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Strategy & Operations Lead | Candy Crush Saga


Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time



Data, Analytics & Strategy

Job Description:

Could you help us reach new heights? Are you bursting with energy and great

ideas? We’re looking for a Strategy & Operations Lead to join the Candy Franchise Strategy & Operations team.

Reporting to the Strategy Director, you'll work at the centre of Candy Crush Saga and play a key role in enabling the success of the overall Candy organisation – a 10-year-old casual mobile game that is still bringing playful moments to millions of players every day!

The Candy Crush Saga Strategy & Operations Lead will focus on three things:

  • Facilitating the development and alignment of CCS strategy and select strategic projects (what should we do?)

  • Governance to inform, make, and implement decisions (how should we do it?) 

  • Communication to help everyone inside and outside CCS understand where we are going and why (how can everyone contribute?)

You will play a crucial role in setting the organisation up for success, by assessing and improving our strategy, governance, and communication. In this role you will have the chance to work collaboratively across all parts of the Candy organisation and with our partners across King, including the game teams, technology, marketing, and business performance. You are a person who makes things happen, either on your own or by partnering effectively with others. You will be responsible for contributing to and in some cases leading a range of high-impact projects.

You’ll need to be a capable influencer, listener, and communicator with the ability to think strategically, grasp the subtleties of game development, and dive deep into the detail and advise on executional direction and goal orientation. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Support the annual and long-term strategy planning

  • Explore, assess, and execute on strategically important projects, both independently and with stakeholders from across Candy and the broader King organisation 

  • Continuously identify and implement opportunities to improve efficiency & effectiveness of governance & communication processes

  • Manage communications and information-sharing processes across Candy, ensuring people at various levels have the right level and amount of information to be engaged, informed, and able to make good decisions

  • Lead the evaluation and communication of the strategy internally and externally (e.g., KTRs, OKRs, goal-setting, internal and external reporting)

  • Ensure high-quality thinking and communication in each department/area/craft, and in the overall integration of the all the parts comprising the strategy

Skills  required

  • Experience in working in traditional strategic consulting firms or equivalent

  • Experience of C-level interactions and influencing

  • A proven track record of leading and delivering complex projects

  • Solid understanding and experience of strategy work

  • Results-oriented with strategic mindset combined with delivery and operational effectiveness

  • Strong analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills 

  • A great partner for diverse team members and stakeholders - engaged, considerate, and communicate

  • A humble and positive personality, able to lead from the front but also bring people on the journey

  • Knowledge of the games market and current consumer expectations is a plus

About King

King is the game developer behind the world-famous Candy Crush franchise, as well as mobile game hits including Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. Candy Crush is the top-grossing franchise in US app stores, a position it has held for the last two years, and King’s games are being played by 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 2021. King, which is part of the Activision Blizzard group since its acquisition in 2016, employs nearly 2,000 people in game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona and Berlin, and offices in San Francisco, New York, and Malta.

A Great Saga Needs All Sorts of Heroes

Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply cannot expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people. A great saga needs all sorts of heroes.

Making the World Playful

Making the World Playful is what inspires us to create new experiences and raise the bar. It’s what makes King a place where we can all dream bigger, continue to add innovation to our games, broadening the portfolio and exploring new territories in mid-core and casual. We take the art and science of gaming to the next level through our curiosity for the unexplored, passion for games, respect for each other and love for our players - and we’re not afraid to have fun along the way. In fact, together with our parent company Activision Blizzard and experts around the world, we believe having fun is good for you. There has never been a better time to join us. We're dreaming bigger and see a world of possibilities ahead. If you share our passion, our values, and our hunger to shape the future, join us in Making the World Playful!

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