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We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sumo Newcastle joined the Sumo Digital family in January of 2018. As a former CCP Games studio, we have a solid history of cutting-edge development, and now with Sumo, a spectacular future of ‘AAA’ game development for some of the biggest and best publishers in the world.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The Role @ Sumo Newcastle

Sumo Digital has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Environment Artist at our Newcastle studio. We are looking for a world-class artist with a wealth of experience in driving quality standards on AAA console titles.

Reporting to the Lead Environment Artist, you will work within a highly experienced and skilled team which is open and very team orientated. You will become a fully integral part of the team and will have the opportunity to help guide and steer the team with the skills, knowledge and experience you bring. This is an incredible opportunity to shape some of the most exciting and groundbreaking video games currently being made in the UK.

This position is open to remote, hybrid and in-studio working.

Responsibilities:

  • You will be responsible for creating high-quality environment art,
  • Have a keen eye for level design and a strong ability to communicate ideas and collaborate with a design team,
  • You will take on ownership of levels/maps, making content and delegating to a small team of artists to ensure the content is cohesive and delivered on time,
  • Should be able to mentor and work well with others,
  • Proactively seek feedback from Lead Artists & Creative Directors,
  • Ensure that the artistic style of the game is consistently implemented,
  • Share your passion for art and help leads set the quality bar on the project.

Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of 5 years production experience, working within the games industry,
  • Proven track record in at least 2 shipped titles (preferably AAA),
  • Excellent 3D art skills,
  • Excellent compositional skills and all-around artistic expertise and flare,
  • Expertise in 3ds Max, Zbrush, Substance Painter / Designer, Photoshop & other technologies utilized in the production of game art
  • Expertise in Unreal Engine 4,
  • High levels of aesthetic attention to detail,
  • Familiarity working and developing in a multi-platform, multi-project environment,
  • Strong technical background with the ability to grasp new programs and systems quickly,
  • Eagerness to learn new software tools and technologies,
  • Have a desire to maintain and keep up with trends/ workflows in the game art space outside of core hours,
  • Able to work with a high level of motivation & self-direction,
  • Strong communication and organisational skills (Have a desire to maintain and keep up excellent file management and clean working files),
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving skills,
  • Self-motivated and agile.

What We Offer:

  • Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
  • Electric Car Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working
  • 27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
  • Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
  • 5 Paid Learning Days, including 1 volunteer day per year
  • Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
  • Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
  • Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
  • Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
  • Free Dental Insurance
  • Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
  • Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
  • Additional flexible benefits scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Payroll Giving Scheme
  • Game & Book Libraries
  • Long service & project completion awards
  • Wrap Parties
  • Alternative Travel Prize Draw
  • The Sumo GameJam
  • Great family events
  • Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
  • Life Drawing
  • Yoga Classes
  • Free fruit and drinks
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Career Development
  • Relocation Support to the UK
  • Visa Sponsorship

Where do we stand on diversity?

At Sumo Digital, we know that diversity and inclusivity will make our teams (and the amazing work that they do) better! We encourage and welcome ALL applications.

More About The Sumo Newcastle Studio:

Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying over fifteen years of stability and growth. We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary annual Sumo ‘Big Day Out’, plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and Spyder for Apple Arcade.

We are proud to be in the North-East of England, in our new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities in Riga. Newcastle was voted the number one place that travellers should visit in 2018 by Rough Guide and has everything that a major European city has to offer; culture, heritage, lively bars and fantastic retail. It is an exciting cosmopolitan city while also boasting plenty of beautiful outdoor space including several beaches less than an hour’s drive away.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.