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Lead Sound Designer - THE CHINESE ROOM Expiring soon


Sumo Digital Ltd.


Brighton, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Games and Level Design




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


The Chinese Room has established a reputation as one of the most creative and exciting studios in the UK. We're proud to be internationally recognised as pioneers of storytelling with a flair for creating atmospheric, rich and imaginative games.

As a Sumo Digital studio, The Chinese Room is built on passion, on finding amazing people and letting them shine. It's an exciting time to be part of Sumo , winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio; big things are on the horizon. If this sounds like a place where you'd like to make games, then we'd love to hear from you.

The role @ The Chinese Room

We are seeking an experienced, talented Lead or Senior Sound Designer to join the team and help create incredible games!

The Chinese Room has carved out a reputation for world-class audio design with multiple nominations and wins for international awards including BAFTA, GDC Awards, Develop, TIGA, G.A.N.G., DICE, SXSW.

You'll be creating and implementing original SFX using Sumo's in-house library and field recordings as well as helping to source and record new material; working alongside our design, art and code teams to integrate audio as a central pillar of our games. You'll take responsibility for driving quality throughout, with involvement of every aspect of audio development from concepting through to final mix.

We're passionate about all aspects of audio, including music and voice-acting, and this is a great opportunity for a designer who shares that passion and wants to be part of this exciting studio's future.

Within this role you will:

  • Create world-class, original SFX using a range of sound design methods and techniques
  • Have an in-depth understanding of Wwise middleware.
  • Have audio at the forefront of everything you do, presenting audio interests within cross-discipline feature groups
  • Mentor a junior audio designer and embed best practice principles in their work.

  • We will need you to have experience of:

  • Full cycle work experience as an Audio Designer on at least 3 shipped titles
  • Demonstrable sound design skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Wwise middleware
  • Good knowledge of field and studio recording
  • Familiarity with Foley recording and application.
  • Experience in working with sound to picture.
  • Ability to mentor junior team members
  • Strong communication skills and ability to liaise with clients.
  • Experience with sprint planning and review
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Well organized and self-motivated
  • Strong creative sound design skills
  • High technical ability.

  • It would be great if you also have experience with:

  • Current gen console development/production
  • Experienced Reaper user
  • Comfortable running dialogue sessions
  • Experienced working alongside composers to integrate and optimise music
  • Experienced in multichannel sound design
  • An understanding of current developments in interactive audio
  • Working experience of creating UE4 Blueprints or similar visual scripting
  • Experienced in project management software such as TFS.

  • Our titles include the ground-breaking Dear Esther (2012), cult horror Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013), the VR fairy-tale So Let Us Melt (2017) and the open-world adventure Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (2015), a PlayStation 4 exclusive that won major awards across the world. This included an amazing 10 BAFTA nominations and 3 BAFTA wins.

    We bring our passion and commitment to creating exciting original games to a network of studios renowned for quality and expertise. Being part of the Sumo team enables us to expand and grow in ambition and confidence, taking our reputation for storytelling into new genres. Our most recently announced game, Little Orpheus, is an Apple Arcade exclusive and we're working on other unannounced 'AAA' titles that will further establish our award-winning style and reputation.

    We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary Sumo 'Big Day Out', plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and the upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

    The Chinese Room is located in Brighton in the south of England, home to an amazingly vibrant game development scene and a cultural hotspot with fantastic food, arts, music, shopping and sports. The studio is directly opposite a gorgeous park and we're only a short hop from the city centre, the beach, and the South Downs National Park. Gatwick Airport is only half an hour away from train, and you can be in central London in just over an hour. It's an easy place to love!

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We're in the amazing position of building a brand-new team, and creating a studio culture that's all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We're looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other.

    Keep Calm and waka waka...