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Company Name:
Sony Computer Entertainment America - San Diego
Location:
San Diego, California
Country:
United States
Job Type:
Game Design
Position type:
Full Time
Platform
PC / Windows, Playstation 3, Playstation 4
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
3
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Education:
Some College

Design Manager

Sony San Diego has an exciting opportunity for a Design Manager!  The ideal candidate will be proficient in all aspects of Game Design and have extensive experience with Free to Play and Live Game design support. Experience with leading and mentoring other designers is a must.  The candidate will have three successfully shipped games and at least one commercially successful title in the Free to Play market.  They will also be able to demonstrate their contribution to design and implantation in the titles they have shipped.

Own, drive, and communicate the vision for major design initiatives of one or more games and relaying that vision to the internal and external members of the development team.

 

  • Maintaining the game design vision during all phases of the product development cycle from concept through implementation.
  • Producing game play content in the game production phase of one or more products.
  • Designing any element of one or more assigned games.
  • Reviewing and evaluating product concepts and designs for acquisition.
  • Reviewing and evaluating competitive products.
  • Creating and presenting new game concepts for development as needed.
  • Assisting the development team in identifying and creating techniques, structures and tools used to guide and encourage the evolution of game design within the studio.
  • Maintaining and enhancing creative relationships with inside and outside developers.
  • Skill improvement and training of direct reports.
  • Providing guidance and information to assist in the resolution of complex problems.

 

  Qualifications  
  • Interpersonal, facilitation, and communication skills.  Must have experience in mentoring peers and/or direct reports.
  • Must have demonstrated mastery in one major area of game design, and expertise across multiple sub-disciplines (systems, content, creative, balance, monetization, etc.).  Has shipped at least three titles in which the contribution to design and implementation can be demonstrated.
  • Written communication skills, ability to convey abstract concepts. Must be able to demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Understanding of the technical aspects of product development and their relationships to game design.
  • 4+ years of professional game development experience as a game designer.  Well versed, especially with competitive games, with the ability to articulate what is strong /weak about the design of existing games. Must have Free to Play and Live Game Design experience. Must have shipped at least three games and at least one commercially successful in the free to play market.  Has the ability to understand and dissect data points provided by analysts and  turn those into commercially viable Free to Play designs.