Sound Design Manager

Sound Design Manager
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Meta is looking for a Sound Design Manager to join our award-winning team. Our Sound Design team consists of 100+ audio experts who design the experiences that connect people through the power of sound. A shift is underway—from traditional 2D music to spatial music—that opens a world of opportunity in how music is created and experienced. Spatial music represents a new paradigm of music production and consumption and our Sound Design team is starting to explore how it might be used in the Metaverse. This role has a strong focus on people-management, team building, and tactical decision making. It also allows for hands-on sound design, implementation, and production work, and features a long runway for innovation, creativity, and strategic thinking. In this role, you will manage a team that creates the sound designs for avatars and Horizon Worlds, a free, online virtual reality game where you can explore, play and create. You will manage a team of 4-6 sound designers and will be focused on virtual reality work in the Metaverse.
Sound Design Manager Responsibilities
  • Support a growing team of Sound Designers, focusing on team engagement and fulfillment, facilitating career growth, and creating a supportive atmosphere of innovation, excellence, and execution
  • Work with Sound Design Director and Creative Operations to establish, encourage, and enforce best practices across the team
  • Set clear expectations and create a positive work environment based on support and accountability, in collaboration with the Sound Design Team leadership
  • Help manage resources and headcount against a wide, varied, and fast-evolving portfolio of projects
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Design, and Product Management in teams across Meta to incorporate innovative audio experiences into our family of products
  • Advocate for the role and value of sound across Meta and in the larger creative community
  • Understand the strengths and opportunities on the current team as it grows, and recruit new designers and actively participate in the hiring process
Minimum Qualifications
  • 5+ years of professional sound design and sound implementation experience focused on innovative, high-quality — preferably real-time interactive — products
  • 3+ years of experience assembling and managing teams of creative and technical experts with wide ranges of specialties
  • Demonstrated skill with strategic decision making and tactical prioritization
  • Experience thriving in a fast-paced and quickly evolving environment
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, how culture and dynamics create teams
  • Willingness for learning, growth, and pushing the envelope
Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with studio and location recording, editing, mixing, and mastering
  • Audio spatialization in a VR game or experience
  • Experience with audio middleware such as Wwise or FMOD
  • Experience with game engines - Unreal and Unity
  • Experience with various management techniques (Agile, OKR, JTBD, etc.)
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About Meta
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.
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(Colorado only*) Estimated salary of $169,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits
*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)
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