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Lead Game Designer


Remote within the UK/NY

Date posted

1st September

Important: You must be based in the UK or New York for this role

ZA/UM is a video game studio that released the award-winning role-playing game Disco Elysium. The studio has offices in Brighton, Porto and London, with people working around the world.


You are an experienced Lead Designer with a wealth of knowledge on games development and design. You want to build gameplay and narrative systems that support the most ambitious storytelling in the games industry. You feel passionate about growing, mentoring, and developing a team, and are able to prioritise and manage end-to-end design projects across your team. You are a highly organised, collaborative individual with a thirst to constantly improve design systems, workflows, and processes.

  • Competitive salary.
  • Excellent career development opportunities.
  • The chance to work with some of the best people in the video game industry.
  • Flexible hybrid work model - the ability to work remotely or from the office, with occasional required in-person meetings.
Scope of work
  • Define core gameplay systems in collaboration with the Narrative Director and ensure these are clearly communicated to the wider team.
  • Build, oversee, coach, and mentor the design team.
  • Develop strong relationships with Production, Writing, Art, and other teams to unify the game vision.
  • Prioritise design cohesion and best practices across the team, communicating these via documentation, presentations, and mentoring.
  • Review, amend, and balance gameplay to deliver a high-quality narrative gaming experience
  • Troubleshoot any design issues.
  • Implement and improve design systems, workflows, and processes.
Skills and experience
  • Extensive experience in game development
  • Broad knowledge of game design with a focus on narrative systems
  • Ability to rapidly prototype and iterate
  • Leadership experience of a multi-person team; people management, mentoring
  • Good knowledge of past and current industry trends
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven shipped titles in a Senior or Lead Game Designer role

How to apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to

ZA/UM is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. The organisation - in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.