Systems Designer

Job Locations US-MD-Hunt Valley
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Systems Designer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a major new IP.

This role will serve under the Lead Systems Designer to build gameplay systems and mechanics, and hone them to industry-leading quality. A developer in this role will serve as a project specialist in one or more areas of systems design and will collaborate with leads across all development disciplines in creating gameplay systems within their specialty.


  • Work with the Lead Systems Designer developing holistic gameplay and progression systems aimed at a compelling, immersive experience
  • Design, create, and maintain documentation for gameplay systems and mechanics
  • Focus and grow into a project specialist in one or more areas of game-wide systems design
  • Collaborate with all development disciplines to bring gameplay systems from early vision to industry-shaping final implementation
  • Mentor systems designers and help them grow in their careers


  • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes gameplay fun
  • Minimum 2+ years of game design experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-discipline development environment
  • Expert proficiency integrating imagery and text to deliver thorough, easy to understand design documents
  • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish
  • Strong understanding of the discrete elements game systems are built from, and the ability to problem solve both holistically and on a per-component basis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English required
  • Working knowledge of scripting or programming
  • An online portfolio which clearly demonstrates relevant work experience

Preferred Skills

  • Experience developing 3rd person games
  • Experience in industrial or product design
  • Strong public speaking skills

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