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Senior Technical Artist - Brighton, UK

Employer
Electric Square
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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At Electric Square, the worlds we create are crucial to our games and in delivering fantastic experiences to our players. Our portfolio includes 'Forza Street' and 'Hot Wheels id,' with 'Assassin's Creed VR' and electrifying AAA console games currently in development and even more about to start! Together with 3 studios, 150 people, 8 projects (and our studio dogs!), we offer world-class projects with a unique studio culture to ensure our teams feel empowered and inspired

The Senior Technical Artist is an expert in their field and holds a wealth of knowledge in dealing with the technical issues around content creation for video games. The Senior Technical Artist will produce work that is at the highest level of quality and difficulty and have a proven track record of resolving the most complex and broad reaching challenges in relationship to content construction, pipeline management and cutting-edge visuals.

This is a future-facing role, in addition to current best practices and competitive awareness, the Senior Technical Artist is expected to understand emerging trends and technologies in video game content and make strategic recommendations as to how they may benefit and/or impact project development.

The Senior Technical Artist makes critical contributions to key initiatives and projects and participates in setting product vision within the studio. Areas the Technical Artist is responsible for include visual R&D, performance monitoring, authoring content for in-game use, as well as tool and pipeline development.

A Senior Technical Artist for Electric Square
  • Collaborates with the art team to ensure their efficiency and advice on any technical issues that arise. Help them communicate their technical needs to the development team.
  • Creatively solve technical challenges and limitations to maximise cutting edge visuals within hardware limitations.
  • Create tools, scripts and pipelines to author visual content and ensure maximum optimisation.
  • Collaborate with other technical experts within the company to define clear goals for the toolset, pipeline and construction processes.
  • Prototyping, developing, profiling and implementing procedural VFX (particles, post processing, shaders, ...).
  • Driving the creation of complex procedural and physically based content.
Requirements
  • Programming languages C#, Python, MAXScript, MEL, HLSL, PowerShell, Bash
  • Skills Pipeline Development, Optimisation, VFX, Shaders, Lighting, Tool Development
  • Software/Tools Unreal Engine, Unity, Houdini, 3DS Max, Maya, Photoshop, Substance Painter, Substance Designer, Perforce
BenefitsWhen you join Electric Square you can expect to enjoy a unique culture. Whether its participating and relaxing with one of our wellness benefits or discussing the latest games over lunch cooked one of Brighton's incredible pop-up diners. The Studio knows that it's the best people that make the best games and this is what Electric Square invests in. Below you will find all the benefits and perks you can enjoy as an Electric Square team member.
  • Holidays - 23 days' annual leave entitlement including studio closure over the Christmas period plus all UK bank holidays
  • Bonus Anniversary Holidays - An additional day of annual leave for each year's anniversary working at Electric Square, up to a maximum of 30 days of annual leave entitlement.
  • Generous Team Project Bonuses (usually paid when product ships/launches)
  • Company Pension Scheme - Employer contribution matching award winning pension scheme provided by NEST under the UK governments automatic enrolment scheme.
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme - Full private medical cover provided by BUPA Healthcare.
  • Group Income Protection
  • Health and Well-being Allowance - £50 per month to spend on your choice of a range of healthy activities, ranging from going to the gym, rock climbing, yoga and a lovely massage. It's on us!
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Private Dental Insurance Scheme - Full private dental cover provided under our dental plan company scheme.
  • Volunteer Time Off 'Electric Square in the Community' - Spend one day per year on full pay volunteering for the non-profit organisation of your choice.
  • Tech Scheme - Over 5,000 products available from to buy over 12 or 24 month payment terms, saving up to 12% on National Insurance.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme - Salary sacrifice cycle purchase scheme with tax savings through Evans Cycles.
  • Free Fresh Home Cooked Electric Square Monthly Friday Lunch - Monthly Friday lunches bought to us by one of many amazing local pop-up diners - all local and organic, meat and vegan recipes. A wonderful way to catch up with everyone on a Friday over a beer or a bottle of Kombucha!
  • Eye-care Vouchers - Free eye tests.
  • Train Travel Season Ticket Loan - Interest free company loan to spread the cost of an annual season ticket.
  • Free Awesome Swag - Sleek Electric Square T-shirts and merch, with the iconic Electra symbol emblazoned on the front. New ranges out every season.
  • Extensive Video Game & Book Library - Borrow a game, a book or even a whole console.
  • Free locally roasted Coffee & Speciality Teas
  • Free Cereal Bar - Extensive granola, muesli and breakfast cereal selections.
  • Exclusive anniversary presents - After your first and third year as an Electron.
  • Fresh Fruit & Healthy Snacks - Provided every day, with a suggestion board for new treats.
  • Pastries, Cakes & Doughnuts - For the odd naughty pleasure.
  • Soft Drinks Fridge - A large range of free chilled soft drinks.
  • Electra's Beer & Wine Fridge - Free beers, ales and wine and even the odd gin and tonic. Grab a beer at our end of week Show and Tell sessions and see what everybody else in the company has been up to.
  • In-house Social Clubs - There are lots of ways to socialise with your colleagues here! From day one you're invited to join in clubs for D&D fans, board games, bouldering, drawing nights, yoga, cooking club - the list goes on and there is always space open for new members!
  • Two studios in the heart of Brighton - Electric Square South is right next to the Royal Pavilion in an imposing 1933 building originally called Electric House, Electric Square North is in a contemporary space on the other side of the Royal Pavilion.
  • Dogs with Jobs - Electric Square is a dog friendly employer. Bring doggo into the studio to meet and hang out with the rest of the team any time!
  • Personal Trainer Sessions - Free gym sessions with our own Electric Square personal trainer.
  • Project Wrap Parties, Cinema Nights & Team Nights Out - We work hard together so it's good to let off steam and spend some time together seeing what the wonderful city of Brighton & Hove has to offer.
  • Summer Festival - Every year on a hot summer's afternoon, we all leave work early to enjoy the sun with company organised pop-up diner, cocktail shack, bouncy castle, face painting and other fun amenities. The whole family is invited to spend the day coming to socialise with us, on us )
  • Exhibitions & Days Out - If there is an event happening of interest to us, we'll happily spread the word, pick up the bill and see if any Electrons are up for going - we're keen to get everyone out seeing what's going on.
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