LEAD WEAPONS ARTIST

Rocksteady Studios is looking to add to its family of permanent staff. Reporting to the Art Director we are looking for an exceptionally talented Lead Weapons Artist who is ready for the challenge of leading our weapon team to produce world class assets for our next AAA title.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ultimately, lead the weapon team to produce world class assets.
  • Work closely with our Art Director to create a range of striking weapons both in term of visuals and technical implementation.
  • Own the overall strategy of the weapons department including defining the quality bar, team culture, communication with other teams, pipelines etc.
  • Comfortable creating an outsource process and communicating regularly and clearly with external companies while balancing management of the internal team including:
    • Creating packs and supporting documents for both internal and external teams.
    • Quality control and providing clear & regular feedback.
    • Manager the outsource pipeline to bring assets in on time and on budget.
  • Conduct regular reviews and manage the Weapon team to excellence:
    • Manage the Weapon team backlogs, bugs and risks in an effective manner to ensure the smooth running of the department.
    • Oversee, advise and drive the team to ensure high-quality results and efficient working practices.
  • Be a role-model for all members of the Weapon team by setting an example and emphasising project & company goals and providing regular feedback on performance.
  • Be a mentor for junior members of the team.
  • Lead by the example by creating state of the art weapons.
  • Build and maintain close working relations with the Art Leads and general Art department.
  • Be comfortable communicating across teams and departments.
  • Self-regulate your workload while completing ad-hoc requests & investigating any issues that arise.
  • Be proactive and work together to maintain a world class quality across the team.

Technical Requirements

  • Experience in creating assets in level creation tools such as Unreal Engine 4 or similar.
  • At least 2 published games title on current gen platforms.
  • Understanding of baking textures, processing maps and physically based shading.
  • 3DS Max and Photoshop at expert level.
  • Experience of the full asset pipeline including optimising and profiling.
  • Z-brush experience.
  • Familiarity with procedural texture packages like Substance Designer.

Skill Requirements

  • Ability to drive a team in both management/schedule level and personal development.
  • Aptitude to be both hands-on in asset creation and overlooking the weapons team.
  • Create state of the art weapon assets.
  • Maintain a high level of quality art, while providing a variety of ideas.
  • Provide in-depth research, reference material, and develop conceptual ideas.
  • Collaborates effectively with department leads during review sessions which result in the finest artistic look possible.
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Extremely creative in bringing ideas and inspiring the team.
  • Ability to work within deadlines and good time management.
  • Passionate about creating and playing games.

Benefits

  • Private family medical care
  • Private dental care
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Long-service holiday reward
  • Brand new custom designed studio
  • World class training speakers hosted on-site
  • Access to multiple online training websites
  • Monthly team meals/outings
  • On-site subsidised Masseuse, Yoga & Life Drawing.
  • Quarterly salary adjustment reviews
  • Monthly 1on1s with your Line Manager
  • Yearly Line Manager & Studio Peer Performance review process
  • Film nights in our Mocap theatre
  • Subsidised gym in the office complex
  • Discounts to WB goodies i.e. HBO, WB films, TV, Harry Potter tour
  • Staff only merchandise store
  • State of the art office with the entire 130+ team in 1 open-plan room
  • Free fruit, juices and soft drinks
  • Childcare Vouchers Scheme
  • National Rail Season Ticket Travel Loan
  • Overseas Relocation Support
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Support Assistance Programme (Free personal counselling and guidance support)
  • Finder’s Fee
  • Free Eye Test & Discounted Glasses
  • Free Seasonal Flu Jab