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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melbourne, Australia, Toronto, Canada and Guildford, UK – Sledgehammer Games is the videogame development team behind Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty®: WWII, and Call of Duty®: Vanguard. Since our founding in 2009, our greatest passion has been making AAA games. The strength of our team makes us not only excellent at what we do, but also how we do it. We firmly believe in supporting our passionate employees to be the best they can be. Here at Sledgehammer Games, everyone is a game maker.

We are constantly evolving and innovating – which are some of the most rewarding aspects of game development. With our outstanding audio, design, engineering, and art teams, we’ve been able to achieve some of the highest-quality game execution of any studio in the industry. We love making games and we work hard to make sure that each new game we make is even better than the last. Creativity is key, and we’re looking for dedicated game developers for our exciting upcoming projects.

Your Mission:

As a Lead Technical Artist, you will lead our local technical art team while providing support in building and delivering key technologies and workflows that enable artists and designers to quickly implement visual content into our games. The ideal candidate will have a good eye for art quality and knowledge of real-time requirements and constraints. They lead will act as a bridge between art and engineering by demonstrating outstanding communication skills to facilitate problem solving between departments while adding new ideas, new techniques and working with innovative technology to build extraordinary games.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Establish consistent and efficient methodologies

  • Consistently push content creation to maximum potential

  • Build tools and processes that facilitate content authoring with an emphasis on user experience, quality and efficiency

  • Collaborate with other Technical Artists to improve studio tools and pipelines.

  • Proactively identify problems, propose solutions and seek out consensus from the team regarding implementation strategy

  • Able to prioritize and delegate tasks to members of the tech art team

  • Work with our Production team on estimates and scheduling along with prioritisation

  • Help train and mentor artists on your new team

Player Profile:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Solid understanding of one or more commercially available real-time engines (e.g. UE4, Unity, CryEngine).

  • Artistic eye with strong knowledge of the creation & integration of 3D art

  • Advanced understanding of modern DCC tools

  • Shipped at least 2 AAA titles from start to finish on multiple platforms (e.g. PS4, Xbox-One.)

  • Superb communication skills, especially with regards to illustrating technical processes.

  • Proficiency with Python, HLSL, GLSL

  • Confirmed leadership skills, either through previous roles in a Lead position or multiple examples where you handled extra responsibilities

Extra Points:

  • C++ experience or Computer Science degree

  • Extensive portfolio with examples of professional work (e.g. art, scripts, tools, simulations, etc.)

  • Blueprint or asset scripting abilities.

Our World:

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Sledgehammer Games is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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