Rocksteady Studios is looking for an exceptionally talented External Development Manager who is ready for the challenge of producing a AAA title on the next generation platforms. This role will involve working with the Gameplay and Cinematic Animation teams to manage and maintain all of our outsourcing in these areas.

Key Responsibilities

• Be the point of contact and owner of the relationship with our external partners.
• Maintain and develop long-term workflows and processes that allow for efficient, flexible and timely delivery of high numbers of high-quality assets.
• Work with the internal teams to create template documents for outsourcing packs, ensuring the quality of all packs sent and received are to Rocksteady’s high standards.
• Work with our outsource partners and production to establish a schedule and roadmap for the completion of assets to make sure project’s dates are upheld.
• Setup internal team reviews and support the distribution of feedback to our outsource partners within a defined sign off process.
• Work proactively to manage the logistical side of complex projects with multiple dependencies.
• Maintain healthy relationships with outsourcing partners and work with them to implement high standards (technical and aesthetical) efficiently.
• Work with the Senior Producers and Studio Management to balance quality, time and costs while maintaining the studios incredibly high standards.
• Pro-actively identify and resolve risks to both the project and outsource pipeline and ensure that all security measures are in place.
• Work with the Animation Leads and Directors to create and assess the asset briefs required to ensure the quality of assets for the final product.


Posting date: 03 June 2020

Closing date:  01 July 2020

Salary: Competitive

Location: London

Technical Requirements

  • Solid understanding of in-game animation pipelines.
  • Experienced understanding of Shotgun (Asset Management software).
  • Knowledge of 3DS max and/or Maya is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of Motion Builder is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of the Unreal Engine or similar game engine/s is advantageous.
  • A good understanding of the Motion Capture process is advantageous, but not essential.
  • An excellent understanding of the Office suite i.e. Excel, Word.

Skill Requirements

  • Experience of managing Outsourcing in the games industry.
  • Must have worked to coordinate outsourced material on multiple console titles and ideally this will have included animation and rigged assets.
  • Strong communication and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of producing in-game animation assets.
  • Knowledge of Agile project management and the different approaches to the scheduling of asset production.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple requests from different people while working towards a deadline.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • Be a keen gamer.


  • Private family medical care.
  • Private family dental care.
  • Excellent pension scheme.
  • Excellent annual bonus scheme.
  • £1,000 to £5,000 Finder’s fee for helping recruitment.
  • 25 days of paid holiday + 8 public holidays per year.
  • 2 days off per year to support a charity of your choice.
  • The studio closes between Xmas and New Year (Discretionary)
  • Comprehensive Relocation Support.
  • Tons of studio clubs to help you get to know people:
    • Comic book, Wargaming, Board games, Homebrewing, Chess, New Parents, Photography, Film nights.
  • Yoga 5x per week at lunchtimes in our mocap room.
  • Football 2x per week at lunchtimes.
  • Life Drawing 1x per week in the evening.
  • World-class training speakers hosted on-site.
  • Access to multiple online training websites.
  • Access to the entire DC back catalogue on Comixology.
  • Monthly team meals/outings.
  • On-site subsidised Masseuse.
  • Quarterly salary & promotion reviews.
  • Yearly Line Manager & Studio Peer Performance review process.
  • Subsidised gym in the office complex.
  • Invites to WB films in their London private cinema before their release date.
  • Discounts to WB goodies i.e. HBO, WB films, TV, Harry Potter tour.
  • Staff only merchandise store.
  • State of the art office with the entire 200+ dev team in 1 open-plan room.
  • Free vending machine snacks, fruit, juices and soft drinks.
  • National Rail Season Ticket Travel Loan.
  • Discounted bicycle equipment to encouraging biking to work.
  • Employee Support Assistance Programme (Free personal counselling and guidance support).
  • Free Eye Test & Discounted Glasses.
  • Gym Pass – 70% discount with access to 1495 gyms.
  • Back up care benefit – reduced cost of nurseries, in-home nannies, holiday clubs or adult personal care workers.
  • Game and Book library.