Deputy Lead 3D Artist

Production | Atomhawk Design Production | Newcastle & Leamington Spa
Full-Time / Permanent

About Atomhawk
Atomhawk produces the very best in cutting-edge creative conceptualisation, visualisation, and realisation. Our client list includes major names - Warner Bros, Sony, Microsoft, SEGA, Activision, 2K, EPIC, The Pokémon Company and Blizzard all feature. And we like variety. Every project is different from the last. The spectrum covers gritty, hard-hitting Mortal Kombat, irreverent and stylised Surgeon Simulator 2, comic book superheroes, nostalgic childhood favourites and all things in between. Whichever franchise is on today’s agenda - DC, Halo, Marvel, Mortal Kombat and Warhammer - we move through their worlds with ease and creative curiosity.
The work our team produces is world-class. We’ve celebrated that fact in three artbooks. Each one features concept art, tutorials and professional tips. Volume 3 was created to mark the studio’s 10th anniversary, and was displayed and sold at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, where we held the exhibition Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk in 2020. You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition here.
Our output hasn’t gone unnoticed. We received Best Companies’ 3 Star Accreditation 2021 and Top Companies North East 2021. We hold the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, as well as the TIGA Star Award 2021. We were also named Best Art/Animation/Trailer Supplier at the 2021 Develop Star Awards.
Creativity thrives through diversity, not conformity. Every Atomhawk applicant and employee is afforded space and freedom to be their true self, with no fear of prejudice or persecution. During the application process, you won’t be judged on your name, your gender, your sexuality, your ethnicity, your age, your religion, or any other factor unrelated to your ability to do the job. 
Atomhawk is part of Sumo Digital Ltd, one of the UK’s leading videogame developers.
NOTE – This role will be based out of the new Atomhawk Leamington Spa studio
We are pleased to announce that we have a key role appointment for a 3D Discipline Deputy Lead to join our 3D Team at our Leamington Spa studio.
This role is for an artist with a proven record of creating work for major projects in the entertainment industry, as well as line-management and project leadership experience. The role presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to help shape the continuing growth and success of our award-winning art and design services, working with global entertainment companies such as Warner Bros, Sony, Microsoft, SEGA, Activision, 2K, EPIC, The Pokémon Company and Blizzard name but a few. 
Discipline Deputies are responsible for supporting the Discipline Lead, to manage teams creating work in accordance with the requirements of each project/client. This role requires a passion for creating 3D Art, with experience working across a variety of styles/purposes (such as Characters, Props, Hard Surface, Soft Cloth or Environments) using standard 3D software tools. as well as providing team management and feedback. The role involves approximately 80% art creation and 20% management.
We are looking for an experienced Senior/Lead 3D Artist to step into the role of 3D Discipline Deputy. This role requires a passion for creating 3D Art, with experience working across a variety of styles/purposes (such as Characters, Props, Hard Surface, Soft Cloth or Environments) using standard 3D software tools. Unreal experience would be an advantage for this role.
You’ll be working on an exciting new AAA video game title alongside our concept team, helping take initial ideas through to functional in-game assets. We require a solid understanding of the games development pipeline from interpreting a concept sketch, through high & low poly modelling to UV mapping and baking textures as well as the skills and software knowledge for each of those stages.
An eye-catching portfolio is a must. We're looking for personalities who will fit our culture of innovative creativity and collaborative problem-solving. The ability to adapt and interpret a 2D concept into 3D is a must for this role, so please include your most creative pieces in your portfolio to show us what you can do!
NOTE – This role will be based out of the new Atomhawk Leamington Spa studio
We look for the following things in people who want to join our team:
Quality at all stages of the process – Creation of 3D models that are cleanly modelled, organised workflow & files, well presented and defined from initial blockout through to final assets and Unreal setup.
Design thinking – Solving creative problems when adapting 2D concept, balancing form and function, always being aware of the whole pipeline and the requirements
Technical skill – Solid understanding of the usual development software & tools.
Art fundamentals – A strong grasp of proportion, silhouette & anatomy.
Variety and iteration – Ability to provide multiple creative options, iterating upon them as projects progress.
Adaptability – Switching quickly and fluidly to new requirements and processes when required.
Working to a brief – Understanding creative briefs, then considering elements such as context, timescales and creative constraints when solving tasks.
Time management – Creation of high-quality work within allocated timescales.
Collaboration – Receptive to giving & taking feedback and working together with stakeholders.
Skills and Experience:
• Experience in 3D Art within video games, with some leading experience.
• Been through the full development cycle of at least 2 games.
• Thorough knowledge of current 3D software and tools (ZBrush, Unreal 5 ect).
• Great technical understanding of Games Development 3D creation processes from start to finish.
• Creative mindset with a very good eye for details.
• Ability to deliver high and low poly assets to strict deadlines.
• Experience of managing stakeholders needs internally & externally.
• Supports Discipline Lead to manage multiple teams to deliver work for a variety of projects, in various styles & skillsets to various levels of finish and time constraints. 
• Responsible for effectively briefing teams on new and existing work.
• Has a strong understanding of the creative 3D processes and workflows with the ability to direct output and quality.
• Helps to review and refine team skillsets & development
• Gives regular feedback to teams with the ability to inspire those around them.
• Review documentation, briefs, and visual & technical targets for multiple projects.
• Required to speak on behalf of the project, to clients during onsite and offsite visits and weekly meetings.
• Expected to represent the company and its values at external events and communicate its message safely and effectively.
• Actively proposes mitigation plans for identified risks and problems.
• Identifies areas requiring innovation and is a part of creating innovative solutions for an area of expertise.
• Stays current with trends and brings innovation where possible.
• Helps define and communicate both technical and non-technical, information to Art Team, Production and Management.
• Adapts content of information for the intended audience.
• Partners within Creative Leadership Team 
The Interview Process:
1st Stage: 45 minutes meeting our 3D Discipline Lead (Line Manager) and our Operations Director to explore your portfolio and your experience.
2nd Stage: 45 minutes meeting a fellow Discipline Deputy from one of our Concept teams and one of our Art Directors to explore your portfolio and your experience.
Final Stage: 45 minutes meeting our Studio Director and Operations Director to explore your understanding of the role, Atomhawk, your leading experience and general questions you may have.
What’s in it for you?
Sumo also offers a highly personable benefits package which has something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career. 
Financial: Annual bonus, flexible benefits allowance, salary sacrifice pension, benefits hub, payroll giving, an employee referral scheme (up to £3,000), financial/home buying consultations, workplace ISA and other schemes for tech loans, car loans and bicycles.  
Work-life Balance: Flexible working, 21 free choice days holiday (increasing to 25 with service), bank holidays, birthday day off, Christmas shutdown (Christmas Eve to New Year) and options to buy or sell up to a week of annual leave*.
Health and Wellbeing: Dental insurance, income protection, life assurance, BUPA private healthcare*, leading EAP programs (remote GP, mental health, physio, nutrition, lifestyle coaching and medical second opinions), critical illness cover*, health cash plan* and funded flu vaccines/eye tests.
Personal Development: Structured Personal Development tool, regular appraisals, annual salary reviews, access to Udemy learning platform, 8 learning days per annum and award-winning L&D team.
Extra Perks: A variety of in-studio perks, regular care packages, studio days out (family welcome), studio-led social activities (game jams, yoga, quizzes, life drawing and more), sabbaticals (at 10 years service) and annual gaming subscription.
*Opt-in benefits (part of our flexible benefits options).