Big Viking Games

Big Viking Games is Canada's leading social and mobile game development studio where our employees are passionate about creating amazing games that are played and enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.

Founded in 2011, Big Viking Games was started by co-founders Greg Thomson and Albert Lai as a result of their shared desire to create audacious awesome-sauce and epic ridiculousness on Facebook & mobile platforms.

Big Viking Games Ontario, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Sr. Quality Assurance Analyst Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Mid Level  SHARE A Little About Us : Making fans - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven Big Viking Games to the success it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both London, ON and Toronto, ON, we are masters in the free-to-play mobile and social gaming markets. In this short time, Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down. We believe by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in!   The Nitty Gritty: Big Viking Games is on the hunt for a full-time  Senior Quality Assurance Analyst  to help us in our quest of creating the most fun social and mobile games. As QA Analyst, your primary responsibility is to create and execute test cases for assigned features while communicating issues, risks and test statuses in a timely and detailed manner. You are a key player in helping us provide our fans with the best gaming experiences possible. This position is available at our  London, ON and Toronto, ON studios.  Occasional travel from the London to Toronto studio will be required from time to time.   The Duties: Upstream testing and analysis to prevent bugs from entering the integrated game code. Creating, maintaining and executing test plans that test a product from end-to-end Ensure that tests and procedures are properly understood, carried out and evaluated Maintain an in-depth understanding of the product at all times; understanding how the features and functionality are related and interdependent Executing test routines for integration, system, load and performance testing Effectively collaborating with team members to achieve the best results Be an active participant in the development process accountable for signing off on deliveries and attesting to stability and that they meet all design criteria. Properly catalogue priority and severity of issues found during the QA testing process Managing and merging approved pull requests via Github Creating and deploying builds, complete with build notes, using Jenkins   The Essentials: 5+ years of experience in a QA environment, testing across web and mobile platforms Experience leading QA teams with 2+ projects Experience using Jira and Confluence creating and managing bugs and producing reports Experience writing Test Plans, Test Cases, and Test Run execution Hands-on experience with automated testing tools Solid Knowledge of SQL and Scripting Proven track record with Manual Testing Experience using various bug tracking systems and test case management programs Communicate in a clear and concise manner, in both verbal and written format Online environment and mobile testing experience Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process A passion for gaming Experience testing within the gaming industry   Nice to Haves: Experience with performance and/or security testing   The Loot: Competitive salaries, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching & participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers   Becoming a Viking: Are you cut from our cloth? Does the idea of working for a gaming company and doing what you love every day get you so excited? Great! Send us your resume and cover letter, and a link to your portfolio. Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games Ontario, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Director of Human Resources London, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Human Resources   Executive  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto and London Ontario, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in!   The Nitty Gritty: Big Viking Games is seeking an experienced  Director of Human Resources . Our ideal candidate will lead both hands-on and strategic HR initiatives to define and cultivate our culture as we continue to grow and scale. This role will partner with the Director- Talent Acquisition to lead the implementation of a people strategy for BVG in line with its mission, values, and culture.  This position is based out of either our  London, ON or Toronto, ON  studios.   The Role: Develop organizational strategies by researching and analyzing human resources trends and issues; contributing information and providing recommendations to fuel strategic thinking and company direction Manage and lead Human Resources Operations through selecting, onboarding, training, coaching and counseling the team Provide expertise in development, execution, planning, and facilitation of employee engagement programs to drive culture through BVG and to create an environment that encourages open feedback and employee growth Guide management and employee actions through the development, writing and updating of corporate policies and procedures, including the review of existing policies and recommending changes where necessary.  Ensure that policies and procedures are consistently followed Support management by providing data-driven human resources advice, counsel, and decisions, particularly in the areas of succession planning, employee training and development, employee relations, performance management, and workforce planning Develop and oversee BVG’s Health and Safety compliance, working with the health and safety teams to ensure deployment of Health and Safety standards at all locations Create, manage and implement compensation structure including market analysis and annual compensation reviews Develop BVG’s benefits strategies in coordination with a third-party broker, including renewals, education, enrollment and the change process Leads the analysis of employee feedback and data, with the aim of creating a better working environment and engaged culture Develop and implement a performance planning & review process which includes all requisite training & development, performance coaching, and career development; and in partnership with leaders, ensure it drives the achievement of business goals through objectives   The Must Haves: 7+ years HR experience in a high growth environment (preferably in a gaming or high-tech organization) 5+ years experience as an HR Manager University Degree or equivalent experience, CHRP designation a strong asset A proactive, energetic and entrepreneurial leadership style Strong focus on innovation alongside a solid understanding of the business Knowledge of HR legislation and applications along with demonstrated project management/change management skills Ability to tolerate a high degree of ambiguity, able to work in highly dynamic, ever-changing environment Strong communication, interpersonal, relationship building, consulting, teamwork and leadership skills Ability to effectively manage numerous projects simultaneously Strong analytical thinking and ability to analyse trends and propose recommendations   The Loot: Competitive salary, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers.   Become a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter. Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games Ontario, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Chief Financial Officer Toronto, ON, Canada   Full Time   Executive  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto and London Ontario, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in! The Nitty Gritty: Big Viking Games is seeking an experienced  Chief Financial Officer . Our ideal candidate will contribute both hands-on and strategically to cultivate our culture as we continue to grow and scale. This position is based out of our Toronto, ON studio. The Duties: Provide direction, strategic advice and counsel to the President/CEO to ensure overall achievement of the financial objectives, goals, and strategies for the organization Manage, mentor and guide a team consisting of a financial controller and analysts Perform risk management by analyzing the organization’s liabilities and investments Decide on investment strategies by considering cash and liquidity risks Control and evaluate the organization’s fundraising plans and capital structure Manage cash and liquidity requirements Work with the President/CEO to raise private equity and drive additional growth Contribute to development of an acquisition strategy, prime execution of any such transactions, and lead any integration processes. Oversee all Canadian and Ontario government grant initiatives and remain informed of trends and changes among funders and government entities Manage all vendor relationships Perform other related duties as assigned by the President/CEO. The Essentials: Bachelor's degree in a business related field, or MBA 15+ years of progressive financial management experience Experience with fund raising from Tier 1 financial partners Corp Dev / M&A Experience (Buy side and sell side) In depth knowledge of corporate financial law and risk management practices Excellent knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods Minimum of 5 years of experience as a CFO or Controller in the tech sector, ideally in gaming / digital entertainment Tier-1 investment banking experience a bonus CPA designation an asset Scale-up experience strongly preferred Excellent proven leadership and communication skills Ability to think strategically and to solve problems Highly analytical The Loot: Competitive salaries, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching & participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan Comprehensive benefit package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers Becoming a Viking: Are you cut from our cloth? Does the idea of working for a gaming company and doing what you love every day get you so excited you kind of want to scream? Great! Send us your resume and cover letter. Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games Ontario, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Head of Marketing Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Executive A Little About Us: Making fans  - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto, ON and London, ON, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in!   The Nitty Gritty: Big Viking Games  is seeking an experienced  Head of Marketing . Our ideal candidate will contribute both hands-on and strategically to cultivate our culture as we continue to grow and scale making BVG the employer of choice! This position is based out of our  London, ON or Toronto, ON   studio.   The Duties: Lead the product marketing strategy and corporate marketing strategy for the organization. Build and manage the execution of cross-functional marketing plans for all titles, including brand initiatives and consumer insights. Be a thought leader on a global scale, representing BVG through speaking at conferences, blogging, writing and innovating. Collaborate with senior leadership on the development of product strategies for key genres. Develop creative, insightful and effective marketing communications that reach and inspire our players. Analyze the effectiveness of our marketing efforts across channels and make recommendations for how we can improve efficiency. Select, develop and manage relationships with external creative and strategic resources (e.g., advertising agencies, consultants, etc.). Manage and develop BVG’s marketing team in charge of: User Acquisition: Performance-based marketing on Facebook, Google, Mobile Ad Networks, and YouTube influencers. Licensing: Collaborate with internal stakeholders to drive partnership management with licensors and with licensees of BVG’s IPs. Enhancing the performance of our products through the timely communication of consumer and marketplace insights. Market Research: Market studies and business modelling to assess the potential of new games and fine tune the positioning of the products. Communication: Corporate and product PR. Support player happiness engineers, community, content, virtual goods merchandising and product live-ops market research. Leading our platform and distribution strategies through broad strategic thinking and analysis.   The Must Haves: Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or a related field. Minimum 15 years experience in marketing roles, especially in online, e-commerce, consumer services, bonus points if you have worked with mobile and interactive entertainment. Experience in brand management, ideally from the industries of CPG and/or media. Experience driving multiple platform shifts in a fast-growing, rapidly scaling tech organization, ideally in gaming or consumer internet. 7+ years experience leading and mentoring creative teams. Passion for games. Deep knowledge of performance-based marketing strategy and tactics.   The Nice to Haves: Masters of Business Administration is preferred. Experience within the gaming industry is considered a strong asset.   The Loot: Competitive salary, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers.   Becoming a Viking: Are you cut from our cloth? Does the idea of working for a gaming company and doing what you love every day get you so excited you kind of want to scream? Great! Send us your resume and cover letter. Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games Toronto, ON, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Head of Product Management Toronto, ontario, Canada   Full Time   Executive  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans  - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto, ON and London, ON, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in!   The Nitty Gritty: We’re searching for a highly motivated, creative and strategic  Head of Product Management  for either our  London, ON or Toronto, ON  studio to oversee our full range of titles and divisions. With a track record of success in product management, the successful candidate will set the product vision, manage and inspire teams to excel while ensuring quality standards are met. Working alongside our producers, data analysts, game designers and marketing team, this role will set priorities and action plans that are measurable and inspirational.   The Duties: Responsible for the full product/game lifecycle and financial performance from writing specifications, working across multi-disciplinary teams (Design, Art, Engineering) to launch core features within our existing games and those in development. Demonstrate sound product judgement, ability to define product strategy, set the product vision and present clear/measurable objectives that will drive achievement of business goals. Presentation/Pitching of concepts to clients, internal and external for buyin and alignment. Lead the career management and mentorship of the team while acting as a pillar of studio leadership. Establish, communicate and demonstrate explicit progress towards game product pillars and KPI goals while supporting analytics and features. Marry quantitative and qualitative data to define roadmaps in conjunction with team leads.   The Must Haves: 10+ years of Product Management experience in consumer web or F2P mobile/social development. Ability to think strategically and creatively, with a proven track record of success. Experience in creating new concepts as well as expanding upon existing products for organic growth through the creative use of existing and new platform channels. Strong quantitative analysis skill and ability to refine hypotheses/models by investigating user data and iteratively improving metrics. Passion for games and creating/enhancing the fun, compelling user experiences. Hyper aware of industry competitive landscape and product strategies, with the ability to focus, prioritize and drive success. Customer-centric, with an understanding of/curiosity about why players play, and what Big Viking Games should produce to fulfil them. Operate and thrive in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment while being resourceful.   The Nice to Haves: Previous experience in the fast growth, scaled start-up environment is an asset. A broad range of experience at top-tier consulting firms, banks, early-stage startups or online product management experience. Success with live-ops game management experience is an asset. BA / BS Degree in Computer Science and/or other engineering degree. MBA is an asset.   The Loot: Competitive salary, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers.   Becoming a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games Toronto, ON, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Senior Game Designer Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Ventures   Experienced  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans  - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto, ON and London, ON, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in! The Nitty Gritty: We are looking for a  Senior Game Designer  to join our Ventures Division (Mobile/Instant Games), who will collaborate on the game design and work with the Product Manager, providing a future strategy for our HTML5 game titles for messenger platforms and the open web. Most importantly, this individual will ensure that the game remains fun for the fans for the long term. Reporting to the Ventures Producer, this position is based out of our  Toronto, ON  studio. The Duties: Pitch innovative game features that are designed to improve customer acquisition, engagement, virality and/or monetization. Overall, they must be fun! Work with engineering and art teams to effectively implement new features and systems Design and plan systems, features, mechanics and game content in addition to balancing game pacing and in-game economies to ensure and optimize long-term player retention and monetization Model and tune complex game systems Provide clear feature documentation, diagrams, wireframes and/or prototypes Analyze live data and player feedback to continually optimize the existing game experience The Must Haves: 7+ years game design experience, with preference to those that have social and casual game experience 2+ years as a Senior Game Designer Experience with game systems design and balancing is a must Strong understanding of social gaming, with preference given to those that have worked on multiplayer environments Three or more shipped titles under the belt, or have worked on several successful live titles Hands on experience mentoring less experienced designers Above all, excellent communication skills F2P game design experience The Nice to Haves: Enjoy mobile and online games Experience using Confluence, Jira, Axure, Invision or other wireframing tools Clickable wireframe and low fidelity prototyping experience Able to audit and analyze F2P games   The Loot: Competitive salary, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers. Becoming a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games Toronto, ON, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Senior Product Manager Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Big Viking Games   Senior Manager/Supervisor  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans  - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto, ON and London, ON, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in! The Nitty Gritty: We’re searching for a highly motivated and creative  Senior Product Manager  for either our  London, ON or Toronto, ON  studio to oversee our Worlds Division (YoWorld and FishWorld). With a track record of success in project management, you will manage and inspire teams to excel while ensuring quality standards are met. Working alongside our data analysts, game designers and marketing, you’ll set priorities and action plans that are measurable.  The Duties: Responsible for the full product lifecycle, from gathering requirements, analyzing competitive landscape, writing specification to designing architecture and roadmap Exhibit sound product judgment, ability to formulate product strategy and present clear measurable objectives that will lead to achieving our business goals Expected to provide valuable input into business cases based on in-depth data analysis and demonstrate how that analysis impacts key product metrics Responsible for large product and/or multiple product lines. As the Senior PM you will drive strategy, features specs and work with game teams on defining and realizing the product franchise values Measure and analyze game user’s feedback, behaviour and market’s acceptance and report results and recommendations with senior leaders and production teams Create/discover new levers, channels and strategies to grow product’s user base on desktop but with mobile experience a bonus Identify and analyze best practices for optimization and feature implementation Track, analyze and summarize monetization and retention Able report up to leadership team with status reports, roadmaps, forecasting and other internal reporting tools Work with and drive user and competitive research alongside product marketing team and UX team to uncover user segments and identify player needs and product value propositions for the various audience cohorts Assist in refining and evolving brand identity: title, game scenarios and characters Help support and define the marketing strategy to create brand awareness and generate traffic and installations including but not limited to PR, promotion and partnership programs, support docs for app stores etc You will own all responsibility of identifying and driving product strategy to help achieve BVG business goals ​ Must Haves 7+ years of product management in game/software development Strong strategic, creative, and quantitative thinker Understanding of free to play games, game economy, and game design Ability to create product specifications and data-informed product strategy analysis Ability to use metrics and qualitative data to create strong product design decisions and forecasts Strong people and project management skills and ability to present work to leadership team Experience using lean, agile, data-driven principles Outstanding written/oral, organizational, analytical skills, and attention to detail Must be a self-starter, a team player and driven Strong leadership and management skills Nice to Haves BA / BS degree preferred Huge bonus for working on a virtual world title to revitalize a long-standing product Previous start-up, online entertainment, social networking and/or strategy consulting experience is a strong plus   The Loot: Competitive salary, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers.   Becoming a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games London, ON, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Product Manager - Worlds London & Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Experienced  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans  - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto, ON and London, ON, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in! The Nitty Gritty: We are searching for a proactive and creative  Product Manager  to join either our YoWorld or FishWorld teams to leverage data, competitive insights and best practices in order to help grow the games’ brand and user base. This position is available in either our  London or Toronto, ON  studios. The Duties: Analyze and identify best practices for product optimization and feature implementation with the goal of increasing retention, revenue and player happiness; Make recommendations for improvements based on your analysis of user’s feedback, behaviour and market acceptance; Create and discover new levers, channels and strategies, and leverage existing channels to grow the World’s user base on desktop and mobile as a close second; Work with cross-functional teams to develop and execute marketing plans through all phases of product development; Assist Product Marketing in identifying a game target audience, positioning, values and selling points. Collaboratively define the marketing strategy to create brand awareness, generating traffic and installations; Drive user and competitive research to uncover user segments; identify player needs and product value propositions for the various audience cohorts; Track, analyze, and summarize monetization and retention; Prioritize bug fixes and user experience improvements, following up on game updates schedule with Production Team; Work with SMEs to improve user experience, engagement, socialization and retention by owning game development stage; Coordinate game milestones, requirements and priorities with the Producer. The Essentials: 5 years in a Product Management role, preference is given to those within the free-to-play market; Previous experience with desktop titles, however, mobile experience considered an asset; Strong analytical skills; A creative spirit capable of creating innovative programs that are result oriented; Strong leadership skills and the ability to work with a wide range of functions (developers, artists, game designers, analysts, etc.) Talented communicator, with an excellent grasp of the English language; Understanding of full product lifecycle from concept to pre-production to live operation is necessary; Experience creating documentation and briefs for features.   The Loot: Competitive salary, bonus program, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers. Becoming a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games London, ON, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
Director of Talent Acquisition Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Ad Operations   Senior Manager/Supervisor  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven Big Viking Games to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto and London Ontario, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in!   The Nitty Gritty: We are looking for a  Director of Talent Acquisition  to lead and fuel the growth of our teams. You will manage a team to find results-oriented candidates who value collaboration and personal growth; and will do so across multiple skill-sets and functions. Reporting to the VP- Production, and Operations, this role is full time and based out of our Toronto or London studio.   The Duties: Proactive Talent Hunter who creates and evolves efficient and productive talent acquisition strategies Utilizing various sourcing avenues, you will be responsible for finding qualified candidates and assisting Hiring Managers with talent mapping for future roles Lead all recruitment efforts from beginning to end, develop and implement best practice talent acquisition strategies that enable the sourcing, evaluation, and selection of qualified talent Managing all operational processes and practices of our talent acquisition team Foster long-term relationships with high-caliber talent Engage with potential hires, both passive and active; assessing the risks of hiring   Create informed hiring strategies through data-driven recruitment by leveraging and evolving key talent acquisition metrics and analytics Provide support to all locations through full-cycle recruitment, leaving no stone unturned in researching and sourcing top candidates in the industry Partner with the HR team to manage the workforce planning process and collaborating with Hiring Managers to assess future skill requirements Partner with the finance team to ensure resource budgets are created and met each fiscal year Cultivate relationships with top universities, colleges, and professional groups to ensure we have a lead on recruiting the next generation of talented Vikings Be the face of Big Viking Games at recruitment events such as job fairs and develop the employer brand through advertising, promotion and community involvement with recruitment focused local events Enable an onboarding process for all employees across the organization to create a superlative candidate experience - from the first introduction to our talent brand through their first year with the organization, working with the Director of HR. Lead strategic Talent Acquisition projects and programs, and participate in Human Resources and special projects as required   Must Haves: 7-10+ years of demonstrated experience executing full-cycle recruiting 4+ years of leadership experience within a recruitment focus   Post-secondary degree or diploma A digital recruiter with experience using recruitment tools and platforms is required, including ATS’s, paid/free job, social media, and more Ability to think outside the box and devise creative recruitment strategies You are a multi-tasker, who is able to quickly change course when priorities shift or candidates fall through Expert ability with written and oral communication, confident with public speaking and networking Experience working in a startup environment and experienced with creating/enhancing recruitment procedures and workflows A passion to constantly learn and improve, specifically in the technology and entrepreneurship fields Incredibly organized and able to juggle multiple objectives   Nice to Haves: Preference given to those with experience in a technical recruiting role; must have experience within the tech industry and major bonus points for those with previous gaming experience Preference is given to those with executive search firm or internal executive recruitment experience Experience recruiting on a global scale Knowledge of immigration visas and working in Canada   The Loot: Competitive salaries, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching & participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks, and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events, and get-togethers.   Become a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter. Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.
Big Viking Games London, ON, Canada
12 Apr, 2018
Full time
UI Designer London, Ontario, Canada   Full Time   Experienced  SHARE A Little About Us: Making fans  - That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven  Big Viking Games  to become the successful company it is today. With over 100 Vikings already on board, and studios in both Toronto and London Ontario, we are focused on making our mark by building awesome free-to-play mobile and social games.  Big Viking Games has proudly amassed millions of loyal fans across its many popular titles with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We believe that by investing in our employees and in new technologies, such as HTML5, we can continue our success for years to come. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join our growing team, and that’s where you come in!   The Nitty Gritty: Big Viking Games  is looking to grow out our team of Artists with an Intermediate UI Designer If you’re an experienced UI Designer and want to create assets for our Worlds division, you just may be the perfect match for our Viking Horde. Reporting to the Art Production Manager, this role can be based at either of our  London, ON or Toronto, ON  studios.   The Duties: Work closely with Product Managers, Producers, Art Director and Game Designers to develop UI workflow and design. Work with wireframes to create mockups and final designs for proper implementation. Create frontend user interface, in-game HUD, and additional in-game art. Prioritize deadlines while working on multiple projects simultaneously. Foster and maintain effective relationships with your teammates and fellow Vikings. Keep up to date with the latest UI design and usability trends and techniques.   The Must Haves: A minimum of 3 years working experience in the gaming industry, preference is given to those that have previously worked in the social gaming space. Previous experience creating UI assets/animations for mobile games using Adobe Animate (Flash) or equivalent GUI editor and pipeline. Graduate from a Design Program such as Graphic Design, Multimedia Design or equivalent experience. Skill in creating clean and clear iconography and typography. A strong background in graphic design and art fundamentals including excellent colour theory, layout, typography, visual hierarchy and composition skills. A portfolio that demonstrates a range of high-quality UI screens. Samples of wireframes and ability to understand the user interactions with screens/games Information hierarchy and data visualization samples in UI portfolio. Ability to adhere to the established creative direction and perform under pressure to meet deadlines. Strong understanding of mobile and interactive design fundamentals. Advanced communication and interpersonal skills. Strong working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite. A passion for games with an understanding of top grossing mobile gaming products.   The Nice to Haves: An understanding/passion for marketing and branding. Previously shipped games, ideally mobile. An understanding of statistics, analytics and AB testing. Familiarity with Agile work environments. Prototyping Clickable Wireframes Experience with Axure, Invision or similar Experience with HTML   The Loot: Competitive salary, Group Retirement Savings Plan matching, and participation in the Employee Stock Option Plan. Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, and vision), including generous time off policies. Stocked kitchen, unlimited snacks and beverages, along with breakfast and daily hot lunches. Vikings can't work on an empty stomach! Lots of other great perks such as frequent company paid outings, events and get-togethers.   Becoming a Viking: Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.