Production Director - Games



Helsinki, Finland
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024
Next Games, a Netflix Game Studio, is a Helsinki-based studio dedicated to crafting fans-first interactive experiences that combine the stories from popular movies and shows with engaging game mechanics. Our values, Caring, Courage, and Curiosity, drive our commitment to our players and each other, with a focus on fun gameplay free from the constraints of free-to-play.
If working on globally recognised entertainment IPs, or helping develop the next blockbuster game IP; that’ll be available on the world's biggest streaming platform Netflix, sounds like your cup of tea, Next Games can provide that opportunity.
As a Production Director, you are the driving force behind taking our game production craft to the next level. You will be the leader, mentor and coach for our Producers, and the key partner for our Studio Development Director in formulating our production vision and framework. In your day to day, you will work closely with the Producers of all of our product teams by understanding their strengths and development opportunities, and giving them guidance and setting direction on how our game production is organized. You embrace the modern software production best practices and you’re not afraid to take learnings from inside and outside of the gaming industry.
You get to build and refine our ways of working. You own the company’s agile production methods and practices. You have natural people skills and provide professional development opportunities to the company’s producers. You lead with empathy and encourage and enable the growth of our producers. You understand the importance of velocity and transparency of backlogs and the value it brings to the whole company. You own the company-level release calendar and production staffing. You work with Game Leads and other discipline leaders to find the best possible people for the tasks at hand.

Your main responsibilities

  • Lead the production discipline of the studio
  • Create and govern the development philosophy and framework of the studio, and ensure our ways of working are aligned throughout the studio
  • Ensure that all product teams are aligned on the production KPIs that they follow related to production, quality, and velocity
  • Nurture and strengthen development culture and agile methodologies throughout the studio

With Producers

  • Work with Producers to improve their professional skills
  • Enable Producers to enforce the Definition of Done to meet our quality standards
  • Give career development support and goals
  • Organize and enable personal development and training for the whole discipline
  • Help other employees and stakeholders to understand and support our production methods


  • You have strong craft knowledge and can prove it by having worked on multiple live game projects in a production capacity, either as lead producer or development director
  • You have recently applied your craft knowledge in a studio level position and have managed the production of a portfolio of games as well as supervised a team of Producers
  • You lead inclusively and with empathy while holding people accountable
  • Mobile gaming experience is a strong plus, but not a strict prerequisite
  • You are an empathic and attentive leader with proven leadership experience
  • You have a strong track record of working in a matrix environment and communicate seamlessly with other disciplines of game development
  • Passion for games and understanding of the mobile games industry
  • Experience in working with senior levels of management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, place of birth, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military service status, or disability status.