Audio Lead

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This role is a part of the UK government's Kickstart Scheme and is only applicable to 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK who are not in education and are currently claiming Universal Credit. Click here to view more Kickstart placement opportunities.

June 6, 2021
Full Time
United States

Deck Nine Games is looking for a creative and technical Audio Director with the capability to design and implement assets, lead the audio efforts for our project, and specialize in key audio systems.

Our narrative-driven projects require a wide array of knowledge and high collaboration with other gifted creatives, to deliver an engaging video game experience. The Audio Director will directly manage a team of Audio Designers to design engaging sound effects, record and implement quality V.O., and oversee integration of a captivating score and music.


  • Encourage a culture of respect, support, collaboration, comradery, and creativity throughout the audio team and beyond.
  • Manage a team of audio designers, providing guidance and feedback on audio quality, consistency, and implementation.
  • Collaborate with creative directors, game directors, and other key stakeholders to define game audio quality bar and vision.
  • Work with team leads and production to ensure audio staff are represented in all strike teams throughout development, and that they are fully scheduled and tasked.
  • Manage music direction for the project, owning licensed music selection, coordinating with artists/composers producing score, and integrating all music for an alluring gaming experience.
  • Oversee, develop, and document project pipelines and onboard new audio team members.


  • At least 5+ years of experience in a leadership role for game audio, involved with full development cycles of multiple shipped titles preferred.
  • Comprehensive understanding and practical experience in every facet of game audio production, including experience with Wwise across multiple full development cycles.
  • Expert understanding of Foley, recording, mixing, sound design, implementation, scripting voice over, and localization techniques and best practices.
  • Proven experience working and coordinating with game developers from different disciplines.
  • Familiarity with the different kinds of production and implementation of music in a game engine, from looping tracks to linear pieces and stingers.
  • Sound design portfolio or reel.
  • Organized leadership skills in an environment of competing priorities and time management.
  • Full-time position must be willing to eventually relocate to the Denver, Colorado region.

Bonus Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in an audio related field.
  • Experience working on narrative-driven games with emergent audio features and systems, including branching conditionalized sequences (e.g. dialogue branches).
  • Experience using Unreal Engine and Blueprints on at least one full development cycle.
  • Music composition experience for a visual medium (portfolio/samples preferred).
  • Relevant television/film experience.

Deck Nine offers the following benefits to our employees:

  • Health Insurance for you and your family: Comprehensive Medical Plans to choose from with a large percentage of the premiums paid by Deck Nine
  • Dental and Vision coverage at no cost to you
  • Life and Disability Coverage paid by Deck Nine
  • 401 (k) Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Winter Holiday Break
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • Discounted rates at the local Recreation Facilities and Golf Course
  • Free Use of the Brand New Fitness Facility located in an adjacent building
  • Wellness program
  • Employee Gift Matching Program to Charities
  • Free snacks, fruit, drinks, local spring water, and coffee
  • Great View of Local Air Shows courtesy of Rocky Mountain Airport
  • and so much more

If you are a talented and passionate game developer and you are looking to challenge yourself, please apply today! Full-time position available, remote to start but with ability to relocate and applicants must already be authorized to work in the U.S.

Due to the volume of resumes and portfolios received, we cannot respond to everyone. However, we always carefully consider each application.

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About Deck Nine

Deck Nine Games is an independent game developer dedicated to crafting interactive story games that inspire, transform, and entertain players. Our passion is storytelling games.

Our first narrative game, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is loved by fans and has won multiple awards, including Game of Year and was nominated for both a VGA and a BAFTA. The studio is 100+ people and is in sunny Westminster, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. We hope to share more information about our next title with Square Enix as soon as we can.

We’re looking for talented and self-motivated people to join us as we aim to rise to the top of the storytelling game studios. If this sounds appealing to you, please apply!

As the crafters of stories that encompass the full breadth of life’s experiences, Deck Nine is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural team in which people from all walks of life feel inspired to do their best work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and believe deeply in the creativity and strength built from diversity of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and the many other qualities that make us different.

Our Upcoming Releases

Alex Chen hides her 'curse': the supernatural ability to absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others in Life is Strange: True Colors. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, she must embrace her volatile power to find the truth — and reveal dark secrets buried by the town.

Deep in the mountains of Colorado, you'll find Haven Springs, a small mining town filled with beauty and mystery. As Alex, you'll discover the shocking secrets behind your brother’s death in an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure, using your psychic power of Empathy to change fate and change lives.

Experience two award-winning Life is Strange games like never before in the Life is Strange: Remastered Collection! Remastered visuals and animation breathe new life into the great cast of characters and gripping stories. Max rewinds time to get to the truth, while Chloe sparks an unforgettable friendship as she struggles to overcome her past.

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