Director of Design
At Zynga, we make games that wow people. We innovate to create experience that previously were impossible and that would not exist without us. We take pride in making titles that reach a large audience and in creating communities that last.
About Zynga India
Studio I in India is Zynga’s largest studio outside USA with 400+ people and growing rapidly. It manages some of Zynga’s biggest global games including Casual Gaming, Action Strategy, Match-3, Slots, and Invest Express. The game teams are responsible for the long term-vision of the game, its entire Game Design & Tuning, Product Roadmap, Features, Content & Creative decisions, Art work (2D, 3D, Animation), Development, QA/Testing, Analytics & Performance Tracking, User Acquisition, Live Operations and the entire P&L performance. Studio I creates engaging, fresh new content and experiences for players every week.
Studio-I is led by Country Head Santosh Rao, who has a strong leadership team with deep roots in gaming and consumer internet / ecommerce. Boasting talent from top Technical and MBA institutes in India and internationally, the Studio I team is full of passionate gamers, who love to play, build great products, and have fun doing it. This is reflected in the office space, which is an upbeat and open work culture. Studio I also offers great benefits to all employees.
Studio I expects continued growth and is looking for strong leaders to expand the studio into this next growth phase.
We design and build creative free-to play mobile games, with jaw-dropping visuals and super-accessible gameplay.
You will be joining a team of passionate, hardworking, and ambitious, designers, programmers and artists, to work on Live games, new project that has dreams to exceed our already high-standards. This is your opportunity to shine in the growth area of the industry
Key roles & responsibilities:
Drive the design, bringing creativity, vision, market knowledge, design experience and a collaborative working style to become a key design leader in the team.
Provide clear and concise communication of the product vision, design approaches and requirements to team members, product owners, senior management and other relevant key partners through documentation, presentations and visual tools to convey key concepts, mechanics and systems required.
Develop systems and behaviors for core gameplay, retention, and social game features that monetize, engage and motivate players through amazing game experiences and highly enjoyable progression.
Tune game and monetization features, and the overall freemium game economy to maximize the player experience and revenue potential.
Observe and analyze user testing and analytics to recommend design solutions and improve/fix design features during the life of the product as a service.
Establish and model key player progression and game economy statements, balance the game towards them.
Lead design reviews/evaluations on a regular basis. Respond to emergent QA and design issues/problems in development and ensure these are addressed to meet product goals and release plan targets
Define features post-launch spanning several months with a clear understanding of impact on retention/monetization, working closely with a Project Manager/Lead to effectively push them into content releases that drive value.
You have experience handling a design team, directing work and mentoring staff.
You understand that we can only create outstanding games as a team and have the experience and energy to together turn visions into fully developed game mechanics.
You have a strong attention to detail and understand the importance of balance and strong system design.
Great experience at writing design specifications and building playable prototypes.
You have hands-on experience managing the design of a live game.
You are a F2P design expert, and know how to integrate both a fun user experience and effective monetization strategy into a product.
You’re great with numbers and a master of Excel.
What we Offer:
Work in a studio that has complete P&L ownership of games
Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme and Zynga RSUs
Full medical, accident as well as life insurance benefits
Catered breakfast, lunch and evening snacks
Child care facilities for women employees and discounted facilities for male employees
Well stocked pantry
Generous Paid Maternity/Paternity leave
Employee Assistance Programs
Active Employee Resource Groups - Women at Zynga
Frequent employee events
Additional leave options for most employees
Flexible working hours on many teams
Casual dress every single day
Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players!