Senior Designer

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Areas of Expertise:
Games and Level Design
North East UK
Team17 Digital
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Team17 Games Label is busier than ever working on an array of successful and great new games IP. We are expanding rapidly - 2015, 2016 and 2017 have all been record years. 

We offer a friendly and challenging working environment and multitude of different game IP's across all platforms. We work with propriety and third party middleware and our collection of titles includes Worms, The Escapists, Overcooked, Yooka-Laylee and so much more!. With such a variety you will not be bored!! 

We are now looking for an experienced senior game designer to join the Wakefield Design team to help us with exciting new projects. In this role you will be responsible for:  -
  • Defining the content, either visually, verbally or in written form of titles produced by Team17
  • Producing or assisting in the production of that content, ensuring as much as possible a high quality of content
  • Working proactively with the other members of the team, the Production team and the Creative Director to ensure that the design-related goals of the company are met in a timely manner
  • Working alongside the Audio Engineer in the design of any audible aspects of a project
  • Working alongside the Usability Analyst and implementing feedback to ensure the highest possible quality experience
  • Actively representing design interests in cross-discipline discussions and meetings both proactively and when requested to do so while encouraging a collaborative work ethic
  • Assessing the work of other designers and feeding back to them regularly to ensure a high quality of design output across the project
  • Identifying and reporting all risks, progress and problems to your design lead and producer
  • Understanding the role of pacing, narrative, theme and mechanics in creating compelling gameplay experiences
  • Using player feedback and design direction to hone the gameplay experience
  • Working at the pre-production phase to set goals and define the scope of the project
  • Leading the overall design of a project, delegating tasks and setting an example to the other designers 

The Key Skills we need are:
  • A knowledge of a variety of game mechanics, game systems and genres.
  • An excellent ability to communicate your vision to artists, programmers, producers, marketing staff and others involved in the development process. This may involve presenting ideas both verbally and on paper, for which writing and the ability to communicate your idea in a visual form are required.
  • You must be comfortable working in third party game engines such as Unity and Unreal. Senior Designers must have a good working knowledge of C#, blueprint, or equivalent, in order to be able to prove ideas in prototype form at the pre-production stage of development.
  • The ability to lead a team of designers to realise the overall vision of the game and ensure that the design goals are delivered to a high standard. In addition, you must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:
  • At least 3 years of experience in a design role within the games industry, the ideal candidate has experience within a senior role and has been responsible for leading other team members
  • Keen interest in and knowledge of game studies
  • Information design and user interface design skills
  • Experience of developing gameplay mechanics
  • Experience of designing and integrating puzzles into levels
  • Experience of planning in the pre-production phase
  • Experience of giving feedback on quality issues to other team members with clearly defined objectives
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail and a proactive problem solver
  • Have a highly organised approach to working in a team and alone
  • Systematic and strategic thinking -Imagination and creativity
  • Be enthusiastic and quick to learn to apply new creative techniques and technology
  • Experience of rapid prototyping
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Unity and/or Unreal
  • Experience of development using C# and/or blueprint OR equivalent
  • Comfortable working in a 3D package (Maya, Max, Blender OR equivalent) in order to create level layouts 
Remuneration: Highly competitive salary plus excellent benefits package. 

Don't forget to include a link to your portfolio so we can see how good you really are!
Contact Details:
Team17 Digital
Tel: +44 (0)1924 267776
Contact: The Recruitment Team

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