Senior Designer

Senior Designer

  • Role: Senior Designer
  • Team: Development
  • Location: Kent

The role

At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, craft breath-taking games and do the best work of their career to deliver our vision: “By Enthusiasts, For Enthusiasts”.

We recently moved into a brand new river-front studio in the heart of the Historic Dockyard in Kent, UK. We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting-edge technology and delivering these on multiple platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Designer to lead the Train Sim World design team in the ideation, creation and iteration of authentic, challenging and fun gameplay. You will mentor the designers, establishing high standards for formal design documentation, and use your skills to evaluate and iterate upon our simulation’s design tools and pipelines. You will also play a major role in setting the future design roadmap of Train Sim World, working closely with the Production team to highlight opportunities and further authentic gameplay experiences. The successful candidate will have over 7 years’ experience working in the games industry in a design role with good technical abilities, substantial knowledge of the UE4 editor, excellent attention to detail and a willingness to immerse themselves into the subject matter. 

Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation, integration and testing of all Gameplay experiences for different Locos and Rolling Stock on Routes in production.
  • Use reference tools and documentation to ensure authentically accurate rail experiences
  • Critically review designs and tools functionality at each stage of development to improve processes
  • Manage the design team and work with them to resolve design and gameplay issues as they emerge during development
  • Create suitable documentation for internal and external audiences
  • Understand consumer needs and ensure that the elements developed by the design team will contribute to player satisfaction and enjoyment.
  • Communicate projects design objectives, strategies and future roadmap to all team members and senior studio management team.
  • Lead the implementation effort in the UE4 Editor to push simulation experiences, pipelines and processes and ensure these high-quality objectives are maintained.
  • Actively participate and act as a regular liaison in the decision-making process with management and oversee the necessary adjustments to ensure that the game design team meets expectations.
  • Closely work with Development Management team to ensure capacity planning and scope management are inline with projects goals and expectations.
  • Supervise and be responsible for ensuring all design documentation is clearly communicated and properly structured to ensure full team alignment around these concepts can occur.
  • Mentor and support career advancement of design team 
  • Use reference tools and documentation to ensure authentically accurate fishing and rail experiences
  • Critically review designs and tools functionality at each stage of development to improve processes

What we look for in you

  • At least 7 years professional experience in the games industry in a game design role.
  • Intimate knowledge and practical use of UE4 and UE4 Blueprints is a requirement.
  • At least 1 globally launched game as the primary designer or project leader.
  • Experience and personal involvement in all stages of a game’s development from concept to implementation to user testing and beyond.
  • A willingness to take on all aspects of simulation games design production from being individually focussed on high concept tasks to tweaking and balancing game data in engine.
  • Perceptive with feedback, ready to iterate, and able to overcome ingrained concepts and tropes.
  • Must be a creative but practical problem solver.
  • Must be resourceful, self-motivated and organised and be able to foster a motivating working environment for all team members.

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics.

You will have a direct and significant impact on the future of our games

You’ll experience an environment where you will be challenged but supported

We have an industry leading work-life balance

We are developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology

Competitive salary and benefits

Pension scheme

Eye-care vouchers

Free parking

Free fruit, tea & coffee and a stocked pantry

Access to funded fitness events and health checks.

Regular social and sporting activities, including charity fundraising.


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About our people

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By Enthusiasts... For Enthusiasts

We are growing fast and we have big ambitions to lead the way at the pinnacle of innovation. We are looking for individuals with the energy, drive and skill to craft a new generation of entertainment, across a multitude of gaming platforms. We would love to speak with talented people who take pride in a job well done and thrive in a positive environment, where ideas are celebrated, and everyone has a voice.

Our Vaules 

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Make fabulous stuff

We are passionate about crafting high quality simulations that excite and engage both experienced and new players.

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Enhance life

We work hard to build experiences that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. Our games simulate reality but are non-violent. We would rather celebrate the human condition than devalue it.

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Continuously improve

We work as one team, communicating frequently, openly and honestly in the knowledge that when we work together great things happen.

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Walk tall

We are proud of who we are, and the entertainment we deliver to our customers around the world. We don’t work for Dovetail Games – we ARE Dovetail Games.

I'm a passionate person that drives for quality in everything we do, from developing talented people within the company, to delivering great simulation for our players.

I enjoy working here because of the people.

"I wanted to pursue my dream of working in games. I needed a career surrounded by creatives."

Our products

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