Lead Game Designer

First Contact Entertainment is looking for a talented, motivated, and experienced Lead Designer who can lead a team delivering innovative game-play solutions. This is a unique opportunity to join a team of game industry experts tackling the challenges of creating innovative games which use software and hardware technologies in new ways.

Area

Design

Job Type

Location

Full Time

CA. USA

This talented person is expected to lead designers who are creating major gameplay features and collaborate across the team to fully realize them to an exceptional level. Qualified individuals are expected to be highly-organized and competent at working in a complex, multi-functional environment. They also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills that encourage positive collaboration. This person can shape creative and wide-ranging ideas into coherent designs and identify robust solutions to problems. Candidates must have passion for a broad range of game experiences, and be well versed in market trends and styles. While years of experience are a definite plus, positive creative energy and passion for building exceptional experiences is a must. This is a rare opportunity to join a seasoned, creatively driven team on an exciting next-generation project.

As a leader you will also inspire a team of designers, developing their skill sets and supporting their career paths. We're imagining a creative leader who is passionate about developing exciting and deep experiences, who can invent and deliver, and who values fun gameplay as much as we do.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Work closely with the Leads and Directors to build a compelling product roadmap

  • Create, manage and document high level designs for upcoming product features.

  • Work with a pod of engineers, producers, and artists to execute those features.

  • Consistently evaluate our efforts in the context of industry trends and product innovations

  • Review features (and events) and provide insights on balance, structure, engagement and strategy.

  • Promote a design ethos that puts the player first, leading to engaging experiences with long-term engagement

  • Manage, mentor, and help level up a team of Game Designers

  • Work across the team to foster engagement and a positive and collaborative environment

  • Write and manage gameplay scripts to provide player passives, build unique player equipment, manage player inventory, track player stats, define gameplay rules, manage player progression and more.

  • Work daily to improve the quality of our projects through play-sessions and feedback.

  • Provided high-level direction: own a feature or feature set from start to finish. This includes fleshing out the design and then requesting all needed audio, art, animation, vfx and code. Continue to iterate on the design and integrate these requested items as they come in.

DESIRED SKILLS

  • 3+ years’ experience working in AAA games with a focus on user interface design

  • Working knowledge of UE4

  • Solid communicator who works well with a variety of personalities in an energetic team environment

  • Must be able to receive peer and stakeholder feedback and iterate based on that feedback

  • Experience in Photoshop and Illustrator with knowledge of applications such as XD, After Effects, Maya/3DSMax or Flash a plus

  • Must be passionate for games

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience leading and managing people.

  • 10+ years of relevant, professional game design experience with at least one shipped title

  • Unreal 4 Experience

  • Visual Scripting knowledge

  • Knowledge and prior experience with a C/C++ or equivalent programming language.

  • Strong game design skills: Applicants must be able to intelligently discuss the strengths and weaknesses of recent games and be able to list techniques used to make fun FPS combat.

  • Ability to pitch game design concepts in a clear, detailed manner, through strong written and verbal skills.

  • Efficient at prioritizing to meet deadlines.

  • Communicate progress with the Leads and Directors well and frequently.

  • A positive, solution-oriented attitude and passion about the play experience, with a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of games.
     

BONUS
  • VR/AR Experience

  • Experience with live operated games

 

SUBMISSION/PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Demo reel (if applicable)