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Senior Technical Artist - SUMO NORTH WEST


Sumo Digital Ltd.


North West, North West

South Africa

Art and Animation




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


Sumo Digital build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world's biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega.

Sumo North West is the latest addition to the family. Established by Scott Kirkland - BAFTA nominated local games industry veteran and co-founder of (Sony) Evolution Studios and Secret Sorcery - the studio's mandate is to build a world-class team of technologists and creatives to provide efficient and effective solutions to prestigious partners from around the world, working on some of the biggest, newest and most popular IPs and platforms along the way!

The role @ Sumo

As a Senior Technical Artist, you'll develop, maintain and improve efficient and feature rich art asset creation tools and pipelines, you'll investigate and resolve technical issues with tools, pipelines/processes and specific content. You'll get the opportunity to develop tools and techniques to efficiently exploit and improve existing assets, help to define and meet in-game asset budgets, facilitating optimisation as required.

As a technical artist, you'll identify and be the champion for adherence to art best practices, maintaining quality, avoiding unnecessary complexity and striving for efficiency. This will include mentorship and development of more junior team members and your contribution to the creation and maintenance of realistic production schedules, communicating progress and impediments as they arise.

To be successful you will have:

  • Proven and respected technical artist with a positive, can-do attitude and a history of success on significant projects;
  • Excellent cross-discipline communicator;
  • Strong artistic foundations (scale/proportion, colour and composition);
  • Broad and deep contemporary knowledge of art asset creation pipelines for PC and console platforms;
  • Expert in digital art content creation tools such as Maya, 3DS Max Photoshop, Substance, etc
  • Proficient in shader authoring;
  • Experience of scripting languages such as Python and Mel to automate, accelerate and extend content authoring functionality and improve usability;
  • Goal orientated, proactive and methodical problem-solver;
  • Excellent 3D math skills;
  • Quality-minded, with great attention to detail;
  • Passionate about games and game technology;

  • It would be advantageous if you have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Art, Computer Science or related fields;
  • Knowledge of commercial game engines such as UE4 and Unity;
  • C# tools programming experience;
  • Experience of animation, rigging and/or VFX authoring;

  • Sumo Digital, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio, continues to be one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying year on year stability and growth since its founding in 2003.

    We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, Warrington, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

    In addition to offering a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time, we also take care of our people, with an emphasis on work/life balance and fun events such as our legendary annual Sumo 'Big Day Out', epic Christmas parties and much more! Regular studio Game Jams are another highlight of Sumo life - with successful concepts going on to commercial release including TIGA award winning Snake Pass and upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

    Sumo North West is based in Warrington - a thriving Cheshire town situated between the metropolises of Manchester and Liverpool and historic Chester. Benefitting from a £139m transformation to create a new central leisure and retail attraction and with great road and rail connections, Warrington is an accessible and popular place to live, work and play!

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.

    With the backing of Sumo Group PLC, this is a rare opportunity to influence inception, growth and ultimate success of Sumo North West, rising to new challenges and developing skills as we lay strong and enduring foundations. If you have passion and talent, join us as we embark upon this exciting and inclusive new chapter for Sumo Digital and the North West game development community!

    Keep Calm and waka waka...