Ubisoft’s 20,000 team members, working across more than 30 countries around the world, are bound by a common mission to enrich players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their commitment and talent have brought to life many acclaimed franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, and many more to come. Ubisoft is an equal opportunity employer that believes diverse backgrounds and perspectives are key to creating worlds where both players and teams can thrive and express themselves. If you are excited about solving game-changing challenges, cutting edge technologies and pushing the boundaries of entertainment, we invite you to join our journey and help us create the unknown.
Ubisoft Düsseldorf is home to nearly 500 people, making up several teams dedicated to deliver AAA excellence and innovation across a wide portfolio of games and technologies.
As part of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, you will play an instrumental role in bringing to life the beautiful and dangerous world of Pandora. This is a unique opportunity to keep growing your experience in games while working hand in hand with Disney’s creative minds and James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.
As our new Lead Game Designer (f/m/d) at Ubisoft Düsseldorf, you will build up and lead a strong team of game designers, and help them to create outstanding features and game experiences for our players. You translate the creative vision from directors into tangible game systems and create meaningful connections between features, content and narration. Providing game mechanics that are fun is your highest priority. To achieve this goal, you will be working closely with the art department, programmers and colleagues from multiple disciplines all around the world.
What you will do:
Create framework for detailed designs and identify requirements with co-leads, directors and production
Grow the design team and create an environment of constant learning
Support your team members on solving complex design, technical and implementation issues
Ensure technical quality and feasibility of designs as well as an equal approach across all game areas you are responsible for
Make player needs your focus and help your team deliver an engaging player experience
Look out for improvements on workflows, tools pipelines etc. to live the idea of continuous improvement
Act as a servant leader to your team and make sure, they have all resources they need and that they can work in a respectful and safe environment
What you bring:
Experienced one full cycle of AAA development from conception to release as lead or senior designer
5+ years of industry experience in game development
Understanding of psychological mechanisms that keep players engaged
A strong sense of what makes gameplay experience compelling and fun
Solid theoretical and practical Game Design knowledge
Tools of the trade: Office, flowcharts, Photoshop, level editor
Intense creativity, a passion to innovate, and the drive to go beyond what is directly asked of you
Fluent in English, both verbally and written
What to send our way:
Your CV, highlighting your education, experience and skills
A cover letter including your earliest starting date, expected salary and why you would like to join us
Please provide a portfolio with examples of your previous work/projects - be sure to check the link is working when applying
Relocation Support: We offer financial support in form of a cash allowance and assistance with accommodation search and settle-in support via our relocation partner, for international candidates we offer visa assistance
Ubisoft Blue Byte Academy: We offer multiple opportunities for you to discover your full potential and develop yourself in various areas. Guest speakers from the industry, workshops and access to our training and development platform
Discounted Games: Discount on employee game orders & free Ubisoft games on Ubisoft Connect
Hybrid Work Model: Provides the flexibility to combine working from the studio and your home within Germany
Monthly Mobility Budget: 80€ per month that can be used on bicycle lease, parking spot rental or public transportation ticket
Up To 350€ Childcare Support Per Child Per Month: In addition, we also offer 5 ‘care for ill children days’ per child per year
Self-study And Training Hours: You have access to our in-house library
Company Pension Scheme: We offer an attractive scheme through salary sacrificing in which the employer also matches contributions
Gym Subsidy: We contribute 50% (up to a maximum amount of 25€) towards the monthly cost of a gym membership of your choice
English And German Classes For Free: Good to know: Our main language in the studio is English
Flexible Working Hours: We have core working times between 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM and the distribution of the other hours is up to you
26 Days Paid Vacation Per Year: Additionally, you will get half a day off on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and approximately 11 bank holidays in the Düsseldorf region
Corporate Benefits Web Portal: With employee discount programs for affiliated retailers, shops and service providers
We offer a highly motivating challenge for team players interested in showing personal initiative in an innovative and international company. If you are passionate about video games and would like to join an industry leader - please apply via our career portal.
For further information, please check https://duesseldorf.ubisoft.com/en/.