Senior Technical Designer


Posted 02.07.2018

Come join the award-winning God of War development team! Sony Santa Monica Studio is looking for a Senior Technical Designer to create modular interactions and one-off scripted moments that set the bar for the PS4. This individual will work side-by-side with our Level Design, Systems Design, Combat Design and Engineering teams, supporting innovative and ambitious content through solving scripting, workflow and implementation problems.

As Senior Technical Designer, you must possess the ability to collaborate effectively with design, art and engineering to creatively solve challenging technical problems. Help us create amazing world leading games that will set the PS4 apart from the rest!


  • Work closely with the level design and gameplay teams to create mechanics, interactive objects, and set pieces.
  • Solve challenging technical problems using creative and innovative ideas.
  • Troubleshoot relentlessly, chasing down issues on behalf of the team.
  • Create tools to optimize workflow and help the design team iterate more efficiently.
  • Author complex scripted scenarios.
  • Identify and solve technical issues for the other designers as the product goes through Alpha, Beta, and Final.
  • Discover, define and share information and best practices across the team.


  • The ideal candidate is part designer and part programmer. 
  • Experience with text-based scripting or programming languages.
  • Experience with Maya.
  • Experience creating tools and solving technical problems for design.
  • Must have completed a Computer Science and/or related degree.
  • Must be friendly, assertive, and team-oriented.
  • 7+ years in game development. 3+ years in Technical Design role.
  • Completed at least one full AAA development cycle.
  • Experience designing and implementing puzzles or game scenarios preferred.

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