Design Lead for Player/Enemy Systems

Unreal 5 – Well known IP – Fully Remote (in specific States)

Remote within the USA
Job Type
Day rate on application
22 days ago

Skillsearch is helping a US-based games studio find a Design Lead for Player/Enemy Systems. This full-time Design Lead role is based in San Mateo, and remote options can be discussed for certain states. The position comes with an excellent salary and benefits package.  

As a Design Lead, you will own a subset of features on a AAA console title, focusing on player and enemy systems. You will work collaboratively with the Game Directors, Leads, and other members of the design team to plan, prototype, and build shared player, enemy systems that align with the game's overall vision and goals. 

To give you an idea of how this flexible role would look and feel, here are some of the things you could expect to do: 

  • Lead a small team of designers, promoting team creativity and growth while ensuring quality standards are maintained 
  • Create clear, reusable, and reusable systems that are well-documented and can be easily integrated into the game 
  • Evaluate and initiate processes and features needed to improve and streamline gameplay production. 

To be considered for this role, you must have experience as a lead, or principal game designer on a professional game development team, on a high-quality current-gen console title (or equivalent). You will also need the following: 

  • A deep understanding of game design theory and principles of what it takes to make a AAA title 
  • Experience designing shared player/enemy systems, interaction paradigms, and combat systems 
  • Familiarity with Unreal Engine and associated visual scripting tools, such as Kismet or Blueprint (Blueprints preferred) 
  • A demonstrable organised approach to problem-solving and time management to meet strict production deadlines. 

If you’re looking to make a positive impact and create change, possessing an inclusive and committed approach, you'll be rewarded with an excellent salary and benefits package. 

To apply for this full-time Design Lead job in San Mateo, please contact Wade from Skillsearch today at Please refer any friends or colleagues for this role or direct them to our Careers page on our website. 

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Wade Pollington

Game Design and Production Consultant

Wade works on our Design and Production desk alongside Andy, and if you ever doubted that our team are true games lovers, he’s here to prove you wrong! In his spare time you can find Wade building intricate stories for his role as a Dungeon Master in DND, or at his local game store playing TTRPG games. Games aren’t his only love however, his favourite memory being seeing the Northern Lights on a birthday hike in Findland! Get in touch with Wade to discuss Design and Production opportunities today...

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