Lead Character Artist (Major IP, RTS game) (UK)

We see ourselves as a new civilisation of people emerging to make the world of gaming better. We’re a different breed of games company - we do things our own way in our own style, not necessarily following what’s been done before.

Our people are at the heart of our evolution and we nurture them to be their best. Without them our vision would fail.

We strive to avoid crunch, overtime is optional and always paid, and we offer flexible working hours to allow you to enjoy a normal family life whilst making great games.

We’ve helped millions to fight their way through fearsome mobs in Minecraft Dungeons, battle each other and the environment in Rust: Console Edition and most recently worked with Bethesda Game Studios to craft new adventures for Vault Dwellers around the world in Fallout 76.

We’re growing rapidly and as a result we’re looking for a Lead Character Artist to join our studio in Middlesbrough (UK), home to the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline and countryside. As a Lead Character Artist at Double Eleven, you’ll be leading the creation of the characters for a Major Important RTS IP, directing and implementing the assets within a set technical pipeline, whilst setting schedules, managing other artists and responsible for any required outsourcing within the project; directing, scheduling and implementation of character assets. 

In this role you will set up camp at our HQ in Middlesbrough. We are continuing to assess the covid-19 situation, and our studio is set-up with the necessary covid-19 support measures to keep our teams safe. The wellbeing of our teams is at the heart of everything we do, and we are keen that all our teams feel safe and reassured.

Strictly no agencies (sorry guys!) and we can sponsor a visa/offer a full relocation package for this role (see below all benefits!).

We kindly ask all applicants to submit a portfolio to support their application. We’re afraid applications without an accompanying portfolio will not be considered.

WOULD YOU ENJOY

  • Helping to create beautiful games
  • Being part of an amazing team working on multiple AAA titles
  • Being trusted to work independently and proactively to the highest standards
  • Working with experienced teams in the industry

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING

  • Specialising in the creation of a wide variety of 3D character models; from human through to creature and from realistic to stylised
  • Work directly with other Leads to keep quality and style consistent across all art assets
  • Fully understand and work around existing art pipelines Able to manage, direct and implement any required outsourcing for the projects
  • Produce rich materials and shaders that complement and enhance the 3D models
  • Reviews work for quality and carry out various supervisory responsibilities
  • Capable of owning development of, and delivering, content while leading by example
  • Provide direction to Character Artists for aesthetic and technical considerations
  • Proactive in finding answers and able to clearly communicate issues and direction to the team
  • Works with Production to prioritise work and maintain a clear and consistent schedule
  • Upholds a sense of professional ownership, keeps a positive attitude, and ensures tasks are completed to quality
  • Able to manage and mentor career development of 3D Artists at various skill levels

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Shipped at least one title as a Senior or Lead Character Artist
  • A strong portfolio illustrating proficiency as a Senior or Lead Character Artist
  • Experienced in working with outsourcers
  • Excellent understanding of human anatomy and posing characters
  • Expert understanding of Maya/Max, Z-Brush, Substance Painter
  • Expert experience generating PBR materials and shaders
  • ​Excellent understanding of the character art pipeline, dependencies, and overall scope of the project
  • Advanced experience with real-time 3D packages such as Unreal or Unity
  • Demonstrates an ability to work with detailed concept art or reference art materials
  • Strong artistic skills
  • Excellent leadership and mentoring abilities, as well as interpersonal skills
  • Organised and practices good time management skills
  • Experienced in managing direct reports and personal development
  • Plans Experienced working in an Agile workflow
  • Fluent in English, both verbal and written

QUALIFICATIONS

All relevant qualifications considered

WORKING AT DOUBLE ELEVEN

We’re pretty sure we’re the best place to work, period. Some of our benefits include:

  • Competitive salary which is regularly benchmarked against the market as well as an annual pay review as part of an appraisal
  • Flexible start time (start anytime between 8:00am and 10:00am)
  • Flexible lunch hours
  • 29 days of annual leave (20 days annual leave + 8 bank holidays + your birthday)
  • A minimum of 8 days discretionary annual leave during the December holiday break (this is dependant on where the Christmas and New Year day fall each year)
  • 4 additional days annual leave for 5 years service and a further 4 days annual leave added for your epic 10 years service milestone
  • 1 day off if your moving house
  • Personal development plan designed in conjunction with you, your manager and our Learning & Development Manager. Plus clear progression framework
  • Vitality Private Healthcare for you and your family (upon the successful completion of a probationary period)
  • Potential for annual performance bonuses and end of year bonuses
  • Constantly improving tools and workflow so you can focus on creativity
  • Fast decision-making to allow you thrive
  • State of the art office facilities i.e. VR setup, games room, book library, high spec kitchen area and more
  • Free juice, hot drinks, fruit and monthly free team lunches
  • Cycle scheme
  • Employee referral bonus (up to £2000!)
  • UK relocation package which includes financial compensation and one to one support finding accommodation / schools etc
  • Opportunity to attend and speak at global events as a Double Eleven Ambassador
  • Many free parties celebrating game launches, winter break and summer In-studio wellbeing programmes and support
  • Opportunity to contribute to our internal Employee Diversity and Equality Network
  • Free game codes, game swag and merchandise
  • Free on site parking
  • Sponsored studio activities such as Football, Game Jams and any new suggestions are always considered
  • Activities and events organised throughout the year based on employee choices
  • Maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption and dependent leave available
  • Christmas Saving Scheme
  • Rewards and discounts available from Vitality health scheme
  • Pension match contribution

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that diverse developers make better games.

We believe that we're stronger as a team, and encourage an inclusive, secure and collaborative workforce.

We believe that levelling the playing field creates a safe, accessible and open environment for a wide range of people from a wide range of backgrounds.

We believe that education and communication are the foundation of creating this environment.

We actively encourage and welcome applications from all walks of life and our studios are fully accessible.

Through integrity, ambition and humanity, we are able to use that experience to create and bring to market great games that people love.

WHAT WE DO

Since we first opened our doors over 11 years ago, we’ve grown to over 250 people across 2 studios in the UK and Malaysia, continuing to put our people first as we move forward into a range of original and established IP. We’re lucky enough to work with some of the best developers and publishers in the world and we’re proud to be embarking on this journey with a diverse group of people, working on projects we enjoy but that also challenge us and push us out of our comfort zones to better ourselves.

We value our people and we value their time, striving for a work-life balance and offering a whole host of benefits to those who work for us. Our learning journey is never over, we invest in our people and offer regular training and development on both a company and individual level.

WAYS TO REACH US

If you have a general query or if you need support with your application and/or an alternative way to apply, please do not hesitate to contact our Recruitment team at [email protected]

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT TEESSIDE?

We're located in the North East, where you’ll find a fantastic standard of living and quality of life. https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&country2=United+Kingdom&city1=Middlesbrough&city2=London

We have both coast and country on our doorstep: https://www.enjoyteesvalley.com/