Game Designer

About the Employer
We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sheffield is our largest studio and headquarters, situated just north-east of the city centre, where we’ve built and contributed to some of the world’s best-loved game franchises.

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. Join us!

Sumo Sheffield is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

The role @ Sumo

We are looking for a talented Game Designer to join the team at Sumo Digital Sheffield. This is an exciting opportunity for a Designer who is passionate about creating engaging game mechanics and owning them through the project’s lifecycle. The ideal candidate will have an instinctive sense of ‘fun’, and the confidence to champion their ideas to the whole team.

Within this role you will:
  • Be the vision holder for one or more features which span the game
  • Strive for quality and innovation while adhering to the core vision of the game
  • End to end feature ownership; from inception through to game release
  • Form goals and success metrics for each feature you own and implement
  • Create high level presentation materials for pitching concepts to product stakeholders
  • Produce low level specifications for feature costing and production schematics
  • Ability to solve problems using game design knowledge and experience
  • Design and model complex game systems based on high-level concepts
  • Implement the feature design using industry-standard and in-house tools
  • Review and adjust designs based on user testing and telemetry data
  • Mentor junior design team members and communicate the feature across the wider team
You need to have:
  • Proven track record of designing AAA games from product inception through to release
  • Ability to evangelise features you own to multi-discipline teams and across the organisation
  • Understanding of a product’s user base and player behaviours
  • Experience in designing and balancing complex systems for AAA games
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organisational and workload management skills are essential for success
  • Empathise with different disciplines to form aligned and sympathetic concept
It will be an advantage if you have:
  • Shipped a AAA title using UE3/4
  • Knowledge of UE4 Blueprint Scripting
  • Led by player centric design
  • A background in game theory and the science behind the design
What We Offer:

We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, the National Video Game Museum, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.