Technical Artist (FTC)

Art and Animation Stratford (London)/Remote (possible), United Kingdom


Technical Artist (FTC)

Position Overview 

We are looking for a Technical Artist to join our London based studio on a 12 month contract, working with artists and developers to find and fix problems and help take the graphical fidelity in our games to another level.

Key Responsibilities 

• Working with the Art and Graphics team to produce technically correct artwork
• Helping to establish best practices and workflows for creating artwork
• Ensure the creation of technical documentation to be used by the art team and assist in defining the art pipeline
• Work within artistic and technical constraints to create tools and processes that will maximise output
• Creating and maintaining different scripts/pipelines for art production
• Troubleshooting art-related technical issues (Maya, Unity, Substance Designer etc.)
• Create shaders
• Pro-active problem-solving skills

Knowledge, Skills & Experience   

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Knowledge of industry standard software packages such as Maya, Unity, Substance Designer, Photoshop etc.
• Knowledge of art pipelines, asset exporting and process automation
• Knowledge of art optimisation techniques
• Experience with PBR based workflows
• Ability to understand and communicate technical issues from an artistic point of view
• Knowledge of procedural art workflows
• Proven experience with Python, C#
• Passion for creating artwork in a realistic style
• Bonus if familiar with GLSL or HLSL
• Bonus if familiar with modular environment workflows

Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.

Studio Overview

Sports Interactive (SI) is an ambitious development studio creating immersive sports management simulations. Since 1994, we’ve captivated a global pool of players with our iconic, BAFTA award-winning game, Football Manager. We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA having caught their attention in 2006 with our continuous critical and commercial success.

We’re a tenacious community, coming together at the Here East technology hub in Stratford, East London. Always expanding, the SI team takes on the gaming genre through a diverse array of disciplines. But no matter how big we dream, we keep our approach (and your schedule) flexible, creating a relaxed atmosphere where collaboration can thrive.

Working Here

We approach everything with passion, whether that’s making our mark on the gaming and football industries or doing our bit for the world around us. We want to share that outlook with everyone who shows up to work here each day. 

We like our talent tenacious, so you can expect to surround yourself with other ambitious individuals bringing their A-game to many different disciplines. We know collaboration is the key to constantly topping our best, and encourage our people to fiercely realise their own personal potential.

We believe everyone matters, no matter which part of the business you’re in. Above all else, we’re a team. A team with a down-to-earth dynamic, that works and plays together. We have fun doing what we do; one of the many reasons we’re one of the best places to work in the UK games business ( 2021 Large studio category).

And if you want a work/life balance, we’re behind you. Because while we live to create extraordinary games, we know that’s not all you’ve got going on. You can trust that we always keep things in perspective, fostering an environment where work can be more than just a job.

Our flexible working culture gives team members the responsibility to optimise their workloads, with in-office, hybrid and remote working options. Even in countries where we don’t directly employ*, we’ll even explore what’s possible via third parties and do our best to accommodate location preferences.

And when you’re not here making the world’s best management games, there’s a top-class benefits package for permanent team members based in the UK, including gym membership, private health, and dental care, plus many more perks. For those permanent team members outside of the UK, we strive to offer equivalent and localised benefits.  We’re also a London Living Wage employer and proudly boast one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the industry.

*We’re able to directly employ in the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden and Finland.

Inclusivity Matters

We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from any relevant candidate irrespective of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion, or belief. Our studio has disabled access and facilities.

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder.  It does not form part of the contract of employment.