA game studios; Turn 10 Studios in Redmond, Washington, USA and Playground Games in Leamington Spa, UK. The team is responsible for partnering with Executive Producers and other studio leads to run their business, including modeling opportunities, driving business processes, supporting negotiations of supplier & partner contracts, managing publishing relationships, setting budgets, and providing financial planning & analysis.

The ideal candidate will bring relevant or leverageable experience across a similar range of financial and business management functions. You’ll foster an environment of collaboration between business management and business partners to develop, optimize, and implement innovative business models that reflect studio strategy.
Responsibilities
  • Partner with Producers and business partners to provide first-line business management and guidance
  • Assist in driving monthly business rhythms including results discussions, reviews, and reporting with studio leadership
  • Collaborate with product teams to drive implementation of product strategies, manage operating expenses, and deliver analysis to help the business make investment and product development decisions, delivering quality products on-time and on-budget
  • Become a subject-matter expert for KPIs used to measure & manage Forza products
  • Work with studio producers on new products and initiatives and P&L forecasting for new ventures
  • Research, analyze and make recommendations regarding current market trends and competitive activity to identify new product/program opportunities. Work in business intelligence to help form comprehensive, actionable BI queries and plans. Collaborate with distributed resources on tactical BI implementations, including Live Operations for games
  • Collaborate with central finance team on monthly financial close, revenue & expense reporting, and headcount management
  • Partner with multi-functional support groups including A/P, royalty accounting, marketing, and finance
  • Identify and implement more efficient financial tracking process across the business



Requirements
  • 5 years of progressive financial experience directly supporting business partners in a business management, finance or similar role
  • Experience managing P&Ls and costs within a world-class organization
  • Superior communication skills, including an ability to collaboratively empathize & partner with stakeholders directly and within a functional matrix
  • Experience with financial modeling in a game development, technology, entertainment, and / or publishing business
  • Ability to drive change and improve key business processes and financial models
  • BA/BS in fields such as finance, business, or marketing.
  • Gaming and / or entertainment experience preferred, but not required
Rank: Moderator
#116 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:38:10 AM(UTC)
Job #734336
Posted 31 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/734336/Design-Director-Turn-10-Studios


Design Director – Turn 10 Studios


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Turn 10 Studios is looking for a Design Director to join our Forza Motorsport team. Forza Motorsport is one of the largest and most successful gaming franchises and home to a hugely engaged and passionate racing community. Come and join our supercharged team and help us shape the future of automotive entertainment.

The Design Director will be part of a collaborative team that will define the overall direction for the Forza Motorsport product line and inspire us to greatness.

You will lead the direction for our moment to moment gameplay with systems that develop deep understanding of vehicle dynamics and promote positive online racing and interactions.

You will drive the vision for new interactions and experiences that support accessible racing and driving game mechanics while pushing the core physics simulation to genre leading fidelity.

You will build forward thinking progression and reward systems that are engaging for both streamers and viewers.

The role requires a deep knowledge of vehicle dynamics, design principles, creative processes, and player motivations along with various business and experience models that span mobile, AAA console and PC games.

Responsibilities
  • Design and deliver genre leading experiences and innovation in moment to moment driving, racing, and physics simulation.
  • Design and deliver systems and structures that build and cultivate a dynamic, healthy, and inclusive racing community.
  • Design and deliver modern player progression and reward systems.
  • Develop a team of designers.
  • Collaborate, inspire, and lead a multi-disciplinary feature team with internal and external development resources.
  • Be a passionate, data driven advocate of the needs and motivations of the player, streamer, and viewer.


Qualifications
  • 5+ years working in a design capacity on at least 1 shipped AAA titles with a role focused on physics or vehicle dynamics.
  • Experience leading a design team through all phases of development from concept to ship.
  • Deep understanding of various business models across all genres of games and endpoints.
  • Experience developing retention mechanics and experiences.
  • Comprehensive understanding of player psychology and gaming motivations.
  • Experienced manager who understands how to motivate team members to deliver their best work.
Rank: Moderator
#117 Posted : Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:06:52 PM(UTC)
Job #734339
Posted 31 Oct 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/734339/Franchise-Manager-Turn-10-Studios


Franchise Manager – Turn 10 Studios


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Turn 10 Studios, creators of the industry leading Forza racing franchise, is currently seeking a talented, highly-motivated, passionate, and experienced Franchise Manager to drive the rhythms around business planning and monetization for the Forza Franchise. The Franchise Manager will be an integral part of the Franchise Management team, working on planning franchise and portfolio strategy, brand management, merchandizing, advocate for the worldwide consumer and collaborate on revenue and Monthly Average Users management globally in conjunction with our Game Development, Business Management, Finance, Partnerships, Licensing and Business Development teams. The position reports to the Franchise Management Team Lead in Redmond, WA.

This position will support the business by: Partnering with Executive Producers around innovating towards the engagement of our players and revenue generation with input from stakeholders and an extended leadership team. The incumbent will be researching, analyzing and making recommendations regarding future and current market trends to identify new product/market opportunities, innovations in lifecycle engagement, streaming and business intelligence and collaborating with relevant teams to analyze and land those best practices.

The role calls for strong organizational, communication and decision-making skills as it will be regularly collaborating with business partners, third party partners, licensors, and licensees. The incumbent is also responsible for working with internal stakeholders guiding investments and setting priorities on go-to-market plans, driving P&L modeling and SWOT analysis. The role will have regular contact with international business partners.

Responsibilities
  • Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities:
  • Work with Franchise Lead to ensure health of the overall franchise ecosystem, driving population, revenue, and engagement goals and defining metrics for brand and business health
  • Partner with Executive Producers on all or part of the product development process beyond specification, ensuring that products meet business goals, consumer needs are met, and that licensed products meet our requirements, performance and quality expectations, and business goals.
  • Drives franchise SKU planning and monetization strategy rhythm.
  • Work with stakeholders to develop comprehensive and strategic business, sales, and marketing plans around maximizing customer engagement and value through promotion and incentive-based programming.
  • Work with business management and business intelligence to help form comprehensive, actionable BI
  • Researches, analyzes and makes recommendations regarding current market trends and competitive activity to identify new product/program opportunities.
  • Participates in build vs. buy and license vs. self-publish decisions.
  • Structures and negotiates business deals and contractual terms on targeted franchise partnerships.

    FRANCHISE MANAGEMENT
  • Support and partner with game development teams to deliver compelling user experiences throughout the user lifecycle, focusing on acquisition, conversion, retention, and re-acquisition.
  • Grow the business by driving its regional & global expansion across a wide range of potential new features, services, and offerings.
  • Works with business management on P&L forecasting & management across franchise portfolio
  • Works with business management on viability for new contracts/products and creates P&L forecasting for targeted franchise ventures and partnerships.

    MONETIZATION
  • Partner with game teams to drive revenue through in-game monetization models.
  • Drive rhythms around merchandising optimizations, promotions, offers, and new opportunities. Provide guidance to internal teams who tactically execute Merchandising, service and feature development plans.

    DATA MODELING & ANALYSIS
  • Work with business management to design, update, and upgrade business models for existing and upcoming projects.
  • Help change, create, monitor and affect basis/metrics for deeper understanding of player behavior focused on, but not limited to player churn, average revenue per user & per paying user (ARPU & ARPPU), lifetime value (LTV), advanced demographic study, player segmentation, social mapping, and more.

    QUALIFICATIONS
  • MUST have Digital Gaming experience.
  • Knowledge of video games and 2+ years experience managing a digital IP, including extensive experience with virtual economies and managing evergreen consumer engagement a plus
  • Demonstrated experience and ability at driving, reporting, and managing project and rhythms across multiple teams of stakeholders
  • 5+ years progressive business/brand management experience required.
  • Digital commerce experience required.
  • Experience working on a global brand required, management preferred
  • Other product marketing and/or publishing experience preferred
  • International experience a plus
  • Education and Training:
  • Bachelors degree in Economics, Statistics, Business or Marketing, or related experience, required.
  • MBA strongly preferred

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong presentation skills required
  • Ability to set strategy and vision based on deep, insightful consumer understanding
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to juggle and manage multiple priorities under tight project deadlines required.
  • Proven ability to lead diverse groups of people to achieve desired results
Rank: Moderator
#118 Posted : Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:02:48 PM(UTC)
Job #746104
Posted 21 Nov 2019
https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/job/746104/Chief-of-Staff-Turn-10-Studios


Quote:
Chief of Staff - Turn 10 Studios

Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the Forza Motorsport franchise and a division of Xbox Game Studios, is looking for a Chief of Staff to join our senior leadership team. This is an opportunity for a proven cross-functional leader to further develop business management, critical thinking and communication skills as a key member of the leadership team.

As the Chief of Staff, you will be a trusted advisor to the game studio leadership team. In this role you will own orchestrating the Rhythm of the Business, playing a critical role in bringing senior leaders together across various functions to help accelerate operational progress and ensure LT alignment. You will partner with the GM and other team leaders to influence our culture, people investments and strategic initiatives.

Fostering long-term partnerships across Team Xbox, Xbox Game Studios, and other Microsoft teams is critical to our team’s success. Successful candidates should have strong program management, executive maturity, a passion for operational excellence, and want the opportunity to drive significant impact by making the whole of our team great.


Responsibilities
  • Manage and enforce the rhythm of business (RoB) for the senior leadership team, including aggregating agenda items and creating presentations for weekly LT meetings, monthly business reviews, quarterly business reviews, and All Hands studio meetings. Continually drive alignment and execution of the core business priorities.
  • Plan, lead, and facilitate senior leadership team offsites ensuring materials are sent in advance, time is well spent, and objectives are achieved.
  • Orchestrate all aspects of the senior leadership team’s internal and external communications.
  • Serve as strategic advisor and counsel to the Studio leadership team.
  • Work with the extended leadership team and business management to track OPEX budget triggers and resources; enabling the teams to execute on their budgets and meet hiring requirements.
    Continually help shape and influence the studio culture and diverse work environment, partnering closely with the GM, SLT, HR, Recruiting, Admin Team, and D&I champs so the T10 organization is a great place to work for all our employees and attracts and retains the best talent.
  • Run team listening systems and exit interviews, working with the LT to identify, analyze, and develop strategies to address organizational health opportunities.
  • Engage in monthly XGS CoS meetings and maintain relationships with peers inside and outside the team to ensure strong cross-group collaboration and connection within the Xbox organization.

Qualifications
  • 7+ years of proven management experience and results with experience across multiple disciplines
  • Outstanding program management skills to organize a busy workload and deliver projects on time
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on execution with proven discipline at delivering on commitments
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, including transparency and expectation setting
  • Ability to work with people at different levels across the studio including senior leaders
  • Capable of strong individual contribution and influence across non-direct reporting teams
  • Ability to maintain good judgment in fast-paced, high-stress environments
  • Capable of excelling in an ambiguous environment, orchestrating strategic and complex business activity
  • Passion for making others great
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
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