Sumo Nottingham
Full-Time, Permanent
Sumo Nottingham develops characterful, accessible and innovative action/adventure and racing games for console and PC. We are part of Sumo Digital Ltd., an independent UK developer working with some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony and Sega.

The role @ Sumo

Sumo Nottingham is looking to expand our core teams experience and has a fantastic opportunity for a Senior VFX artist.
As a candidate you must be passionate about all aspects of VFX design and implementation, with the ability to create dazzling effects, within technical restrictions and that aid in gameplay immersion.
The ideal candidate will have a history of demonstrating an exceptional eye for detail, creative flair, stylistic versatility and the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate on artistic and technical aspects with other team disciplines.
If you can produce VFX from the magical to the mundane, from the stylistic to the realistic, from the current gen to the next gen, we have the right team, the right opportunity and a wide variety of game genres for you to work in.

Within this role you will:

    • Use your command over aesthetics and physics to create real world VFX;
    • Collaborate with designers, artists and coders to design and implement those VFX;
    • Take ownership and responsibility of your output;
    • Willingness to muck-in, and will support other team members;
    • Optimize your VFX to budget, test, measure and strive to improve performance;
    • Contribute to new techniques and workflows;
    • Work under direction to create stunning VFX, optimised per platform, across multiple titles
    • Create protoypes and pre-visualisation concepts to help establish visual effects direction and workflows
    • Collaborate with level design and gameplay teams to create visual effects that support gameplay requirements
    • Be up to date on current and emerging visual effect trends and technology 
    • Create clear and accurate technical documentation regarding VFX production and implementation procedures
    • Work with the Graphical Rendering team/Technical Art team in the  development and improvement of workflows and  technologies to improve visual effect quality and performance.
    • Work through all aspects of the VFX pipeline, which includes creating content from concept to final polished result

We need you to have:

    • A minimum of 5+ years’ experience in Real Time VFX for Video Games
    • Expert understanding of real-time VFX authoring tools
    • Experience with 3D packages for creating 3D assets
    • Strong knowledge of Photoshop and After Effects
    • Strong and demonstrable understanding of the Principles of Real Time VFX
    • Understanding of VFX impact on console performance
    • Highly passionate and self-motivated to create high quality VFX
    • Shipped at least 1 AAA title
    • Ability to communicate and mentor other VFX artists in the team
    • The ability to work with various styles of art on multiple projects
    • Demo reel required
    • Experience with UE4 (Cascade and Niagara)

We'd also ideally like you to have (although it's not a deal breaker):

    • Very strong problem-solving skills for technically challenging tasks
    • Experience in Unity (Shuriken), PopcornFX and other game engines for creating real time VFX
    • Experience with fluid dynamics simulation software, such as Houdini and FumeFX, for fire, smoke, fluid and soft/rigid body dynamics

Where you’ll be working
Our studio is in Nottingham’s Castle Marina, near Nottingham’s picturesque canal route and just fifteen minutes’ walk from the City Centre. The studio is served by excellent bus, tram and cycle links and the railway station is a ten-minute walk away.
Nottingham has lots to see and do, including a huge choice of bars and restaurants, art galleries and numerous cultural events. There are several large parks in and around the city (including Wollaton Park, containing Batman’s house!), and it sits on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District area. It has excellent road and rail links to the North and South of the country, with London less than two hours away by train.

What we’ll do for you
We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays, flexitime and excellent employee benefits. We support your personal development through access to training resources and time to work on them. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, vouchers on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.
We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves, and offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, with emphasis on well being and work/life balance.

Want to know more about Sumo?
Sumo Digital, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and 2019 TIGA Award for Best Independent 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.