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Trainee Designer – Fantasy


Creative Assembly


Horsham, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Games and Level Design




Permanent | Full Time


Our multi award-winning Total War team is looking for exceptionally bright and talented trainee designers to join them in creating exciting new DLCs for Total War: Warhammer II.

This is an excellent the opportunity to develop your skills as a game designer whilst working alongside other design professionals on one of the genre's most feature-rich games.

Key Responsibilities

As a trainee, you will develop your skills alongside highly respected professionals with the opportunity to gain insight on development from beginning to completion.

You will have a hand in designing compelling features and content, and will communicate and collaborate with experts from every development discipline. You will be motivated by a strong desire to learn, and to effectively apply your learning in the creation of immersive gameplay experiences. As part of the DLC team, you will also be working to a high-cadence release schedule.

Throughout your traineeship your effectiveness in these areas and more will be evaluated by the team, your distinct specialisms nurtured and - where possible - guidance will be given on how to develop your game design and development skillset overall.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience


  • An avid strategy gamer and a fan of Total War series and/ or grand strategy titles.
  • A passion for game design and a keen interest in games development overall
  • A strong desire to learn new skills and apply them to making quality products
  • Attention to detail and an ability to analyse gameplay, identify strengths and weaknesses, and recommend improvements
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; can communicate clearly and succinctly
  • Ability to deliver quality work as part of a high-cadence development cycle

  • Desirable

  • Knowledge of and interest in Warhammer
  • Modding experience - preferably Total War
  • Good attitude towards complex problem solving
  • Experience using Excel
  • Programming or Scripting skills; Art skills; Writing skills
  • Excellent academic background at degree level or above

  • The traineeship will be for one year onsite at our studio in Horsham, West Sussex.

    These traineeships are paid placements and all applicants must have the Right to Work in the UK.

    Please ensure you provide a portfolio of your work - or other clear indication of your game design experience - along with your application.

    Currently Creative Assembly is working fully remotely and we continue to assess the COVID-19 situation, with the safety of our staff our number one priority. We are still actively recruiting and onboarding new staff each week. We will set you up with everything you need to join remotely whether you will need to relocate to the UK (or within the UK) now, or at a later date.

    We offer a fully bespoke funded relocation package for you and your dependants, and you'll be supported through the process with our dedicated Relocation Specialist.

    We also have an excellent range of benefits to support your work life balance, including:

  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, as all UK Bank holidays

  • Annual discretionary studio bonus

  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support with a dedicated learning and development. We offer among other activities; SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops to inspire and enthuse including internal programming conferences, on-site training with renowned specialists as well as global conference attendance

  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening

  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme

  • Free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site

  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library

  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen

  • An employee assistance programme and onsite confidential wellbeing sessions

  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy

  • Discounts portal giving access to a wide range of extras such as heavily discounted home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers

  • Amazing studio parties such as our CA Summer Festival, a Christmas Party for you and your partner plus a separate Children's Christmas Party. We also have our wrap parties for all our releases

  • Free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing and Pilates classes

  • A range of CA Social events including the annual sponsored Walking Challenge to 100Km, Couch to 5k in our beautiful local park, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more

  • We offer discounts with local businesses, including estate agents and local shops to support our local economy.

  • Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

    Creative Assembly is about the right people making the best games. We are united through our values. We focus on our strengths and embrace our uniqueness, collaborating across teams and giving everyone the trust and respect to be masters of their craft. Our values form the foundation of our culture and ethos:

  • Quality - Everything we do is about quality, from individual actions to final products, we take pride in the detail and authenticity of all our creations.

  • Focus - We focus on our strengths as a studio. Our teams might work across different projects, but our goals and vision should be clear for everyone.

  • Teamwork - We are a collective who thrive working across teams, empowering each other to succeed.

  • Respect - Respect at CA is given as a default, we respect each other as diverse and unique individuals, who come together to create games our fans will love.

  • Trust - Alongside respect, we trust each other, our teams and our leaders as experts of their craft. Everyone is given creative autonomy and freedom to make a real contribution to our projects and our legacy.

  • If this sounds like you, apply now.

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