In MCV's weekly rundown of the hottest vacancies and latest personnel news, former Activision UK MD Andrew Brown returns temporarily to the role and we look at the hottest job opportunities.
BROWN HEADS UP ACTIVISION UK AS HEPWORTH DEPARTS
Activision's former UK managing director Andrew Brown has taken back his UK repsonsibilities on an interim basis in the wake of previous MD Peter Hepworth's departure.
Hepworth joined the company in 2005 and he replaced Andrew Brown as UK MD in August 2011. But he has decided to leave the firm to pursue new opportunities.
Also departing Activision is the firm's European PR manager Sophie Orlando. She joins a PR agency in Australia.
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR 2013 SALARY SURVEY
MCV is once again exploring trends in the UK games jobs market with our annual salary survey. The study is open to anyone in the games industry and developers from across the UK, Europe, North America and around the world are invited to take part.
To take part in the survey, click here – the deadline is Tuesday, January 15th. It takes less than five minutes.
We also plan to revive the popular Jobs In Games online special that we ran on MCVuk.com in September: one month of jobs profiles, insight from recruitment experts and tips on how to get that perfect job.
TOP VACANCIES – week beginning December 10th, 2012
For more vacancies, head to MCVUK.jobs
Entertainment chief leaves Tesco
Retail exec Rob Salter has left Tesco as of January 1st. He had been with the company for four and a half years in the role of director for media and entertainment looking after the firm’s music, movies and video games offerings. In his 20 years working in entertainment retail, he has held positions at Woolworths, Handleman and Blueprint.
Sony appoints trio to product and marketing roles
SCE UK has made a trio of changes amongst its product and marketing teams.
Lauren Bradley has joined the company as senior product manager after a four-year stint at Namco Bandai.
“We are delighted to welcome Lauren to PlayStation at an exciting time for the brand,” said Mark Bowles, SCE UK marketing manager.
“We have a strong line up of software releases across all PlayStation platforms on the horizon, and Lauren's experience and knowledge of the games market in the UK will prove a great addition to the team and invaluable in successfully bring these titles to market.”
The company has also added two new faces to its marketing department. Ben Pestell steps into a trade marketing manager role and will focus on in-store and trade experimental strategies. Pestell arrives at Sony with a wealth of experience having worked at LG Electronics, EUK and Nintendo.
Rosie Ghezelbash also joins SCE UK as trade marketing executive, looking after trade digital and CRM strategies.
Entatech expands marketing department
Entatech has expanded its marketing team with the appointment of two marketing executives.
Suzanne McNicholas joins the firm having previously worked as a marketing officer within the training industry. The role will involve her working closely with vendors to promote the portfolio of products that Entatech distribute.
“I’m eager to get stuck in and learn all I can about the business’ activities, whilst applying my own skills which I hope will benefit the company and help develop our relationship with vendors.” Said McNicholas.
Michelle Stephenson has also joined in a marketing executive role. Stephenson will be looking after the marketing activities of the gaming and peripherals vendors.
“I’m passionate about gaming and it’s going to be an exciting challenge to further develop this channel with some exciting and innovative marketing activities and events,” said Stephenson.
“The addition of a new marketing executive enables us to implement a number of effective campaigns on behalf of our vendors, in order to not only increase their sales, but also promote the expanding product portfolio and services we provide,” said Entatech marketing manager Kate Fuller.