Niantic’s San Francisco Game Studio seeks a Senior System Designer to help craft and maintain the in-game systems that will drive the core of the game. We are looking for someone who is analytical and metric driven but understands the experiential aspects of mobile F2P games.

Niantic Design works with some of the world's most advanced AR technologies to design visually innovative, ground-breaking mobile experiences for tens of millions of users worldwide, encouraging discovery, exercise, and meaningful social experiences.


  • Collaborate with our creative team and the dev team to implement game features and content.

  • Find opportunities for improving new and existing game systems, content, and features.

  • Communicate game system concepts, implementation details, processes, and risks.

  • Create, review, and revise game design documents.

  • Test and tune game progression and economy balance throughout the product life-cycle using spreadsheets and game engine software.

  • Build, run, and maintain live events.


  • 5+ years designing digital games with at least 2 years on mobile live games.

  • Experience with game balance and pacing in a free-to-play economic model.

  • Experience with version control software such as GitLab, Perforce, SourceTree or Fork.

  • Knowledge of Unity game development.

  • Adept at creating and maintaining elegant system spreadsheets.

  • Experience with rapid iteration and deployment of game data updates.

  • Experience with business intelligence and A/B testing.

Plus If…

  • Familiar with Niantic products.

  • Worked on at least 2 high performing mobile live games.

  • Genuinely enjoy playing and understanding free to play games.

  • Skilled communicator and problem solver who can lead initiatives within strategical directions.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current consumer titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO, and Pikmin Bloom. In November 2021, we launched our developer platform, Lightship, enabling creators to build immersive AR experiences around the globe.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity employer. We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Bellevue, Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich.