Studio Design Director

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We are the makers of casual mobile hit Love & Pies, which globally launched in September 2021 and has now found its way into the hands of millions of players around the world. We’re backed by Supercell, one of the biggest and best in the industry.

We make games for everyone that are snackable yet nourishing — built to fit into your daily life, but with the emotional depth of your favourite TV show. Our team always comes first at Trailmix, and our culture is built on both high performance and high care — we strive to be the best versions of ourselves, but always within an environment based on inclusivity, respect and safety, no matter who you are or where you come from.

Studio Design Director

The Studio Design Director of Trailmix is responsible for forging the best design team in the industry, fostering a sense of community among designers, enabling them to flourish in their roles and ultimately help them translate the purpose of our company into incredible creative solutions.

This person would report into our Chief Creative Officer.

Responsibilities

Overall, this person is responsible for driving the creative culture of the studio forward. While not responsible for owning any one creative solution, they are expected to effectively assist every designer at Trailmix to conceive designs and execute on them to a very high level.

  • Collaborate with the CCO and design team to transform the Trailmix purpose and strategy into creative solutions: Spend regular time with the CCO and creative directors to discuss the purpose of Trailmix and the specific ways it should guide and enable our design team, our strategy and the creative solutions that come from that
  • Become a key part of the Love & Pies design team: Most of our designers are on our game Love & Pies, consisting of both feature and content design. The SDD is expected to embed themselves alongside these designers to become intimately familiar with their day to day work and challenges
  • Support and enable the creative directors working on new games: Establish strong, useful feedback loops to assist leads in realising the visions of their games. Give timely feedback and support to help them as needed
  • Effectively line manage feature and content designers: Regularly meet up with feature and content designers to ensure they have timely feedback and support, course correcting and helping to remove roadblocks where needed
  • Curate career development processes: Refine the Pathways for designers and establish effective feedback processes that ensure every designer gets the input they need to do their best work and reach their career goals

Requirements

  • Extensive experience of mobile F2P design, from conception to launch to successful live operations
  • Able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the casual mobile market, with a finger on the pulse of the latest trends that can be turned into articulate hypotheses about future trends
  • Extensive experience leading, managing and growing design teams
  • A “most fast” mentality, comfortable with finding the balance between analysis and action

Our London Studio Location

At Trailmix, we've embraced a hybrid work model, balancing in-person collaboration and remote flexibility. Our team gathers at our vibrant studio in Kings X three days a week - Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays while enjoying the convenience of remote work for the remaining days.

Our Benefits

  • Investing in Your Growth: Unleash your potential with our generous development budget. After completing your three-month probation, all team members receive a £1,000 allowance to fuel their professional growth each year.
  • Fueling Your Day: Our kitchens are fully stocked with delicious treats and drinks, and we provide breakfast and lunch supplies to keep you energised throughout the day.
  • Building Connections: Join us every Friday for a team lunch courtesy of Just Eat - a chance to connect and recharge for the week ahead..
  • Planning for Your Future: Take control of your financial future with our contributory pension scheme. Plus, enjoy the added benefit of tax-free contributions.
  • Unlocking Ownership: As a valued team member, you'll have the opportunity to own a stake in our success through tax-advantaged stock options.
  • Caring for Your Well-being: Your health is our priority. Enjoy peace of mind with our fully comprehensive private medical care, with premiums paid by Trailmix. Plus, access mental health support 24/7 with the Spill Mental Health App.
  • Time to Recharge: Our generous holiday allowance allows you to take a well-deserved break. You'll enjoy 28 days of annual leave, including three company holiday days around Christmas.
  • Trailbreak: We close the office for one week each year to give the whole team time off to recharge and reset.
  • Surprise and Delight: Feel appreciated and valued with various company gifts throughout the year.
  • Celebrations: Join us for various socials and events throughout the year, from team outings to themed parties.
  • Setting You Up for Success: Receive a £250 work-from-home budget to ensure you have the proper home setup to perform at your best.

Our Inclusive Culture

Trailmix was founded to make a positive impact on our players, our community, and our colleagues. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture, and our priority is fostering an environment where people can flourish. We think it’s vital that players see themselves represented in games, and Love & Pies, we showcase the beautiful diversity of life. Love & Pies represents the people we are and the people we love, and we’re always looking to add more people who want to design games for everyone.

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