Development Manager III - Player Platform, Central Player Dynamics

About the Employer

Development Managers are delivery leaders at Riot. We lead teams to provide player value through work systems and practices. While driving internal agreement and accountability for teams and development organizations, we are consistently focusing on improvement.

Central Player Dynamics (CPD) delivers services & solutions that foster awesome player-to-player experiences and eliminate the impact of disruptive behavior for all of Riot’s games. CPD comprises three teams: two engineering teams and a design/policy team.

As a Development Manager III within the Central Player Dynamics Initiative in Player Platform, you will oversee all aspects of delivery throughout the development life cycle for all three teams, focused primarily on the engineering teams. You will embed on teams and work with teams as the execution arm for engineering and program management. Your work will ensure that our teams can fulfill our commitments to Player Platform and Riot Games and you will ensure our stakeholders are well-informed about our roadmap and status. You will report directly to the Director, Technical Product Management for Player Platform.


  • Work with the Central Player Dynamics engineering leadership to accomplish the delivery roadmap and fulfill the vision of Player Platform.
  • Assess the team's health, and composition, striving for cohesion and delivery excellence.
  • Manage development schedules and workflows, while raising risks, managing trade-offs, and eliminating blockers.
  • Facilitate scrum rituals for the teams, coordinating backlogs across the entire initiative with the team roadmap
  • Ensure appropriate usage and support of existing Riot’s work systems to manage production and drive organizational visibility & alignment with planned development.
  • Use an Outcomes-Key Results (OKR) framework to ensure focus on the highest & best use of our resources.
  • Assess a team's current situation and adapt planning processes, and communication channels to ensure successful, sustainable and reliable delivery.
  • Create transparency and predictability with roadmaps, planning, and active risk management
  • Help guide team agreement on decisions and ensure that appropriate resources are employed.
  • Organize conversations with teams and bring resolution to issues.
  • Create and own informational status reports and dashboards for high impact and visibility programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of project/program management experience or equivalent.
  • Certified Scrum Master Certification.
  • Understanding of Waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • Experience facilitating virtual meetings that are inclusive, engaging.
  • Understand how to guide projects through the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Guide teamwork, collaboration and commitment across multiple groups.
  • Prior success developing productive working relationships with team members, colleagues, and all customers.
  • Prior success in change management, with strong interpersonal skills and experience helping new teams achieve stability and high productivity
  • Experience managing projects/tasks, project planning, and schedule development.
  • Experience in Jira.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience in Jira’s “Structure”.
  • Certified in Scaled Agile or working knowledge of Scaled Agile frameworks.

Our Perks:

We offer medical, dental, and vision plans that cover you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children. Life insurance, parental leave, plus short-term and long-term disability coverage are also available. Riot will support your retirement benefits with a company match, and double down on your donations of time and money to non-profit charitable organizations. Balance between work and personal life is encouraged with open paid time off, and a play fund so you can broaden and deepen your personal relationship with games.


It’s our policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of Riot Games, Inc. Riot Games makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled Rioters and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, criminal history, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history (LAMC 189.00).

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