Lead Technical Artist

Technical Art | Sumo Newcastle
Full-Time / Permanent

About Sumo Digital, Newcastle
Located in the heart of the Northeast, Sumo Newcastle is a studio with a proven track record of delivering projects to a high standard, specialising in creating new IP with a focus on multi-player action games – including the 2021 release Hood: Outlaws & Legends. 
Our team is built around its own unique cultural fit, with a welcoming mix of industry veterans and up-and-coming stars 
Day in the life of a Lead Technical Artist:
As a Technical Artist, you're a key player in supporting and driving our art teams to deliver top-notch visuals. From creating tools to providing guidance on engines and platforms, you cover the whole art production scene.
Working closely with Art Leads, you'll help turn artistic visions into reality, keeping everything in sync with project needs. Your proactive problem-solving and creative skills tackle challenges, boosting the quality and efficiency of our art creation.
Leading in art optimization, you'll make decisions to keep visuals top-notch across platforms. Being the link between art and programming, you'll ensure a smooth blend of creativity and technical know-how. Your hands-on style involves creating and testing tools, along with sharing knowledge in our dynamic team.
By keeping the art team in the loop on technical constraints, you'll contribute to a shared understanding that guides our creative journey.
This role can be done either on a remote (within the UK), hybrid or in studio basis. 
What you need to do this job:
• Experience of production level shader work and optimisation within Unreal Engine 4/5
• Strong understanding of the creation of shaders within Unreal Engine 4/5
• Experienced with blueprints and their implementation
• Knowledge of platform strengths and limitations
• Experience with performance profiling tools such as PIX/Razor/In-Engine tools etc.
• High levels of attention to detail
• Familiarity working and developing in a multi-platform, multi-project environment.
• Experience with other programs such as Substance Painter / Designer. Zbrush etc
The Interview Process:
At Sumo Digital we take a holistic and engaging interview process that allows us to get to know you, your skills and your potential. For the Lead Technical Artist role we have a two stage interview process:
1st Stage: One hour technical interview with our very own Head of Art along with two other technical members of the team, here we will talk with you about your experience, our expectations in the role and ask some competency based questions. There will of course also be opportunities for you to ask questions!
2nd Stage: Our second stage is up to 2 separate interviews completed in the same day, either onsite or online. These interviews not only test your technical capability to perform the role, but also gives you the chance to meet some of the talented people that you would be working closely with on an informal basis!
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 loan and bicycles.   
Work-life balance: Flexible working, 21 free choice days holiday (increasing to 22 with service), bank holidays, birthday day off, a duvet day (increasing to 4 with service), 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 second opinions (medical)), critical illness cover*, health cash plan*, flexible gym (in-studio or discounts) and funded flu vaccines/eye tests. 
Personal Development: Structured My Development pathway, regular appraisals, annual salary reviews, access to Udemy learning platform, 5+ learning days per annum (1 can be used as a volunteer day), award-winning L&D team and yearly attendance to the Sumo Developers Conference (link to video). 
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 an annual gaming subscription. 
*These benefits are part of our flexible benefits options and are opt in selections. 
Inclusion and Belonging at Sumo Digital:
We are dedicated to growing a sustainable business that provides security to our people while delivering a first-class experience to our partners and players.
As a people business, the success of our people is the success of our company. We prioritise taking care of them with a focus on supporting them, nurturing their talent and providing a healthy, friendly, enriching, creative and safe environment in which to work.
Sumo's employee diversity group, PRISM, exists to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, equality & wellbeing across the company and plays a key role in Sumo's ongoing goal of fostering environments where all employees feel safe, welcome & represented.
Our charitable and community initiatives provide support for meaningful causes that matter to our employees, clients and partners.
We continue to work to improve diversity in our recruitment and promotion processes, and to actively encourage people from marginalised groups to consider a career in the games industry.