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A Lead Outsource Supervisor for Environments on the World of Warcraft team is responsible for leading a team of internal Outsource Supervisors and Artists, and external vendors. In this role, you would assist in bringing to life 3D environments in the game, including architecture, foliage, and prop assets. The position requires a strong sense of shape, design, and color theory along with a solid understanding of video game art production methods and experience with outsourcing pipelines. We want you to work closely with the Art Director, Art manager, production team and other art leads to help meet our goals and continue the core mission of the WoW Art team which is creating the highest quality handcrafted art in the industry. You can help us build a fun, engaging world for players!

We are looking for a candidate who is highly skilled and experienced in crafting game environment art (both organic and structural) including modeling, UV mapping, texturing, and lighting. The right candidate would have strong experience working with outsourcing and understand real-time game development needs. We'd also like the person to excel at giving feedback and have demonstrated leadership capability. Does that sound like you? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Leadership duties

  • Be the voice of the Environment, Dungeon, and Prop art teams (including player-facing promotional items) to external vendors, and represent the Environment Outsourcing team during discussions with internal leads and artists

  • Reinforce existing partnerships with external vendors and help identify and build relationships with new partners for the future

  • Where possible, ensure that vendors are trained on workflows and standard methodologies

  • Ensure briefs and objectives are clear and consistent

  • Partner with art management to ensure team is balanced and strong

  • Identify, mentor, and grow talent

Day to day tasks

  • Give notes and direction to external artists and internal art supervisors. This includes painting over screen captures, manipulating 3D models and painting textures

  • Conduct reviews and send feedback on the art and technical quality of vendor submissions

  • Partner with production to ensure schedules and plans meet business needs

  • Coordinate with Art Leads to ensure consistency of quality and vision across outsourced content

  • Collaborate with production, design, and other departments

  • Provide technical direction to team members and partner with Tech Art and Engineering to maintain implementation standards and improve tools

Your background

  • Experience building relationships with internal and external partners while successfully delivering content within budget and time constraints

  • Takes initiative to identify and solve problems with excellent follow through

  • Experience authoring asset briefs and reviewing submissions

Send us

  • Resume

  • Portfolio website

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification in the job posting. At Activision Blizzard we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, so we strongly encourage you to apply even if you don’t believe you meet every single qualification outlined. We also do our best to ensure all applications received are responded to.

Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $97,200.00 - $179,900.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.