Senior Progression Designer

Job Locations US-MD-Hunt Valley | US-TX-Austin | US-WA-Seattle | US-CA-San Diego | US-WI-Madison
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior Progression 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 Monetization Designer to build progression and gameplay systems and hone them to industry-leading quality. A developer in this role will collaborate with leads and developers across all development disciplines in creating progression components for the game’s many features.


  • Work with the Lead MTX Designer in shaping the vision for progression across the product’s many features
  • Work with other design leads in developing holistic gameplay and progression systems aimed at a compelling engagement
  • Work to integrate progression features into game lore
  • Help grow the progression discipline. Mentor new hires in their career development
  • Design, create, and maintain documentation for progression systems and mechanics
  • Collaborate with all development disciplines to bring gameplay systems from early vision to industry-shaping final implementation


  • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes gameplay fun
  • Expert understanding of progression and engagement features
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-discipline development environment
  • Expert proficiency integrating imagery and text to deliver thorough, easy to understand design documents
  • 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

Preferred Skills

  • Experience developing Open World games
  • Experience designing gameplay features
  • Experience in industrial or product design
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Leadership and mentoring experience

Salary Range

Senior Progression Designer - The typical base pay range for this position at the start of employment is expected to be between $75,000 - $165,000 per year.


ZeniMax has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role; the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.


At ZeniMax certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, such as merit increases and discretionary bonuses. These awards are allocated based on individual performance and are not guaranteed. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with ZeniMax and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick and mental health time, and several paid holidays, among others.

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