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Design Manager


Team17 Digital Ltd


Wakefield, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Games and Level Design




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


Join an Award Winning games company! You will work with the Creative Director to help run the design department, part of which is reviewing, maintaining and implementing departmental processes

The ideal candidate for us will be an experienced games designer, with some experience of either leading or managing a team. You will need to be interested in keeping abreast of the usage of current tools and trends in game development and continuing to learn new skills.

We'd need you to be able to effectively organise, guide, support and motivate a team to produce a consistently high quality of design related work. You must have a strong knowledge of and interest in the history of games, the current state of the games market and games development practices.

Most importantly you should still be excited by and interested in actively playing games! 

A Design Manager at Team17 must be able to judge games objectively from critical and commercial perspectives and offer targeted and useful feedback to developers. Be a strong and clear communicator, be able to work with people, be approachable, and must take a practical approach to management.

Some responsibilities are covered below: 

  • 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

Ideal experience / attributes required:

  • Line management and leadership 
  • An established Games Designer
  • Excellent written, communication and presentational skills
  • Experience of and a willingness to speak in front of an audience / groups
  • 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. 

We offer flexible start and finish times, barely ever any overtime / crunch, plenty of perks and benefits alike - Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a real, meaningful input into the games that we create.

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!

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