Lead 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; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The role @ Sumo

We are looking for a Lead Game Designer to help establish a new AAA game franchise. This is a fantastic opportunity to make an impact and play a pivotal role in developing an incredible new title. Join an exciting, talented and experienced team that is focussed on working smart.

As Lead Game Designer you are responsible for the output and development of the game design team. You will create, maintain and evangelise best practices from a game design perspective. In this role, you will be expected to champion quality across the project and collaborate with all teams in the delivery of an exciting new AAA game.

In your new role you will:

  • Define the game vision and gameplay experience in collaboration with the Design Director.
  • Work with the Design Director to encourage and nurture the continued development of the Design Team.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of innovative game systems and content.
  • Supervise the creation and maintenance of detailed game system documentation.
  • Review, tweak and balance gameplay to deliver a AAA quality experience.
  • Define and allocate tasks to the design team, including accurately assessing the time required to complete each task.
  • Troubleshoot design issues from a creative standpoint.
  • Manage the output and development of a team of game designers.

To be successful you will have:

  • 5 plus years experience, and 2 or more shipped titles on current gen consoles or PC.
  • Game design experience on a AAA game at senior level or above.
  • Bonus points: experience developing sports titles, engaging campaign or arcade like experiences, “games as a service” and running a live team.
  • A proven ability to breakdown high-level design goals into individual components.
  • A proven ability to present ideas to a wide variety of audiences, both technical and non-technical in a succinct manner.
  • An excellent understanding of past and current game trends; particularly in the sports and action/adventure genres.
  • A passion for working cross discipline and be a dedicated team player.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Inspirational leadership skills.
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.