Lead Game Designer

Come and join the Futur!

FuturLab is looking for a Lead Game Designer to join the team on a permanent basis.


As a member of the game leadership team, you will;

  • Define game vision and player experience in collaboration with the game director
  • Collaborate with the lead artist, lead programmer, producer and game director to plan production schedules
  • Collaborate with the game director and producer to flesh out ideas into concept documents, delegating to the design team where appropriate
  • Pitch original ideas toward studio goals and client briefs
  • Collaborate with the game director and producer on pitch documents
  • Represent the design discipline as well as sentiments of the design team during planning meetings
  • Spot fundamental design problems for discussion with the game director and producer 
  • Identify pivotal decisions which impact other disciplines, seeking consensus from the game director and producer before taking action

As lead designer, you will;

  • Supervise the creation and maintenance of design documentation
  • Define and allocate tasks to the design team, including accurately assessing the time required to complete each task
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of game systems
  • Specify tools, ensuring finished tools are fit for purpose within economic constraints
  • Review and feedback on all aspects of design and implementation with the design team
  • Play the game daily, troubleshooting design issues and reprioritising tasks with the producer 
  • Respond to and implement feedback from data, mock reviews and playtests
  • Ensure clear communication between the design team and the rest of the studio
  • Identify training opportunities for yourself and your design team, negotiating for self improvement time during project scheduling
  • Be hands on where necessary
  • Report to the game director


  • More than five years of industry experience and at least one shipped title in a lead design role
  • Experience owning responsibility for design over several projects, understanding the complexities of creating games as a small studio. Perhaps you have previously run your own small studio and would like the opportunity to flex your design and management skills without running a business at the same time
  • Proven skills in product prioritisation and rapid design decisions
  • Able to concisely articulate game concepts and analyse game mechanics
  • Demonstrable experience in leading a team of designers
  • Experience working with external stakeholders
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills (your application will be checked for typos)
  • A grasp of current game trends


In this leadership role, where FuturLab’s cultural values must be upheld, you will; 

  • Be friendly, approachable and kind
  • Set a cultural example through the pursuit of professional improvement
  • Find excitement and passion for any genre and any scope of game
  • Inspire and motivate colleagues through insightful feedback and constructive criticism
  • Be keen to explore and champion the best ideas of those around you 
  • Dispassionately communicate rationale for contentious design decisions
  • Easily drop an idea or feature if it doesn’t fit a bigger picture
  • Be able to hold opposing ideas in mind at once, maintaining a curiosity for both ideas until an objective rational choice emerges
  • Dutifully manage your own focus for the benefit of the team and project 
  • Expertly balance philosophical player enjoyment within the economic constraints of working in a small studio

FuturLab fosters an inclusive and welcoming culture, we actively encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Check out the Life at FuturLab page (www.futurlab.co.uk/life-at-futurlab) for reasons why you’d love working here!

If you have the skills, experience and passion for the role then please click here to apply:

Apply herehttps://apply.workable.com/j/D19509B0CC

We typically receive a high number of applicants and therefore favour candidates who have taken the time to include a cover letter. We love to hear about what makes you tick and how you meet the requirements of the role.

Sadly, candidates without a valid UK work Visa cannot be considered – FuturLab do not have a licence to sponsor candidates outside of the EU. Candidates must be willing to relocate / commute to our studio in Hove once deemed safe following Covid-19. We offer UK and EU nationals a relocation package to help move to the area.


  • Competitive salary dependent on experience + performance related bonus
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Relocation package
  • Staff referral bonus
  • 28 days holiday + 2 duvet days
  • Friday Fun drinks
  • Regular social activities
  • Two weeks of studio closure over the Christmas period
  • Free fresh fruit
  • Free iced treats in the summer
  • Free locally roasted, Small Batch coffee and specialty teas
  • Free eye tests + standard glasses for display work
  • Birthday cake

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