Senior Game Designer

About Sumo Digital, Newcastle

Located in the heart of the Northeast, Sumo Newcastle is a studio with a proven track record of delivering projects to a high standard, specialising in creating new IP with a focus on multi-player action games – including the 2021 release Hood: Outlaws & Legends. 

Our team is built around its own unique cultural fit, with a welcoming mix of industry veterans and up-and-coming stars 

Day in the life of a Senior Game Designer:
In this role, you'll be at the forefront of collaboration, working seamlessly with diverse disciplines to uphold and execute the game vision. Your responsibilities will extend beyond design creation, as you play a key role in maintaining and effectively communicating design concepts to the wider team and stakeholders. As a Senior Designer, you'll be instrumental in assisting Leads with task creation, prioritization, and tracking, ensuring that projects align with our creative aspirations.

Beyond contributing to the immediate team, your influence will extend across the entire studio as you evangelise the game's design to multi-discipline teams. Ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality work within technical constraints, you'll play a crucial role in shaping the studio's success. The role also includes mentoring junior team members, sharing your wealth of experience, and regularly engaging in content reviews with Level, Game, and UX/UI Designers. If you're ready to make a significant impact and contribute to the exciting future of gaming, we invite you to join our dynamic team as a Senior Designer.

Please note, this is a hybrid role, you will be expected to work from our Newcastle studio on a weekly basis.

What you need to do this job:

• Previous development experience in game design, including senior or lead design experience.
• Shipped at least one commercial title on console (gen8/9) or PC.
• Content, systems, and mechanics design experience from concept to delivery.
• Strong knowledge of game and level design principles.
• Self-motivated towards solving creative problems and production challenges.
• Clear and concise communication skills.

The Interview Process:
At Sumo Digital, we take a holistic and engaging interview process that allows us to get to know you, your skills and your potential. For our Senior Game Designer role, we have a two stage interview process:
1st Stage: One hour with Sumo Newcastle’s Design Director. Here, we will talk with you about your experience, our expectations in the role and ask some competency based questions. There will, of course, also be opportunities for you to ask questions!
2nd Stage: Our second stage is 3 separate interviews completed in the same day, either onsite or online. These interviews not only test your technical capability to perform the role, but also gives you the chance to meet some of the talented people that you would be working closely with on an informal basis!
What’s in it for you?
Sumo also offers a highly personable benefits package which has something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career.  
Financial: Annual bonus, flexible benefits allowance, salary sacrifice pension, benefits hub, payroll giving, an employee referral scheme (up to £3,000), financial/home buying consultations, workplace ISA and other schemes for tech loans, car loan and bicycles.   
Work-life balance: Flexible working, 21 free choice days holiday (increasing to 22 with service), bank holidays, birthday day off, a duvet day (increasing to 4 with service), Christmas shutdown (Christmas Eve to New Year) and options to buy or sell up to a week of annual leave*. 
Health and Wellbeing: Dental insurance, income protection, life assurance, BUPA private healthcare*, leading EAP programs (remote GP, mental health, physio, nutrition, lifestyle coaching and second opinions (medical)), critical illness cover*, health cash plan*, flexible gym (in-studio or discounts) and funded flu vaccines/eye tests. 
Personal Development: Structured My Development pathway, regular appraisals, annual salary reviews, access to Udemy learning platform, 5+ learning days per annum (1 can be used as a volunteer day), award-winning L&D team and yearly attendance to the Sumo Developers Conference (link to video). 
Extra Perks: A variety of in-studio perks, regular care packages, studio days out (family welcome), studio-led social activities (game jams, yoga, quizzes, life drawing and more), sabbaticals (at 10 years’ service) and an annual gaming subscription. 
*These benefits are part of our flexible benefits options and are opt in selections. 

Inclusion and Belonging at Sumo Digital:

We are dedicated to growing a sustainable business that provides security to our people while delivering a first-class experience to our partners and players.

As a people business, the success of our people is the success of our company. We prioritise taking care of them with a focus on supporting them, nurturing their talent and providing a healthy, friendly, enriching, creative and safe environment in which to work.

Sumo's employee diversity group, PRISM, exists to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, equality & wellbeing across the company and plays a key role in Sumo's ongoing goal of fostering environments where all employees feel safe, welcome & represented.

Our charitable and community initiatives provide support for meaningful causes that matter to our employees, clients and partners.

We continue to work to improve diversity in our recruitment and promotion processes, and to actively encourage people from marginalised groups to consider a career in the games industry.

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