Lead Designer - Current Gen/Next Gen AAA Project - RED KITE GAMES, LEEDS

Sumo Digital
Leeds, United Kingdom
11 months ago


Since its formation, Red Kite has been producing award-winning games for a variety of different platform holders, studios and publishers. Specialising in complete multi-platform games development, Red Kite has a proven track record in the creation of cutting-edge games.

Having set up home in the beautiful Grade-II listed Park Row House in Leeds city centre, Red Kite Games continues to deliver unrivalled creatively led and technically proficient game development to the likes of Microsoft, Sony, 2K, Activision, SEGA and Codemasters.

Several high-profile titles include God of War III: Remastered, Crackdown 3, Two Point Hospital, DiRT 4, Payday 2, Team Sonic Racing and Call of Duty: Strike Team.

It’s a very exciting time to join Red Kite; not only are we working on several high-profile games for current gen and next gen platforms, we're also developing our own IP.

Come join the team and help to make great games with a lovely bunch of people!


The role @ Red Kite Games

Red Kite are working on a variety of exciting games and has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced designer to strengthen, shape and lead our design team. In this role you will help to create, maintain and evangelise our design best practices, collaborating closely with all teams across the studio.

In your new role you will:

· Work closely with the Creative Director to develop, manage and implement design standards and requirements across a wide variety of projects.

· Help to create new game pitches and present them as required.

· Work on a wide variety of projects and tasks, helping to review, tweak and balance gameplay.

· Liaise with other areas of the studio and external partners to facilitate development.

· Supervise the creation and maintenance of detailed design documentation.

· Troubleshoot design issues from a creative standpoint.

· Mentor and share knowledge with the team.

To be successful you will have:

· Shipped multiple titles in a senior design role.

· A proven ability to present ideas to wide variety of audiences, both technical and non-technical in a succinct manner.

· An excellent understanding of past and current game trends.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

· Inspirational leadership skills.

Experience in any of these areas will be advantageous but not essential:

· Shipped one or more titles in a lead design role.

· C# or other scripting language.

· Unity.

· Unreal Engine.


*Please Note* - In what are clearly unprecedented and challenging times for everyone due to COVID-19, Red Kite Games remains committed to hiring the best and brightest developers that our wonderful industry has to offer. We would also like to take this opportunity to alleviate any concerns in respect to applying to Red Kite during this period by stating that all applications will be processed and that all live job roles are still very much active. As expected the Red Kite team are currently setup temporarily to work remotely and should you wish to join our ambitious studio then the support and reassurance required to do so will be provided.

Red Kite Games is in central Leeds, a major European city connected to London by rapid rail links and the M1 motorway – plus the rest of the world via Leeds Bradford airport. Leeds is a financial, legal, cultural and commercial hub within Yorkshire. It's home to some of the best restaurants, bars and museums in the North of England, and is within easy reach of spectacular countryside (the Yorkshire Moors and Bronte Country), historical York and the Yorkshire East coast.

We offer a superb benefits package including but not limited to, generous holidays and flexitime. We care about our people, with an emphasis on work/life balance.

Red Kite is a social studio – the team regularly gather for drinks, game nights, film nights, to play sports etc. – making this a great place to build a career whilst making friends...and let's not forget Red Kite's legendary Summer BBQ and our epic Christmas party – plus much more!

One of the coolest components to working at Red Kite is the diversity of projects present within the studio. It's certainly never boring and we constantly find ourselves pushing the boundaries when it comes to the game-play that we're creating or the technologies that we're engineering/leveraging. Our highly experienced core team enables us to offer rewarding careers, along with the ability to help develop great games.

Red Kite's studio environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the belief that working smarter is better than working harder. Every team member can shine, and we pride ourselves on providing a positive social atmosphere, facilitated by shared interest groups, after work clubs and charity fundraising events.

Ultimately, we’re looking for talented games developers that love what they do and want to make friends doing it!

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