Design Manager

About the Employer
Important note:
To our wonderful friends and followers around the world, Jagex is not pausing its search for the most talented people to join its ranks. We’re a successful, robust and growing business, after all.

In light of the current situation concerning coronavirus, we have already made changes to the way we recruit, and of course are mindful of following all necessary processes to ensure the safety of our staff and anyone we might come into contact with.

Jagex has switched to working almost entirely remotely, and in line with that our recruitment and selection process has moved to an entirely remote one with video calls being the preferred method of interview.
Our hiring managers are engaged, we are well-prepared and we sincerely look forward to talking to you soon. Our team of expert recruiters will be in touch with you to talk you through the process and changes and what to expect.
So, don’t delay, get that application in today!

Company Overview:

A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.

Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.

Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.

Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.

Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.

Job Purpose:

As the Design Manager, you will be an integral part of our OSRS team leadership and use your experience to guide the careers of those in Design and Content Creation.

As an experienced industry professional you will use your knowledge of game development and design to coach and mentor the designers to help them grow in their craft and be a positive influence for them daily.

As a member of the Old School RuneScape team, you will contribute to the unique personality of our team that makes creating OSRS fun for staff and players alike!
Working in close collaboration with the Old School Content Development Lead, Product Director and Executive Producer, and liaising closely with the Studio Senior Design Director you will create a clear path for our Sold School content development and design talent to realise their full potential, help develop clear workflows, processes and a unified approach that establishes the highest standards and build on our team values and culture.

Responsibilities

  • Be a critical leader in ensuring the wellness and growth of our team
  • Partner with the Product Director, Lead Producer, and other leads to manage designers across the entire team and assist with roadmap iteration
  • Define and manage designer career paths within the team
  • Conduct regular one on ones with team leadership and designers
  • Mentor staff on creative processes, management, and leadership
  • Help the team with long-term strategic and tactical planning around career growth and staffing
  • Conduct performance reviews, coaching, and regular feedback for the team.
  • Design and implement best practices around staffing, interviewing, and career development
  • Administer staffing decisions that help achieve both the short- and long-term goals of the team
  • Partner with Human Resources for management related training
  • Coordinate with other game team managers for best practices and learnings

Requirements and skills:

  • Excellent collaborative, communication, and organization skills
  • A strong knowledge of modern Game Design, ideation/creative processes
  • Ability to handle a wide range of personnel issues including recruitment, career development, and conflict resolution
  • Ability to manage a large team of designers and technical designers in a dynamically changing game production environment.
  • Highly experience working with in agile Scrum, Kanban and traditional project management methodologies
  • Extensive experience of leading a design function and/or multiple design teams.
  • Industry experience in game design, production, or management positions
  • Multiple high-profile published titles on PC, mobile and console
  • Demonstrable skills as an inspirational leader and manager
  • The ability to identify risks and recommend appropriate mitigations and contingencies
  • Experience with managing agendas and schedules
  • A keen and genuine passion and appreciation of multipole game genres

Nice to have

  • Previous experience shipping of Live Ops/GAAS titles
  • Experience developing or an avid player for MMOs and/or retro game experiences!
  • Experience in both a design and a project management role on at least one game project (each) from inception to completion and ship
Company Benefits:

- Flexible Working
- Bonus Scheme
- Private Health Care
- Gym Membership
- Generous Pension Contributions
- Life Insurance
- Free Cycle Repair
- Income Protection
- Dental Plan
- Free Fruit and Drinks
- Subsidised Canteen

Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application!
Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.