Careers

Chief People Officer

Ambitious game studios can experience growth quickly. Releasing multiple games or improving existing titles can expand the needs of the business and teams can grow at rapid speeds.

Potential new employees will look closely and make decisions based on what they can find out about the work culture. And for any size business, it’s important for staff to feel looked after and their professional growth is being nurtured.

To help in this area, a Chief People Officer is a senior role at the top of the Human Resources department that delivers strategies for attracting talent, coaching and development. To aim for this career, you will need to understand the industry and have excellent people and business skills.

Operations
Also referred to as:

CPO

You’ll love this role if you’re into:
  • Being Organised
  • Helping People
  • Writing
  • Reading

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YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

Some people working as a Chief People Officer have a degree in business or human resources. Above all, you should be someone with a strategic and tactical mind who loves working with people. 

As a professional, you’ll be responsible for the growth and culture of the company, building teams and nurturing employee potentials. Chief People Officer is a dynamic role, relying on data analysis for strategy and direction. You’ll have experience in management software tools and collaborative work platforms like Trello and Basecamp.

Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your CV stands out to employers and course leaders.

As a Chief People Officer, you should demonstrate experience in senior human resources roles, ideally in the games industry. Your CV should ideally include details about leading an organisation through rapid growth. For more general ideas on developing your CV, see our top tips page.

Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills & network; or start modding others games to gain experience.  

Education pathways

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