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Lead Sound Designer - League of Legends, Gameplay

27 days ago by Riot Games

  Los Angeles (California), USA

Level: Senior

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

Sector: Engineering

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In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends and has since gone on to become the most played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. Delivering an immersive experience for a global audience while also collaborating on new games gives our Audio discipline exciting and complex problems to solve. The Audio Team at Riot strives to deliver lasting sonic experiences for players. We help breathe life into our games, cinematics, esports, albums, and more through the use of sound. We also are always working to level up our team & techniques by experimenting and playing the games we love.

The Lead Sound Designer role lives within the Audio discipline. Lead Sound Designers are seasoned veterans when it comes to not only the craft of interactive game audio, but also the ability to inspire and mentor others.

As a Lead Sound Designer for the League of Legends Gameplay group, you will report into the Audio Director. You will work within the Gameplay initiative, collaborating to set the sonic direction of new Champions and game modes. You will work closely with product owners, designers, artists and engineers to deliver exciting and engaging new gameplay experience for players. You will also be responsible for managing the output of 2-5 additional sound designers on the initiative.

Please note, this position does not involve the creation or production of music.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with product leaders, and the audio director to identify and set audio objectives, goals, and timelines for the Gameplay initiative.
  • Develop and execute product audio vision and strategy, ensuring the delivery of all content for sound designers on the Gameplay initiative. Clearly define and communicate audio goals including how they align with product goals to direct reports, product leadership and others.
  • Advocate for the audio discipline ensuring discipline and direct reports have all the necessary resources required to achieve the product goals.
  • Ensure your team has the appropriate process and pipeline in place for effective audio content delivery.
  • Manage 2-5 sound designers for performance and growth, through the use of "Personal Development Plans", recurring 1:1’s, and performance reviews.
  • Run weekly work-in-progress reviews, audio playtests, feedback sessions and more to drive feedback towards achieving the quality bar.
  • Record, edit, and design sound effects for Champions, features, systems, and other areas using industry standard methods and tools.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience developing sound for games
  • 2+ years experience managing and leading teams
  • Ability to align and drive a team toward execution and player value delivery.
  • Ability to navigate partner, senior leadership, discipline and team feedback effectively.
  • Expertise in the holistic game audio process (Sound Design, Voice Over, Music Implementation, Technology, Player Experience, etc.).
  • Experience with sound design creation tools (Pro Tools, Nuendo, Reaper, Izotope, Waves, Native Instruments, etc) and techniques. Additionally, experience with sound design, voice over and music implementation methods.
  • Experience with voice over processing tools and techniques.
  • Experience with audio middleware (Wwise, Fmod, Miles, etc.).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of programming or scripting languages (Lua, Python, etc.)

Our Perks:

We offer medical, dental, and vision plans that cover you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children. Life insurance, parental leave, plus short-term and long-term disability coverage are also available. Riot will support your retirement benefits with a company match, and double down on your donations of time and money to non-profit charitable organizations. Balance between work and personal life is encouraged with open paid time off, and a play fund so you can broaden and deepen your personal relationship with games.

It’s our policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of Riot Games, Inc. Riot Games makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled Rioters and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, criminal history, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history (LAMC 189.00).

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