Design Director (m/f/d)

  • Published: 2021-11-03
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Deep Silver FISHLABS

For more than 15 years at Deep Silver FISHLABS we have been creating award-winning, chart-topping games that have been brought to life on millions of screens. At our core, we are a Studio for gamers, by gamers, and a reference in developing premium games with deep and engaging experiences across platforms.
 
As part of Koch Media and alongside our Deep Silver sister studios across the globe, we create stunning immersive experiences that inspire millions of players worldwide.
 
We are looking to continue building on our success with humble but talented and creative people who have a passion for making outstanding games and want to be at the forefront of gaming.
 
Are you ready for the challenge? Join us! This is going to be a thrilling ride.

Your Mission

  • Collaborate on creative vision for the game with project relevant Directors and Leads (Creative, Art, Audio, Cinematic, …) 
  • Adapt, revise and improve design practices used within the whole team and take them to a new level, if possible
  • Lead and inspire the team to execute the game vision in desired product quality and with artistic excellence
  • Project the game vision in to a every stage of design process and every second of gameplay experience
  • Work closely with all necessary departments and divisions to clarify the vision, provide guidance, and make decisions that lead to successful and harmonious implementation of assets, mechanics and features  
  • Create a positive, forward-focused environment that identifies and prioritizes issues for solution 
  • Manage and guide other designers to creative self-expression resulting in their professional and personal growth 
  • Lead by example and be willing to be hands on when team needs it 
  • Create a learning environment in which the game design team members can evolve and share best practices 

Your Skillset

  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience in all stages of game development cycles – from concept to live service 
  • Extensive game design experience with shipped AAA titles as either a game design lead or a design director (at least 1 AAA title and 2 others in Lead role) 
  • Expertise in tools and techniques used to build games 
    • UE4 or Unity, ideally both with keen eye on UE5 
    • SketchUP or similar tool for quick visualizations 
    • PowerPoint is your blood category 
    • Articy or Arcweave is a plus 
  • Exceptional design judgement and instincts 
  • A deep understanding of design mechanics and systems, as well as game direction and vision as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the games industry and market / player trends 
  • Excellent communication skills, including being able to articulate complex ideas in simple, understandable way to different audiences
  • A proven track record in leading teams to ship successful games 
  • Very good command of the English language (both written and spoken)

Mission Support

We are just as passionate about our games as we are about their creators (Could that be you?!). Your job comes with personal responsibility, freedom and short decision-making routes. And most importantly - A motivated, international team full of fellow gamers.
The studio is located in a bright, modern office, right in the center of Hamburg. With a selection of benefits for all our staff: Including discounted gym membership, fresh fruit and a variety of free drinks. A healthy work-life balance is important to you? For us too! That’s why we are also awarded as a family-friendly workplace. Coming from abroad? No problem! We also offer relocation packages.

Sounds good? Take a look here: www.dsfishlabs.com
 

Get In Touch!

Did we spark your interest? We are looking forward to your application. Simply click on the button below and apply by uploading your CV.
If you have any further documents which you think might be worth sharing to underline your background and talents, we are happy to receive them as well. If you have questions regarding the application just drop us an e-mail at jobs@dsfishlabs.com. An application via our online tool is preferred.
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