Job title: Art Director
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Expertise: Creative Leadership
Location: United Kingdom
Job published: 2021-07-19
Job ID: 32280

Job Description

Our client is a leading developer and publisher for MMO's on PC and mobile.

Overview

As an Art Director you are accountable for defining, setting and maintaining a coherent art vision for your project that supports both product and creative direction. You are accountable for overseeing a smooth pipeline ensuring the highest visual quality is achieved by internal and external development teams throughout production that meets the art direction criteria.
 
You will be expected to work closely with product, production, design and engineering to steer and develop your vision while providing direct leadership and guidance to your art team. The team look to you as an inspirational leader who provides motivation, mentoring and coaching as well as advocating team creativity and best practices throughout all art disciplines including health and well-being.
 
Represent your team at a product, leadership and craft level both to the wider studio, community and industry.
 
At a Director level you contribute toward studio wide topics, decisions and directives that will move the studios creative department forward and continue to establish our client as a studio of exceptional talent. 

Key Duties

  • Develops and establishes an art vision that enhances and supports the creative direction, game design, product and marketing strategy
  • Accountable for the quality of all art output on their assigned product
  • Produces easily digestible Art Direction visuals, pitches, guides and documentation to align team understanding and direction
  • Directly line manages Associate Art Directors, Leads or parts of the art team as applicable
  • Concisely and clearly communicates upward to EP, Senior Directors, VP’s and Exec
  • Advocates for best practices and pipelines in all art disciplines including outsourcing
  • Works with production to effectively plan art team delivery and highlight strategic risks
  • Creates team growth plans and collaborates with HR and talent acquisition to deliver
  • Levels the team up through mentoring, training and personal development plans
  • Inspires, motivates, and unleashes potential in individuals and team to deliver beyond their expectation
  • Establishes high performing teams with craft excellence
  • Keeps themselves and the team informed of the latest advancements of technology and techniques specific to art.
  • Contributes toward studio initiatives, is a team and studio ambassador personifying the company values.
  • Is part of studio creative leadership shaping the strategy of the art department

Essential Skills

  • Portfolio demonstrating Art Direction capability (Style/ Production guides, paint-overs, etc)
  • Extensive end to end game development experience from concept, production through to live game on PC or Console to AAA standard
  • Able to communicate and propagate an artistic vision to teams, stakeholders and externally as required
  • Competent with strategies in growing, developing and managing multidisciplinary art and animation teams on a live product
  • Comfortable documenting and presenting current industry best practices to art and animation teams, critiquing problematic assets and workflows
  • Practical mentoring capability in two of the following areas: environment art, character art, concept art, technical art, UI, VFX or animation
  • Working knowledge of modern game development workflows across all major artistic disciplines
  • Able to show a solid understanding of art fundamentals; anatomy, composition, lighting/ value, form/ function and perspective
  • Strong leadership skills with an inspirational lead by example approach that unleashes potential in others
  • Ability to bring a competitive edge to the studio through Art Direction 

Company Benefits

  • Flexible Working
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Private Health Care
  • Gym Membership
  • Generous Pension Contributions
  • Life Insurance
  • Free Cycle Repair
  • Income Protection
  • Dental Plan
  • Free Fruit and Drinks
  • Subsidised Canteen