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Experienced Games Designer

Contract type: Fixed term contractor until end of the production (April 2024)
Working Hours: 37.5 hours a week, 9:30am – 6pm are our core hours but flexible working is possible
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: depending on experience 

The project:
At the moment, we’re working with a major publisher on a new project based on one our best loved IPs. Even when working with IPs, our number one priority is always to create games that are inventive, creative, and unique in their own right – so that people who have never heard of the characters would still want to play it. 

Our new project is a real time stealth game. It takes the strategic, tense fun of stealth games and blends it with frenetic, chaotic mechanics to create a unique player experience. It’s launching on mobile first, followed closely by PC and other platforms.  

The role: 
We’re looking for an experienced designer to own and drive the design of this title. You’ll be joining the project in pre-production and taking charge of the prototype we’ve been working on. Alongside the Creative Director, you’ll work out how to turn the vision and existing framework into a focused, high quality first deliverable.  

Beyond that, you’ll be creating high quality documentation and collaborating with the rest of the design team as well as the wider team to plan the full production. We will then work together to execute that plan! In doing so, you’ll engage with both systems and level design – though this role is weighted more towards the level design side.  

This role has a lot of scope for growth. In the first production you will have ownership of design, process, and team leadership. In the future, our ambition is to run multiple projects providing plenty of opportunities for you to take on a more significant role and build a much larger design team. 

What we’re looking for: 
The ideal candidate combines an ability to deliver gameplay to the highest standard with a fundamentally flexible approach to design. To reach the vision we’ve set for ourselves this production will require unconventional design solutions and a willingness to experiment and innovate which you will drive. We know this is hard, so we prioritise and protect creativity in our processes. 

All our positions are hands on, and ideally, you’ll have experience working in Unreal (or other editors) and will be able to hit the ground running and produce high quality work from an early stage. Examples of high-quality design work you’ve produced in the past are essential, particularly in level design.  

We’re not prescriptive about seniority. We’re looking for someone with leadership skills and a history of managing or mentoring other designers, but we know that these skills exist at every level. You might be a lead who is ready to take ownership of a design team and already has a hatful of ideas about to do things better, or a senior who wants to be mentored through this production to take the step up in the next few years.   

For a full role profile, please go to our website. 

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 31st January 2023

Aardman is an independent and multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment.

Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world.

In November 2018, Aardman became an Employee-Owned organisation, ensuring that the studio remains independent and securing the creative legacy and culture of the company for the future.

Diversity & Inclusion: Aardman strives to be the most inspirational animation company in the world creating world class entertainment to a diverse and intergenerational global audience. We aim to lead the way in both our content and our professional principles, ensuring diversity and inclusion is inherent to the development and production of all our content - both on and off screen. Aardman is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals and are always happy to discuss flexible working needs.

Experienced Games Designer

Bristol, UK

Published on 01/06/2023

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