Lead Artist (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 Artist to join our studio in Middlesbrough (UK), home to the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline and countryside. As a Lead Artist at Double Eleven, you’ll deliver immersive content and create the highest quality assets whilst leading and motivating a team of talented Artists.

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 team safe. The wellbeing of our team is at the heart of everything we do, and we are keen to ensure very member of our team feels safe and supported.

 

Strictly no agencies (sorry guys!) and visa sponsorship available with full relocation support package (see below 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


  • Lead the artistic team in the development of high-quality environments and assets Train, develop and mentor other members of the art team
  • Participate in the scheduling of projects and maintain planning foresight
  • Maintains effective information flow to the team to ensure the team members are aligned with the project objectives
  • Provide regular review and feedback on teams work in a clear and constructive manner
  • Encourage creativity and participation from all team members
  • Maintain efficient collaboration between the team members and other dependent teams
  • Maintain a close working relationship with your direct manager, producers, leads, and other teams to push project quality
  • Actively participate in the constant improvement of work methods and pipelines
  • Share knowledge and recommend best practices in your area of operation
  • Ensure that produced and integrated assets respect the artistic vision of the game and meet the quality standards
  • Manage artists by providing 1 to 1’s and annual reviews


WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR


  • Extensive experience as an artist with multiple shipped titles displayed in a strong, relevant, digital portfolio
  • Previous experience as a Senior or Lead Artist in the games industry
  • Previous experience coaching artists on an individual basis
  • Experience with: 3DMax, Maya, or equivalent, (Maya preferred)
  • Experienced with Photoshop or other 2D software
  • Experience working in varied art styles
  • Experience with popular game engines, preferably Unity / Unreal
  • Experience with shaders and real-time rendering pipelines
  • PBR workflow experience (Substance Painter / Designer)
  • Visual art skills, e.g. illustration, graphic design, VFX experience
  • Strong observation and research skills
  • Strong knowledge of the video game industry and awareness of the video game development processes
  • Strong understanding of art fundamentals
  • Experience working in an Agile workflow


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 Training & 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
  • Team charity events
  • Sponsored studio activities such as Football, Game Jams and any new suggestions are always considered
  • Join in with social activities organised by groups within the studio. Previous events have included; cinema nights, white water rafting, paintballing, Tough Mudder, hill walking, table tennis tournaments, clay pigeon shooting outings, military circuits, running clubs and more
  • Maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption and dependent leave available
  • Christmas Saving Scheme
  • Rewards and discounts available from Vitality health scheme
  • Pension match contribution
  • Excellent employee rating on Glassdoor

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 200 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/