Design manager

PDS - Game Design – Stockholm

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Are you a creative and dedicated games industry professional with experience in design and team management that wants to lead our Design Guild? Are you interested in Paradox Interactive and our grand strategy brands and just itching to help us take them to the next level? Then you may be the one we’re looking for!

As Design Manager at our development studio in Stockholm, you will be functional manager of all gameplay- and UX-designers with the overall responsibility for making sure our project managers have access to the best designer for the game project at hand. Your will not work directly with designing games but rather lead, coach and influence the professions (gameplay- and UX- designers respectively) as well as making sure the rest of the company uses their skills in the best possible way.

Gameplay-designers implement the vision set by the Game director, breaking down high-level systems into features and variables for programmers and content designers to implement.

UX-designers help build a gaming experience that is easy to get into without sacrificing deep and complex gameplay.


  • Set up and implement skill development plans for the Design team (Gameplay- and UX-designers)
  • Assign Designers to Projects based on requirements from Game directors
  • Work towards making sure the company uses the skills of the design guild in the best possible way and that the team has the proper support
  • Manage the process of hiring new gameplay and UX-designers
  • Gather information from Project Leads and continuously evaluate and give feedback to designers
  • Assume Personnel Responsibility, handling employee issues affecting the work of employees ensuring a good work environment and that legal requirements are met
  • Occasionally, and as time permits, assist in design to solve specific game design or UX tasks

Required qualifications

  • Very strong written English and Strong Spoken English
  • At least 5 years of games industry experience in a gameplay design/UX/quest design/writing role or similar

Desirable qualifications

  • Previous experience in a manager role
  • Other design/writing experience (movies, RPGs, literary)
  • Technical scripting ability, or programming experience
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in Paradox Interactive’s games and brands

As a person we think you are the type who gains energy from seeing the people around you improve and that you gain satisfaction from helping others overcoming their obstacles. You are not afraid of conflicts and when you see an issue or conflict arising you deal with them. We also think that you are passionate about videogames and want to be part of and contribute to an organization that delivers fun and meaningful experiences to the players. You also thrive in a modern, creative office environment where people around you love their jobs and the games we make.

Practical information

Scope: Full time and permanent
Reports to: EVP Creative Direction
Location: This position is based in Stockholm.

If you think that this description matches your background, we highly encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will interview candidates continuously for this position. In your application, please show us why your previous experiences and skills would work for this role and why you are interested in working at Paradox. If you don't match all the requirements, please demonstrate how your passion, attitude and interest in Paradox might compensate for this.


Västgötagatan 5
118 27 Stockholm

Working at Paradox

We offer a cooperative and playful environment that is equal parts experimental and professional. It’s a great opportunity to learn, develop, and excel within the gaming industry. We are a diverse team that welcome everyone with a can-do attitude and a sense of fun. The company language is English but we have more than 25 languages (including Quenya) represented across our two offices in Stockholm and Umeå, Sweden.

At Paradox Interactive we come from many different backgrounds and all have very different experiences. Some of us came here with fresh degrees in programming or engineering, some with many years in the games industry and some with just great skills, attitude and a passion for making games. Together we make the best games we can possibly make while having great fun!

  • A big family

    Our Paradox family includes more than just employees, we have a big network of loyal fans, 25+ external development studios and long-term sales partners who contribute to our success.

  • We make our own decisions

    We control our operations and make our own decisions, and we are not dependent on outside funding or lengthy approval processes.

  • Have fun

    Our corporate culture includes hard work and dedication but also Friday After Work, a strong board game community and team activities within and outside the company.

  • Responsibility & Freedom

    Even though you’ll be responsible for your specific part of our production chain, your contribution counts and you’ll see direct results of your input in our final products. At Paradox we provide you with freedom and responsibility to meet your goals. We offer flexible work hours, an open office environment and we encourage sharing and learning from each other.

Who we are

We are PASSIONATE and care about our gamers, our products and our colleagues.

We are COMMITTED and work hard to keep our fans happy.

We are CHALLENGERS and thrive on the front lines and on our way into the unknown.

We are RESPONSIBLE, learn and improve from our mistakes. When we see a problem we don’t ask whose fault it is, but see ways we can help fix it.


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