Lead Designer

At Iron Galaxy Studios, our teams support a healthy work-life balance, promote continuous improvement, and champion a diverse people-focused culture. We encourage Designers from every heritage, lifestyle, or background to apply.

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This position is available in Chicago, IL, or Orlando, FL with relocation options for out-of-state applicants.

Iron Galaxy Studios is looking for a passionate Lead Designer to champion great design, help own products and help manage partnerships. This role will serve on a team that is working to create and launch a brand-new multiplayer game set in a completely original universe. The Lead Designer fosters a collaborative design team through ideation, consensus formation, prototyping, implementation, and iteration of game features. Designers at Iron Galaxy work on a wide variety of projects, including creating new games from the ground up, co-developing games with partners, and porting existing games to new platforms.

Our projects tend to have a variety of development cycles, with many opportunities to work on various project genres, each with a unique set of challenges. Our development environment keeps things fresh and provides new challenges requiring adaptability and complex problem-solving. As a Lead Designer, you have a foundation in professional game design skills that demonstrates a variety of fun and engaging gameplay features and a track record of contributing to shipped titles or live ops work


  • Establish and own the design vision while empowering game designers to be feature owners
  • Work with production and design manager to estimate and schedule design resource needs and deployment for the project
  • Collaborate with Leads from other disciplines to prioritize game features for development
  • Lead a team of designers giving and receiving feedback with healthy candor and respect
  • Be prepared to handle difficult conversations both with individual designers as well as partners
  • Foster collaboration and feedback on game features during design and implementation
  • Lead by example with hands-on implementation, iteration, and tuning of systems and features
  • Design, implement and lead game design for a variety of genres across single and multiplayer
  • Execute player-focused design and ensure quality gameplay
  • Design with passion at any phase of development: from ideation, paper/ digital prototyping, iteration, and polish
  • Prepare playtest criteria and conduct analysis to foster meaningful iterations to improve player experience
  • Provide white-glove service for a variety of development partners and assess their needs by understanding their priorities, creative vision, and adopting their preferred development process


  • Shipped at least one game in a Sr or Lead Designer role on PC or Console
  • Implementation and iteration on features in-engine (visual or text scripting logic)
  • Experience working in industry-standard engines and software
  • Capable of being self-sufficient, highly collaborative, and helping to manage planning and client expectations
  • Strong understanding of interactive design
  • Documented and shared ideas and feedback concisely and constructively in a professional setting
  • Strong communication, organizational, and leadership skills

Here’s our wish list for the ideal Lead Designer at Iron Galaxy. If you possess many or most of these qualities, you may very well be the one we’re looking for!

  • Experience working with publishers or co-development partners
  • Professional experience directly managing one or more other designers and offering mentorship
  • Experience working on a variety of games and genres
  • Experience developing for a variety of current platforms (PC, Xbox, PS, Nintendo, etc.)
  • Experience working in a 3D package (Maya, Max, or equivalent)
  • Experience or skills in other game development disciplines (programming, art, animation, project management, etc.)

ABOUT US: Iron Galaxy is one of the world’s largest independent video game developers with 60+ shipped titles. Our people combine their talents to create amazing ports, epic remasters, and new experiences from the ground up. We partner with the top companies in the gaming industry to co-develop and support AAA game creation at the highest level.

Safety Notice: Iron Galaxy employees can elect to work from home until March of 2022. This policy extends to hires between now and then. Any equipment that you might need for projects will be shipped to you directly.