Zenimax Online Studios

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ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS is hiring for The Elder Scrolls Online and future projects that include a brand-new AAA IP. We’re growing to meet the demands of our players and industry, so we’re looking for talented, self-motivated people of varied experiences and backgrounds with the desire to make great games. Join us!

Art

Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior Technical Artist with a focus in animation to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game.  This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

The ideal candidate is a skilled Technical Artist with experience in rigging and animation.  You will be working with small, multidisciplinary groups of artists, designers and engineers to develop efficient, intuitive workflows, build production tools, and identify performance metrics parameters.

Responsibilities

  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to develop efficient, maintainable workflows capable of supporting a large, complex project with a wide range of animation needs
  • Develop tools and workflows to support animators
  • Develop and maintain runtime animation graphs
  • Provide direct support to the animation team
  • Work with Engineering to develop best practices, technical guidelines, and performance metrics for animation
  • Document workflows and advocate best practices

Qualifications

  • Fluent in one or more programming language (Python, C#, C++, etc.)
  • Solid technical background with ability to design and implement systems
  • 3+ years relevant industry experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree in an art-related discipline
  • Solid understanding of kinematics, animation principles and ability to translate this into tangible production tools and processes
  • Experience with runtime animation tools, techniques and capabilities (Unity, Havok Behavior, Natural Motion, or proprietary systems, etc.)
  • Experience working with an animation graph or similar system
  • Experience rigging characters for animation
  • Understand differences between production and runtime animation requirements
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Familiarity with common data formats: XML/JSON/etc.
  • Familiarity with common 3D data formats: OBJ/FBX/ALEMBIC/etc.

Preferred Skills

  • Mocap Experience
  • Experience working with 2 or more animation pipelines
  • Linear algebra
  • Perforce
  • PyQt/PySide
  • General interest in contemporary CGI techniques
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking a skilled Technical Animator to help further develop our animation pipeline. The focus of this position will be on runtime animation integration and animation handling in the pipeline.

You will work with animators to develop blend graphs that produce smooth, AAA quality animation, seamlessly combining animated motion with various runtime input sources. You’ll help define animation related workflows and systems, and you’ll assist animators in all technical aspects of animation production. Working with multiple disciplines to identify effective solutions, you will serve as a communicator with the goal of ensuring all involved parties have a common understanding of the system and our shared goals.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience writing animation authoring tools (in Max, Maya, etc.), though this is not the primary area of coverage. If you have experience programming in any form, this is a huge plus. If you have experience with MOCAP that is also beneficial. If you are technical, highly motivated and passionate about animation, please apply for this position. It’s an uncommon opportunity.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Animation, Design, and Engineering to develop the means by which these groups interact with animation data
  • Play a positive, proactive role in communication between all involved departments
  • Advocate for Animation while maintaining attention to performance issues
  • Provide ongoing support and training to Animation throughout production cycle
  • Communicate, promote, and document animation related processes and best practices
  • Help to identify tools that will make managing large amounts of animation possible

Qualifications

  • 5 or more years industry experience
  • 3-5 years runtime animation system experience (can overlap with industry experience)
  • Professional experience working with 2 or more animation pipelines
  • A Bachelor’s degree in an art-related discipline
  • Strong technical skillset and love of getting hands dirty
  • Strong understanding of kinematics and eye for animation
  • Experience with runtime animation tools, techniques and capabilities (Unity, Havok Behavior, Natural Motion, or proprietary, etc.)
  • Familiarity with rigging
  • Some familiarity with MOCAP workflows
  • Understand differences between production and runtime animation requirements and data
  • Clear, demonstrable understanding of animation data and how it moves through the pipeline
  • Self-sufficient, motivated and independent
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Familiarity with common data formats: XML/JSON/etc.
  • Familiarity with common 3D data formats: HVK/GR2/OBJ/FBX/ALEMBIC/etc.

Portfolio: Please include links to your work and clearly indicate your contributions. Resumes without work samples will not be considered.

Preferred Skills

  • Some understanding of shaders
  • Any programming experience
  • Pyside/PyQt
  • Perforce
  • Experience with special effects and non-character animation
  • General interest in contemporary CGI techniques
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for an experienced Senior Environment Artist. Primary responsibilities are to develop all environments and environmental/ambient objects and to ensure consistent quality within the established art style.

Responsibilities

  • Model and texture both organic and hard surface models to the highest level possible while maintaining game restrictions and guidelines
  • Match the look, feel, and style of our game
  • Collaborate with the Concept team in producing quality assets; work independently or without Concept when needed
  • Problem-solve and work collaboratively with the Design team
  • Receive and provide feedback in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Critique one’s own work and meet set deadlines

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as an Environment Artist or other relevant experience in the industry
  • Must have a portfolio demonstrating excellence in both 2D and 3D art
  • Experience in 3dStudio Max, Substance Painter, Photoshop, and Zbrush
  • Have a positive attitude, be a team player, and have excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Passion for making excellent art
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Technical Character Artist to assist with the production of characters. This technical art position will work with various members of the Figure Art team to address character rigging related issues: from in-game editing and data set-up to vertex weighting adjustments. This Technical Artist will also be making art changes and adjustments to submitted assets, so experience with character art is important. This is a dynamic environment that will challenge you as you become a full-fledged professional game developer.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Outsourcing Managers, other Tech Artists, and Character Artists
  • Prepare armor, costumes, weapons, mounts, and monsters for export into game
  • Evaluate all incoming outsourced art for technical issues
  • Adjust vertex weighting for armors, costumes, mounts, and monsters
  • Geo and texture adjustments on outsourced assets when necessary
  • Export adjusted geometry to engine
  • Data set-up of exported assets in engine
  • Learn proprietary tools for rigging of the game-ready character meshes and internal tools for export

Qualifications

  • Ability to skin meshes to various rigs
  • Love of characters and animation
  • Strong grasp of anatomy, form, proportion, and color
  • Intermediate+ understanding of character modeling and texturing principles
  • Understanding of good mesh topology for deformation
  • Some working experience in rigging characters for video games
  • Working knowledge of 3D Studio Max, Zbrush, and Photoshop
  • Familiarity with game engines
  • Interest in working with and supporting Artists and Animators in the production environment
  • Responsive to direction
  • Tenacious problem solver
  • Strong aesthetic sense and ability to communicate creative ideas clearly
  • Strong communication skills: written and verbal
  • Self-sufficient and capable of independent learning

Preferred Skills

  • Familiarity with modular character customization systems is a plus
  • Experience with animation is a plus but not required
  • Enjoy playing MMOs
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are looking for a wildly talented and experienced Senior Character Rigger to help us develop a robust studio level rigging system. As the Senior Character Rigger, you will be involved in the design and implementation of the system from the earliest stages. You will work with Animation to determine features, needs, and desires. You will also work with Engineering to develop an efficient pathway between the tools and the game.

Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain high-quality, high-performance animation rigs
  • Expand upon the current rigging system with new features and modules
  • Work closely with Modelers and Animators to ensure all disciplines are getting what they need
  • Develop tools to support Animation
  • Document system and advocate best practices

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of industry experience in character rigging (3ds Max)
  • Solid understanding of anatomy and kinematics
  • Ability and interest in rigging biomorphics and mechanics
  • Solid understanding of animation pipelines
  • Ability to develop animation tools to support rigs
  • Ability to work collaboratively with technical and creative team members
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Self-sufficient, independent, and proactive
  • Familiarity with common data formats: XML/JSON/etc.
  • Familiarity with common 3D data formats: USD/OBJ/FBX/ALEMBIC/etc.

*Please include links to your work and clearly indicate your contributions. Resumes without work samples will not be considered. 

Preferred Skills

  • MotionBuilder, Maya, Houdini
  • Python, Maxscript, C#, C++
  • PyQt or PySide
  • Perforce
  • Understanding of core game data pipelines
  • General interest in contemporary CGI techniques
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking an ambitious and creative Senior Character Artist to work closely with our art team to create unique and diverse characters and creatures that will pull the player into our universe. Candidates should have a strong understanding of character modeling as it applies to gameplay and should be able to successfully execute those ideas in engine. 

Responsibilities

  • Create dynamic humanoid, animal, and creature characters with a strong grasp of form, scale, and proportion while working within defined technical constraints
  • Communicate and work with Concept Art team, Animation, and Technical Artists
  • Adapt to the established art style
  • Closely follow art and design concepts
  • Have a thorough understanding of pipelines and art integration into the game
  • Contribute to the creative process through original ideas and inspiration
  • Participate in critiquing your work and the work of other artists; help mentor junior artists
  • Work with the entire development team in an energetic and creative environment

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of professional industry experience as a Character/Figure Artist or Senior Character/Figure Artist
  • Credited with at least two AAA published games
  • In depth knowledge of character modeling as related to game development
  • Excellent sculpting skills in Zbrush or Mudbox
  • Strong knowledge of human and animal anatomy
  • A strong understanding of rigging and animation principles
  • Excellent fine art skills
  • Knowledge of industry software tools and pipelines (3dsmax, Zbrush, Photoshop, Marvelous Designer, Maya)
  • MMO or RPG experience a plus
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking an enthusiastic VFX Artist to collaborate with our Art and Design teams and create amazing effects for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Responsibilities

  • Develop visually stunning particle and shader effects within the defined visual style through creative use of particles, geometry, and animation
  • Work with the Design and Concept Art teams to develop clean, highly readable VFX that support gameplay initiatives
  • Designing, creating, and integrating VFX from start to finish
  • Ensure that VFX assets are built efficiently and perform within performance budgets
  • Concept, propose, and present creative ideas
  • Collaborate with our Artists, Animators, Designers, and Programmers to implement effects
  • Set dressing of environments and cinematics with VFX
  • Testing, debugging, solving problems and fixing bugs
  • Performance testing and optimizing VFX for different platforms
  • Provide creative input specific to assigned tasks

Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding of particle effects technology, techniques, and implementation
  • Demonstrable technical knowledge of effects generation within an engine
  • 3+ years of professional industry experience creating effects; experience shipping at least two AAA titles as a VFX Artist preferred
  • Portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of VFX
  • An aptitude for learning new systems quickly
  • Experience with 3D Studio Max and Photoshop
  • Ability to quickly conceptualize, present, and execute ideas
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
  • Excellent sense of scale, timing, detail, form, texture, and color
  • Must have the drive to conquer technical challenges
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner and within deadlines
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a talented Environment Artist for the Elder Scrolls Online team. The primary responsibilities are to develop all environments and environmental/ambient objects and to ensure consistent quality within the established art style. The ideal candidate will be passionate about contributing to the project and have a strong portfolio focused on environment art.

Responsibilities

  • Model and texture both organic and hard surface models to the highest level possible while maintaining game restrictions and guidelines
  • Match the look, feel and style of our game
  • Work with the concept team to produce quality assets and also be able to work without concept when necessary
  • Problem solve and work collaboratively with the design team

Qualifications

  • Portfolio demonstrating excellence in both 2D and 3D art
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art or at least 2 years’ experience in the industry
  • Experience in 3dStudio Max or Maya, Substance Painter, Photoshop and Zbrush
  • Passion for making excellent art
  • Have a positive attitude, be a team player and have excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Be able to take feedback in a constructive and collaborative manner
  • Be self-motivated with an ability to critique one’s own work and meet set deadlines

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with Substance Designer is a bonus
Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Principal Level Designer to join our Elder Scrolls Online team.

A developer in this role serves as a key part of the level design team with a focus on creating levels for both open world and “linear” spaces, combat encounter design, and scripting. This role will work closely with the Lead Level Designers and Lead Content Designer to establish and drive vision on a major content area or feature. A key part of this role involves designing the workflow and establishing best practices for content creation.

Responsibilities

  • Help establish the vision on a large content feature or area
  • Build consensus on the feature set execution across disciplines
  • Support the leadership team in establishing and role modeling positive processes
  • Help the lead level designers define quality standards for the team through hands on execution and documentation
  • Mentoring of more junior members of the team to help them grow in their careers
  • Help determine the optimal workflow for content creation
  • Work with the tools team to identify the ideal toolset with which to create content

Qualifications

  • 5+ years related experience
  • Broad gameplay design knowledge
  • Ability to drive collaboration and consensus across multiple disciplines
  • Strong organization, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes gameplay fun
  • Excellent sense of gameplay pacing and level design skills
  • Good grasp of scripting or coding
  • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish
  • Strong understanding of the discrete elements game levels and combat experiences are built from, and the ability to problem solve both holistically and on a per-component basis

Preferred Skills

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Department Art Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is seeking a Motion Capture Animator with experience in high fidelity in-game and cinematic motion capture animation to work with our talented teams. The Motion Capture Animator will bring new worlds to life in an exciting new AAA game at Zenimax Online Studios. 

Responsibilities

  • Create high quality motion capture animation sequences for in-game mechanics and cinematics from Optical and Xsens Motion Capture data
  • Apply expert knowledge of body mechanics and the principals of animation to process and refine motion capture data
  • Set up and run internal and remote motion capture sessions using Xsens hardware
  • Organize and catalogue data from shoots
  • Collaborate with Engineers and Technical Artists to build and refine our motion capture tools, pipeline, and process
  • Work with external partners to build strong outsourcing support workflows and provide critical feedback when necessary
  • Contribute to the creative process with original ideas and inspiration

Qualifications

  • Candidates must provide a demo reel that includes examples of previous motion capture animation work, showing strong understanding of body mechanics and polished performances
  • 3+ years of professional experience as a Motion Capture Animator
  • Ability to build gameplay experiences with motion capture sequences
  • Demonstrated technical abilities with respect to the implementation of animation into a game engine
  • Expert knowledge of Maya, MotionBuilder, or equivalent software
  • Understanding of the motion capture process and its technical dependencies and limitations
  • Deep understanding of anatomy and human kinetics
  • Deep understanding of fundamental animation principles
  • Aptitude for learning new systems quickly
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Passion for video games

Preferred Skills

  • Receptive to direction and constructive feedback; willingness to work through an iterative process
  • Experience processing and polishing motion capture performances for use in game mechanics and cinematics on humans and creatures
  • Familiarity with Optical and Magnetic mocap systems such as Xsens hardware and software
  • Proven ability to convert motion capture performance to sequences
  • Experience building and using motion libraries
  • Experience in moving arts such as Acting and/or Martial Arts is a plus

Community

Department Community Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

The Web and eCommerce Product Owner is an experienced, hands‐on web development manager and web strategist who will oversee the development of our web properties including Elder Scrolls Online. They must have a strong background in the design, development, deployment, project management, and operation of scalable, high‐performance eCommerce websites.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the user experience of the ESO websites including user acquisition, site navigation, content development, checkout funnel, and promotional campaigns
  • Develop and oversee the effective planning, QA, and execution of content across the websites and online marketing campaigns
  • Ensure efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of all web content publishing
  • Evaluate gaps in existing use-cases, identify a plan to address those gaps, and execute against that vision
  • Build consensus with Development, Marketing, Brand, and Art teams to ensure quality deliverables that meet the business needs

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of Technical Management experience with substantial focus on developing compelling, conversion-friendly eCommerce experiences – including B2C, eCommerce transactions, and A/B platform testing
  • Demonstrated understanding of Web strategy, including: conversion optimization, content strategy, user experience, search, and analytics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to articulate technical solutions to a technical and non-technical audience
  • Ability to understand business goals and translate them into web projects
  • Knowledge of web marketing strategies and how/when to use them to achieve business goals
  • Demonstrated strong business judgment and decision-making skills; ability to identify, prioritize, and articulate highest impact initiatives
  • Knowledge of current best practices in web design, information architecture, usability, and accessibility
  • Strong familiarity with agile methodology and experience as a Product Owner and/or Scrum Master

Preferred Skills

  • Google Analytics, Google Optimize, and Akamai mPulse
  • Experience in managing MMO/game studio web strategies and/or deep familiarity with MMO genre as a player
Department Community Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

We are seeking a Social Media Community Manager to join the Community team at ZeniMax Online Studios. The successful candidate will oversee the day-to-day operations, growth, and success of the official global Elder Scrolls Online social media channels and their communities. Primary duties include creating and executing on social media content strategies and tactics, engaging with, and building rapport with players on the official ESO social media channels, measuring and reporting on the performance of social content and channel growth, and more.

Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with the Community and Marketing teams to develop and execute social media strategies and tactics for The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Engage with ESO players through social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, driving conversation with the ESO team and between players
  • Maintain a consistent presence on all official ESO social media spaces and promote a welcoming, inclusive environment
  • Work in collaboration with the Development, Marketing, PR, Quality Assurance, and Customer Support teams to ensure a positive player experience on the official ESO social media channels
  • Act as a key representative within the gaming community for The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Analyze social media efforts to help grow audience and retention and drive engagement
  • Assists with the company's involvement in trade shows, exhibitions, and other events
  • Create and distribute detailed reporting on social media KPIs and community sentiment, including community reactions, sentiment, and feedback
  • Contribute to product improvement and innovation efforts by advocating for player suggestions, feedback, and needs
  • Analyze learnings and opportunities and develop improvement plans based on metrics, research, and business goals
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of community management and social media tools, best practices, and industry trends
  • Assist with other Community team tasks and opportunities

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of professional community and/or social media management experience in the gaming industry or similar entertainment industries
  • Strong understanding of and adaptability to popular social media trends, social networking tools, trends, and best practices, online gaming trends, and industry leaders
  • Proven history of developing and maintaining communities on social media platforms for a business
  • Knowledgeable about latest technologies and techniques used in building and maintaining successful gaming communities on social media platforms
  • Strong drive to pursue ongoing innovation and improvement for community and social media practices and tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong understanding of appropriate tone and voice for social media platforms
  • Strong time-management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with privileged information, work well with others and handle a high-pressure environment
  • Passion for The Elder Scrolls Online and other games from Bethesda Softworks
  • Strong understanding of competitive landscape of games and their social media presence
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated initiative and positive spirit in a rapidly changing environment
  • Willing to travel for events, meetings, conventions, etc.

Preferred Skills

  • Public speaking and live broadcast/stream experience
  • Experience working in a technical background such as development or production
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Google Analytics

Design

Department Design Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Lead Level Designer focused on Live Service to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

This role will collaborate with the Lead Content Designer, Design Leads, & Lead Environment Artists to drive live service recurring content creation.

Responsibilities

  • Driving content that supports and reinforces our retention vectors established by Creative Director and Lead Content Designer, and Lead Content Systems Designer.
  • Collaborate with artists to build 3D gameplay spaces that provide a variety of player experiences.
  • Facilitate and advocate for tools creation for live service content.
  • Collaborate closely with the Lead Level Designer and Principal Quest Designer to build a holistic approach to level development across the project.
  • Partner with MTX designers and Product Management to align content with live service plan.
  • Leverage and communicate best practices for content creation against a live service model.
  • Lead a team of level designers to create level layouts and flows in collaboration with writers, world builders, and artists
  • Mentor more junior level designers and serve as a bastion for the discipline within the company
  • Support the leadership team in establishing and role modeling positive processes
  • Define quality standards for the team through hands on execution and documentation

Qualifications

· 5+ years related experience

· Experience in live service content creation

· Strong team leadership skills

· Deeply creative with broad gameplay design knowledge and expert level design proficiency

· Ability to drive collaboration and consensus across multiple disciplines

· Strong organization, verbal, and written communication skills

· Experience with combat, open world, or mission design in a AAA game

· Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish

· Strong methodology and problem-solving ability

· Previous work experience with 3D world and level building tools such as UE4, Unity, etc.

· Scripting experience, either in visual or other form

Department Design Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

The Senior Combat designer works with the Combat Lead and the rest of the development team in the creation and maintenance of core combat mechanics, character abilities, and combat itemization. They are responsible for maintaining and improving the health of the combat experience including balance, bug fixing, system improvements, and development of new features.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Lead Combat Designer in developing and executing plans to improve and expand the combat experience
  • Adhere to guidelines and restrictions for combat gameplay as defined by the Lead Combat Designer and Creative Director
  • Take ownership of the development of specific combat features and improvement efforts, from ideation through delivery to players
  • Maintain clear and concise documentation for all mechanics, balance, and systems they are responsible for
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the state of combat on the live servers and incorporate that knowledge into development effort
  • Mentor other designers on the Combat team to improve their design, technical, and communication skills
  • Actively seek internal and external feedback regarding the Combat product, and work with leadership to identify response actions
  • Specific areas of responsibility include:                    ​
    • Maintenance and iteration of combat-centric systems such as character stats, progression, itemization rules, and player onboarding
    • Creation and maintenance of character mechanics, abilities, and items with an eye toward game balance
    • Proposing and shepherding the development of new gameplay systems

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3+ years combat design experience on a shipped or live online multiplayer game
  • Deep expertise in action and RPG combat systems, and what makes them satisfying
  • Experience designing for both a casual and competitive audience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive within a collaborative environment, and both give and receive constructive feedback
  • Ability to think logically and break down complex problems, with a strong focus on attention to detail
  • Confidence working in an environment where specific processes are in place to maintain live game integrity
  • Experience with scripting tools or languages
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
Department Design Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is looking for a Senior Designer to focus on monetized features and products for The Elder Scrolls Online team. This designer would work with game and feature teams to ensure we create features and products that follow fair and effective monetization practices.

Responsibilities

  • Author and shepherd designs for new, monetized products and features from concept to delivery
  • Use multiple toolsets to implement features that integrate seamlessly with other game systems
  • Advise feature teams on best practices to ensure any monetization and business goals are effective and fair to the player
  • Work with Product Management to execute on monetization strategies
  • Use live game metrics as well as current industry trends and practices to improve existing and future monetization practices

Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience developing and maintaining gameplay systems, game features, or monetized stores for a shipped game
  • Experience playing MMORPGs and games as a service
  • Experience with Microsoft office or similar products
  • Experience with game development tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with agile development
  • Understanding of monetization practices of several types of games and products and how these practices interact with the game or product as a whole

Engineering/Programming

Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Lead Server Engineer for The Elder Scrolls Online to lead server development for a team of engineers. This position will also work closely with game designers to implement and iterate on game features.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the server engineering team in the design and implementation of server technology
  • Define and maintain the overall technological design for all server systems
  • Design, architect, and refine backend game systems throughout the development cycle of the project
  • Work directly with messaging and database frameworks to provide base level functionality for feature development
  • Troubleshoot and respond to server emergencies in the live game
  • Work with Technical Producer to prioritize and schedule work for engineers on your team

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Proficient in C++
  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Experience with SQL
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid architecture skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

  • Previous management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • MMO development experience
  • Experience in a "Live" environment (ongoing support of a product after launch)
  • Experience with Linux development
  • Experience working with AMQP platforms
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Senior Gameplay Engineer to develop game systems in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project.

Responsibilities

  • Architect and implement new game systems
  • Refine systems throughout the development cycle of the project
  • Collaborate with designers, artists, and other engineers for feature development
  • Code to clearly defined performance and memory usage specs

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Robust programming skills/experience in C++
  • Solid architecture, system design, and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated and energetic team player with a strong work ethic and cooperative attitude
  • Experience with multi-threaded programming
  • Excellent 3D math skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

  • Experience developing for multiple platforms (Windows, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is building a new ECS-driven game engine for an unannounced AAA title. We are looking for a Senior UI Engineer to help develop the cutting-edge user interface backend for that engine. This position will research the state of the art in UI development and apply that research through technical designs and implementation. Applicants should have a passion for UI development and a strong vision for its future.

Responsibilities

• Work with UI designers to break down the capabilities needed to realize their vision

• Independently research broad UI questions to provide insight and direction to the team

• Architect foundational UI systems with an eye towards the future

• Write maintainable and performant code to realize technical designs

• Set the standards that future UI developers will learn form

• Provide suggestions and feedback on UI designs to help produce the best UIs for players

Qualifications

• 5+ years of software development experience

• Experience with modern C++

• Knowledge of fundamental UI concepts like 2D layout, animation, and text rendering

• Familiarity with several UI frameworks (game, web, application, etc.)

• Familiarity with shaders, particle systems, and 3D rendering

• Ability to collaborate with other programmers in a shared code base

Preferred Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

• Experience with declarative UI frameworks like React

• Experience with client/server game architecture

• Experience with UI tooling

• Experience with Entity Component System

• Experience with profiling and optimization

Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for an Animation Engineer to develop a robust in-game animation system in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project. In this position you will work side-by-side with Technical Artists, Animators, and Gameplay Engineers. You will own the animation pipeline from artist workstation all the way to fluid and responsive in-game characters.

Qualifications

  • Deep knowledge of real-time animation systems.
  • Experience with one or more real-time animation middleware (e.g.: Havok Animation, Granny, Morpheme) or equivalent custom/in-house solutions
  • Experience developing or working with animation blend graphs, real-time IK, animation compression, and/or advanced animation memory management (streaming)
  • Self-motivated and energetic team player with a strong work ethic and cooperative attitude
  • Enjoys working daily with animators and technical artists to help craft solutions to complex problems
  • 3+ years game industry software development experience
  • Robust programming skills/experience in C++
  • Excellent 3D math skills
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong technical knowledge of Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with animation systems in network games
  • Generalist experience or prior experience in other core areas of game development, such as UI or gameplay programming
  • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Principal Animation Software Engineer to develop a robust in-game animation system in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project. In this position you will work side-by-side with Technical Artists, Animators, and Gameplay Engineers. You will own the animation pipeline from artist workstation all the way to fluid and responsive in-game characters.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the animation systems team to help architect animation technology
  • Integration of new technologies into the engine and pipeline
  • Work with gameplay and provide an interface for them to interact with animation
  • Work with the Tools team to create animation tools and pipelines
  • Develop core animation components
  • Mentor other engineering team members

Qualifications

  • 7+ years game industry software development experience
  • Expert level knowledge of real-time animation systems
  • Extensive experience with one or more real-time animation middleware (e.g.: Havok Animation, Granny, Morpheme) or equivalent custom/in-house solutions
  • Experience developing or working with animation blend graphs, real-time IK, animation compression, and/or advanced animation memory management (streaming)
  • Self-motivated and energetic team player with a very strong work ethic and cooperative attitude
  • Enjoys working daily with animators and technical artists to help craft solutions to complex problems
  • Prior experience acting as an owner of animation systems
  • Excellent 3D math skills
  • Robust programming skills/experience in C++
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong technical knowledge of Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with animation systems in network games
  • Generalist experience or prior experience in other core areas of game development, such as UI or gameplay programming
  • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience

 

Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is building a new ECS-driven game engine for an unannounced AAA title. We are looking for a UI Engineer to implement next generation interfaces using a new and in-development UI framework. This position will program UIs, establish implementation standards, and contribute to the development of the UI framework. Applicants should have a passion for UI development and a strong vision for its future.

Responsibilities

  • Write maintainable and performant code to realize UI designs
  • Develop game client systems in C++ to supply information to UIs
  • Provide suggestions and feedback on UI designs to help produce the best UIs for players
  • Communicate with producers and systems designers to represent the needs of the engineering department.
  • Support UI framework development by adding new features
  • Set the standards that future UI developers will learn form

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of software development experience
  • Experience with modern C++
  • Knowledge of fundamental UI concepts like 2D layout and animation
  • Previously developed professional UIs in one or more UI frameworks (game, web, application, etc.)
  • Ability to collaborate with other programmers in a shared code base

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with declarative UI frameworks like React
  • Experience with client/server game architecture
  • Experience with UI tooling
  • Experience with Entity Component System
  • Experience with profiling and optimization
  • Experience with shaders, particle systems, and 3D rendering
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is seeking a Product Owner for our Game Operations team. This team assists game development teams in scaling their processes to production & live operations environments. They also assist with building processes around automation & orchestration. This role will need to continuously identify, drive, and maximize value and improvements with an understanding of how they are needed by the business. The person in this role will be responsible for interpreting the needs of stakeholders and turning them into tangible benefits.

Responsibilities

  • Convert wider goals given by the Game Operations Director into deliverable work for the team
  • Refine backlog and prep for program increment planning
  • Engage with stakeholders and your customers to understand value
  • Build product vision, roadmap, and backlog
  • Be involved with story definition, estimates, and sequencing
  • Coordinate timelines with other teams
  • Track progress toward the release of a product

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of related experience
  • Engineering background

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with development/deployment pipelines
    • Continuous Integration
    • Promotion
    • Build processes
    • Artifacts
    • Platforms
    • Orchestration
    • Deployment
    • Config management
    • Distribution
  • Experience with agile processes, knowledge of scrum and roles
  • Scrum Product Owner certification
  • High level understanding of infrastructure and networking
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is seeking a DevOps Engineer who can lead a team, work with others to build solutions and deliver value for its flagship AAA MMO game, The Elder Scrolls Online.  You will be responsible for ensuring that ZOS is able to reliably build and deploy new product versions, deliver new features to our customers, and introduce change into those systems in a safe way. Must be able to mentor the team and be able to support our systems via an on-call rotation.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and extend existing systems that are critical for ZOS to deliver its products
  • Ensure that architectural changes are identified and discussed
  • Understand new technologies and requirements and their impact on the pipelines
  • Suggest and lobby for work on technical debt and non-functional improvements
  • Identify skill gaps and resources needs in order to deliver on objectives
  • Mentor team members and increase the amount of work that the team can deliver while maintaining quality

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of engineering experience
  • B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science, or equivalent experience
  • Experience leading a team and driving the team towards established goals
  • Experience in languages such as Python, Bash, PowerShell scripting, etc.
  • Clear communicator and active listener

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with development/deployment pipelines
    • CI
    • Promotion and branching (Perforce, Git)
    • Build processes
    • Artifact management
    • Managing multiple client platforms (Xbox, Playstation, PC, ...)
    • Orchestration
    • Backend Deployment
    • Configuration management
    • Build and Asset Distribution
  • Linux System Administration
  • Experience with agile processes, knowledge of scrum and roles
    • Scrum Product Owner certification
  • High level understanding of infrastructure, networking and security principles
  • Cloud architecture experience (Azure, AWS)
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Senior Tools Engineer to design, develop, and maintain an assortment of tools in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project.  This position will work closely with various disciplines to further refine workflows for streamlining content creation and the art and data pipelines.

Responsibilities

  • Design and architect new tools based on developer requirements
  • Collaborate with artists, designers, and other engineers for feature development
  • Identify and eliminate inefficiencies in the content creation workflow

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of software development experience
  • Excellent programming skills/experience in C++ and C#
  • Experience developing Qt and/or WPF applications
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid architecture skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to write clear and maintainable code

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • UI and UX design skills
  • Strong 3D math skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Tools Engineer to design, develop, and maintain an assortment of tools in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project.  This position will work closely with various disciplines to further refine workflows for streamlining content creation and the art and data pipelines.

Responsibilities

  • Design and architect new tools based on developer requirements
  • Refine existing toolset to improve the development experience and reduce iteration time
  • Collaborate with artists, designers, and other engineers for feature development
  • Identify and eliminate inefficiencies in the content creation workflow

Qualifications

  • 4+ years of software development experience
  • Proficient in C# and C++
  • Experience developing WinForms and/or WPF applications
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid architecture skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to write clear and maintainable code 

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • UI and UX design skills
  • Strong 3D math skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is building a new ECS-driven game engine for an unannounced AAA title. We are looking for a UI Tools Engineer to build a visual editor for our new UI library. Applicants should have a passion for UI development and a strong vision for its future.

Responsibilities

  • Pioneer a WYSIWYG editor to modify UI components and display them as they would appear in the game
  • Modify and expand the UI library to work with the editor
  • Develop automated testing of UI components

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of software development experience
  • Experience with modern C++
  • Experience with JavaScript
  • Knowledge of fundamental UI concepts like 2D layout and animation
  • Ability to collaborate with other programmers in a shared code base

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with declarative UI frameworks like React
  • Experience with client/server game architecture
  • Experience with QT
  • Experience with UI tooling
  • Experience with Entity Component System
  • Knowledge of 3D math
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is seeking a DevOps Engineer who can lead a team, work with others to build solutions and deliver value for its flagship AAA MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online.


You will be responsible for interfacing with teams building web-service backends, identifying technical opportunities to improve CI, build and deployment practices, improving quality of practices and ensuring that work is broken down into plans and can be estimated and delivered. 

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the team is able to deliver to customers on a regular cadence
  • Maintain and extend existing systems that are critical for ZOS to deliver its products
  • Improve technical quality and advocate for new solutions that add value to the customers
  • Assist teams with understanding the ecosystem of infrastructure that their products live within
  • Ensure that the team, as a whole, can provide rotating on-call support for products you support
  • Align the team towards engineering solutions, rather than operations solutions
  • Mentor team members and grow the capabilities of your team 

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of engineering experience
  • B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science, or equivalent experience
  • Experience leading a team and driving the team towards established goals
  • Clear communicator and active listener
  • Working experience with Python, Bash, Go, Ruby
  • Linux System Administration
  • Configuration management (e.g. Chef, Salt, etc.)

Preferred Skills

  • Understanding of TCP, HTTP, HTTPS, the role of a CDN
  • High level understanding of infrastructure, networking, and security principles
  • Cloud architecture experience (Azure, AWS)
  • Experience with Kubernetes
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking an experienced DevOps Engineer to work in a team environment that will help build, automate, and monitor the infrastructure platform for The Elder Scrolls Online and future projects. 

Responsibilities

Your mission will be to help create and support a reliable, secure, scalable environment to provide the best gaming experience for our end users. You will also work closely with other engineering teams to better understand their software enabling you to adapt the platform to their needs.

You should have a passion for producing quality deliverables in a timely manner. You will be working in a fast paced (Agile) environment, following a structured build and publishing process.

The ideal candidate is a technology generalist (who may have demonstrated significant specialization in previous positions) who can comfortably and confidently work with and learn from an experienced team.

Qualifications

  • Proficient with Python
  • Must possess experience in supporting mission critical live environments with:
  • Core system services: BIND, Sendmail, Postfix, Samba, Rsync, NTP, NFS, etc.
  • Web servers (Apache, Nginx, Lighttpd) and application frameworks (Ruby on Rails, Django, PHP, Tomcat, JBOSS, etc.)
  • System and Application Logging: syslog-ng, rsyslog, Splunk, etc.
  • Source code management: Git, Perforce etc.
  • RedHat or Debian package creation and repository management
  • SQL or NoSQL databases: MySQL/MariaDB, Postgres, MongoDB, CouchDB, MemcacheDB, etc. 
  • Configuration Management Tools: Chef, etc.
  • Continuous Integration: TeamCity, etc.
  • Must have some experience automating system tasks and monitoring infrastructure deployment using a scripting language (Python, Ruby, Bash)
  • Must have prior experience in a 24/7 on call rotation supporting business critical applications or systems

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with public cloud deployments (AWS, GCP) and containers (Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Hobbyist programming background
  • Author a technical blog or github page with code samples
  • A passion for security tools and best practices: OS hardening, vulnerability scanning, system auditing
  • Linux networking experience is a plus, this includes routing, NAT, VLAN, bridging, and prior experience with Cisco or Juniper network routers and switches
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios (ZOS) is seeking a Game Operations Security Manager to assist with the coordination and tracking of security efforts, incidents, product releases and development. The successful candidate will have a broad range of experience working and collaborating with application owners, infrastructure leaders and external security groups. You will be expected to coordinate and source security resources and work to ensure that ZOS is successful in releasing new products, and maintaining existing ones, while fulfilling business objectives. You will serve as a point of contact helping to connect internal and external parties and develop a knowledge of ZOS' structure and projects to assist communication on both sides. You will help the business to understand, manage and accept game operations security risks responsibly.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor compliance with organizational policy and legal requirements
  • Maintain a working knowledge of information technology security principles and elements
  • Ensure that development teams have access to security information and tools they need
  • Assist in planning, sourcing, and managing security testing of products
  • Coordinate external security testing with the studio
  • Assist with security audit processes
  • Understand the studio's teams, projects, and assets to assist with coordination
  • Work with the vulnerability management teams to prioritize vulnerabilities and track remediation

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of Information Security or Program Security experience or equivalent work experience 
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in a wide range of information security technologies, embedded security, and platforms
  • Solid analytical/problem-solving skills with the ability to identify solutions to unusual and complex problems
  • Broad experience in computer and network systems, including IT security
  • Ability to explain and champion technical concepts to a broad audience focusing on business acumen
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of executives, managers, and subject matter experts
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Senior Server Engineer to develop server side systems in a new engine for the studio’s next AAA project. 

Responsibilities

  • Architect and implement new server systems
  • Refine backend game systems throughout the development cycle of the project
  • Work directly with messaging and database frameworks to provide base level functionality for feature development
  • Code to defined performance and memory requirements

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Proficient in C++
  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid architecture skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • MMO development experience a plus
  • Experience in a "Live" environment (ongoing support of a product after launch)
  • Experience with cloud development and Kubernetes
  • Experience with Linux development
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Lead Server Engineer to lead the server development team in a new engine for the studio’s next AAA project. 

Responsibilities

  • Lead the server engineering team in the design and implementation of server technology
  • Define and maintain the overall technological design for all server systems
  • Design, architect, and refine backend game systems throughout the development cycle of the project
  • Work directly with messaging and database frameworks to provide base level functionality for feature development
  • Work with Technical Producer to prioritize and schedule work for engineers on your team

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of software development experience
  • Proficient in C++
  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid architecture skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

  • Previous management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • MMO development experience a plus
  • Experience in a "Live" environment (ongoing support of a product after launch)
  • Experience with cloud development and Kubernetes
  • Experience with Linux development
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Gameplay Engineer for The Elder Scrolls Online to implement and maintain game systems and fix bugs across our client/server architecture. This position will work closely with designers and artists in order to provide a great user experience. 

Responsibilities

  • Design and architect new game systems
  • Refine game systems throughout the development cycle of the project
  • Collaborate with designers, artists, and other engineers for feature development
  • Optimize code to improve CPU utilization and reduce memory footprint

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of software development experience
  • Proficient in C++
  • Solid architecture, system design, and analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

  • Previous experience in game development in the capacity of a Gameplay Engineer
  • Experience developing for multiple platforms (Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Experience with working in large legacy codebases
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Senior Gameplay Engineer for The Elder Scrolls Online to implement and maintain game systems and fix bugs across our client/server architecture. This position will work closely with designers and artists in order to provide a great user experience.

Responsibilities

• Design and architect new game systems
• Refine game systems throughout the development cycle of the project
• Collaborate with designers, artists, and other engineers for feature development
• Optimize code to improve CPU utilization and reduce memory footprint

Qualifications

• 5+ years of software development experience
• Proficient in C++
• Solid architecture, system design, and analytical skills
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
• Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

• Previous experience in game development in the capacity of a Gameplay Engineer
• Experience developing for multiple platforms (Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
• Experience with network game client/server architecture
• Experience with working in large legacy codebases
• Experience with multi-threaded programming

Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is looking for a Core Tech Integration Engineer to implement and maintain technologies in our new engine that interface with gameplay systems and tools.  This position will work closely with designers, gameplay engineers, and the tools team to deliver technology links from the engine to the game.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the engine team to help architect engine technology
  • Integration of new technologies into the engine
  • Deliver an API set that interfaces with Gameplay systems
  • Work with the Tools team to create an interface layer between tools and the engine

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Previous experience in game development in the capacity of an Engine Programmer
  • Previously shipped AAA titles on PC/Consoles
  • Proficient in C++/C#
  • Solid architecture, system design, and analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to write clear, maintainable, portable code
  • Strong debugging skills

Preferred Skills

  • Experience developing for multiple platforms (Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with Entity Component Systems (ECS) and multithreading
  • Experience working in large codebases
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking an experienced Technical Writer to join our engineering team. This role will be tasked with writing, editing, and maintaining an internal set of technical documentation and its repository, in coordination with the technical teams. The technical writer will work closely with product owners, producers, engineers, and technical leads to manage priorities and gather the requisite information for development of high-quality, thorough technical documentation.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the effort in technical documentation updates by sorting through existing documentation and setting standards to ensure specialized topics are appropriately addressed
  • Work with technical teams to obtain an understanding of products to translate complex product information into simple, polished, and engaging content
  • Draft, edit, finalize, and internally publish technical documentation outlining tech products
  • Generate and ensure accuracy of workflow and architecture diagrams
  • Structure documents, accounting for brevity, accuracy, and accessibility for end users
  • Use Confluence to organize, streamline, and maintain internal documentation repository for ease-of-access, logical organization, and increased usability for end users
  • Provide guidance on how to best organize and maintain quality documentation as systems evolve
  • Proactively solicit, gather, and manage stakeholder and customer feedback
  • Communicate and coordinate regularly with departmental leadership to review and ensure technical documentation goals are identified and met

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of software technical writing experience
  • Proven efficiency in delivering comprehensive, accurate technical documents within time constraints
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Experience working on multiple documents concurrently
  • Proven ability to design and write technical documentation targeted to a software engineering audience
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills, with the ability to distinguish technical language

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with Confluence
  • Experience creating various types of workflow diagrams
  • Knowledge of software development
  • Experience working in Agile, SCRUM, or other dynamic work environments
  • A passion for gaming
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Gameplay AI Engineer to develop game systems in our new engine for the studio’s next AAA project.

Responsibilities

  • Architect and implement new game systems
  • Refine systems throughout the development cycle of the project
  • Collaborate with designers, artists, and other engineers for feature development
  • Code to clearly defined performance and memory usage specs

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of software development experience
  • Previous experience in game development in the capacity of a Gameplay Engineer or AI Engineer
  • Robust programming skills/experience in C++
  • Strong debugging skills
  • Strong math skills related to development of gameplay systems(Linear Algebra, Vector Math, Probability)
  • Strong problem solving ability geared towards creating solutions for creative AI scenarios and challenges
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with influence maps, goal-driven behaviors or similar decision-making systems
  • Experience with Havok AI or other movement behaviors and pathfinding systems
  • Experience with AI in an open world game client/server architecture
  • Experience developing for multiple platforms (Windows, Xbox, Playstation)
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios seeks an experienced DevOps Engineer to work in a team environment that will help build, automate, and monitor the infrastructure platform for a brand-new IP in development. You will be responsible for ensuring that ZOS is able to reliably build and deploy new product versions, deliver new features to our customers, and introduce change into those systems in a safe way. Must also be to support our systems via an on-call rotation.

Responsibilities

Your mission will be to help create and support a reliable, secure, scalable environment to provide the best gaming experience for our end users. You will also work closely with other engineering teams to better understand their software enabling you to adapt the platform to their needs.

The ideal candidate is a technology generalist (who may have demonstrated significant specialization in previous positions) who can comfortably and confidently work with and learn from an experienced team.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of engineering experience
  • B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
  • Proficient with Python
  • Must possess experience in supporting mission critical live environments with:
    • Source code management: Git, Perforce etc.
    • RedHat or Debian package creation and repository management
    • Configuration Management Tools: Chef, etc.
    • Continuous Integration: TeamCity, etc.
  • Must have some experience automating system tasks and monitoring infrastructure deployment using a scripting language (Python, Ruby, Bash)
  • Must have prior experience in a 24/7 on call rotation supporting business critical applications or systems.
  • Clear communicator and active listener

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with public cloud deployments (Azure, AWS, GCP) and containers (Kubernetes, etc.)
  • A passion for security tools and best practices: OS hardening, vulnerability scanning, system auditing
  • Linux networking experience is a plus, this includes routing, NAT, VLAN, bridging, and prior experience with Cisco or Juniper network routers and switches
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Tools Engineer for The Elder Scrolls Online to design, develop, and maintain an assortment of tools that affect all aspects of game development.  This position will work closely with various disciplines to further refine workflows for streamlining content creation and the art and data pipelines.

Responsibilities

  • Design and architect new tools based on developer requirements
  • Refine existing toolset to improve the development experience and reduce iteration time
  • Collaborate with artists, designers, and other engineers for feature development
  • Identify and eliminate inefficiencies in the content creation workflow

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of software development experience
  • Proficient in C# and C++
  • Experience developing WinForms and/or WPF applications
  • Experience developing Linux web applications
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid architecture skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to write clear and maintainable code

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with network game client/server architecture
  • Experience with Python/Django
  • Experience with web frameworks
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • UI and UX design skills
  • Strong 3D math skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • MMO development experience
Department Engineering/Programming Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for an Associate Data Engineer to maintain data systems operationally and ensure business continuity.  This position will work closely with live operations and occasionally game engineers to ensure consistent data and feature availability.

Responsibilities

  • Work under general direction from leadership
  • Maintain database schemas for high-volume databases with differing performance requirements (volume, latency, availability, etc.)
  • Be the main point person for live maintenance, updates and support, including on-call support
  • Implement, manage, and maintain MariaDB, Redis and RMQ VM Instances in VMware and Azure
  • Proactively respond to monitoring alerts
  • Create new alerts and manage existing ones as needed (in Golang and Python)
  • Ensure continuity of business by being able to maintain, troubleshoot and fix database replication issues, database backups, restores and DR processes
  • Ensure high service up time with MariaDB, RMQ and Redis
  • Support engineers with SQL queries and stored procedures to support engineering initiatives
  • Maintain large database installations
  • Actively aid in troubleshooting service outages using experience and other available resources

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • 1-3 years of previous experience with Linux/UNIX based database technologies
  • A general understanding of replication, caching, and scaling; understands database optimization techniques; understands the SQL and various server-side database languages
  • Shell/script programming proficiency
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to solve problems and automate processes
  • Experience with VMWare, AWS, Azure VM Instances setting up, maintaining and troubleshooting MySQL, Redis, RMQ, and RedHat based Linux installations
  • Experience with Python and Golang

Preferred Skills

  • MMO-related database administration experience
  • Programming background in any applicable language
  • Experience with Memcached, and/or other significant add-ons and tools
  • Knowledge of and passion for MMO games
  • Enjoy playing online video games (such as ESO, Diablo, Pokémon Go)
  • C++ experience is a plus, not a requirement

Facilities

Department Facilities Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Line Cook to join the award-winning AAA game development studio. Your principal goal will be to prepare high-quality meals that meet the chef's specifications. You will be responsible for setting up the prep station, stocking inventory, and maintaining sanitation standards. To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and multi-tasking skills. Ultimately, you will play an essential role in contributing to our customer satisfaction and restaurant growth.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the preparation station and kitchen are set up and stocked
  • Prepare simple components of each dish on the menu by chopping vegetables, cutting meat, and preparing sauces
  • Follow senior or sous chef instructions
  • Ensure that food comes out simultaneously, in a high quality, timely fashion, and dishes are prepared following any specific request or allergy alerts
  • Ensure food preparation and storage areas meet health and safety standards
  • Clean prep areas and take care of leftovers
  • Clean and sanitize cooking surface before, during, and after shift
  • Stock inventory and supplies
  • Cook menu items with the support of the kitchen staff
  • Perform inventory checks for the assigned station and complete food storage logs

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Culinary Arts or ServeSafe Food Protection Manager
    • Certification Examination preferred
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the restaurant industry
  • Excellent understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment, and procedures
  • Accuracy and speed in executing assigned tasks
  • Familiar with industry's best practices
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Aptitude for multi-tasking
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and efficiently in a team
Department Facilities Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios (ZOS) is looking for a Facilities, Operations, and Emergency Preparedness Manager to join the award-winning AAA game development studio and manage day-to-day facilities, operations, and safety needs.  This position will provide daily, on-site support to the studio and will report directly to the Global Head of Facilities.  This role is responsible for the overall security, appearance, and functionality of the ZOS offices, work areas, and meeting rooms, as well as planned maintenance and troubleshooting for essential server room cooling, fire suppression, and back up power systems. The ideal candidate is customer service minded, detail oriented, resourceful, and comfortable liaising with studio leadership, IT, HR, service technicians, vendors, and employees within the internal departments. 

Responsibilities

Facilities:

  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends as necessary for building projects and be on-call 24/7/365 for building emergencies, power outages, alarms (fire, security, HVAC, generator)
  • Assume responsibility and maintain an on-site presence in the event of emergencies (e.g.water leaks, plumbing back-ups, non-functioning door closers, etc.)
  • Coordinate and oversee contractors who provide services and maintenance for HVAC, water, electricity, painting, cleaning, security, and general building maintenance services to facilities
  • Review and inspect construction and installation progress to ensure conformance to established specifications
  • Be a support contact for all company personnel for any building issues (climate controls, odors, smoke, spills, damage, emergencies & repairs)
  • Conduct daily walk throughs, noting additional cleaning needed, repairs, general maintenance, or wear and tear issues, light bulbs to be changed, or security issues
  • Manage and coordinate maintenance and repairs on essential equipment, including CRAC units, security systems, access controls, and partner with IT for service and maintenance of essential server room equipment
  • Circulate purchase requisitions and new vendor requests
  • Manage the overall appearance and condition of the studio and employee amenities; liaise with building janitorial services
  • Inventory, and manage all acquisition and relocation of office furniture including chairs, desks, desk pieces, lamps, etc. throughout the studio
  • Organize storage rooms and off-site storage facilities
  • Partner with HR on ergonomic requests
  • Coordinate with HR/IT on end-user installations, desk and office moves

Operations:

  • Manage floor/seating chart and contacts page for studio
  • Partner with HR, IT, and Managers on new hire requests
  • Create and monitor all badges for all users
  • Manage the studio game and book library
  • Manage employee game orders and distribution of game releases
  • Assist with planning, set up, and clean up for monthly studio events and other special events as requested

 

Safety/Security:

  • Deliver emergency preparedness and safety presentations and lead onsite trainings
  • Schedule, manage, and participate in Emergency Management Group tabletop exercises to review emergency protocols and procedures
  • Schedule company-wide safety presentations
  • Provide training to new and existing employees
  • Establish document archives and scheduled document updates
  • Schedule updates and maintain Emergency Call Lists, Security Password Lists, Fire Warden Lists, Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Smoke Alarm Inspections, CEMP’s, and Position Notebooks among all deployed emergency management programs
  • Maintain the inventory of all First Aid stations, AED’s and emergency supplies
  • Liaise with studio Floor Wardens on ongoing safety protocols
  • Regularly update Emergency Contact Lists, Emergency Zones, and Emergency Kits

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of facilities management experience
  • Knowledge of server room cooling, fire suppression, and UPS systems
  • Comfortable and able to lift up to 20 lbs
  • Solid experience with common scheduling programs and the suite of Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrated project planning and project management skills
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Self-motivated team player with very strong work ethic and an open-minded, cooperative attitude
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

Information Technology

Department Information Technology Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Media is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated IT Support Specialist to join our team in Hunt Valley, MD. We are looking for a dedicated problem solver who can multi-task and prioritize in a constantly evolving and demanding environment. The ideal candidate will have strong customer service and technical skills, a sense of ownership, drive, and a positive attitude.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to end users by phone, email, and in person in a friendly, professional manner
  • Take ownership and monitor support requests to ensure a timely resolution
  • Deploy, configure, and support personal computers, laptops, and network appliances
  • Identify, research, and resolve hardware, software, and network issues
  • Install hardware components, drivers, and other upgrades
  • Set up, configure, and support peripheral equipment such as TVs, printers, and game consoles
  • Install, configure and support Windows operating systems and applications such as Microsoft Office, 3ds Max, and Photoshop
  • Assist with user account creation, modification, and termination across multiple applications such as Active Directory and Exchange
  • Track hardware and software assets in an inventory system
  • Unpack new hardware and RMA or dispose of defective hardware
  • Assist with and lead new projects as they arise
  • Provide on-call support for when broadcast events occur on location
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Qualifications

  • 3 years minimum of corporate IT experience
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Strong PC hardware and software experience (build, repair, and troubleshooting issues)
  • Ability to work on several tasks at once with frequent interruptions while meeting sensitive deadlines
  • Extremely detail-oriented, trustworthy, and reliable
  • Must be a team player and be willing to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Able to lift 60 pounds (monitors, computers, printers, servers)
  • Able to assist with occasional afterhours emergency on call support
  • The desire and ability to grow and improve technical skills on a daily basis
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or equivalent experience
  • Experience with networking appliances and technologies such as switches and Wi-Fi

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with Audio/Video equipment is a plus

Other

Department Other Division ZeniMax Media, Inc. Location Rockville MD

Overview

Headquartered just north of Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, ZeniMax Media is a video game publisher, managed by an experienced group of executives, which has assembled a strong creative team of world-class game developers, graphic artists and designers, sound engineers, producers and programmers to create and sell premium video game titles to a growing worldwide market.

ZeniMax creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and mobile devices. Its Bethesda Softworks division, founded in 1986, has a long history of success as a publisher of award-winning video games. In addition, the ZeniMax group includes some of the most acclaimed development studios in the world. The company's growing library of intellectual properties includes such major franchises as The Elder Scrolls®Fallout®DOOM®RAGE®, Wolfenstein®, Prey®, Dishonored®The Evil Within®, and QUAKE®.

 

Responsibilities

We are always looking for talented individuals! Even if we do not have an open position for your skill set at this time, we are continuing to grow and build a pipeline of candidates with various qualifications in Art, Design, Programming and etc. 

Qualifications

If you would like to submit your resume, please click on the "Apply for this Job online" button and create a profile for our team to review. You can then import your resume along with any attachements sucha as a cover letter, writing samples, portfolio, and etc.

We will then keep your resume in our database and contact you if we have a new opening that meets your skill set.

Production

Department Production Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a Live Services Manager to join our Live Services team. As a Live Services Manager, you have in-depth experience launching and supporting online products with a focus on delivering high quality service to a large population. The Live Services Manager provides direction to the community, support and feature teams based on the production schedule. You will also work with business leadership to coordinate and deploy Marketing, PR, Legal and other departmental efforts tied to your product. Excellent candidates will be comfortable preparing and managing complicated maintenances and incidents, particularly emphasizing overall organizational success by reducing downtime while minimizing risk to the business.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare and manage maintenances for all game realms and associated services in the production environment
  • Assist in identification and resolution of production incidents, including player and stakeholder communication
  • Gain knowledge of the game and services tech stacks in order to assist in troubleshooting and triage of issues
  • Negotiate and coordinate resources for scheduled and emergent production activities
  • Manage handoffs between your team and teams that are up and downstream
  • Collect, distribute, and pursue completion of continuous improvement items
  • Prioritize open issues based on quantifiable business justification
  • Record and analyze downtime for maintenances and incidents

Qualifications

You are the type of person who is calm in the face of adversity. You are quick to analyze information and provide a direction or conclusion based on the information you have.  You have many examples of how something went in an unexpected direction, and your teams succeeded against all odds.

 

You are dedicated to the team delivering. You own whatever activity for which you volunteer.  As a result, you are willing to work in an on-call environment to insure the success of the initiative. When facing a blocker, you came up with resourceful ways to attain your objectives.

You are driven by overall success and love of learning. Your tendency is to be self-reflective and contemplative, desiring to improve from what you learn throughout the process.

  • 2+ years in a position where you directly managed deployments of live services
  • 2+ years in a position where your problem-solving skills contributed to the resolution of production incidents
  • Working knowledge of the following systems/technologies:
    • Linux (CentOS/RHEL/Debian/Ubuntu)
    • Monitoring and trending systems (Nagios, Cacti, Graphite, Grafana, etc.)
    • Cloud technologies (AWS)
    • Container orchestration and operations (Kubernetes, Dockers, kops)
    • Databases (MySQL, MariaDB)
    • Load balancers (F5, HAProxy)
    • Storage/SAN
  • Prior experience in a 24/7 on call rotation supporting business critical applications or systems is preferable
  • Game industry experience is desirable, but not required
Department Production Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking an experienced Associate Producer or Producer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is an opportunity to join an experienced group of engineers working on new technology to build the future of games at ZeniMax Online Studios

The ideal candidate will be proficient in managing feature-based teams, scheduling/planning, analyzing team metrics, and establishing a development environment designed to help the team achieve success.

Responsibilities

  • Support day-to-day processes and planning as Scrum Master for technical teams
  • Identify critical path risks and issues, driving initiatives to resolve them
  • Coordinate troubleshooting of technical problems
  • Track and analyze team metrics to improve process and guide future scheduling decisions
  • Focus on growing teams to greater potential
  • Assist with internal processes and procedures
  • Develop and update roadmaps to keep track of the team’s progress towards project goals

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years hands-on production experience or 3-5 years technical QA experience
  • Proficient in Agile Development methodologies including Scrum, Kanban, and Lean
  • Proficient with JIRA and Confluence
  • Multi-platform online development experience
  • Goal-oriented and results-driven
  • Professional communication and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution
  • Must be able to keep focus on multiple tasks and effectively set priorities between projects

Preferred Skills

  • Experience working on developing engine tools
  • Experience working on games in all phases of development from prototype to release
Department Production Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Producer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game.  This is an opportunity to join an experienced group of developers and help develop a new IP.

The ideal candidate will be proficient in managing feature-based teams, scheduling and planning, analyzing team metrics, and establishing a development environment designed to help the team achieve success.

Responsibilities

  • Help organize, manage, and maintain the project schedule and road-map
  • Work to achieve improved predictability across multiple feature-based teams using agile development methodologies
  • Track and analyze team metrics to help make informed decisions on project scope and priorities
  • Help create, manage, and maintain clearly-defined development processes and work-flows
  • Assist in validating team staffing and organization
  • Proactively identify project risks, issues, and triggers; establish actionable mitigation and contingency plans as needed
  • Work with the team to define, schedule, and achieve project deliverables and goals
  • Help shape development practices and processes to improve overall team efficacy
  • Regularly communicate with key stakeholders to provide actionable status updates
  • Share your knowledge and experience effectively to help the team achieve success

Qualifications

  • Proficient with Jira and Confluence
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on a Live AAA console/PC games as an Associate Producer, Producer, or Project Manager
  • Has ideally worked with a team through at least one full console/PC product cycle
  • Able to create, manage, maintain, and analyze team reports using Excel, Jira, Visio, Confluence, and other standard development tools
  • Proficient in Agile Development methodologies including Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Product Management
  • Experience managing a team or sub-teams, including: establishing project plans, budgets, determining dependencies, assigning work, and helping the team achieve success
  • Goal focused and results driven
  • Comfortable raising concerns and issues, along with suggested solutions
  • Able to learn quickly and apply new concepts, principles, and processes
  • Maintain a solution-oriented approach to development
  • Professional communication and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution
  • Capable of identifying and communicating project risks and issues and implement appropriate steps to resolve them
  • Ability to take ownership and help move projects forward despite obstacles and issues

Quality Assurance

Department Quality Assurance Division ZeniMax Online Studios Location Hunt Valley MD

Overview

Zenimax Online Studios is looking for an experienced Contract QA Tester to join the team.

Responsibilities

  • Complete assigned test requests and identify game issues (bugs)
  • Enter accurate high-quality game issues based on department standards into our bug tracking system
  • Test and verify bug fixes
  • Provide thoughtful and professional feedback on gameplay related issues in both written and verbal form
  • Assist in assessing and escalating game issues and concerns to senior team members
  • Learn and apply testing and game industry terminology
  • Learn and become fluent in the rules of our games and apply that knowledge to testing

Qualifications

  • Understanding of test processes
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge
  • Able to follow directions and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to remain focused
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Broad knowledge of games across different platforms
  • Proficient with MS Office

Preferred Skills

  • Experience and understanding of console and PC game testing
  • Games Industry experience preferred
  • 6+ Months experience in software testing
  • Experience with Jira bug tracking software
  • Aptitude for comprehending technical documentation
  • Experience with first-party platforms (e.g. Steam, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent desirable

Join a great team and start your massively multiplayer career with us!

ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS is hiring for The Elder Scrolls® Online and future projects. We’re looking for talented, self-motivated people of varied experiences and backgrounds with the desire to make great games. Welcome to ZOS!

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