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Design Director

Design Director


Smoking Gun Interactive, a Keywords Studio, is an industry-leading game development studio founded in 2007 by award-winning industry veterans. SGI is fearless in creating IP and boldly partners with renowned brands to develop a wide range of world-class, immersive titles and interactive experiences that resonate with strategy gamers worldwide and entertain millions of casual players every day.

Job Purpose

As a Design Director with Smoking Gun Interactive (SGI), you’re a talented and passionate natural leader with at least five years of industry experience in game design leadership.  You have a strong understanding of game mechanics and design philosophies to communicate a clear vision for the project. You will provide mentorship and support to the Lead Designers to ensure a positive culture among the design team and project. You are a flexible and collaborative individual who is excited about motivating a multi-disciplinary team to achieve excellent results.


  • 10 days vacation leave
  • 5 paid days personal leave
  • 7 paid sick days
  • Life Insurance & Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Extended Healthcare Benefit
  • Dental Care
  • Hybrid working
  • Training & Development

Salary Range: $120,000 CAD - $150,000 CAD

Experience & Requirements

In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to deliver and drive a cohesive vision for the projects.
  • Work with production to ensure the vision is achievable within the project constraints.
  • Be a key champion of the game vision to the team/s and clients.
  • Build strong creative game designs that are original and imaginative.
  • Work with Creative Director and other Leads on product pitches.
  • Mentor and support to Lead Designers and design team members in developing designs, tuning features to create engaging player experiences.
  • Work with lead designers to help delegate tasks among the design teams and give feedback for improvement to align with high quality of work being delivered.
  • Act as a regular liaison and provide guidance to other discipline teams to ensure the game features being developed will bring the project vision to life.
  • Oversee or own the analysis of game KPI's, user testing, and market trends.
  • Be a main conduit of design discussions between the clients and SGI.
  • Mentor the design team and help manage conflicts that arise to promote a positive working culture.
  • Be able and willing to lead the design of a game team for any product.

To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • 5+ years experience in a Design Leadership role on mobile, PC or console products.
  • Shipped at least three titles in a Design Leadership role.
  • Taken games all the way from initial concept to live operations.
  • Experience with both Premium and Freemium game mechanics, KPI’s, and monetization strategies.
  • Proven track record of bringing out the true potential of their design team.
  • Experience in live tuning, scripting and tools of multiple game engines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to communicate ideas clearly.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to accept and provide direction, work well under pressure, and handle multiple tasks.
  • A naturally self-driven demeanor, taking initiative when needed – demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to push the envelope and innovate within game parameters.
  • Experience with Word, Excel, Photoshop.
  • A positive attitude and a great team-player.

It would also be helpful if you had:

  • Direct experience creating, and tuning strategy titles.
  • Multi-platform development experience (ideally, with various mobile platforms).
  • A bachelor’s degree.

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