Design Director – Star Wars

Game Design (Brighton-UK, London-UK)

At Zynga, we make games that wow people. We innovate to create worlds that previously were impossible and that would not exist without us. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last.

Job purpose:

We design and build creative free-to play games, with jaw-dropping visuals and super-approachable gameplay. 

You will be joining a team of passionate, hardworking, and ambitious, designers, programmers and artists, to work on Star Wars Hunters. Working on everything from new characters and features to economy design and data deep dives. 

Key roles & responsibilities:

Drive the design, bringing creativity, vision, market knowledge, design experience and a collaborative working style to become a key design leader in the team.

Provide clear and concise communication of the product vision, design approaches and requirements to team members, product owners, senior management and other relevant key partners through documentation, presentations and visual tools to convey key concepts, mechanics and systems required.

Develop systems and behaviors for core gameplay, retention, and social game features that monetize, engage and motivate players through amazing game experiences and highly enjoyable progression.

Observe and analyze user testing and analytics to recommend design solutions and improve/fix design features during the life of the product as a service.

Establish and model key player progression and game economy statements, balance the game towards them.

Lead design reviews/evaluations on a regular basis. Respond to emergent QA and design issues/problems in development and ensure these are addressed to meet product goals and release plan targets

Define features post-launch spanning several months with a clear understanding of impact on retention/monetization, working closely with a Project Manager/Lead to effectively push them into content releases that drive value. 

Where needed, engage with our partners at LucasFilm and work with them to bring the magic of Star Wars to life in Star Wars Hunters.

Essential requirements:

You have experience handling a design team, directing work and mentoring staff.

Experience working in the shooter genre or a game with a heavy combat focus

You understand that we can only create outstanding games as a team and have the experience and energy to together turn visions into fully developed game mechanics. 

You have a strong attention to detail and understand the importance of balance and strong system design.

Great experience at writing design specifications and building playable prototypes.

You have hands-on experience managing the design of a live game.


What we Offer:

  • Work in a studio that has complete P&L ownership of games
  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme and Zynga RSUs
  • Full medical, accident as well as life insurance benefits
  • Catered breakfast, lunch and evening snacks
  • Child care facilities for women employees and discounted facilities for male employees
  • Well stocked pantry
  • Generous Paid Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Active Employee Resource Groups - Women at Zynga
  • Frequent employee events
  • Additional leave options for most employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Casual dress every single day
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players!

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