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Lead Designer - Helsinki, Finland

As the Lead Designer, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the design team and design of our upcoming game. You will lead a team of passionate and skilled game designers, guiding them through the development process. Your creativity, strategic thinking, and technical expertise will be instrumental in delivering a high-quality game.

Responsibilities 

  • Lead brainstorming sessions and collaborate with the wider game team to generate designs.

  • Develop and communicate a clear, cohesive design vision that aligns with the overall game vision.

  • Provide direction and mentorship to a team of designers.

  • Oversee and guide the design process, ensuring that each element contributes to the game vision.

  • Create and maintain design documents.

  • Communicate designs and decisions to cross-functional teams, fostering alignment and collaboration.

  • Lead the development of prototypes, validating and iterating on designs.

  • Collaborate closely with the development team to implement, test, and refine features and content throughout development.

  • With the Product team, conduct player research and analyze feedback, informing design decisions to enhance the player experience.

  • Stay informed of industry trends and competitor games, ensuring the game remains innovative and competitive.

  • Work closely with QA teams to identify and address design-related issues, ensuring a polished and bug-free experience.
     

Requirements 

  • 8+ years of design experience, including 3+ years in a managerial role.

  • In-depth understanding of action games and comprehensive knowledge across all stages of live game development and operations.

  • Proven track record of successfully shipping at least one action game.

  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Combines a creative mindset with strong analytical abilities.

  • Collaborative nature with a commitment to delivering exceptional leadership experiences to the team.
     

The ideal candidate will also have 

  • A passion for game design and possesses a deep love for video games.
     

Why join us? 

Although we’re a new company, we’re committed to making this a great place to work, so this is only the beginning of our benefits: 

  • Annual bonus 

  • Paid lunches 

  • Budget towards commuting costs 

  • Gym or sporting subscription to spend as you wish 

  • Home internet or mobile data plan provided

  • Educational budget: for language learning, self-training, attending conferences, buying games and books etc 

  • Financial and practical assistance with relocation through our relocation partner and a relocation budget 

  • Twice yearly off-sites, this year we held one in Berlin and one in Helsinki

  • PBG - Pizza, beer and games on the last Friday of every month 

  • 30 days holiday plus additional days from Christmas and New Year 

  • Discounts on PlayStation products and games 
     

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