Senior Release Manager

Live Ops | Sumo Leamington Spa
Full-Time / Permanent

About Sumo Digital, Leamington
Sumo Leamington was established in March 2019, and is managed and operated by a team of industry veterans with deep experience of service-based games. Our vision statement is quite simply 'we make you look forward to tomorrow'; a vision to make games which players will keep coming back to - day after day, year after year. 
We also believe that by putting people and purpose first, our studio culture is one that drives performance, boasts enthusiasm, and is something that the team are proud to say they are part of. 
Day in the life of a Senior Release Manager:
As our Senior Release Manager here at Sumo Leamington, you’ll lead the way in preparing and delivering builds across an array of platforms including console, PC, handheld, and mobile. You'll craft release schedules, ensuring smooth communication with stakeholders, documenting project status, and collaborating closely with key project figures to meet Release Acceptance Criteria. As the primary link between our studio and 1st party partners, you'll oversee submission and release matters, tracking schedule changes and driving adherence to internal timelines. Your expertise in submission processes and platform requirements will be crucial in ensuring timely releases while continually refining and improving our Release Management Processes. Hosting weekly release planning meetings, you'll also be at the forefront of fostering excellence in our delivery processes. 
Please note, this role can be done remotely within the UK.
What you need to do this job:
• Proven experience submitting titles & content updates.
• Experience with Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, PC/Steam, PC/Epic Game Store release and submission processes.
• Experience with App Store and Google Play submissions processes a plus.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Proven understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle.
• Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.
• Previous experience in QA a plus.
• Previous experience in Build Engineering (branches, streams, merges, tagging, archiving, etc.) a strong plus.
• Proven version control (Perforce, Git, etc.) and configuration management experience.
• A proven and high degree of accountability.
The Interview Process:
At Sumo Leamington, we want a holistic and engaging interview process that allows us to get to know you, your skills and your potential. For this role, we have a 3 stage interview process:
1st Stage: One hour with 2 of our Technical Directors. This is a chance for us to discuss technical aspects of the role. Here we will talk with you about your experience and ask some competency based questions.
2nd Stage: One hour with our Studio Director and Development Director. Here we will talk about your experience, our expectations for the role and talk about what it's like to work at Sumo Leamington.
3rd Stage: One hour with our Lead Producer and Lead QA. This is a chance to find out more about the role, culture of the studio and for further discussions around experience.
What’s in it for you?
Sumo also offers a highly personable benefits package which has something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career.  
Financial: Annual bonus, flexible benefits allowance, salary sacrifice pension, benefits hub, payroll giving, an employee referral scheme (up to £3,000), financial/home buying consultations, workplace ISA and other schemes for tech loans, car loan and bicycles.   
Work-life balance: Flexible working, 21 free choice days holiday (increasing to 22 with service), bank holidays, birthday day off, a duvet day (increasing to 4 with service), Christmas shutdown (Christmas Eve to New Year) and options to buy or sell up to a week of annual leave*. 
Health and Wellbeing: Dental insurance, income protection, life assurance, BUPA private healthcare*, leading EAP programs (remote GP, mental health, physio, nutrition, lifestyle coaching and second opinions (medical)), critical illness cover*, health cash plan*, flexible gym (in-studio or discounts) and funded flu vaccines/eye tests. 
Personal Development: Structured Personal Development tool, regular appraisals, annual salary reviews, access to Udemy learning platform, 5/8 learning days per annum (1 can be used as a volunteer day), award-winning L&D team and yearly attendance to the Sumo Developers Conference (link to video).
Extra Perks: A variety of in-studio perks, regular care packages, studio days out (family welcome), studio-led social activities (game jams, yoga, quizzes, life drawing and more), sabbaticals (at 10 years’ service) and an annual gaming subscription. 
*These benefits are part of our flexible benefits options and are opt in selections. 
Inclusion and Belonging at Sumo Digital:
We are dedicated to growing a sustainable business that provides security to our people while delivering a first-class experience to our partners and players. 
As a people business, the success of our people is the success of our company. We prioritise taking care of them with a focus on supporting them, nurturing their talent and providing a healthy, friendly, enriching, creative and safe environment in which to work. 
Sumo's employee diversity group, PRISM, exists to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, equality & wellbeing across the company and plays a key role in Sumo's ongoing goal of fostering environments where all employees feel safe, welcome & represented. 
Our charitable and community initiatives provide support for meaningful causes that matter to our employees, clients and partners. 
We continue to work to improve diversity in our recruitment and promotion processes, and to actively encourage people from marginalised groups to consider a career in the games industry.