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Design Manager


Team17 Digital Ltd


Wakefield, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Games and Level Design




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


The Team17 Games Label is busier than ever, working on an array of successful and interesting new game IPs. We are expanding rapidly – the last 3 years have all been record years for us!

We are looking for an experienced Design Manager to join Team17’s Design team in Wakefield 

Responsible For:

  • Working with the Creative Director to help run the design department, part of which is reviewing, maintaining and implementing departmental processes
  • The overall management of the staff within the Design Department, including but not limited to: recruitment, setting standards of performance, carrying out performance reviews, carrying out wage reviews, setting the agenda for training and mediating where necessary in any disciplinary issues
  • The overall quality of output of Team17’s internally developed games from game design, UI/UX design and general gameplay points of view
  • Assisting third party developers signed to the Team17 Games Label from game design, UI/UX design and general gameplay points of view
  • Working with designers individually to oversee their work, and advise, guide, and mentor them in their day to day roles
  • Keeping up to date with modern game design and development practices, in order to help guide the designers, give the appropriate structure to the department, and implement useful processes
  • Working with the other department heads (Production, Art, Programming, Audio and QA) to ensure that Team17’s games are delivered on time in full
  • Working with the commercial team to ensure Team17’s games meet any criteria they have specified to help maximise sales performance

Key Skills:

You must be able to effectively organise, guide, support and motivate a team to produce a consistently high quality of design related work. They must have a strong knowledge of and interest in the history of games, the current state of the games market and games development practices. They must be interested in actively playing games. They must be able to judge games objectively from critical and commercial perspectives and offer targeted and useful feedback to developers. They must be a good communicator, be able to work with people, and must take a practical approach to management.

The ideal candidate has a good amount of experience in a game design role, and some experience of either leading or managing a team. They are also interested in keeping abreast of the usage of current tools and trends in game development and continuing to learn new skills.

  • Line management and leadership
  • Previous experience in a game design role
  • Excellent written, communication and presentational skills
  • Experience of and a willingness to speak in front of an audience
  • The ability to work with people and accept feedback and criticism
  • The ability to deliver feedback and communicate objective criticism
  • Systematic and strategic thinking
  • Imagination and creativity
  • An energetic and flexible approach
  • Practical knowledge of current development practices and development tools
  • Enthusiasm for learning new creative techniques and technology
  • Practical working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and third-party game engines (e.g. Unity and/or Unreal)
  • The ability to set agendas for staff training, set performance targets and appraise staff performance

Please make sure that you send us a link to your portfolio so we can see exactly how talented you are!!! Unfortunately we cannot assess applications without examples of work.

In return you will get to work on a huge array of different titles and projects in an award winning and growing company where your talent and dedication will be rewarded. The scale of opportunities ahead of us is immense, and this person will join a dedicated and creative company who are all passionate about our future growth and so we're looking for a motivated individual to join our ambitious teams. 

Team17 is committed to building a diverse workforce and therefore we embrace a culture reflecting a variety of perspectives, insights and backgrounds making us a very innovative business to join!

Keep Calm and waka waka...