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Lead Game Designer - Dune Awakening

Designer - Development - Lisbon, Portugal

Job Title Lead Game Designer - Dune Awakening
Job Description

From critically acclaimed The Longest Journey to the very first sci-fi MMO Anarchy Online, to the brutal trials of Conan Exiles, our 30-year history has set our players uniquely up for a journey to the harsh world of Dune, where the continual battle for survival and spice will bring a challenge that is Legendary.

Your Mission in Funcom

As Lead Game Designer, you will help shape the vision for a survival open-world crafting game set in the Dune universe. You will manage designers in one or more cross-functional strike teams and drive design and content implementation efforts in sections of the game, reporting to the game director. You will assist the design team in captivating players with memorable experiences through mentor-driven leadership. You will effectively liaise with teams that depend on the content your team delivers, as well as making sure your team gets the support they need from other teams.

The Lead Game Designer has experience planning and implementing game features and content. You will work with content design teams and narrative to ensure that the content and features are true to the Dune IP, while delivering a satisfying game experience. You will be challenged to create content that supports the core fantasies of Dune. You will also support your team by helping define tools needs and push for their creation, ensuring that your team has what it needs to deliver.

How you can have an impact in your position:

  • Lead the designers in one or more strike teams through direct mentorship
  • Expand the game world through game features and content, following the creative vision
  • Create quality goals, workflows, and guides for all game features and content relevant to your areas of ownership
  • Collaborate and build relationships with various strike teams that are working on their sections of the game
  • Plan creation of content and features, including conception, presentation, iteration, and documentation in relevant ownership areas
  • Feedback on designs, content and features and help drive efforts to improve the quality of the game
  • We are looking for you to have:
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of experience in the game industry working in a game design capacity
  • 2+ years of experience leading/managing a team
  • Shipped titles in a professional capacity
  • Extensive understanding of design processes including NPC design, feature design, level design, content design, as well as experience implementing features and content
  • Passion for leadership and mentoring
  • Clear, effective communication skills across teams and cultures
  • Motivation and drive to collaborate and advance positive change in a studio environment
  • The ability to work diligently while thinking critically and resolving complex issues

In addition, ideally, you might also have:

  • Experience working on survival or MMO games
  • Worked on games in a live environment
  • Enjoys playing survival games
  • Familiarity with Dune and the Dune IP

We evaluate candidates on an ongoing basis and recommend candidates to apply as soon as possible!

Please apply in English.

Why Funcom?

We are a Scandinavian company and follow Scandinavian work values. For you, that means a flat structure where you can thrive, be yourself, leave a mark in the studio and become an ambassador for our company values. We focus on Agile/Scrum methodology and heavily value the importance of work-life balance in employee culture. Funcom values close-knit, collaborative individuals who crave creative ownership, a drive for constructive input, and a never-ending pursuit of evolution and quality.

Funcom Lisbon has a full-range development studio situated in Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal, in an area with famous cafés and sights near the river. The Lisbon team consists of roughly 80 people from more than 20 nationalities.

Funcom Lisbon offers challenging and interesting work, flexible schedules, relocation assistance, health insurance, meal allowance, gym discounts, social events, and a long list of other benefits. Even more: working at Funcom means being part of a family, with skilled and professional colleagues that share a passion for games.

We have a diverse, dynamic, inclusive, challenging, and engaging culture, with a basis of continued training and career development opportunities, and we encourage candidates from all walks of life to apply. Join us in a friendly environment of enthusiastic professionals willing to go the extra mile to deliver world-class games.


Sector Development
Category Designer
Level Lead
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Date Posted 17 May 2024
Reference 3652256
Recruiter Funcom
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