Lead Technical Artist

Art United States Austin, Texas


Description

Would you like to work on some of the greatest franchises in gaming history? What about working on our new original IP? Certain Affinity is the largest independent developer in Texas, based out of Austin, and we have a growing presence in Toronto, Canada. Our culture reflects the values and the vibrant nature of the cities we call home. This includes a commitment to evolution, diversity, excellence, and work-life balance. We are also excited to be the latest recipient of the Canadian Studio of the Year award. We're best known for co-developing numerous AAA FPS games, though now we are creating compelling new games of our own. We're always on the lookout for amazing talent to join our team.

As a Lead Technical Artist at Certain Affinity, you’ll get the chance to see some of the custom 3D tools and pipelines behind the world’s biggest shooters and contribute to our proprietary technology. This role reports to the Technical Art Director. It requires an energetic individual to take a hands-on approach to our pipeline management and tools creation for our studio art team.

If you’ve done some compelling tools and technical work, are eager to make an impact, able to wear multiple hats, and are open to new challenges, we’d like to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Develop custom workflows using scripts and coded tools solutions for the art team
  • Maintain the integrity of art pipelines by identifying inefficiencies and recommending and implementing improvements
  • Troubleshoot key pipeline issues and solve core problems in cooperation with the development team
  • Support the technical art needs of our client-facing project requirements and partner expectations
  • Facilitate technical art communication across disciplines by providing clear and constructive feedback and guidance
  • Collaborate with a diverse team to promote innovation and refine the visual quality of our games
  • Work with and help manage a talented team of technical artists
  • Work with the Technical Art Director to develop long term pipeline strategies for our teams and studio
Requirements
  • 10+ years game industry experience, 8+ specifically in a technical artist role
  • Shipped 1+ AAA title as a Lead Technical Artist
  • Tech-fluency in at least one development language, such as Python, MEL, C#, or C++
  • Expert-level familiarity with Unreal Engine
  • Experience working in multiple industry-standard content applications.
  • Experience working on a wide range of tech art projects, regarding art tools, graphics engines, and game hardware
  • Expert-level familiarity with developing tools for environment art creation and workflow
  • Experience developing pipelines including Substance Designer, Substance Painter, or Houdini
  • Able to present (internally and externally) a clear vision of how work addresses problems and requirements
  • Able to effectively manage direct reports and help them with their day-to-day tasks.
  • Excellent communication, documentation, and organizational skills
  • A desire to work and support a diverse and inclusive environment
Extra Credit
  • Broad interest in real-time rendering technologies and art asset creation tools
  • Able to script in multiple languages (Python/Pymel, Perl, Lua, MELScript)
  • Experience in managing real-time rendering, run-time analytics, optimization, shaders, and materials
  • Able to advise on, research, and explore a variety of graphics systems and middleware packages
  • Able to envision creative ways to leverage ideas and technologies, and integrate the big picture through multiple mediums



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