Gameplay Production Designer

by Lisa | 2021-09-14

Exploding Kittens is a leading game and entertainment company with a mission to inspire people to connect, laugh, and play fun games in the physical world. After initially seeking to raise $10k through Kickstarter, Exploding Kittens’ campaign raised $8.7M in 30 days from 219,000 backers. To date, Exploding Kittens is the #1 most-backed project in Kickstarter history and the company has sold over 11 million games.

Started by former Xbox game designer Elan Lee and The Oatmeal’s founder Matt Inman, Exploding Kittens and its family of games recreates game night for a humorous and fun person-to-person experience. Today, there are over a dozen games and expansions available for purchase: Exploding Kittens, Bears vs Babies, You’ve Got Crabs, Throw Throw Burrito, On a Scale of One to T-Rex, Poetry for Neanderthals A Game of Cat & Mouth, Tacocat Spelled Backwards, A Little Wordy, as well as mobile app games Kitty Letter and Exploding Kittens, one of the top 30 premium games on both iOS and Android.

Our growing and fast-paced Game Development Department is seeking to hire, a Gameplay Production Designer. You will help us develop games from a production and physical user experience standpoint, rapidly prototyping and iterating game components and packaging for games from the earliest stages of development through to production. As a key member of the Development team, you will be working in a fast paced and highly creative environment and you will play an integral role in bridging the gap between Development, Production, Sales and Marketing teams to create complete game packages (including gameplay components, packing materials and retail display solutions).

HOW YOU'LL CONTRIBUTE:
Work with developers to create full product solutions (including all gameplay components and packing materials) and prototypes for games in progress with a key focus on affordably enhancing user experience
Create and present a complete bill of materials (BOM) for games in the early development stages, including multiple solutions for individual components (to give a reasonable range of COGs)
Work with production to iterate BOMs for each game based on feedback from manufacturers
Find creative solutions to solve for cost of goods (COGs) together with developers to maintain quality of user experience
Act as the single contact point between developers and the production team from development through final production
Coordinate with production, marketing and sales teams to allow for scaling of sampling and prototyping needs
Work with production, marketing and sales teams to design and prototype retail display solutions (i.e. CDUs, POP displays)

WHAT WE NEED:
2 plus years of game development experience
Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite and CAD software
Researched and up to date on 3D printing and laser cutting / glowforge hardware, as well as other fabrication platforms
Understanding of manufacturing processes from beginning to end
Experience working with at least one manufacturer in North America, Europe and China, preferred
Strong organizational and project management skills
Strong team player with the ability to manage feedback from multiple creative, diverse sources
Passion for tabletop games

WHAT WE OFFER:
Company paid medical, dental, and vision benefits for you and your family
Flexible spending account options (medical, dependent care, transit)
401k with company matching
Flexible paid vacation
Monthly wellness benefit + complementary wellness subscriptions
Complimentary lunches on Fridays (where we play games together!)
Please apply directly at jobs.lever.co/explodingkittens. Make sure to include a PDF of your current resume along with a cover letter.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer we are committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunity to applicants and employees regardless of sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), race (including protected hairstyles such as dreadlocks, braids and twists), religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity and gender expression and/or the fact that an individual is transgender, transitioning or transitioned), color, ancestry, national origin, possession of a driver’s license, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/trait/condition, marital or familial status, family care or medical leave status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, membership in military reserves, political affiliation, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local, state and federal “ban the box” and “fair chance” laws.

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