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Senior Systems Designer

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

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior 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 serve under the Lead Systems Designer to build gameplay systems and mechanics, and hone them to industry-leading quality. A developer in this role will serve as a project specialist in one or more areas of systems design and will collaborate with leads across all development disciplines in creating gameplay systems within their specialty.


  • Work with the Lead Systems Designer developing holistic gameplay systems aimed at a fluid, immersive player experience
  • Design, create, and maintain documentation for gameplay systems and mechanics
  • Focus and grow into a project specialist in one or more of the following areas of systems design:
  • Player movement and controls
  • Player abilities
  • Enemy behaviors and capabilities
  • Progression systems
  • Weapon and gear design
  • Roleplaying systems
  • Puzzles and mini-games
  • Collaborate with all development disciplines to bring gameplay systems from early vision to industry-shaping final implementation
  • Mentor systems designers and help them grow in their careers


  • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes gameplay fun
  • 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 game systems are built from, 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 industrial or product design
  • Strong public speaking skills

How to Apply

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