Sumo Newcastle is seeking an experienced Senior Game Designer to join their design team and work on exciting new projects for major publishers. The successful candidate will collaborate with all disciplines to execute the game vision, maintain and communicate the design to the wider team and stakeholders, assist the Leads in task creation, prioritization, and tracking, evangelize the game’s design to multi-discipline teams across the studio, mentor more junior members of the team, and regularly review game content with Level, Game and UX/UI designers. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ development experience in game design, including senior or lead design experience, shipped at least one commercial title on console (gen8/9) or PC, content, systems, and mechanics design experience from concept to delivery, strong knowledge of game and level design principles, self-motivation towards solving creative problems and production challenges, clear and concise communication skills, passion and enthusiasm for making and playing games, and a strong drive for excellence. The company offers a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time, a defined annual bonus scheme, ULEV car scheme, monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits, salary sacrifice pension, flexible working, free dental insurance, life assurance 4x salary, income protection of 75% for 5 years, enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay, employee assistance programme, cycle to work scheme, payroll giving scheme, access to 4,000 Udemy courses, career development pathway, wrap parties,
About Sumo Newcastle
We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sumo Newcastle joined the Sumo Digital family in January of 2018. As a former CCP Games studio, we have a solid history of cutting-edge development, and now with Sumo, a spectacular future of ‘AAA’ game development for some of the biggest and best publishers in the world.
It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey.
Sumo Newcastle is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic and talented people, and we embrace all the elements that make our team unique! We are an inclusive studio and welcome applications from all qualified applicants of any background, regardless of race, age, disability, gender identity or neurodiversity.
The role @ Sumo Newcastle
We are looking for an experienced Senior Game Designer to join the Sumo Newcastle design team to help us with exciting new projects!
Within this role you will:
- Collaborate with all disciplines to uphold and help execute the game vision.
- Create, maintain, and communicate the design to the wider team and stakeholders.
- Assist the Leads in task creation, prioritisation, and tracking.
- Evangelise the game’s design to multi-discipline teams across the studio.
- Deliver quality work within schedule and technical limitations.
- Mentor more junior members of the team.
- Regularly review game content with Level, Game and UX/UI designers
We need you to have:
- A minimum of 5 years’ development experience in game design, including senior or lead design experience
- Shipped at least one commercial title on console (gen8/9) or PC.
- Content, systems, and mechanics design experience from concept to delivery.
- Strong knowledge of game and level design principles.
- Self-motivated towards solving creative problems and production challenges.
- Clear and concise communication skills.
- Passion and enthusiasm for making and playing games.
- Strong drive for excellence (high goals to deliver premium player experience)
It would be great if you also have:
- Presentation and game-community talk experience.
- Third person action/shooter game development experience.
What we offer:
. Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
. ULEV car scheme
. Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits
. Salary Sacrifice Pension
. Flexible Working
. 21 days free-use holiday
+ your birthday off
+ 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
+ a duvet day
+ Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
+ Bank Holidays
+ extra allowance accrued for longer service
. Free dental insurance
. Life Assurance 4x Salary
. Income Protection of 75% for 5 years
. Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
. Employee Assistance Programme:
. Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
. Free financial & home buying support consultations
. Cycle to Work Scheme
. Payroll Giving Scheme
. Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
. Career Development Pathway
. Wrap Parties.
. Project Completion Awards
. Game/Creative Jams
. Big Family Events
. Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…
. Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group
. Free fruit and drinks in our studios
. Employee Referral Bonus
Where do we stand on diversity?
At Sumo Digital, we know that diversity and inclusivity will make our teams (and the amazing work that they do) better! We encourage and welcome ALL applications.
More About The Sumo Newcastle Studio:
Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying over fifteen years of stability and growth. We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.
We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary annual Sumo ‘Big Day Out’, plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and Spyder for Apple Arcade.
We are proud to be in the North-East of England, in our new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities in Riga. Newcastle was voted the number one place that travellers should visit in 2018 by Rough Guide and has everything that a major European city has to offer; culture, heritage, lively bars and fantastic retail. It is an exciting cosmopolitan city while also boasting plenty of beautiful outdoor space including several beaches less than an hour’s drive away.
Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.
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Country: United Kingdom
Date found: 2023-04-11