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Sr Level Designer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 551272BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Brand Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Date posted May. 08, 2018

Job Summary:

The Sr. Level Designer (Content) will direct a team of level designers to create content for one or more match 3 mobile games. The candidate will work heavily with a 3rd party development team to build levels, create level design requirements, regularly play builds, and provide clear actionable feedback to the 3rd party team. The candidate must be open to travel if necessary to work directly with the development team.

The candidate will provide key input for level editor requirements, and new level related features and mechanics. The candidate must be able to create levels in editor or other industry standard tool sets. They will also participate in product and feature brainstorming sessions, and working closely with the Lead Game Designer to ensure level content and game systems are tied together.

The candidate will be responsible for giving the level design team a vision and process for creating best in class quality level content, and will oversee all level designs, ensuring level content is both fun and properly balanced. The candidate will also responsible for defining the overall level content strategy including level mechanic documentation, game pacing, level tutorials and the FTUE. In addition, they will create and manage the live operations plan for level content, and level expansions.

To successfully execute the role, the candidate must have excellent communication skills, especially dealing with an outside team. The candidate will also communicate ongoing design developments and demo the game to studio leadership to show off latest developments and key features. They must oversee design for internal playtesting and usability tests, and work closely with the Product Manager to define key features, beta testing goals, live operation strategy, and content updates.

Responsibilities:

Major responsibilities with % of time for each, for purposes of determining whether salaried non-exempt (overtime eligible) versus salaried exempt, and also pay leveling
  • Lead and manage team of Level Designers (20%)
  • Work with Lead Game Designer for overall game and feature strategy and level content plan (20%)
  • Level play testing, reviews and feedback (40%)
  • Design, document + play test new level related game mechanics (10%)
  • Create levels for existing products (10%)

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years in a Game Design position
  • 2+ years in a Level Design position on a Free to Play mobile match 3 puzzle game
  • Experience working with 3rd party teams
  • Shipped at least one mobile puzzle game in a Sr. Game Designer or higher position
  • Experience leading other Game Designers/Level Designers
  • Experience with Unity
  • Ability to analyze levels and extrapolate the strategy, fun and challenges in the level
  • Knowledge of the game industry, types of game genres, trends and recent hits

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to analyze levels and extrapolate the strategy, fun and challenges in the level
  • Knowledge of the game industry, types of game genres, trends and recent hits
  • Strong team player w/ good people skills
  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Able to multi-task like a pro, ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Results oriented, self-motivated and disciplined
  • Problem solver and self-starter who can take accountability and ownership of projects from start to finish
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude
  • Ability to take direction
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree

About Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media:

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games. DCPI comprises four main lines of business: Global Licensing, Disney Retail, Publishing and Digital Media, and Games, Apps, and Labs. The segment is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations and bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Online, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

Disney Online is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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