Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team of over 230 staff currently based in Sheffield. Our second UK studio in Nottingham opened in early 2016 with many fantastic new opportunities on the horizon.
Since our inception in 2003 we have had a string of successful titles across all gaming platforms for partners that include Microsoft, SEGA, Sony, Disney and many more.
Our most recent successes include Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360), LittleBigPlanet 3 (PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3) and Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box Speedway (multi-platform). We are also incredibly proud to be working on the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 and Dead Island 2 plus several other exciting but yet unannounced projects.
2016 will be Sumo’s biggest and best year ever. Come and be part of it.
Role and Purpose
We have a new and exciting opportunity for an experienced Design Manager to head up our growing game design department. This is a management role overseeing the studio design requirements, ensuring the optimisation of current staff resources, driving recruitment strategy, mentoring the design team and identifying training and development opportunities for them. This is a new role due to expansion, and a fantastic opportunity to become a key part of Sumo’s Senior Management team at a very interesting time for us. The role will involve some UK and overseas travel.
Day to Day:
-Hiring Staff (with HR & Recruitment liaison)
-Organising and structuring design teams (with Studio Director & Dev Directors where appropriate)
-Mentoring and furthering the knowledge, skills and careers of the Design Team
-Involvement in and support of Studio Biz Dev (with Discipline & Dev Directors, Creative Director, Studio Director & COO)
-Assisting Studio Director with Operations Management.
-Working with Discipline Directors to ensure project teams are fully supported
-Assisting Design Directors, Team leads and Creative Director with project specific issues
-Day to day design management (Design Support and Problem Solving)
-Broadening the skill base of our design team through potential freelance collaborators
-Reviewing and researching tools, methods, education, reference materials and cutting edge techniques to implement into development pipelines where necessary.
-Ensuring reviews go through on time and to budget (alongside Design Directors)
-Identifying talent in staff in other areas and training/developing appropriately
-Team performance management
-Dealing with design personnel matters (with HR support)
-Deliver mentorship, advice, feedback and development programs for the design team
-Work to maximize the potential of the design team in its entirety
-Ensure Sumo has the best design skills and experience available at all times for all projects
-Liaising and speaking with publishers in design related project matters as required
-Entertaining customers when needed
-Ensuring regular liaison with Dev Directors, Discipline Directors, Creative Director and Studio Director for utilisation updates
-Involvement in, and support of PR initiatives when required
-University liaison where required
-Building relationships with other businesses (freelance agencies, for example)
Skills Experience and Qualifications
-5+ years as Lead Designer/Design Director/Game Director working on AAA console games
-Experience in and/or a strong desire to move into a management/strategic role within the game design discipline as opposed to a highly creative role
-Experience in effectively managing personnel issues and developing a high performance team
-Superior leadership and effective communication kills
What We Offer
We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays, flexitime and excellent employee benefits. Further perks include our legendry annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.
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 are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.
We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.