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Mid-Level Game Designer

As part of a small but dynamic design team, a Mid Level Game Designer at Coatsink is responsible for designing and maintaining the design of a game, ensuring that the game’s content is built closely to that design and to a defined high standard.

The postholder will communicate primarily with the Lead designer, design team and with seniors from other disciplines, to ensure the whole team understands the project’s design. The Mid Level Game Designer may assist and support Junior Game Designers in their activity and development.

The Mid Level Game Designer may be required to adopt the role of “Feature Owner” for a certain game feature, mechanic, level or other segment of the game, for which they will be solely responsible for the design and development of said area to a high-quality degree

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Mid-Level Games Designer

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Designing content for the game according to the project’s design
  • Building game content in Unity
  • Maintaining content integrity across the life of the project
  • Creating and maintaining design documentation, including feature specification and implementation
    guidelines
  • Participating in regular team ‘show and tell meetings, to share information, learn and collaborate on
    problem solving
  • Developing and maintaining regular and strong communications with Programmers, Artists, Animators
    and Audio to ensure all aspects of the game content meet the project’s high standard design
  • Develop prototypes and explore new game ideas
  • Participate in research and development exercises as required
  • Participate in market studies and propose new game concepts/ideas
  • Undertake any other reasonable assigned duty, that is line with postholders skills, knowledge and ability

Person Specification

Qualifications

  • Relevant university degree or a strong up to date project portfolio

Experience

  • At least two years’ experience working in a game design role
  • At least one title shipped while working in a game design role
  • Preferably experience in a Games Designer role on a released unity-based game
  • Significant Unity experience
  • Experience using Atlassian software (Jira, Confluence etc)
  • Ideally, experience leading a feature or small interdisciplinary team on a released title
  • Experience working within project management methodology such as SCRUM
  • Experience of developing for VR

Skills

  • Excellent writing skills and a passion for storytelling
  • Innovative problem-solving skills
  • Competent art / graphic design skills to help elevate design documentation and get ideas across
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Competent IT skills
  • The ability to impart information, encourage and support junior or less experienced members of the team

Knowledge

  • Thorough and expansive understanding of level design, UX design, and game design fundamentals
  • Thorough understanding of games market and target audience
  • Basic practical knowledge of scripting or visual scripting

Aptitude

  • Skilled in working in both small and large teams
  • Adept at adapting quickly to changes and new problems
  • Adept at taking and seeking out constructive criticism and using it to improve designs and workflows
  • Strong passion for playing video games across a wide variety of genres and advanced analysis of what
    makes them good/bad

A champion and exemplar of Coatsink’s key values and contributor to the company culture including –

  • A passion and enthusiasm for Coatsink games.
  • A straightforward and open approach to the teamwork and leadership.
  • A focus on quality.
  • An openness to others’ ideas and challenges around quality issues.
  • An eye to the wellbeing of project team members.
  • A mindful approach to diversity issues and opportunities to widen the scope of diversity within games.
  • Resilience to learn from mistakes and encounter new tasks and responsibilities.
  • A willingness to maintain continuous professional development.

What we can provide

  • Competitive salary
  • Freedom to choose where you work in the UK
  • Monthly allowance for those who choose to wfh full time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Twenty days holiday as standard + an additional day off for your birthday + up to five extra holidays for duration of service
  • Option to "buy" unlimited additional holidays
  • One "volunteering day" a year
  • Enrolment in the company pension scheme
  • Enhanced and generous maternity and paternity package
  • Two days dependents leave per year to deal with emergencies
  • Access to our life insurance policy and WeCare healthcare app
  • Access to our health insurance cash plan
  • Annual pay reviews and bi-annual appraisals
  • Access to relocation support (where applicable)
  • Investment in your physical health with weekly live and on-demand strength, cardio, yoga and meditation sessions
  • Investment in your mental health with regular access to training courses and one-to-one wellness sessions and workshops
  • Access to metro pass and cycle schemes
  • Free access to some of our previously released titles
  • R&D days, get-togethers and parties
  • Work with cutting-edge technology

We are an equal opportunities employer

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. We do not pay fees to any third party agency or recruiter without a mutually agreed-upon contract and we are not responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.

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