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SkyBox Labs

Burnaby, British Columbia - Canada
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Senior Designer

Description

SkyBox Labs is a world-class game studio. We have long been a trusted partner for the industry's best publishers on award-winning franchises like Age of Empires as well as working on our own IP. We’re currently partnering with Microsoft to work on Halo Infinite as well as the Minecraft franchise. Gaming is our passion and we offer one of the best places to work in Vancouver.

As the Senior Designer, you will be responsible for developing game systems, controls and interfaces (as well as the other interactive elements of the project) in order to bring the vision into a playable experience.  The Senior Game Designer must know how to work with stakeholders internally, externally and be comfortable working on new IP as well as established franchises where you have to maintain core experiences and as well as creating fresh experiences that fit the brand pillars.


Requirements

  • 5+ years of game design experience, with some design experience related to AI or Gameplay Systems

  • At least 1 shipped AAA title, preferably for current gen consoles

  • Ability to speak to design processes and how to take a concept from ideation to software

  • Ability to concept the user experience for your feature, aid in the development of pre-visualization to communicate that vision, and then gain alignment on your direction with stakeholders

  • The ability to communicate and collaborate with Producers, Artists, and Engineers on a daily basis; strong presentation skills considered an asset

  • An understanding of gameplay flow and scripting

  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

  • Strong documentation skills and has experience with spreadsheets

  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

  • Ability to translate game concepts into on-screen gameplay

  • Prior scripting or level design experience is not a requirement but a definite plus


Responsibilities

  • Take ownership over complex systems and make plans for how to implement it within game while balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders (AI, Programming, Animation, Level Design, Narrative, and others) and driving development towards the vision

  • Standardize, document and communicate the systems to the game team and external stakeholders

  • Pro-actively participate to the production of prototypes in order to iterate and validate systems prior to starting production

  • Participate to the development of tools required to implement and adjust game systems in collaboration with Programmers and Level Design team


What We Can Offer You

  • Competitive pay + benefits

  • Work-life balance and flex time

  • Lunch & Learns and learning-based Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

  • Social environment with many employee-driven events

  • Games room + Massage chairs

  • Open, supportive, and non-bureaucratic environment

Our Values

Positive: We lead by example with a great attitude.
Accountable: We are reliable and honest. We accept responsibility for mistakes and learn from them.
Self-aware: We are hungry to learn, grow skills, and receive feedback. We use experience and maturity to teach others and add value.
Flexible: We are willing to go where most needed.
Dedicated Ownership: We are committed to drive and support the needs of the company.

Learn more about us on our website.

Although we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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