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Technical Director, Tools - Central Tech - Santa Monica, CA

Central Technology
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Job Title:                             Technical Tools Director

Reporting To:                     Vice President of Technology, Central Studios

Department:                        Programming

Location:                            Santa Monica, CA

Your Mission


Activision's Central Technology group has an immediate opening for a hands-on Tools Technical Director. Reporting to the VP of Technology, this role's primary objective is to help lead significant tools infrastructure technology across multiple Activision studios and titles.

You, the ideal candidate, thrive on challenges like building new and better build and CI pipelines, introducing new ways of testing to increase robustness, making team build deployments an instantaneous process, improving and finding deep-rooted problems in existing tools, scaling processes to the cloud, and automating all the things.

You constantly seek new innovative solutions and systems, but you also reject most from a position of pragmatism. You see the big picture, but you know that the details matter. You understand the tradeoffs between ambition and risk. You walk and chew gum at the same time.

  • Innovate and introduce new technologies, practices, processes, tools, and systems in areas like
  • Automation, robustness, testing, deployment, architecture and configuration, scaling
  • Proactively seek improvements to existing tools and production pipelines
  • Measure and identify bottlenecks and key issues
  • Seek root causes of problems
  • Help resolve scaling and stability issues
  • Communicating and collaborating with first-party studio stakeholders
  • Mentor other engineers in areas of domain expertise and best practices

Player Profile


  • Experience with large software projects, ideally those involving building both code and large data sets
  • Expertise and comfortability in both Windows and Linux
  • Strong programming and scripting skills in C++, Python, Go, and other languages
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of open source technologies
  • Working knowledge of continuous integration platform (Jenkins, TeamCity, etc.)
  • Experience with automation/configuration management tools (Puppet, Chef, Salt, etc.)
  • Experience with virtualization, containerization, scaling (KVM, Kubernetes, Rancher, Docker, AWS, etc.)
  • Experience with database technologies (PostgreSQL, NoSQL, Redis, etc.)
  • Able to be flexible and work independently when necessary
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other technical discipline, or equivalent work experience


Your Platform

We’re headquartered in Santa Monica, California, housing multiple teams across many disciplines of Marketing, PR, Sales, Supply Chain and other corporate functions such as HR, IT, Legal, Facilities and Finance. Santa Monica is the nerve center of our company, where the best ideas combine with unrivalled rigor to create the biggest and best entertainment experiences in the world.


Our World


Great Games Start with Great People!  This is an exciting time to join us!


Ask anyone who works at Activision, or with Activision, their favorite thing about it, and they’ll tell you, it’s the people. We have world class brands, infrastructure and resources, but our success doesn’t come from assembly lines producing widgets. Our success comes from people producing greatness together. We are nothing without our employee’s brilliance. So if you’re interested in our biggest priority, it’s the people.


Activision is more than just the leading developer and publisher of video games; we are the creators of some of the world’s biggest, most ground-breaking titles in the industry. Our portfolio includes Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, and Destiny.


Activision is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), headquartered in Santa Monica, California with locations across the globe. Activision Blizzard is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. A member of the S&P 500 and recognized on the 2018 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, Activision Blizzard has operations throughout the world with approximately 10,000 employees and players in 196 countries.


The video game industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

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