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Design Manager

Company: WarnerMedia
Location: Kirkland
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview WarnerMedia is a powerful portfolio of iconic entertainment, news, and sports brands. We bring people, technology, and the world's best storytellers together to drive culture and meaningful connection. We believe the enduring power of stories can open our eyes to the world, to each other, and to new and different perspectives. For the past 20 years Monolith Productions has been obsessed with delivering a unique gaming experience for our fans. Starting with Blood, our very first title - all the way to our most recent offering, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, we are constantly pushing the envelope to combine innovative gameplay, inventive narratives, cutting edge tech & AI, and stunning visuals. We are challenging ourselves even further to ensure that our next project is going to be our best yet. That's where you come in - for us to achieve that, we need the best and brightest talent the industry has to offer. Help us create our next AAA title. Join us. Shape your story here. The Design Manager maximizes the communication, collaboration, and growth of the studio's design team. They work closely with all designers to facilitate their best work and remove development obstacles. They break down the barriers between disciplines and forge relationships to ensure honest teamwork can occur. The Design Manager will cultivate a diverse and talented design team by hiring, mentoring, empowering, and challenging designers of all levels and disciplines. They identify areas for skill development within the team and execute on that growth. They lead and mediate design discussions to reconcile interpersonal and departmental conflicts while helping resolve competing priorities. The Design Manager will work closely with the Design Director, Lead Designers, and Production to ensure scheduling and task prioritization flows smoothly and takes full advantage of the available time and resources. They recommend improvements to design pipelines and workflows and they challenge the status quo. The Daily * Manage the design team, including both direct management of Lead Designers as well as hiring, mentoring, and advocating for designers of all levels. * Serve as the primary point of contact between production and design. Help producers and designers resolve scheduling and prioritization conflicts. * Resolve conflict (both interpersonal and creative) with tact and empathy. The Essentials * Game design/production experience. * Lead/management experience. * Contributed to a shipped title, preferred being a AAA title. Knowledge/Skills * Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively across disciplines. * Comprehensive knowledge of game design principles, the game industry, and its products. * Fluency in all aspects of game design and production. * Strong mentorship and conflict resolution skills. * Ability to work effectively with people of a wide array of personalities and backgrounds. * Advanced expertise with appropriate tools, such as MS Office, Confluence, Jira, etc. The Perks * Exclusive WarnerMedia events and advance screenings * Paid time off every year to volunteer for eligible employees * Access to well-being tools, resources, and freebies * Access to in-house learning and development resources * Part of the WarnerMedia family of powerhouse brands Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

Keywords: WarnerMedia, Kirkland , Design Manager, Executive , Kirkland, Washington

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