Senior Systems Designer

Design · Frisco, Texas
Department Design
Employment Type Full Time

Senior Systems 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

A Senior Systems Designer at The Gearbox Entertainment Company is a development role with subject matter expertise and preferably some leadership expertise. A Senior Systems Designer is responsible for creating and maintaining core gameplay systems based on the direction of the Creative Director and Lead Systems Designer. In addition, this role involves working with and potentially mentoring a small team of other systems and content designers, making sure the team maintains quality, consistency, and cohesive vision across multiple game systems.

This role often works in collaboration with representatives of various other departments (code, art, animation, level design, etc) to ensure new systems are built well for other departments to use and implement and for players to experience with optimal performance. This role requires deep understanding of modern first-person shooters, RPG growth systems, text based scripting, and core gameplay tentpoles from various Gearbox games. Depending on the candidate this job role can grow into a leadership position over time. This role is open to full-time remote work in certain approved states. 



  • Design, build, and iterate core gameplay systems for a multi-platform AAA FPS
  • Coordinate with the Lead Systems Designer and Creative Director to make sure core gameplay systems are meeting their goals and delivered to players in a complete, polished, and fun state
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams with coders, artists, and other designers to coordinate development complex systems and solve problems
  • Develop interactive objects that are responsive and provide players with excellent feedback promoting ease of use
  • Guide the development of internal tools and processes to ensure rapid content creation and less bugs
  • Coordinate systems testing with QA and automated tools to ensure consistent quality of the product
  • Take a keen interest in team morale, the growth of team members’ craft and their career goals. Over time, potentially grow this into full time leadership.



  • 3+ AAA Projects shipped to completion in a design role, leadership roles are a plus
  • Love of the Borderlands franchise
  • Shipped Unreal Engine 4 experience is preferred
  • Must possess proficiency in mathematics including vector math, ability to develop XP curves, diminishing return systems, and possessing the ability to understand how to best utilize math so players don’t have to.


Bonus Points For: 

  • While previous software engineering is not a must, previous work or examples of coding is a huge plus for the position.

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