Lead Game Designer (204)

Job Description

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is 10,000 creative minds spanning 6 continents. With around 85% of its staff devoted to game development, Ubisoft has the 2nd largest in-house creative team in the world.

The company’s 27 different creative studios work hand-in-hand each day to deliver rich and innovative gaming experiences that reflect the creativity and diversity of their teams. This cross-studio collaboration model means every team member has the opportunity to participate in challenging projects based on brands including Assassin's Creed®, For Honor® Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon®, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy's The Division, Rabbids®, Rayman®, Watch Dogs®, Far Cry®, The Crew®, Just Dance® and more

Job Purpose
Lead, mobilise and develop a team of game designers to imagine and develop compelling and engaging roles for the game. 

Reports To
Producer

Direct Reports
Game designers at all levels

Responsabilities

  • Prioritise and manage the teams’ day to day tasks to ensure that deliverables are completed on time, within budget and to productions teams specifications;
  •  Build and improve game systems from conception to release to ensure an optimum player experience in line with the creative direction;
  • Ensure that game designers have the necessary tools to design and improve the game systems; 
  •  Anticipate accessibility issues for all platforms and user types when designing UI and controls;
  • Set best practices and share expertise with other teams in the studio;
  • Determine the technical needs and requirements for the team;
  •  Leverage a deep understanding and culture of all game genres and platforms to analyse, design and improve game mechanics and systems;
  • Use game data to tune and tweak game parameters in an iterative way in the engine or with prototyping tools to validate game mechanics and systems;
  • Leverage knowledge of player psychology and motivation triggers to build game systems that will foster players' engagement;
  • Assess the efficiency of signs and feedbacks in the game and suggest solutions to design and optimize them;
  •  Continually review the game and development processes to identify potential improvements;
  • Build economic systems that are adapted to the game systems and mechanics and that will reinforce players’ long term retention;
  • Recruit and identify talents and manage the onboarding process for new starters in their team; 
  • Propose innovative solutions for usability and UI designs which improve the project’s accessibility and appeal;
  • Be an advocate and ambassador for game design sharing across projects; 
  • Support the Game Director and Producer in any ad hoc tasks and duties.
     

Qualifications

Skills and Knowledge

  • Passionate about playing and making games;
  • Excellent knowledge of the games industry;
  • Expertise with common scheduling, task and issue tracking tools (such as Perforce, Jira, etc.);
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of applications related to documentation (such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Wiki etc.);
  • Excellent working knowledge of current theories of gameplay and their practical applications;
  • Strong understanding of 3Cs, usability and UI design best practices;
  • Able to create, manage and track schedules for a team of game designers;
  • Self-motivated and pro-active with a strong work ethic;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or equivalent industry experience;
  •  6 years’ minimum experience within game design or other relevant experience;
  • Significant involvement in 2 published games, with at least 1 project at senior level
     

Additional Information

Salary: Competitive + Relocation

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Opening Date: 21st March  2018

Reflections reserves the right to close this advert earlier than the closing date indicated should we feel we have received sufficient applications.

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