Senior Director of Design, Slots


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Oakland, California
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Life at Big Fish Games

Big Fish Games is an innovative developer and world-class publisher of a diverse portfolio of casual game franchises, including Big Fish Casino, Gummy Drop, Fairway Solitaire, Jackpot Magic Slots and Cooking Craze. Founded in 2002, we serve millions of players every day and are dedicated to providing players with the opportunity to play, connect, compete and discover anywhere and on any device. We are dedicated to enhancing life through exceptional play. 

Our four core beliefs are what makes working at Big Fish Games unique. We believe in a work environment that:

  • Creates opportunities for impact
  • Shares a passion for challenge
  • Cultivates a spirit of creativity
  • Thrives through collaboration 

Summary and Mission

Self Aware Games (a division of Big Fish Games), creators of the category-leading social casino games Big Fish Casino and Jackpot Magic Slots, is looking for a seasoned Senior Director Game Design (Slots) in Oakland, CA. The qualified candidate will develop and lead the slots design team and own slots strategy and execution across our portfolio of games. This will entail developing quality standards, concept & product strategy development, competitive & performance analyses, overseeing functional & visual design, and leading the development of new game concepts in partnership with Art, UX, Engineering, and Project Management teams.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead studio strategy for compelling slots content across the Self Aware Games portfolio that creates player value & drives business performance.
  • Manage team of slots designers to create new concepts, math models, functional and visual designs, and tuning sets.
  • Partner effectively with studio leadership across Product Management, Operations, Engineering, and Art to deliver best-in-class content and meta-features.
  • Mentor and develop game designers and foster a culture of disciplined risk-taking, innovation, and excellence in execution.
  • Collaborate with external partners to source and evaluate additional content.


  • Minimum of 12 years directly relevant experience
  • Expert level understanding of functional design principles and mathematical fundamentals of slot machines with a track-record of creating break-out slot products
  • Strong analytical skills to dive deep on product metrics and optimize game performance and monetization
  • Ability to communicate effectively with, and provide creative leadership for, a diverse set of project stakeholders
  • High attention to detail including proven ability to manage competing priorities and make appropriate trade-offs
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion for mobile gaming and experience in the Free-to-Play Social Casino category
  • Experience in modalities of Free-to-Play game design including progression systems, social mechanics, and goal structures
  • Familiarity with live game operations (e.g. in-game events, promotions, etc.)
  • Experience working with complex data-sets to analyze game performance
  • Advanced degree in Mathematics or related field

Big Fish Games is an equal opportunity employer. We bring unique talents together to build something special that’s why we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

This role is not eligible for any company sponsored immigration visas.