Lead Game Designer HOUSEMARQUE / Helsinki, Finland

PUBLISHED: July 1, 2021

Housemarque is looking for a Lead Game Designer


Housemarque is looking for a Lead Game Designer. The ideal candidate will have a strong game design background, multiple game credits and a passion for shipping high-quality games with a fun and collaborative team. In this role you’ll work closely with Game Director, Gameplay Director and other discipline leads, and you bring out the best in our talented and passionate Design team.

Lead Game Designer’s responsibilities include:

  • Partner with the Game Director & Gameplay Director and team leadership to define the creative vision and direction for our project
  • Help steer strategic creative decisions and ensure consistency of vision with all efforts related to the project
  • Assess the workload vs. production capacity, plan the work, and set priorities for the game design team
  • Communicate the project objectives, strategies, and general information to all team members so as to give visibility to the advancement of the development of the game and the other crafts
  • Mentoring other members of the Design team, helping them to improve and grow
  • Clearly define and champion high standards of production quality for all design work
  • Create a work environment that is motivating for team members and which fosters development and creation
  • Balance hands-on work with the management responsibilities of a discipline lead

We expect you to have:

  • 5+ years professional game development experience
  • Shipped at least one AAA title on any platform
  • Expertise using Unreal Engine or similar
  • Ability to direct, collaborate, and speak critically on story, art and content development
  • Excellent sense for game design and creating outstanding user experiences
  • Proven ability to carry complete designs from high-level concepts to high-quality execution
  • Positive team-oriented attitude with excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Leadership ability, strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated and comfortable working without direct supervision
  • Strong ability to diagnose not-quite-working designs and prescribe elegant solutions
  • Able to accept critique of your work and have the ability to embrace change

We also value:

  • Familiarity with Housemarque’s past games


Housemarque has a track record of 25+ years of developing top-notch games with focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. We are a part of PlayStation Studios and our latest game Returnal was released for PlayStation 5 in 2021.

At Housemarque, Game is King. We develop great games that bring happiness and joy to gamers and our fans. We aspire to be a great workplace where people develop professionally and as a person.

We offer:

  • Exciting and ambitious projects executed with the best tools
  • 25+ years of experience in video game development
  • Brilliant, diverse and empathetic colleagues to work with
  • Freedom, flexibility and openness in a collaborative culture
  • A warm and welcoming atmosphere at our cozy Helsinki office (you’d mostly be working from home currently)
  • Competitive salary, benefits, healthcare, Nordic work-life balance
  • Tailored relocation package to help you get settled into Finland

This is a permanent full-time position based in Helsinki. You will be most likely working remotely from home in the beginning. Deadline for applications is Sunday August 15th, 2021.