Senior Systems Designer

About the Employer
As a leading mobile games developer, Jam City is looking to “level up” our talent. We’re on the hunt for innovators who consider themselves dynamic, collaborative, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

PERKS & BENEFITS
Unlimited Vacation, Paid Sick Days & Holidays
100% Employee Covered Medical, Dental, Vision Plan Base Plan
Life Insurance, 401k, Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits & More
Catered Lunches & Well-stocked Kitchens
Yoga & Wellness Activities
Happy Hours
Company Events
Dog Friendly

Jam City is looking for a talented and skilled Senior Systems Designer to work on an exciting new mobile opportunity with one of the biggest IPs on the planet! We’re after people with keen design instincts, a deep understanding of what makes live games tick, and an appreciation for the unique challenges that come with creating games for a casual audience. We are looking for someone who can craft economies and game systems into fun and compelling experiences for our players. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in Invest/Express and Merge genres of games.
Are you a whiz at making the systems and features living behind the scenes of games go? Do you put the player first and transplant yourself into the game consumer? Well then…we want to meet you!
At Jam City, we hire great people to make the best possible games - and have fun doing it! You’ll work closely with teams of designers, artists, engineers, and more to build, develop and support our live games and help shape our next generation of titles, all while enjoying regular company outings, catered lunches, and a healthy work-life balance. If this sounds like an environment where you could both grow and excel, drop us a line!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee the systems design side of features, Limited-Time Events, and other game elements from concept to live ops.
  • “Embed” with the design team to employ systems-level thinking to features for the length of the their development, to provide direct guidance and input.
  • Provide design spec review and feedback for feature teams in need of systems help.
  • Work with Engineering to create new tools to streamline systems input, and help the design team with gameplay balancing through development and live ops.
  • Provide mentorship to other systems-leaning designers to help them grow.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrate strong instincts for good design and finding the fun
  • 5+ years of design experience, including content/systems created for shipped games. Puzzle, merge and invest/express game experience a plus!
  • A strong appreciation for the casual games space and its players
  • A great grasp of systems and economy design, and the ability to move from one challenge to the next without a hitch.
  • The ability to analyze data and respond accordingly by communicating findings to your team and working with the Lead Designer to adjust course as needed.
  • Experience leading individuals or teams to meet design goals.
  • Excellent communication skills, whether writing a design doc, presenting a feature idea to the team, or walking executive leadership through the design team’s plans for the future.
  • Knowledge of the free-to-play market and its past and current trends.
  • A proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a team, and a desire to make great games that millions of players will enjoy!

NICE TO HAVE

  • Experience as a Mentor for budding Game Designers
  • Love for Mobile Games! :)
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ABOUT JAM CITY
Jam City is an award-winning mobile entertainment studio providing unique and deeply engaging games that appeal to a broad, global audience.

Led by CEO Chris DeWolfe, former MySpace co-founder and CEO, and COO Josh Yguado, former 20th Century Fox executive, Jam City is the creative powerhouse behind some of the highest-grossing and most enduring mobile games. Jam City’s global franchise Cookie Jam has generated more than half a billion dollars, and Panda Pop has more than 120 million downloads to date.

The company also is the go-to studio for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative-rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands. The company’s popular RPG game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was the #1 game in more than 40 countries at its launch in April 2018.

Jam City has nine studios located in Los Angeles (HQ), Berlin, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Burbank, Cedar Falls, San Diego, San Francisco, and Toronto.