Lead Level Designer (Remote Options) – Sheffield, UK

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Lead Level Designer (Remote Options)


Sumo Digital – Sheffield, UK

Sumo Digital Sheffield are looking for a Lead Level Designer to help develop an AAA open-world action game! You will take the components made by other teams and guide your team of Level Designers to create a compelling player experience.  
This is a fantastic opportunity for those who enjoy shaping a creative vision while nurturing the development of talented Level Designers. As a Lead Level Designer, you are responsible for realising the design vision through engaging world maps, while maintaining your team’s morale and getting the best out of each Designer.  
You will actively participate in the creation and the development of the Game Vision, working closely with the Design Director and the Art Director. Your role has a major emphasis on people management, creativity, communication, problem solving, and mitigation.

With a rich history of developing multiple AAA franchises such as Little Big Planet and Crackdown, as well as contributing to genre-defining titles like the Forza Motorsport and Hitman series, Sumo Sheffield’s vast development experience spans multiple genres and platforms.
The team have a track record of working on some of the world's biggest and best games and received two BAFTAs for their work on Sackboy: A Big Adventure. As the scale and exclusivity of projects continues to grow, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the Sumo Sheffield family!

As a Lead Level Designer, you will…

  • Guide the creative vision for the world maps and review moment-to-moment gameplay
  • Work closely with other design leads to create cohesion between the game’s mechanics, narrative, and tools
  • Regularly update directors and stakeholders, collating feedback into tasks for your team
  • Be the players’ advocate: Understand their needs and ensure that the world maps created by your team contribute to an engaging player experience
  • Establish best practices for the level-design team
  • Recognise the individual abilities of each member of your team, mentoring them through regular catchups and formal appraisals
  • Work with the recruitment team to grow Sumo’s team of talented Level Designers
  • Create a positive inclusive work environment that will grow team motivation and performance

For this role, you'll need…

  • 5+ years' experience in Level Design or relevant role(s)
  • Significant involvement in the level design of multiple game titles, with preferably a full cycle on a AAA title (or equivalent) at senior level or higher
  • A proven ability to present ideas to a wide variety of audiences, both technical and non-technical, in a succinct manner
  • Prior experience in leading/managing/mentoring a team will be advantageous
  • An ability to collaborate with different disciplines and audiences
  • An appreciation for existing games and an awareness of modern gaming trends; particularly in the open-world genre
  • Experience with action, sandbox, open-world, or multiplayer games, would be a bonus
  • A drive to inspire and cultivate talent
  • A forward-thinking attitude towards inclusivity and mental health. 
  • Knowledge of UE4/UE5

Just some of the benefits of working with Sumo Sheffield include…

  • Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
  • Flexible Working  
  • 27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
  • Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
  • 5 Paid Learning Days, including 1 volunteer day per year
  • Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
  • Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
  • Life Assurance – 4x Salary
  • Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
  • Dental Insurance
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Game & Book Libraries
  • Long service & project completion awards
  • Wrap Parties and team bonding events
  •  Career Development      
  • Relocation Support to the UK
  • Visa Sponsorship


Interested? Call Lawrie on 01709 834 777 or email lawrie.brennan@aswift.com

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