Senior Systems Designer - Raven Software

Dec 02, 2023
Middleton, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

Job Title:

Senior Systems Designer - Raven Software

Requisition ID:

R020445

Job Description:

Why Raven?

Here at Raven, we pride ourselves on our unique vision for the industry that continues to inspire us after more than 30 years.  We developed a team that cares about one another, our games, and our players.  We treat each other with respect.  We bring no egos. We focus on what is best for the game. We hire spectacular peers.  We own our mistakes.  As we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, we are looking for people to grow with us. If you want to work with a world-class team, on exciting new projects, then apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Mission

Your mission is to develop, implement and tune player-first experiences that will be enjoyed by millions of gamers across the globe.  You are a self-sufficient, fire and forget teammate who takes ownership of tasks, proactively and independently solve challenges, and delivers high quality work in a timely manner.  You must thrive in a fast-paced and often ambiguous environment. An agile and flexible attitude is also vital since this position actively partners with a variety of internal and external collaborators.  Excellent and persuasive communication skills are a must.  Above all, we are seeking an innovative and dedicated teammate to help tell our story.

You will…   

  • Collaborate with Creative Directors, Designers, Engineers, Artists, Producers, and Animators to deliver world-class game systems.

  • Research subject matter relating to the design objective to ensure an authentic experience.

  • Be a proactive self-starter that can independently implement high-level direction.

  • Clearly and effectively pitch designs and features using multimedia tools.

  • Create and maintain design documents and systems specifications for games with an eye toward systems design and then provide verbal and written assessments of the same.

  • Uphold system designs during a live environment.

  • Mentor fellow Designers.

  • Use scripting tools to create, iterate, and balance game mechanics and systems.

  • Play builds of games in-progress and provide concise and prioritized feedback to both internal teams and external partners.

  • Collaborate with other teams to ensure systems are understood and applied.

  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of the design process spanning all facets of the game.

  • Work closely with our user-testing teams during play-balancing to provide expert feedback.

You Bring…   

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ years in the games industry working in a system design capacity, with at least 3 shipped title in the AAA console / PC space.

  • Proven experience with programming/scripting languages.

  • Passionate and egoless attitude that welcomes feedback and enjoys working in a collaborative, iterative, and agile process.

  • Ability to lead by example.

  • Impressive communication skills.

  • Solid understanding of systems design with ability to clearly discuss modern trends.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Expertise writing high and low-level documentation (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Visio, etc.).

  • Passion for Call of Duty, with understanding of the franchise’s progression and reward systems.

  • Hunger for gaming (especially online) with a broad range of game experience.

Extra Points: 

  • Profound understanding of the Call of Duty franchise and Warzone.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the F2P games space.

  • Prior experience working on a games-as-a-service product.

  • Experience with visual software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).

About Activision

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network in the world!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only improved by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment.  We strive to have a culture where everyone can thrive to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional, and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Raven Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $80,800.00 - $149,400.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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