Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, the group responsible for the rich set of entertainment products like Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace, and more – are hiring. In looking for a new Senior Finance professional, the new job posting gives hints that the retail next-gen Xbox is about to hit the production line.
Still an un-named piece of hardware, many rumours for the next console/entertainment & media hub points to Xbox 8 and as part of the recent listing advertised, Microsoft confirmed that “The Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Information and Services (MSCIS) Finance team is growing rapidly”. They’re hiring for the future and looking for a senior Finance professional to provide leadership and financial expertise. The key words are “Manufacturing” and “Supply Chain” giving clear insight that things are moving forward. The successful candidate that Microsoft are looking for should have had at least 10 years of Finance experience in a similar role dealing with supply chain, and have a conceptual understanding hardware supply chain functions and its financial principles.
Earlier in the year it was estimated that more than 10,000 dev-kits were manufactured that will be distributed across the globe in preparation for development of the next-gen games set to be released in the next few years. Previous sources suggested that silicon production for retail consoles was to start late 2012, so don’t expect the next Xbox console before Spring 2013 at the very least!
E3 2013 is almost a certainty of explosive next-gen goodies…all we need now is Microsoft to at least confirm the consoles name – with production likely underway very soon, it should have at least been decided by now!