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Ubisoft

Technical Art Director

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Ubisoft
🇺🇸 San Francisco, CA

Ubisoft is composed of over 20,000 talented people located in 55+ development studios and offices across the globe. With more than 80% of our teams dedicated to creation, Ubisoft is the biggest in-house creative force in the industry.

Home to the North American Ubisoft headquarters since 1996, Ubisoft San Francisco opened its development studio in 2009 and since developed Rocksmith® and Rocksmith 2014, to teach millions of people how to play guitar and bass. With a song library of over 1,500 songs and 10 years of support the Rocksmith franchise helped millions of players around the world on their musical journey. In 2017, the studio released the critically acclaimed South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™, in collaboration with Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and South Park Digital Studios. The studio is currently working on innovative new titles with Rocksmith+ and XDefiant.

Ubisoft’s worldwide network of video game development studios and business offices work hand-in-hand each day to deliver rich and innovative gaming experiences that reflect the creativity and diversity of their teams. This cross-studio collaboration model means every team member has the opportunity to participate in challenging projects based on iconic brands including Assassin's Creed®, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege®, Tom Clancy's The Division®, For Honor®, Rabbids®, Rayman®, Watch Dogs®, Far Cry®, The Crew®, Just Dance® and more. Ubisoft is a global leader in the video games and entertainment software industry.

Ubisoft is committed to enriching player’s lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. We create worlds where people can express themselves, explore and discover new possibilities.

Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling game-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft, we offer an open environment where bright ideas are given a chance to shine, and everyone is eager to share knowledge.

Take entertainment to the next level. Join us and create the unknown.

Job Description

As a Technical Art Director at Ubisoft San Francisco, you’ll lead a team of Technical Artists in defining what our tech can do, can’t do, yet could do, plus visibility on the project as a whole. You’re responsible for providing insight, tools, and support to steer a game – and its creators – towards success.

Working with other directors early on, you discuss intentions before making any commitments. You take into account not only measurable factors such as rendering, performance, and memory, but also intangible ones like timing and momentum. Seeing the facts realistically, you establish an actionable plan to bridge the gap between coming up with ideas and putting them into practice.

Though every day of development brings its own mix of both expected and unforeseen challenges, you never lose sight of the big picture. As a strategic thinker and tactical planner, you balance short-term priorities with long-term goals, while consistently considering the future impacts of your choices.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Collaborate with other core team members to develop the overall vision & determine technical feasibility
  • Identify and analyze risks (engine, data, features, etc.)
  • Assess existing tools + occasionally design custom ones to support art pipelines and workflows & sustain the vision
  • Meet with technical artists and assistant technical art directors to share information and updates, enforce standards, set benchmarks, give feedback, etc.
  • Resolve specific, complex, escalated issues & approve technical specifications
  • Prepare post-mortems + recommend ways to evolve how we create and integrate graphic data
  • Anticipate technological advancements and stay up to date on market trends to define our best practices + share them with our studios and the industry
  • Participate in recruitment to build the technical art team & foster their growth

Qualifications

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • Art, technical art, or programming experience, or other related experience + leadership experience
  • In-depth experience with game engines & their limitations, 2D art tools, 3D software, and an understanding of scripting languages
  • Familiarity with bug tracking software and version management systems
  • A highly innovative, collaborative, empathetic, and solution-oriented spirit
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, mentorship, and presentation skills
  • Critical thinking, time management, and organizational capabilities
  • Attention to detail, curiosity, resourcefulness, and plenty of flexibility

Additional Information

WHAT YOU'LL GET

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Employer HSA contribution to fully cover your deductible (with enrollment in a HSA eligible medical plan)
  • 401k match
  • Paid vacation, holiday and wellness time
  • Fitness, physical challenge, and eSports competition reimbursements
  • Ginger emotional support app for you and your adult dependents with up to 10 sessions per year of video-based therapy and psychiatry services
  • Membership to One Medical
  • Rocket Lawyer online legal service membership
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off to volunteer
  • Pawternity – paid time off to bond with a newly adopted pet
  • Sabbatical leave available after 5 years of employment
  • Access to all of the latest Ubisoft games for PC
  • Generous discount on new Ubisoft games

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guideline

Ubisoft is committed to creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of our player community. We are an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

Skills and competencies show up in different forms and can be based on different experiences, that's why we strongly encourage you to apply even though you may not have all the requirements listed above.

At Ubisoft, you can come as you are. We embrace diversity in all its forms. We’re committed to fostering a work environment that is inclusive and respectful of all differences.

We do not accept any unsolicited resumes submitted by staffing or placement agencies or recruiters

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.