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Lead Narrative Design

16 days ago by Ubisoft

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Job Level: Senior

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Ubisoft is 10,000 creative minds spanning 6 continents. With around 85% of its staff devoted to game development, Ubisoft has the 2nd largest in-house creative team in the world.

The company’s 27 different creative studios work hand-in-hand each day to deliver rich and innovative gaming experiences that reflect the creativity and diversity of their teams. This cross-studio collaboration model means every team member has the opportunity to participate in challenging projects based on brands including Assassin's Creed®, For Honor® Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon®, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy's The Division, Rabbids®, Rayman®, Watch Dogs®, Far Cry®, The Crew®, Just Dance® and more.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Purpose

The Lead Narrative Designer is responsible for the narrative features and content of the game as well having to lead and develop a team of narrative designers with a focus on the three pillars of Leadership at Ubisoft: Care about People, Drive Performance and Development and Lead in Complexity

Reports To

Studio Design Manager

Direct Reports

Narrative designers at all levels

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Build an effective team by ensuring it is fully resourced, a manageable size, and a good mix of levels;
  • Foster a team player culture;
  • Plan, prioritise and set inspiring objectives for your team members all year long;
  • Empower your team members with clear expectations and hold them accountable for their key results;
  • Provide your team members with ongoing and meaningful feedback on performance and development -- ensuring positive acknowledgement of all achievements, both big and small;
  • Enable your team members to reflect and prepare their future in their role and at Ubisoft;
  • Engage and positively influence team members and stakeholders around a vision;
  • Navigate through ambiguity and embrace change with a positive mindset;
  • Create the environment for initiatives and ideas to emerge and grow;
  • Care about people: be exemplary and supportive;
  • Communicate with impact and promote an open dialogue within your team.

Other Responsibilities

  • Utilise your experience and knowledge to guide team members towards creating quality and efficient delivery of narrative designs that are aligned with the vision of the Game Director/Creative Director
  • Work with the Game Director/Creative Director to help establish the tone, voice, theme and style of the game.
  • Help to create narrative systems that can support the gameplay and liaise with Designers/Directors on ways that the two systems can best serve each other.
  • Work with production, other team leads, and directors to help create task estimates and schedules for the team;
  • Ensure your team participates in standard studio development processes;
  • Balance any writing and editing requirements with the management requirements and responsibilities of a discipline lead;
  • Define good practices and pipelines and ensure they are carried out through regular peer reviews;
  • Continually review the narrative design processes to identify potential improvements;
  • Be an advocate and ambassador for information sharing across projects;
  • Be responsible for the hiring of any potential future candidates within the design team
  • Supporting your manager in any ad hoc tasks and duties.

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications

Skills and Knowledge

  • An excellent understanding of non-linear narrative systems and structures;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • A strong understanding of narrative-related pipelines (VO, cinematics, audio etc.)
  • Passionate about playing and making games;
  • Knowledge of GaaS and Open-World games;
  • Familiarity with common scheduling, task and issue tracking tools (such as Perforce, Jira, etc.);
  • Able to create, manage and help track schedules for a team of Narrative Designers;
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of applications related to documentation (such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Confluence, etc.);
  • Knowledge of narrative design and scriptwriting tools (such as Final Draft, Inkle, Twine, etc.)
  • Familiarity with scripting and/or programming tools;
  • Self-motivated and pro-active with a strong work ethic;
  • Presentation and pitching skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Relevant Experience

  • Experience managing and leading a team;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or equivalent industry experience;
  • 6 years’ minimum experience within narrative design or other relevant experience;
  • Significant involvement in 2 published games, with at least 1 project at senior level
  • Experience working in a multi-site collaboration environment is a plus

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