Director of Game Design at Glu Mobile (acquired by Electronic Arts in April 2021)

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Team Overview
At GluPlay, we believe you can have fun anywhere, anytime and at any age. That's why we're committed to creating mobile games for everyone to enjoy, including the fan-favorite DASH® games like Diner Dash®, Cooking Dash®, Restaurant Dash™ and Diner Dash Adventures®! Whether you're in line at the store, on your lunch break or lounging at home, you only need a minute to dive into any one of our games-yet you'll find a lifetime of entertainment. Our games are played by tens of millions of fans worldwide, and we're just getting started.
You'll find that as a team, we're extremely close knit and are proud of our hard at work, hard at play culture with a heavy emphasis on making sure you have plenty of work-life balance and family time.
Role Overview
We are looking for a Design Director who can integrate themselves into our Studio Leadership team as we guide our Product and Studio to a successful future. You will also have a passion for developing a small team of Game and User Interface Designers as they work with User Research and PM Teams to provide the highest quality experience for our fans. You are familiar with all the top mobile titles, and bring that wealth of knowledge to bear on content creation, with an understanding of the casual player. You are both creatively and strategically minded, able to make creative use of game systems to create fun challenges.
You'll most often:
  • Provide product vision, design approaches and requirements to team members, product owners, senior management and other relevant essential partners through documentation, presentations and visual tools to convey important concepts, mechanics and systems.
  • Guide the design of Diner Dash Adventures by bringing creativity, vision, market knowledge, design experience, innovation and a collaborative working style to become an essential design leader on the team.
  • Develop systems and behaviors for improving core gameplay, retention, and social game features that monetize, engage and motivate players through amazing game experiences and highly enjoyable progression.
  • Understand and assume ownership of 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 important player progression and game economy statements, balance the game towards them.
  • Lead UXR testing and translate results into applicable design documentation
  • Strengthen a metrics-driven approach to game design, learning from user data to ensure excellent retention, monetization, and meaningful social connections in the game design.
  • Lead design reviews/evaluations. Respond to emergent QA and design issues in development and ensure these are addressed to meet product goals and release plan targets
  • Help create a vision for Live Ops that stretches out months at a time with a clear understanding of impact on retention/monetization, working with a Project Manager/Lead to push them into content releases that drive value.

You'll be a great fit for this role if you have:
  • 6+ years of free-to-play game design experience on mobile platforms or the web.
  • Experience mentoring others, and experience with multiple product life cycles
  • Extensive experience with tear-downs
  • Experience with difficulty curves and econ tuning
  • Experience working with user interface and user experience design
  • Work well in an agile manner with Product Managers, Artists, Producers, and Engineers to deliver excellent games while working within requirements and constraints of technology, schedule and budget
  • Create and refine extremely fun game mechanics with compelling and relatable themes
  • Strong experience maintaining game data in spreadsheets
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills essential
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What are Glu Mobile (acquired by Electronic Arts in April 2021) Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have our Fun team which volunteers regularly plan and run various company-wide events for team bonding and stress relief. We also have several guilds that meet in various disciplines.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Glu employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their Medical FSA and 270 a month towards Transit FSA
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
We have multiple vision plans, including a $0 premium plan for all Full Time Employees.
Health Insurance Benefits
We have 4 different health plans including Kaiser and a HSA account
Life Insurance
Team workouts
Glu's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga and Grokker team challenges
Mental Health Benefits
We partner with Ginger for 24/7 access to mental health help, anytime
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
GLu provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Empower. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Company Equity
Glu offers RSUs as part of our equity package, as well as refreshers for top performers.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Glu allows qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price every 6 months.
Performance Bonus
Glu's performance bonus plans are targeted percentage bonus, awarded yearly. Additionally we offer spot bonuses for going above and beyond.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker, with a mixture of supplementing EDD, STD and our benefits.
Flexible Work Schedule
Glu provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Core hours.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home Full-time remote for all positions during the COVID Shelter in Place
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Glu sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Glu employees receive between 16 and 21 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Glu offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees including a Transit FSA and CalTrain GoPass.
Company Outings
Glu hosts company outings Semi-annually in addition to our studio and team events.
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Glu has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and even Kombucha on tap.
Happy Hours
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking with 24/7 access and monitoring downtown SF. In Foster City we have free parking.
Parking
Glu Sports, in Foster CIty, pet policy is Occasional bring your pet to work days
Recreational Clubs
Our relocation assistance plan is offered for some positions.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Glu offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers help with paying for classes.
Lunch and learns
Glu hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer a budget annually for continuing education.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
We support paid industry certifications.
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