Digital Production Manager

Toronto, ON, Canada
Full Time
Experienced

Sago Mini is an award-winning publisher of preschool apps and toys worldwide. We are supported by a team of artists, designers, developers, product managers, thinkers, and doers devoted to play. With over 100 million downloads and three subscription services featuring 45+ apps,  Sago Mini brings thoughtful design to life for kids and parents worldwide. Along with Toca Boca and Originator, we’re part of the Piknik family – a collection of top-rated apps for kids in one subscription. 


 

About the Role

Sago Mini is seeking an experienced Digital Production Manager to empower our team to deliver the best possible digital products for kids! This is a process focused role responsible for facilitating and clarifying team initiatives and goals. Oversee game development projects through their life cycle, and right into excited kids’ hands! 

This is a hybrid role that requires the successful candidate to attend our downtown, Toronto studio at least once a week. 


 

You’ll thrive in this role if you…

  • Are a detail-oriented and organized individual with extensive experience in project management and a background in game development processes
  • Enjoy mobilizing and supporting teams to do their best work
  • Are solutions oriented and have the ability to carry out high-level technical discussions
  • Your colleagues appreciate your collaborative efforts, empathy, and excellent communication skills along with your ability to foster an open, helpful, and welcoming environment
  • Love taking experiences from good to great while delivering on time

 

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Regularly meet with your team to allocate tasks and discuss progress and/or setbacks
  • Facilitate the team’s work using agile techniques
  • Own the prioritization of deliverables, address concerns along the way, and review progress
  • Help ensure the on-time delivery of the product - meeting the release schedule
  • Collaborate across disciplines to deliver on the product’s promise
  • Communicate milestones, present updates, and gather feedback
  • Track, monitor, and analyze the production schedule; rescope & adjust strategies when needed
  • Be your team’s #1 cheerleader! Find ways to support, recognize and celebrate their successes
  • Create, prioritize, and maintain production backlogs
  • Lead bug management for team deliverables
  • Support the yearly product roadmap development process 

Qualification and Skills

  • Expertise in project management
  • Practical experience with agile methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience leading multiple cross-functional teams with 10+ members
  • Fluency in software development, design, and UX
  • Understanding of how games are made
  • Ability to deconstruct a project into high level tasks
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • An openness to learn the basics of the technical tools we use like Unity and Illustrator
 

Nice to Haves

  • Knowledge of design and UX
  • Mobile game and app experience
  • A creative flair or background
  • Experience making content for kids
     

About the Process

  • You’ll get an email response confirming we’ve received your application, and we’ll let you know within a few days if we’d like to schedule a follow-up.
  • If you’re moving ahead, we’ll book a call to learn more about your experience in a first round interview.
  • If that goes well, you’ll move to a second interview with the hiring team that will entail a Q&A portion as well as a live exercise you’ll work through. 
  • If successful after meeting the hiring team, you will have the opportunity to meet the wider team prior to a decision being made.


We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  

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Based in Toronto, Sago Sago Toys of Spin Master Limited a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs and manufactures a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. We hire humble, collaborative, and ambitious people who care about doing great work. Sago Mini is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity at our company.


 
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