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Director of Game Design (f/m/d) - Job München, Home office - Together in Games

Director of Game Design (f/m/d)

Director of Game Design (f/m/d)

Become our Director of Game Design (f/m/d) at Travian Games in our NEW GAMES department to create innovative, player-focused designs that will delight millions of players worldwide!

At NEW GAMES, we live and breathe games! We strive to create only the best experiences for players like us. We measure our success by how rapidly we learn, not how right we are. We value everyone’s input, and everyone on the team is expected without ego to contribute to regular playtesting, process improvement, and idea generation – because we know great games are built by the collective expertise and passion of the team. We thrive in ambiguity, crazy ideas, change, and restarts – we know most people don’t like this, but it’s part of our DNA because we are entrepreneurs and problem solvers.

As the Director of Game Design (f/m/d) at Travian Games, you'll be a champion for design excellence, leveling up those around you. You’ll apply rigorous critical thinking and a strong dose of imagination to engineer the fun of thrilling in and out-of-game experiences.

Quests

  • Lead the Design Discipline of Travian Games, including direct management of all designers on our New Games team 
  • Ensuring design craft standards are upheld across the company 
  • Mentor game designers on the best practices of prototype and pre-production stage, document and evangelize best practices and pipelines 
  • Translate product vision into best in industry design practice and player outcomes with constant oversight to ensure results
  • Mentor designers, grow their careers, and seek opportunities that help them develop their goals
  • Seek high-quality designers and staff them against the needs of our games
  • Develop and implement design processes and rituals, levelling up our approach to things like recruiting, performance assessment, and knowledge sharing 
  • Collaborate with other discipline leads, and build strong relationships across disciplines
  • Represent and advocate for the design discipline, both internally to other teams and externally to players 
  • Ensure execution in gameplay and delivery schedule for a range of projects in flight from early concept to final polish 
  • Influence senior leadership frequently regarding product direction and strategy, both regarding projects and related work 
  • Build positive relationships with other teams at Travian Games in shared design spaces 
  • Build strong relationships with leaders from a range of disciplines to multiply their quality and output 

Skills

 

Required Skills: 

  • Experience in shipping multiple live game titles on mobile and Unity in a leadership capacity 
  • You’re a SERIOUS GAMER! You live and breathe games  
  • Agile development experience 
  • Can demonstrate experience using marketplace/store solutions/plugins
  • Doesn't re-invent the wheel
  • Low ego, ideas can be challenged, and opinions changed, not very attached to own ideas – seamless collaborator 
  • Relevant experience in game design roles in game development
  • Several years of experience as a leader in a game design organization (i.e., Lead Designer, Design Director, Game Director, Head of Design, Creative Director, etc.) 
  • Experience in early stages of game development – concept, prototype, preproduction 
  • Experience in working as a game designer on strategy, tycoon, or simulation games 
  • Experience in managing a team of designers 
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting new designers 
  • Experience in working in a “games as a service” environment

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Longstanding experience within the games industry 
  • Experience managing managers 
  • Ability to get tactical early in the game lifecycle – hands-on with the team, working on features 
  • Multi-platform experience 

Our Commitment To You

  • Hybrid work: Benefit from our hybrid work policy that supports a mixture of in-office and remote work from any German address! There are four mandatory on-site company events per year, where we work together on self-defined projects and, most importantly, celebrate our successes!
  • Flexible work: Within our core hours (10 am - 4:30 pm), you decide when and where to work without crunch time. Got little monsters at home? In that case, you'll benefit from our support for childcare and Kita cooperation while you enjoy our attractive Munich headquarters.
  • Flexible vacation days: You get 30 days of vacation – that’s standard. But here comes the flex. When you see by the end of the year that you need more time off to go skiing – you can take up to 5 more vacation days unpaid. On the other hand, if you prefer fewer days but more money, get up to 5 vacation days paid out.
  • Work abroad: Want to surf at sunrise and work from your beach apartment? No problem! Up to 90 days per calendar year, you can work abroad in up to 50 countries. Just make sure you've got a stable internet connection. Hello? Oh, you’re offline.
  • Public transport support: We offer support using public transport throughout Germany. You can choose the “Deutschlandticket” as one of three subsidies or get an advantage via salary conversion for public transport tickets (pay ticket from gross instead of net and save on taxes). 
  • Make an impact: At Travian Games, you aren’t just a number. You’ll always be working on exciting tasks and meaningful projects. Express your opinions freely, and benefit from our open culture to help shape our games.
  • Personal development: We want to develop great people just as much as great games. Benefit from our regular in-house and external training to develop yourself personally and professionally. We also offer language classes in German, English, French, and Spanish.
  • Health and well-being: We've partnered with Wellpass-Qualitrain, where you can choose from 6000 partners in the sports and wellness network throughout Germany. If you pick this as your subsidy option, we’ll pay a huge chunk of the costs.  We also have an excellent bike leasing scheme, so you can get a bike of your choosing.
  • Choose your hardware: Mac or PC, iOS or Android? We've got what you need to help you excel in your craft, and we won’t judge you for what you choose… Probably.
  • Regular socials and events: The office might look quiet (due to our excellent hybrid work benefit) but don't be alarmed; we still hold social events regularly! Free food and drink on the company!

Now it's time to apply!

If you embody player empathy and care about players' experiences, this could be your role! We'll look closely at your experience and relationship with games. Please forward us your CV, a portfolio link, and a presentation of yourself in any form whatsoever.



 
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Based in Munich, is a world-renowned self-publishing developer of online games. The company offers its customers complex and multi-layered worlds of experience that are distinguished by their gaming depth, guaranteeing long-lasting gaming enjoyment for the players. A motivated team develops and markets online entertainment for all age groups.

Working Toward a Better, Diverse Future at Travian Games 

Travian Games is a place where we prioritize building diversity, equity, and inclusion because we believe that it results in happier and healthier teams and better games. 

When we say together in games, we mean it. We're a diverse games company from all walks of life, so regardless of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, disability, pronouns, religion, size, or appearance, everyone's welcome at Travian Games. We constantly strive to create environments where everyone feels empowered, creative, and successful. We also encourage applications even if you feel as if you do not tick all the boxes.

Be your authentic you. We wouldn't want it any other way.

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