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Director of Design

Hardsuit Labs
Seattle, WA
  • Expired: December 19, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
About Hardsuit Labs

We are an independent game developer, founded in 2015 in Seattle, Washington. We believe that great games can only be built with great people and that great people thrive and do their best work in a healthy, collaborative, and positive work environment that values them. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace and building equity throughout the organization. At Hardsuit Labs, we are respectful and inclusive, we are problem solvers and efficiency champions, we are curious and collaborative, we are flexible and adaptable and most of all we are always looking to deliver excellence in the experiences and products that we craft!

As a studio we have built a reputation as an Unreal Engine focused development house, working in a multitude of genres and games, from support work and work for hire to original development. We have long standing relationships with some of the largest gaming companies in the industry and are a certified developer across all major platforms.


Hardsuit Labs is looking for a Design Director to lead the design team to the heights of brilliance . Do you have a proven track record of generating exceptional work, helping those around you overcome challenges , and maximizing their potential? If so, then we want you! And if your passions include driving a collaborative, inclusive, and diverse team, you'll fit right in .

What You Will Be Doing
  • Build and maintain design department vision to further support HSL beliefs and business goals
  • Generate buy-in and drive long-term design department vision, initiatives, and execution
  • Manage the design department and conduct regular reviews of the design team to ensure accountability, career growth, and opportunities.
  • Own design recruitment and terminations, and develop and administer individual performance improvement plans
  • Mentor, coach, guide, and train design leads and designers to maximize their potential and capability
  • Be the final decision maker on design and creative issues within the company and on projects
  • Oversee design direction of projects and ensure project design goals and execution aligns with and support HSL goals and vision
  • Collaborate with other directors to ensure correct implementation of all aspects of projects, department, and company challenges and opportunities
  • Communicate company messaging to department and design leads to generate buy-in and facilitate execution
  • Foster a strong and defining culture for design in alignment with company values and goals
  • Work closely with operations, HR, and Finance to support competitive staffing and career growth, and to ensure equity within the department
  • Strategize, plan, and execute for the future
  • Develop and foster partner relationships and coordinate with external stakeholders to ensure product, and studio success
  • Stay abreast of industry developments, innovations, market dynamics, market dynamics and business opportunities, to future proof the design department and generate new opportunities in alignment with HSL vision and business

What You Will Bring
  • 10+ years of game development experience with multiple shipped titles in the role of a developer or lead
  • Strong, holistic design sense and instincts across both systems, content, and user experience
  • Good business acumen and understanding of the business of games and activity in the industry
  • Experienced people manager, leading by example while invested in helping those around them achieve their best through active listening and employing excellent soft skills
  • Strategic thinker and executer with a growth and adaptable mindset
  • Champion and executer of building and fostering great culture
  • Excellent communicator and collaborator
  • Strong problem solver, able to tackle both macro and micro issues, and clear a path forward
  • Established record of accomplishment in successful execution
  • Experience in building and fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, collaboration, resiliency, and perseverance
  • Agility to move quickly between multiple and varied areas of focus in a given workday, and still able to dig into details as necessary

Nice to Haves
  • Deep understanding of player psychology and motivations
  • Deep familiarity with the Unreal Engine
  • Multiple shipped console games
  • Co-development experience
  • Business operations experience

Employment Eligibility Requirement
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and not require Visa sponsorship to be eligible.
  • Resume
  • Willing to participate in a design assessment as requested

Don't meet 100% of what is noted in the job description? No problem! Apply anyway. Hardsuit Labs believes in investing and fostering people personally and professionally. Don't let your experience or education define your future. Apply today!

Hardsuit Labs is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. You may view our Equal Employment Opportunity notice here. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

Hardsuit Labs is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at

Hardsuit Labs


Seattle, WA
98127 USA


Arts and Entertainment