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Lead Systems Designer

Division: ZeniMax Online Studios | Department: Design | Location: Hunt Valley , MD, US

Lead Systems Designer

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Lead Systems Designer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

This role will collaborate with the Creative Director, Lead Game Designer, Lead Programmer and Animation Director to plan foundational gameplay systems, flesh them out with fun mechanics, and hone them to industry-leading quality. This role will also work extensively with AI, animation, and gameplay programmers to build all the systems needed to fill the game with a wide range of believable characters and challenging enemies.


  • Work with the Lead Game Designer to create a holistic gameplay systems architecture aimed at delivering a fluid, compelling and immersive player experience
  • Lead the systems design team in the development of gameplay mechanics, player controls and capabilities, character behaviors and progression systems to actualize the project’s ambitious gameplay experience
  • Collaborate with all development disciplines to bring gameplay systems from early vision to industry-defining final implementations
  • Establish standards for documentation and implementation practices
  • Mentor systems designers and help them grow in their careers


  • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes for fun gameplay
  • Excellent leadership skills, and ability to work collaboratively in a cross-discipline development environment
  • Expert proficiency integrating imagery and text to deliver thorough, easy to understand design documents
  • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish
  • Strong understanding of the discrete elements that game systems are built upon, and the ability to problem solve both holistically and on a per-component basis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Working knowledge of scripting or programming
  • An online portfolio which clearly demonstrates relevant work experience

Desired Skills:

  • Experience developing Open World games
  • Experience in level design
  • Experience in industrial or product design
  • Strong public speaking skills

How to Apply

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