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Climax Studios was established nearly 30 years ago, we have an extensive history in developing all kinds of digital experiences across all formats, and we have won multiple awards along the way. We have a state-of-the-art studio located in the heart of the beautiful Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth overlooking the Harbour.

We are seeking an experienced Lead Designer to join our award-winning team. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a major AAA console title leading a team of passionate and highly experienced designers. Our ideal candidate would consider themselves both creative and technical and enjoy getting hands-on in creating, prototyping, and implementing game designs in engine.

This could also be a great opportunity for an experienced Lead Level or Lead System Designer looking to progress.


  • Experience working as a Lead Designer on AAA 3D Action console games.

  • Experience with Level, Player Character, Enemy design, and all aspects of 3D Action game design.

  • Experience of designing First and/or Third Person shooters.

  • Worked on and shipped at least two games.

  • Able to take ownership and drive forward all design aspects.

  • Highly proficient in using Unreal 5.

  • Have a solid understanding of all disciplines.

  • Able to communicate effectively with our clients and maintain a strong relationship with them.


  • Leads design team, passing on experience and expertise and leads by example.

  • Estimates tasks and ensures team delivers high quality design work to that schedule.

  • Create and maintain clear and concise design feature documentation.

  • Performs design reviews with the team to ensure quality.

  • Mentors and conducts regular one to ones with project’s design team.

  • Works with programmers, artists and other personnel involved in the development process as required to create the highest possible quality product.


  • Regular social events

  • Pension

  • Fresh fruit and snacks

  • A friendly, focused, ambitious and relaxed working environment

  • Ongoing training and development, with career progression

  • Discount card for all the shopping centre stores

  • Great seafront location, a short walk from the rail station, bars, restaurants, coffee shops

  • Group Private Medical Insurance provided by BUPA

  • Group Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Private Dental Insurance

  • Group Income Protection

  • Company Pension Scheme

  • Cycle To Work Scheme

  • Eye-Care Vouchers


  • Bring your doggo to work! We're a dog friendly studio, bring your pooch in to meet us.

  • Bean to cup coffee machine in the studio.

  • Fresh fruit and healthy snacks provided daily, breakfast and some not so healthy snacks.

  • In-house clubs and socials. From board games, tennis, football to D&D nights, there are lots of opportunities to socialise.

  • Regular Socials including Project Wrap Parties, team and studio events, Christmas and annual Summer parties and some great charity fundraising events.