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Based in Melbourne, we are Australia's largest independent game development company. We’ve made some epic titles such as Age of Darkness! Check us out and we are looking for an External Partnerships Manager.

PlaySide Studios are seeking an External Partnerships Manager to join our team. Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Business Development at PlaySide Studios.


The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing a formalised mission of procurement and partner / vendor management to facilitate external development as well as maintaining existing relationships with the current vendor portfolio. The External Partnerships Manager will negotiate with selected vendors and manage the end-to-end process which would include reviewing vendor contract terms and conditions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establishment of defined purchase processes and key business approvals with the EVP of Business Development and the COO.

  • Creation of vendor developer criteria, interviewing and and shortlisting recommended vendors

  • Negotiations of vendor pricing and terms and conditions for all external spend to maximize the ROI for PlaySide Studios

  • End-to-end sign-on and onboarding of vendors onto new development projects

  • Ongoing maintenance and reporting of external vendor performance including tracking and reporting of spending against budgets to key management

  • Annual productivity and pricing reviews for existing vendors

  • Ensure achievement of KPI's, Revenue Growth & GP targets.

  • Facilitation of global games conference vendor management

What You Bring To The Role

  • Experience in end to end partnerships / vendor management / experience

  • Knowledge of industry best practice vendor management systems

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent ability to time manage and forward plan key initiatives and tasks

  • Strong spreadsheet, presentation and word processing skills

  • Ability to ensure the studio is managing within budgets for external vendors

  • Results driven mindset

  • Passion for the video games industry

  • Positive can-do attitude to difficult tasks

Bonus Points

  • Game Development knowledge and understanding

  • Proven experience in facilitating the flow of information between teams

What we offer here at PlaySide:

  • Playdays - an additional 5 paid days off per year to do something you love.

  • Incredible studios

  • Industry leading Parental Leave benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program to support mental wellbeing

  • Mentoring. We're agile and fast growing, giving plenty of chances for you to grow in your role.

  • Half price state of the art Gym access! (right next door) - you can wear your free PlaySide Swag!

  • Social events! Including Games night, karaoke nights, Movie Nights (We hire out the cinema!), group activities and food trucks! Just as some examples!

  • Relocation allowance, if you move to one of our head offices

  • The chance to work on some of the most exciting projects, with the most incredible companies in the world - just take a look at our website

How to Apply

Email your application to

Your application should include your CV, cover letter and any relevant portfolio links. While working your cover letter, please consider the following:

  • Why are you applying for our role at Playside? 

  • Tell us all about yourself!

  • What is your proudest work achievement?

  • Why do you think you're the one for this role? 

  • Why are you leaving your current role?

  • How many weeks' notice do you need?

Only candidates successful will be contacted. Do keep an eye on our LinkedIn page and careers page to future roles. 

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