A Thinking Ape is a growing independent mobile games startup with big ambitions. Our years of success comes down to our belief in people: Both our staff and our players. We build games that foster communities and provide our players with tools to interact in deeply strategic and passionate ways, creating games that become a part of our player’s lives. However, building games of this quality is challenging, so we work hard to find the smartest and most talented people in the world, then give them the freedom to do their best work.

A Thinking Ape is looking for a Product Designer for a full-time permanent position in our Vancouver office. You will focus on product design for our family of top selling iPhone and Android MMORPG games. Ideally, you are looking to work in a startup environment and should enjoy having large ownership and responsibilities in your daily work.

As a Product Designer you will:

  • Optimize features and content to increase retention and monetization
  • Balance virtual goods, in game currencies, and game assets for our products
  • Analyze user data and feedback, to pitch and develop new game mechanics for our products
  • Build relationships with development and creative teams to facilitate idea generation and feature implementation
  • Help to standardize the flows and processes within our content generation pipelines

Your background should include:

  • A strong understanding of game mechanics and game content pipelines
  • The ability and desire to contribute unique concepts, ideas and solutions
  • Knowledge of the overall mobile product and game design process
  • Experience with game economy, player progression and level design
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a Game Design role

Tell us if you:

  • Have a financial or economics background
  • Have experience working on a live Free to Play game
  • Have experience with UX design or market research
  • Have experience with data analysis
  • Actively play mobile games

In this role you will learn:

  • How free-to-play gaming works
  • How to give valuable input into core game mechanics
  • How to build and maintain world class mobile products

A Thinking Ape is built to allow you to do great work. We champion a culture of ownership, based on exploration and debate regardless of position. Our team is supported with an open concept studio space, movable standing workstations and employee-determined work schedules. We keep communication flowing with quarterly State of the Ape meetings, face time with founders and regular one-on-ones with your team lead.

Other perks our apes enjoy:


  • Earn a fat pay cheque with very large year end bonuses
  • Employee stock options
  • $1500 per year towards your professional development


  • Health & dental coverage for you and your family, including MSP and travel

Work life balance:

  • Enjoy extra personal / flex days on top of your annual vacation
  • Fitness reimbursement allowance to keep you healthy
  • Monthly social & teambuilding events
  • Flexible hours
  • Play on our company hockey or dodgeball teams
  • Participate in weekly board game  / Wii tournaments

More awesomeness like:

  • Employee referral bonus
  • Well stocked kitchen with unlimited snacks
  • Weekly catered lunches
  • Birthday and anniversary celebrations
  • Massage chair
  • Awesome swag

If you’re ready to make the next generation of top grossing mobile games, we’d love to hear from you!