Senior Technical Artist

About Lab42 

Lab42 is a best-in-class cross-platform game developer based in the UK. Our headcount has grown with fantastic, experienced people supported by a veteran management team with backgrounds from Activision, Codemasters and EA.  
 
We developed the officially licensed photo-realistic, sports/simulation Snooker19 with World Snooker for all major Consoles and PC. That’s in addition to providing a range of development services and special projects to a growing client list which features Paradox, Sega, Codemasters and Curve Digital. 
 
Lab42 is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

The role @ Lab42

Lab42 Games are looking to recruit a Senior Technical Artist to collaborate in a team to find technical solutions to fulfil the artistic vision of our projects. A successful candidate will be working to define and meet in-game asset budgets, optimise all the art-related elements of a game, and proactively use their knowledge and experience to solve problems before they affect the development team, all while working on a range of highly regarded IPs and external partners on many different platforms. 

What is the job? 

  • Collaborate with the team on technical solutions to deliver the art vision and drive the visual fidelity of the game 
  • Help define and meet in-game asset budgets and optimise levels, meshes, materials, lighting, post-processes and VFX 
  • Proactively use knowledge and experience to identify & solve problems before they affect the development team 
  • Communicate effectively between art and code, providing guidelines, best practices, and documentation for workflows etc. 
  • What must you have?

  • 5 years’ experience (Multiple shipped titles) 
  • Expert-level with coding and documenting user-facing tools for art creation and workflow (Excellent UI and error handling) 
  • Fluency in C++ or C# 
  • Experience developing pipelines for proprietary engines across multiple shipped titles 
  • Adept in balancing aesthetic needs and optimisation and able to foresee conflicts in advance  
  • Good proficiency in working "under the hood" with digital art content creation tools such as Maya, 3DS Max Photoshop, Substance, etc. 
  • Knowledge of rigging, shaders, and VFX  
  • Understanding of artistic principles (scale/proportion, lighting, composition) 
  • Excellent complex problem-solving and communication skills across both artistic and technical disciplines 
  • Some experience of UE4 or Unity 
  • It would be great if you had…

  • Experience with Git (or other version control systems)  
  • Good working knowledge of UE4 or Unity 
  • Familiarity of working in an Agile environment 
  • What We Offer:
    ·               Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
    ·               Electric car scheme
    ·               Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
    ·               Flexible Working  
    ·               27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
    ·               Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
    ·               5 Paid Learning Days, including 1 volunteer day per year
    ·               Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
    ·               Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    ·               Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
    ·               Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
    ·               Free Dental Insurance
    ·               Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
    ·               Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
    ·               Additional flexible benefits scheme
    ·               Cycle to Work Scheme
    ·               Mental Health First Aiders
    ·               Payroll Giving Scheme
    ·               Game & Book Libraries
    ·               Long service & project completion awards
    ·               Wrap Parties
    ·               Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·               The Sumo GameJam
    ·               Great family events
    ·               Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·               Life Drawing
    ·               Yoga Classes
    ·               Free fruit and drinks
    ·               Employee Referral Bonus     
    ·               Career Development      
    ·               Relocation Support to the UK
    ·               Visa Sponsorship

    Why should you work at Lab42?  

    Lab42 was formed with just one developer, and we have grown organically over the last five years. Now part of the Sumo Group we’re based in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa; a thriving town with a bustling game-development scene.
     
    It’s an exciting time to be part of the Sumo family, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!
     
    We are a small, dedicated bunch with experience, drive, passion and creativity. Lab42 has a flexible working environment that make this a relaxed and friendly place to work. By prioritising the happiness and wellbeing of our staff we have been able to hire many industry veterans, and we are proud to have one of the lowest rates of staff attrition in game development. 
     
    On application, please include your current CV and any relevant portfolio content. You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this role. 

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