Lead/Principal Graphic Designer

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 Description:
Jagex is looking for a Lead or Principal Graphic Designer to join its fast-paced creative services team to spearhead the creation of their art assets across multiple games and media.
Working within our busy in-house design team, you will be responsible for designing a variety of work including digital advertising, video assets, print, logos, icons, web design, aftereffects animation and other art assets. You will act as a key creative contact within the department, working closely with team members with different creative skillsets and key project stakeholders across the company.
This highly rewarding & creative role will suit an experienced Graphic Designer with at least 8 years’ experience looking for a new challenge. The successful candidate should have an exceptional portfolio clearly demonstrating their creative design talents and at least 2 years’ experience in a creative leadership role.
We are currently happy to see applications for either a Lead or Principal role. In both roles you are expected to be a master of your craft, to champion design within the department providing direction and creative leadership to the team around you and stepping up in the absence of your art director. As a lead you would also take online management responsibilities for a small team of graphic designers looking after their personal and professional well-being. Alternatively, as a principle you would instead be focused purely on pushing the creative output of yourself and the team.
In return you will receive a competitive salary, options for a sponsored gym membership, private health care, flexible working, cycle repair, free parking and fresh fruit delivered to your team every day. Most of the company are working remotely currently due to covid-19. If/when we return to the office, we would require you to work at least part of the week working on-site. You will be able to take advantage of our newly refurbished office that features contemporary break out areas, gaming zones, high tech meeting rooms, an auditorium and our very own private bar.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designing high quality, public facing art assets across different media.
  • Acting as a mentor and leader to the other artists in the team.
  • Delivering clearly communicated creative feedback to other artists in the team.
  • Working closely with Artist, UX designers, Web Developers and various other skillsets.
  • Working from a brief, from concept to final launch.
  • Following multiple product brand guides.
  • Working closely with creative directors and product stakeholders.

Required Skills:

  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • A good eye for color, typography, design and composition.
  • Ability to show good initiative, judgement and excellent attention to detail.
  • Good leadership qualities and the ability and patience to share your knowledge with others.
  • Experience of working on multiple projects to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Extensive web design Experience
  • After Effects animation experience.
  • Experience working within the games industry.
  • A passion for gaming.
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.