Principal Systems Designer at Zwift
Long Beach, CA, US

Who we’re looking for:

You are a highly accomplished Systems Designer who will evolve and tune Zwift’s game economy, progression features, and other core systems. You have designed and balanced full game ecosystems, and has tuned game economies and progression features through multiple cycles of live operations. You will have a highly collaborative approach and be comfortable partnering across all disciplines. 

About Zwift:

Zwift is the fitness company born from gaming, and we’re on a mission to make More People. More Active. More Often. The Zwift platform delivers an at-home training game that connects cyclists and runners in over 195 countries and counting! Launched from the sunny shores of Long Beach, California in 2014, we’ve grown to over 300 Watopians (that’s what we call our employees) and we have people in New York, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and London. 

Some reasons we think you will love it here:

We are an encouraging, innovative, and passionate team. We like bikes. We like running. We also like local ice cream shops, game nights, and our "Pets of Zwift" Slack channel. You'll be surrounded by awe-inspiring people, even in your remote work setting. Although there are amazing athletes that work here; our team consists of people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a current Zwifter, at the beginning of your fitness journey, or neither one of these, there is a place for you here. Different perspectives are important, they allow us to continually grow and evolve - One Zwift for All!

Did we mention that we encourage you to workout while you work from home? Zwift, run, yoga….we’re in!

How we’re handling Covid-19:

We are beyond grateful to continue to grow as a company during this unusual time. Our #1 priority is to ensure the health, safety, and sanity of our current and future Watopians. We want to share with you what we’re doing and what you can expect.


Since March, all of our Watopians have been working remotely and will continue to do so until we know it is safe to collaborate in person again. As you go through the virtual interview process, don't be alarmed if children or pets make a guest appearance. We won't think twice if we get to meet members of your family. If we are fortunate to welcome you to the team, we will get you all the necessary equipment, hardware, and furniture needed to get you ergonomically set up and productive at home. 

Work From Home (WFH) life can be challenging in many ways. We have and will continue to take steps that ease some of the burden for our Watopians including: 

  • Monthly stipends to help offset additional expenses incurred with WFH.
  • Access to mental health & wellness resources including Headspace, Unmind, and Spring Health.

We care about you as our candidate too, so let your Talent Engagement Partner know if there’s anything we can do to make your interview process go more smoothly. We are in this together and always looking for ways to enhance our new interview experience.

What you’ll do:

  • Design, balance and maintain tuning of the game economy and points & progression ecosystem
  • Advise and partner with the Game Directors to ensure optimal experience and rewards ramping across all features and systems 
  • Collaborate with product managers, producers, engineers and other designers to ensure that each new feature and initiative maps effectively into the broader game ecosystem
  • Create clear, actionable design docs & presentations; incorporate insights from peer disciplines
  • Own system design reviews, iteration process, and presentations to leadership; call out risks and incorporate feedback 
  • Partner with product managers and producers to ensure accurate scoping, scheduling and on-time deliveries
  • Stay on top of competitive products in the interactive fitness space as well as the AAA video game market

What we’re looking for:

  • 7+ years experience in systems design for games, with multiple shipped titles
  • 5+ years working on live games, preferably cross-platform MMOs
  • Superlative documentation and presentation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate deep knowledge of economy, progression and systems design, balancing & tuning
  • Exceptional math modeling skills
  • A diplomatic & inclusive temperament with a cross-discipline approach to problem-solving
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, a lightning-fast pace, and a high degree of ownership
  • Finalists will be required to provide design samples and complete an assignment

Bonus points: 

  • Experience shipping cross-platform games, especially: iOS, tvOS, Android, Mac, and PC.
  • Experience leading AAA game economy design from concept through live operations.
  • Interest in creating fun experiences for cycling, running, and overall fitness.

How to stand out among the rest:

Your resume is enough to show off your skills, accomplishments, and experience. However, if you choose to include a cover letter introducing us to your awesome personality, we will read that too. 

Values:

Of course, we are nothing without our values. Our values ground us. They ensure we run and build a company where people love to work, feel like they are welcomed, included, and belong.  Only then can they thrive and do their best work.  The values we strive to live every day are:

  • Make It Fun 
  • Elevate Teammates 
  • Cultivate Our Community
  • Always Level Up 
  • One Zwift for All