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Mission Designer - Raven Software - Madison, WI - Hybrid (3 days onsite / 2 days remote)

Middleton, England, United Kingdom (On-Site)

Account Management

Level Design

5 Years +

23 Hours ago

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Job Description

Job Title:

Mission Designer - Raven Software - Madison, WI - Hybrid (3 days onsite / 2 days remote)

Requisition ID:

R023046

Job Description:

Your Core:

Founded in 1990, Raven Software is the developer of numerous award-winning games including HexenStar Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi OutcastMarvel: Ultimate Alliance and most recently, a major contributor to the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise.

We’re based in Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, annually ranked on numerous lists as one of the top places to live and work. We have a unique vision for our industry. One that has and continues to inspire us. We bring no egos. We focus on what is best for the game. We hire stunning peers. We own our own mistakes. We treat each other with respect. After nearly 30 years, Raven Software is still thriving. We developed a team who cares about one another, our games and our players. As we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, we are growing. Our team is creative, highly intelligent, well-led and equipped to face this exciting future. If you want to work with a world-class team, on exciting new projects, then apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Raven Software is wholly owned by Activision. To learn more about our studio, please visit us at www.ravensoftware.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ravensoftware, and @RavenSoftware on Twitter.

Your Mission

As a Single-Player Mission Designer you will develop, implement, and tune highly cinematic player-first experiences that will be enjoyed by millions of gamers across the world.  You will take ownership of tasks, proactively and independently solve challenges, and deliver high quality work in a timely manner.  You must thrive in a challenging and often ambiguous environment. An agile and flexible mindset is also necessary since this position actively partners with a variety of internal and external partners. Above all, we are looking for an innovative and dedicated teammate to help tell our story.  Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:  

  • Collaborate with Creative Directors, Designers, Engineers, Artists, Producers, and Animators to deliver world-class game experiences.
  • Research subject matter relating to the design objective to ensure an authentic experience.
  • Be a proactive self-starter that can independently execute high-level direction.
  • Work in a C-style scripting language to create engaging, fun, unique, and highly polished moments.
  • Clearly and effectively pitch designs and features using multi-media tools.
  • Play builds of the game in-progress and provide concise, prioritized feedback.
  • Work closely with user-testing teams during play-balancing to provide expert balancing feedback.
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of the design process spanning all facets of the game.
  • Mentor other designers regularly and act as a resource to other designers.

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience working in the game industry or related field in a design capacity, with at least 3 shipped titles in the AAA console / PC space.
  • Solid experience with programming/scripting languages.
  • Passionate and egoless attitude that welcomes feedback and criticism, and enjoys working in a collaborative, iterative, and agile process.
  • Ability to lead by example.
  • Impressive communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of geometry building, flow, and layout.
  • Solid understanding of modern single-player design with ability to clearly discuss trends.
  • Passion for games with a desire to make an impact at an industry level.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Expertise writing high and low-level documentation (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Visio, etc.).

Extra Points:

  • Profound understanding of the Call of Duty franchise.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the FPS games space.
  • Prior experience working on a AAA first-person shooter.
  • Experience with visual software like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
     

Location:

  • This role will be located in Madison, WI and Hybrid (Mondays and Fridays remote, onsite in-office Tuesday through Thursday). Thinking about moving to Madison? This role may be relocation-bonus eligible!

Our World:

Activision Blizzard, Inc., is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment.  We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Raven Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.
     

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $29.81 - $55.14 Hourly. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

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There is a huge demand for web developers as we see a rise in tech-based startups. Ease of accessibility is the need of the hour, and as a result, remote back-end developer jobs are on the rise.

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Skills required to become a back-end developer

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1. Python

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2. PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor)

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3. Java

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4. DBMS technologies

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5. Application Programming Interface (APIs)

API is the medium that enables data transfer. They are the mediators between the back-end and databases to acquire the user data. APIs allow different servers, clients, and users to communicate on the internet. JSON and XML are the two most commonly used API formats. Every back-end developer should be able to transfer data via APIs.

6. Algorithms and Data Structures

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The senior front-end developer creates the user interface and designs the company's website and product user experience. The developer also creates patterns and abstractions that promote site/software performance.

After getting a remote front-end developer job, your major responsibilities would be:


  • Develop, code, and modify web pages
  • Identify and apply the tools and rising technologies in use
  • Work with SMEs to gain a better understanding of their requirements
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  • Collect wireframes, visual mockups, graphics, audio, video, and other UI elements with graphic designers.
  • Collaborate with the quality assurance (QA) team to test the product and resolve concerns.
  • Collaborate with the test & publication team to host it in a suitable environment.
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Further, back-end developers also assist front-end developers in creating responsive websites. A responsive website is a website that provides a smooth user interface regardless of the screen size. The increase in mobile phone usage indicates more emphasis on responsiveness. As a result, remote back-end developer jobs also require developers to integrate the front-end elements. Therefore, a basic understanding of the front-end is also necessary for a back-end developer.

Back-end developers are a part of teams that consist of front-end developers, testers, product managers, and principal architects. These teams are responsible for collaborating and developing viable products for a specific industry.

There is a need for back-end developers to be passionate about coding. Although most of their work remains behind the scenes, they are the backbone of successful web-based apps. Hence, most back-end developers are exceptional logical thinkers determined to create impactful solutions.

As our dependency on technology increases, there is a high demand for remote back-end developers. Let's take a look at the responsibilities of remote back-end developer jobs listed on most of the job descriptions:


  • Implementation of web architecture comprising of operating systems and servers
  • Designing data storage solutions and managing databases
  • Handling API requests
  • Optimization of an application or a website
  • Integration of front-end elements using server-side logic
  • Building reusable codes and libraries for future use
  • Troubleshooting performance bottlenecks and ensuring security and data protection
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Front-end developers should never stop learning as the web is a continually expanding landscape. For example, following a front-end expert on Twitter will impact your learning curve. To become an expert, you'll need some patience and dedication to the topic.

Therefore, learn HTML and CSS first. Start building websites on your own once you've got the hang of them. There is no substitute for first-hand experience. Also, always remember to enjoy yourself while learning and experimenting. When you dedicate yourself to the process, getting hired for remote senior front-end developer jobs would be a cakewalk.

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