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The Chinese Room

Art Outsource Manager

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The Chinese Room
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Brighton

The Chinese Room has established a reputation as one of the most creative and exciting studios in the UK. We’re proud to be internationally recognised as pioneers of storytelling with a flair for creating atmospheric, rich and imaginative games.

As a Sumo Digital studio, The Chinese Room is built on passion, on finding amazing people and letting them shine. It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio; big things are on the horizon. If this sounds like a place where you’d like to make games, then we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for a proactive, highly motivated and production-focused Art Outsource Manager.

Successful applicants must have experience in managing the production of Art for console titles and have a broad understanding of contemporary processes, pipelines and engine technology.

Within this role you will be:

  • Responsible for managing the production and delivery of all externally produced art and animation on our titles
  • Ensure the externally produced art and animation aligns with art direction and quality standards
  • Helping to create and manage project schedules
  • Developing best practices for the art teams, critiquing problematic assets and workflows
  • Defining the scope and terms of engagements with external teams
  • A day-to-day point of contact for external teams
  • Communicating clearly, in all directions
  • Facilitating collaboration with external and internal teams
  • Organising and managing Art documentation

We need you to have:

  • Experience of managing an art team through the complete lifecycle of console game development
  • The ability to organise and supervise creative teams to accomplish their assignments
  • An ability to direct a team to follow art direction and quality standards
  • Scheduling, budgeting and outsourcing experience
  • Strong knowledge of 3D pipelines and asset management
  • Good verbal, visual and written communication skills

Our titles include the ground-breaking Dear Esther (2012), cult horror Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013), the VR fairy-tale So Let Us Melt (2017) and the open-world adventure Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (2015), a PlayStation 4 exclusive that won major awards across the world. This included an amazing 10 BAFTA nominations and 3 BAFTA wins.

We bring our passion and commitment to creating exciting original games to a network of studios renowned for quality and expertise. Being part of the Sumo team enables us to expand and grow in ambition and confidence, taking our reputation for storytelling into new genres. Our most recently announced game, Little Orpheus, is an Apple Arcade exclusive and we’re working on other unannounced β€˜AAA’ titles that will further establish our award-winning style and reputation.

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 Sumo β€˜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 the upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

The Chinese Room is located in Brighton in the south of England, home to an amazingly vibrant game development scene and a cultural hotspot with fantastic food, arts, music, shopping and sports. The studio is in the city centre, near the beach, and close to the South Downs National Park. Gatwick Airport is only half an hour away from train, and you can be in central London in just over an hour. It’s an easy place to love!

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand-new team, and creating a studio culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other.