Snowed in Studios is a game development studio based in Ottawa, Canada. As part of Keywords Studios’ Create service line, we provide programming, art and design support to some of the most important and exciting games being made today. You’ll have the chance to make a global impact, working in a studio known for shipping some of the most prestigious household names in gaming.

Employee satisfaction is at the top of our priority list. We understand that you work your best when you’re happy. This is why we were recognized as one of the Top 10 Places to Work in Ottawa and one of the Best Places to Work in Canada by!

We are currently looking add Senior User Experience Designers to our already amazing team. As a “Snowmie” designer, you will use your interactive design skills to help our client studios to bring their games to realization.

You will use your passion for games, insatiable curiosity, and versatility to work on a variety of projects and across all aspects of game development. In return, you will be part of a creative and supportive team environment with the ability to have a direct impact on the development of top-tier games.

Are you up for the challenge?

Some of the cool stuff you’ll be doing:

  • Working closely with client studios to bring their games to realization

  • Researching, designing, prototyping and implementing complex user flows, game menus, interfaces and interactions

  • Collaborating with stake holders to identify feature requirements, limitations and goals

  • Breaking down and estimating work for large design features

  • Analyzing and optimizing existing user experiences

  • Iterating on designs based on feedback and usability testing

  • Providing feedback to other team members

  • Working closely with developers to ensure designs are implemented accurately.

  • Stay current with industry trends and best practices in UX design.

  • Building a solid relationship with your game development peers in-house and around the world

  • Supporting your team mates to accomplish goals

What you’ll bring to the table:

  • 5+ years professional experience in interactive design – preference given to game development UX experience.

  • Expert knowledge of industry-standard design and collaboration software such as Figma, Adobe XD, Adobe Creative suite, Miro, etc

  • Advanced UX design skills and expert understanding of the design fundamentals

  • A deep understanding of edge cases, and knock-on effects and development cost of design ideas

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Experience working and communicating with external clients

  • Understanding of various design patterns and their benefits/draw backs

  • Portfolio of relevant work experience

  • College diploma or bachelor's degree in interactive design, UX design or equivalent experience

Bonus points!

  • Experience with game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal Engine

  • Strong graphic skills

  • Team lead / Mentoring experience

  • Motion design experience

  • Shipped game(s)

What’s in it for you?

  • The chance to work in triple-A, in a no-crunch modern studio with a relaxed atmosphere and a variety of work

  • Comprehensive benefits package that covers Dental Care, Health Care (including out of country coverage), Vision Care, Long Term Disability, Physio, Massage etc.

  • Generous leave policies including 4 weeks paid vacation (plus 1 week over the Holiday Season), unlimited sick leave and 2 paid personal days.

  • We also provide parental leave top-up and an Employee and Family Assistance Plan that offer 24/7 free and confidential help with your physical and mental health.

  • RRSP Matching and Employee Stock Purchase Programs

  • Financial assistance with relocation to Ottawa, ON

  • A dynamic and supportive team environment with a range of experience and an amazing culture – we have board game nights, movie, nights, arcade tournaments, and more to help blow off steam and hang out together.

  • The opportunity to build or expand your career the way you want to, in a smaller studio connected to a global studio family

  • A sweet Snowed In Studios hoodie!

Additional Information:

  • Primary Working Language: English

  • Salary Range: $90,000 to $100,000

Snowed In Studios is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. Please let us know of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.