Senior Game Designer - Elite Dangerous

Cambridge /
Design – Design /
Permanent
Frontier is an established, market leading independent developer and publisher of videogames for PC and consoles. Founded in 1994, we are based in the world-leading technology cluster and historic city of Cambridge, England. With a growing team of over 700 talented people, we are passionate about creating innovative genre-leading games and authentic worlds for our communities of players.  
 
We have achieved serial successes across a wide variety of titles including Elite DangerousPlanet CoasterJurassic World Evolution and Planet Zoo. We are continuing to grow our team to support our existing portfolio and an exciting and ambitious future roadmap, which includes the development of both own-IP titles and licensed-IP titles. Our IP-license partners include Universal (Jurassic World), Formula 1 and Games Workshop (Warhammer).We are also growing our team to continue the expansion of Frontier Foundry, our publishing label for games developed by carefully selected partner studios. 
 
We have a modern spacious studio located on the Cambridge Science Park in the heart of the Cambridge tech hub. For those who wish to relocate to the Cambridge area and work either entirely in the studio or flexibly between the studio and home, we can provide generous financial and practical support to facilitate your move. We are also able to offer remote working for those who would prefer to work almost exclusively from home or who are unable to relocate. We can discuss your preferences with you during the recruitment process.   

Frontier is looking for an experienced senior designer to become a pivotal, driving force within the live game content team on Elite Dangerous. 

The role will involve designing, planning, and ensuring the smooth delivery of events and content that can help bring the story arcs of Elite Dangerous to life for our players. Understanding how to make a story well told using in-game events, you will push for high quality content that matches short term goals and aligns with the long-term vision for both the game and the universe of Elite. You will play a vital role in connecting the multi-discipline live game team as well as other areas of Frontier including the community and monetisation teams, ensuring that all areas work together to support each other and deliver a cohesive, multi-faceted experience to the players. You will be actively involved in creating and scheduling and delivering the content to the players, as well as both proactively and reactively troubleshoot issues.

Responsibilities

    • Provide new and exciting experiences for our players again and again
    • Identify gaps in the toolkit and propose smart, efficient designs to solve them
    • Analyse our content creation pipelines and work with the rest of the team to propose and implement solutions
    • Ensure that the vision for the game as set by the Game Director remains consistent and present in the Live Game Content Team’s proposals
    • Work with the Game Director and the Narrative team to define the road map turning this vision into well-scoped sprints, regular content deliveries, being hands on in supporting and creating the work whilst collaborating with production and other teams to manage risks
    • Help to maintain the supportive, positive environment that allows our teams to thrive and grow

About you:

    • Significant games industry experience with a proven knowledge of full development lifecycles on AAA game titles.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Happy with and experienced in being hands on with content creation
    • A strong understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of narrative in games.
    • Direct experience designing and delivering narrative using current industry standard tools or equivalent proprietary software.
    • Experienced at scheduling, estimating and prioritising work.
    • Experience working on multiplayer games with live content, events, seasons, etc. preferable
What we can offer you
We offer the chance to work with talented and passionate people, developing and publishing sophisticated and enduring games in a creative and collaborative environment. We love what we do, and we work hard to provide outstanding experiences for our player communities. Frontier rewards this passion and determination by sharing in the company’s success and by supporting our teams to keep doing what they love.

Well-being is a big focus at Frontier and we are continually evolving how we can support our staff. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and host a range of well-being activities, initiatives and sessions to support both mental and physical health.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a success-based annual bonus, share option schemes, pension, life assurance, private family healthcare, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house subsidised catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, and social events.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.