Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the Forza Motorsport franchise and a division of Microsoft Game Studios, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Art Outsourcing Lead.   The successful candidate possesses 5 years of experience in a similar Outsourcing role, excellent communication skills, and can manage cross-disciplinary teams.
The Outsourcing Lead will serve as the main point of contact for the external partner and must coordinate cross-functional internal resources, third party/vendors and involve all relevant stakeholders to successfully execute the program.
The candidate will work directly with Art Directors, Art Leads and Producers to drive the external content creation of environments, vehicles, characters and other relevant assets.   The candidate is responsible and accountable for strategy, execution and management of all outsourcing and contracting activities with our Business Team to manage SOWs, contracts, tests.   Candidates must be willing to travel up to 20%.
At a project level, help to plan and maintain the distributed development production plan, including resource management
As the primary partner contact, manage partner relations and provide production troubleshooting for both partner and client teams.
At the studio level, contribute to our overall distributed development strategy, organize Vendor tests and overall roadmap.
Identifies trends and opportunities to significantly increase resourcing scalability, reduced production bottlenecks and dependencies.
Perform risk management analyses to minimize/mitigate project risks using appropriate tools and techniques
Lead contract negotiations for the Studio to assure contract terms and conditions are clearly defined, understood, and acceptable.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Who we’re looking for:
5+ years of experience in outsourcing management in an entertainment industry (experience in the games industry preferred)
Staffing, Planning, People Management, Managing Profitability, Promoting Process Improvement, Financial Planning and Strategy, Strategic Planning, Dealing with Complexity, Analyzing Information, 3D Art Authoring Tools and Pipeline Knowledge and Experience
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Demonstrated ability to decompose complex problems into actionable elements
• Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)
• Art Software experience *Bonus if candidate understands 3DS Max, Maya, Photoshop Etc
• Art and Software tracking tools – Shotgun, TFS, Jira, ConceptShare
• Ability to travel 20% of the time
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent customer facing and internal communication skills.
• Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
• Excellent people skills; a demonstrated ability to lead people and get results
• Experienced in software tracking tools and managing the progress of multiple projects
ABOUT TURN 10 STUDIOS
Turn 10 is a team of talented, motivated and passionate industry professionals from all points around the globe.   Located in Redmond, WA, USA, the team is committed to delivering industry and genre leading experiences to the Forza community.   Come join us!
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