Lead Technical Designer

Design | New Project

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Lead Technical Designer to join the team behind Total War, Alien: Isolation, and Halo Wars 2, to create unforgettable game experiences on a new project. Our studios are based in Horsham, West Sussex.

As a Lead Technical Designer, you will be supporting the programming and design teams in creating systems, pipelines, and tools for creating our award-winning games. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks, like creating and maintaining scripting codebases, fixing code bugs, designing, and prototyping complex new game systems, and creating custom tools and pipelines.

Key Responsibilities

As Lead Technical Designer on the project, your skills and knowledge will be important for considering long term goals of the game technology, game features, game content, production and design pipelines, and general design. In addition, to consider short term issues like feature changes and re-purposing. You will ensure you contribute to high quality feature development that provides long term value to the team.

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
  • Be involved at all stages of the development process, from concepting to production
  • Maintain consistent communication ties with the Technical Design team to co-ordinate and share technology, tools, and expertise including coaching the use of new features
  • Bridge communication between disciplines, projects, and games teams
  • Update and support existing released games; utilising your design and technical skills combined
  • Create and maintain robust script architectures
  • Collect design requirements from the design team and translating these into long-term sustainable feature and technology designs
  • Build tools and pipelines to streamline content development & implementation
  • Inform and advising on technical limitations and their impacts on development, and providing alternatives and fallbacks
  • Monitor design implementation processes and searching for opportunities to improve or streamline
  • Push the boundaries of existing technology to provide further value to players.
Knowledge, Skill and Experience
  • Familiar with programming and programming principles, with experience of Unreal 4/5 a bonus
  • Experience with one or multiple programming or scripting languages
  • Strong knowledge of game design fundamentals
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Affinity for communication, both written and verbal
  • Comfortable working closely with other disciplines, especially programmers
  • Comfortable working in, and rapidly becoming familiar with, unfamiliar systems
  • Experience with source control.
  • The following are useful to have, but can be taught to the right candidates
    • Experience of fast iteration prototyping
    • Experience of Agile practices
    • Experience in DevOps and CI/CD related technologies
  • Experience working on live products
  • Previous Technical Design role in game development environment
  • Experience with Lua, C#, or C++
  • A strong desire to seek out and learn new skills and knowledge

About Creative Assembly

It’s an exciting time to be a part of our craft-led studio as we push boundaries, creating deep and detailed experiences that last. 

Our teams are diverse from across the world, from trainees to industry veterans who constantly challenge us and make sure we are striving for the best within our games and our studio life. We are united through our shared values of Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust and we win awards for our culture and our people-centric approach, having won a Best Place to Work Award for five consecutive years. We invest in our people, the studio, and our projects. We are a company that’s secure and safe – you don’t need to worry about job security at CA.

Flexible working at Creative Assembly includes hybrid, fully remote for eligible roles, and in-studio. We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and empower our teams to define the working patterns which work best for them, which may mean different things for different teams and roles and at different times.

We’ll give you the creative freedom, tools, support, and development to achieve your potential. 

Our studios are based in Horsham, UK and Sofia, Bulgaria, including several bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedicated motion capture facility. 

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • Flexible working: hybrid, fully remote and in-studio working

  • Work from Anywhere for a temporary period each year (restrictions apply such as VISAs)

  • Enhanced holiday allowance, maternity and paternity breaks, flexibility with our core hours, and no-notice holidays

  • Bespoke relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialists

  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening

  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, and all UK Bank holidays

  • Annual discretionary studio bonus

  • Join our award-winning education and social responsibility programme; the Legacy Project, as an industry ambassador to mentor and educate others

  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support including SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops, on-site training with renowned specialists and global conference attendance

  • Opportunity to join our Diversity and Inclusion Network – an employee-led group

  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme with free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site

  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library

  • Free breakfast in the studio every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen

  • Wellbeing support with an employee assistance programme and onsite confidential sessions

  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy

  • Discounts for home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers, and many local businesses including estate agents

  • Studio parties for you and your family; such as our Summer Festival, Christmas Party plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have Cinema days and wrap parties for game releases

  • Studio community activities such as life drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Walking Challenges, Couch to 5k, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more.
Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.