The role

We are seeking a highly talented and experienced Lead VFX Artist to join our team. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in creating and leading the development of real-time visual effects using Unreal Engine. Reporting into the Art Manager, you will oversee the VFX team, guide the artistic vision, and ensure the delivery of high-quality visual effects that enhance the overall gameplay experience efficiently and time.


  • Leadership: Lead and mentor the VFX team, providing guidance and support to ensure high standards of artistic quality and technical performance.

  • VFX Creation: Design, create, and implement high-quality VFX assets in Unreal Engine for our AAA titles.

  • Collaboration: Work closely with the art, design, and engineering teams to ensure VFX integrate seamlessly into the game.

  • Optimization: Optimize VFX assets to maintain performance without compromising visual quality.

  • Innovation: Stay current with industry trends and techniques to continuously improve our VFX pipeline.

  • Creative Direction: Participate in brainstorming sessions and contribute innovative ideas to enhance the visual impact of our games.

  • Project Planning: Assist in the planning and scheduling of VFX tasks and milestones, ensuring alignment with project timelines and goals.

  • Documentation: Create and maintain documentation for VFX processes, tools, and best practices to ensure knowledge sharing and consistency within the team


  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience as a VFX artist in the video game industry, with at least 2 years in a lead role.

  • Unreal Engine: Proven expertise in creating real-time VFX using Unreal Engine.

  • Technical Skills: Proficient in relevant software such as Houdini, Maya and Photoshop.

  • Creative Mindset: Strong artistic vision and creativity with a keen eye for detail.

  • Problem-Solving: Ability to troubleshoot and solve technical challenges related to VFX.

  • Collaboration: Excellent communication and teamwork skills to work effectively in a collaborative environment.

  • Leadership: Proven leadership abilities and experience in mentoring and guiding a team.

  • Portfolio: A strong portfolio showcasing a variety of real-time VFX work.

Sharkmob London is a brand-new AAA studio in the heart of London, with aspirations to build one of the largest and most creatively ambitious development teams in the world. Just like the original Sharkmob studio in Malmö, Sharkmob London was founded by a team of industry veterans. As a part of Tencent Games we have the experience, backing, and ambition to build the games of the future!

At Sharkmob, we are committed to building an inclusive team that represents diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skillsets – because we believe that helps us create great games. We welcome all candidates that are aligned with our core values of shared ownership, smart decisions and last but not least – having fun!

Remuneration and benefits

  • Competitive salaries based on up-to-date data from external benchmarking providers & reviewed annually.

  • 30 days annual leave, in addition to all UK Bank Holidays.

  • Hybrid work-from-home policy.

  • Discretionary annual performance-based bonus.

  • Private pension (10% total, up to 5% individual contribution matched by Sharkmob).

  • BUPA private Healthcare, Cigna dental cover, life insurance scheme and income protection policy.

  • £425 yearly preventative healthcare allowance.

  • Core studio hours 10:00-16:00 with 1 'wellness hour' to be used per week.

  • Daily breakfasts, snacks & refreshments at the studio.

  • VISA sponsorship (individual & dependents).

  • Relocation assistance for people outside the UK (1 month accommodation, flights/travel paid for, £2,500 logistics/removal costs reimbursed).

  • Assistance for people relocating within the UK (up to £2,000 to spend on travel into London for flat viewings and moving vans/couriers).