Design Manager (Hybrid Options)

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Posted 25 October 2022
Salary Negotiable
LocationFarnborough
Job type Permanent
DisciplineDesign
Reference18198
Contact NameLawrie Brennan

Job description

We’re working with nDreams, supporting them in their recruitment of a Design Manager to lead the studio’s design department.

This role is suited to an experienced Design Lead looking to take the next step in their career or an established Design or Creative Director looking for a fresh challenge.

You will be in a key leadership position during a period of growth and will work alongside the General Manager and Directors of other development disciplines. The role requires a highly organised, pragmatic, and big-picture thinker who can take a holistic, view of the Design Department and how it contributes creatively, operationally, and functionally to the overall business of developing World Class VR Games.

Your responsibilities…
  • Evaluate and reconcile the skills and capability of the Design department with the needs of live and future projects
  • Track, manage and report progress, risks, and issues to stakeholders
  • Delivery of the design team’s contribution within the creation and development of world-leading VR game
  • Design resource planning for live and future project requirements
  • Ensure that design processes, pipelines, working practices and methodologies are up to date and best-in-class
  • Collaborate with department heads to ensure design work is appropriate and services gameplay, art, technical, scope and strategic requirements
  • Ensure that all design work supports nDreams’ existing core VR design principles
  • Ensure design work is delivered within agreed quality and time parameters
  • Mentor, support and performance-manage individual Designers to grow their skills and achieve their goals
  • Foster a fun, collaborative, committed and solution-orientated work environment

The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • 5 shipped titles in a Design role with 1 or more in a senior role. VR or AAA is a bonus
  • Strong knowledge of game mechanics and an active gamer yourself
  • Expert understanding of design processes and the role that the design function plays within development
  • Highly organised, data analytical and a strong planner, especially with respect to modelling and planning design scope
  • A believer of an iterative, fail fast approach to development, comfortable with change through iteration cycles
  • Able to balance pragmatic delivery with creativity and innovation
  • Effective communication skills, internally and externally and across all levels of seniority
  • Track-record of managing and mentoring game design teams or sub-teams
  • Confident managing and motivating a team in a positive and sensitive manner
  • Able to write and present to convey complex ideas succinctly
  • Positive, collaborative outlook
  • Genuine interest in VR games, with a desire to be a part of studio leading the way in VR game development
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4 would be an advantage

nDreams are one of the world leaders in VR Development. They develop and publish pure VR games and are accelerating the VR progress made in the industry. With a beautiful melting pot of experiences, backgrounds, and game development skills nDreams are pushing the boundaries in the VR area.