Lead Level Designer

Design · Frisco, Texas
Department Design
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Lead Level Designer

The Gearbox Entertainment Company is an award-winning creator and distributor of entertainment for people around the world. Gearbox Entertainment develops and publishes products through its subsidiaries, Gearbox Software and Gearbox Publishing. Gearbox Entertainment has become widely known for successful game franchises including Brothers in Arms and Borderlands, as well as acquired properties Duke Nukem and Homeworld. Gearbox’s ambition is to entertain the world and its key driving objectives include the pursuit of happiness for our talent, partners and customers, the prioritization of entertainment and creativity and a measured respect for profitability. For more information, visit www.Gearbox.com

Gearbox Software is looking for a Lead Level Designer to join our team! We are building a first person shooter in Unreal Engine 5, and are looking to grow our Level Design leadership team. This game will primarily be an open world game, but contain areas of linear gameplay as well. This role would report to the Worldbuilding Lead, taking ownership over the direction and creation of a portion of the game's level design needs. The role will manage a group of level designers, providing direction and feedback of their work, while also owning some amount of level creation. Level Designers at Gearbox work in small groups with Level Artists, Mission Designers, and Lighting Artists to help craft a cohesive world and narrative experience. As a Level Design Lead, this role will work with the leads of those other departments to help coordinate the flow of information and deal with any conflicts that arise.

Position can be staffed at any of our offices, full remotely, or a flexible combination of days in the office and remotely.



  • Work with the level design team to develop open world gameplay environments as well as contained linear.
  • Manage a group of level designers, providing direction, feedback, and coaching to help them progress in their craft..
  • Coordinate the needs of the Level Design team with the Level Art, Mission Design, and Lighting Art teams to make sure our levels and well built
  • Work with department production to track project goals and provide regular information to project leadership about the team's progress
  • Some level of helping to promote the project through demos, events, live steams, press interviews, and more when the project is ready for release



  • Multiple shipped AAA games in a Level Design role, preferably in a leadership role
  • Portfolio or demo reel showcasing your work.
  • Solid understanding of modern level/game design practices
  • Ability to communicate with all facets of the team to determine and act upon design needs
  • Ability to evaluate progress on a game level and determine what is needed to bring the level to completion
  • Ability to work in the US or Quebec, either near our Frisco, Quebec City, or Montreal offices. Or ability to work remotely at an agreed upon location.

Bonus Points For: 

  • Unreal Engine 4/5 experience
  • Shipped AAA open world Level Design experience
  • College Graduate

Gearbox Entertainment believes that all team members should be able to enjoy a work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the world we strive to entertain. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we provide fair and equal treatment to all team members and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. 

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  • Location
    Frisco, Texas
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience