Head of IT

Stockholm
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Avalanche Studios is one of the game industry’s leading independent developers. Renowned for triple-A blockbuster hits like Just Cause, Mad Max and the upcoming Rage 2, Avalanche Studios has in the last decade expanded its business to develop and release its own IPs. With theHunter Classic, theHunter: Call of the Wild and Generation Zero, Avalanche Studios is firmly established as one of the leading Games As A Service developers. The world-leading open world engine Apex 2.0 underpins these titles, made for PC and consoles and developed in Stockholm, New York and Malmö.

The Position
Avalanche Studios is looking for a Global Head of IT to align a highly skilled IT team in Stockholm, Malmö, and New York. As the role is entirely new, you will build the long-term IT strategy and vision for the company while being able to dive into the complex challenges that the studio faces daily.

Using your experience, you will identify the future needs of domain-specific IT experts and grow and develop the team. You will work together with internal and external stakeholders to secure that various project goals are met (budgets, hardware/software requirements, external access requirement, etc). You will balance long-term IT investments on both the client and (cloud)server side to optimize cost vs. efficiency ratio for the business. This includes negotiating with vendors. 
As the Global Head of IT, you will delegate our global IT functions while being responsible for the overall quality of service. Additionally, you will work closely with our creative division management for headcount and resource planning and implement IT projects together with technical leads.

In this role, you are also responsible for the operation of central development systems (performance, jenkins, etc), and analyzing and improving central services. You will also have overall responsibility for global security, backup, and VPN access. Equally important is that you overlook the architecture in our game development infrastructure (build system) as well as our hosting backend services in the cloud.

You will report to the CTO.

Required Qualifications
  • 3+ years of experience in mid/large size company in a managing role within IT operations
  • Extensive knowledge of network, software and hardware configuration
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Self-motivation, adaptivity and a great sense of service-mindedness
  • Team player
  • Proactive
  • A strong passion for tech and a deep interest in IT
  • Experience in building and executing long term strategies
  • Fluency in English

Desired Qualifications
  • Previous experience of establishing international IT strategies 
  • Setting up/working with multi-office locations (everything from IT, security, electricity, cooling, etc) but not necessarily hands-on
  • Passion for video games

Our values
At Avalanche Studios, we believe in worlds without limits, and we are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strive to hire great talent from a variety of backgrounds. Being part of our world is not contingent on where you’re from, your gender, or sexual orientation. It’s all about your passion, courage, and craftsmanship

Stockholm Studio
Our state of the art studio is located in the beautiful area of Södermalm, in the center of Stockholm and the Game industry Hub. Our studio is a beautiful place inspired by our catalog of games, from the lush jungle of a lobby (Just Cause) to the corroded steel beams housing the light fixtures above your new workplace (Mad Max). We hope you’ll come to think of this place as your home turf and creative foundation.

To apply for this position, please register below with a detailed CV and cover letter. Apply as soon as possible as we review applications continuously. All further information is provided under a non-disclosure agreement only. All applicants are required to relocate to work full-time in Stockholm.

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