AVAILABLE POSITIONS Design Director (Star Wars)

Zynga is proud to announce the opening of a brand-new game development studio in Austin, TX. The studio will partner with NaturalMotion, a Zynga-subsidiary, to develop a premiere mobile action game set in the Star Wars universe.  The new Austin studio will collaborate closely with BossAlien, a division of NaturalMotion, and an award-winning games developer based out of Brighton, England.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! Your passion and experience for building original games will be instrumental as we bring together a brand-new collective of developers to take on next-generation thinking and innovative products. As a studio leader, you will act as a key bridge in tight and effective collaboration with your UK-based counterparts.

This is a rare opportunity to play a part in the foundation of Zynga’s first action games studio in North America and to make your mark on a brand-new franchise in the Star Wars universe and the future of mobile gaming.

About the position

The Design Director will be a founding member of the Austin, TX studio, working closely with their counterparts both locally and in Brighton to build the next blockbuster mobile franchise, and setting the studio up for sustainable delivery and future growth.

We are looking for a proven design leader who can autonomously lead our design team in Austin, TX, while aligning strongly with creative leadership in Brighton, UK to maintain a consistent game vision across both teams. The ideal candidate is a creative and resourceful designer, an enthusiastic mentor and champion for their team, and a strong communicator able to influence both of our studios to keep the team-at-large informed and empowered to make a phenomenal game together

You are a proponent of designing through constant playtest and iteration and are an evangelist for this process not only within the design team, but across the entire studio. You believe that designers are good listeners and that they are the conduit for distilling the vast galaxy of good ideas into sound and stable designs.

As a studio leader, it’s also crucial that our Design Director not only shares but exemplifies our values of determination, trust, excellence, and celebrating the diversity of people and ideas.

This role will report into BossAlien’s Creative Director in the UK. As a core member of the Austin leadership team, the Design Director will have significant autonomy and a high level of impact on the studio’s design culture, and play a key part in building the studio’s team.

In this role, you will

  • Build and lead the design team in our Austin office, scaling over time as we grow our presence.
  • Develop and mentor your team, earn their trust, advance their skills and their careers.
  • Advise studio leadership and contribute positively to the development culture within BossAlien.
  • Own and drive design reviews, processes, and pipelines in partnership with the Creative Director.
  • Provide clear and concise communication of the product vision and design processes to key stakeholders.
  • Observe and analyze user testing and game analytics to recommend design solutions, and improve design features.
  • Respond to emergent design problems and ensure these are addressed to meet product goals and release plan targets.
  • Solicit, organize, and distill feedback from within the team and the broader organization.
  • Grow with the business; stretch yourself and learn new skills and domains.
  • Have fun; we’re making games!

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Zynga RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

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We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Zynga is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the interview process, please let us know.

Careers region: North America

Careers Category: Game Design & Production

Careers location: Austin, TX

Careers Type: Full-Time