About Sumo Nottingham

Sumo Nottingham develops action and racing games for console and PC, bringing character and innovation to everything we do.

Sumo Nottingham develops multiple AAA projects with some of the world’s biggest publishers, with games such as Team Sonic Racing and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. As well as contributing to genre-defining titles like the Forza Motorsport, Horizons and Hogwarts Legacy; Sumo Nottingham’s vast development experience spans multiple genres and platforms.

The team at Sumo Nottingham is growing, and we are looking for talented people to help bring a series of incredible projects to life.

As winners of the TIGA Star Employment Award for 2021, recipients of the GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work Award and listed as one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work for in 2021, Sumo Digital has enjoyed 18 years of stability and growth since its formation in 2003 and continues to strive for excellence across every single project.

Sumo Nottingham is made up of a diverse mix of talented people, who want to come, to develop and do their best work. Our studio culture is one that drives performance by putting people first. If you are looking for somewhere that is a little bit special and unique, come and join us. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, without regard to race, colour, religion, disability, or age.

The role @ Sumo Nottingham

Sumo Nottingham has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Lead Environment Artist to be a part of a passionate team working on an ambitious new IP. We are looking for an experienced Lead Artist with a proven track record of delivering world-class game art for high quality games on console and PC.

This is an incredible opportunity to shape some of the most exciting and groundbreaking AAA video games currently being made in the UK, working with a friendly and talented team to make the games of the future.

This position is offered on a hybrid or in-studio basis.

Within this role you will:

  • Be responsible for Leading the Environment Art team in the creation and delivery of high-quality environment art
  • Work closely with the Art Director to develop the quality and style of environment art and keep it consistent through the dev cycle
  • Adapt workflows to create artwork from stylised to photoreal and appropriate game genre and artistic direction
  • Work with the Code and Tech Art teams to ensure the levels are performant
  • Work with Production to prioritise your teams work and maintain a clear and consistent schedule
  • Develop art guides (art documentation, style guides, process documents and feedback loops)
  • Collaborate with the Design team on level design and environmental storytelling
  • Work with senior art leadership to mentor, review and develop your team
  • Proactively, problem solve and communicate issues and direction to the dev team
  • Represent and present the work of your team internally and externally

We need you to have:

  • Shipped at least one title as a lead (preferably AAA) and been involved in the development cycle of multiple titles
  • Excellent 3D art skills
  • Experience mentoring and providing feedback
  • Excellent foundational skills, including world-building, composition, design, structure, silhouette, and colour theory
  • Proficiency in 3D software such as Maya, 3ds Max and Zbrush
  • Experience with Photoshop, Substance Painter/Designer
  • Expertise or knowledge of implementing artwork into Unreal Engine
  • The ability and eagerness to learn and adopt new software, tools and technologies
  • Familiarity with developing games in a multi-platform, multi-project environment
  • An excellent understanding of environment art process and pipelines, dependencies and project scoping
  • Ability to evangelise best practices
  • Able to work with a high level of motivation and self-direction
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and organisational skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills

What we offer:

. Defined Annual Bonus Scheme

. ULEV car scheme

. Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits

. Salary Sacrifice Pension

. Flexible Working

. 21 days free-use holiday

+ your birthday off

+ 5 learning days including 1 volunteer day

+ a duvet day

+ Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year

+ Bank Holidays

+ extra allowance accrued for longer service

. Free dental insurance

. Life Assurance 4x Salary

. Income Protection of 75% for 5 years

. Paid membership to any one Pure Gym location

. Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay

. Employee Assistance Programme:

. Help at Hand – Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments

. Free financial & home buying support consultations

. Cycle to Work Scheme

. Payroll Giving Scheme

. Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses

. Career Development Pathway

. Wrap Parties.

. Project Completion Awards

. Game/Creative Jams

. Big Family Events

. Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing…

. Prism – Sumo’s employee diversity focus group

. Free fruit and drinks in our studios

. Employee Referral Bonus

Your career development:

· Career development support through recognised discipline pathways

· 5 learning and development days to use as you choose

· Regular game jams and creative jams

· Access to a wealth of training materials from leading content providers such as Udemy, Epic, Gnomon Workshop and the GDC Vault

· Internal project showcases for knowledge sharing across Sumo Digital

· Take advantage of a big selection of titles within our Game & Book Libraries

Perks and Extras:

· Long service and game completion awards

· Studio tuck shop

· Free fruit and drinks

· Cake and savoury buffets on Friday mornings

· Last Friday of the month drinks and games

· Awesome Christmas party

· Summer Family Big Day Out

Where do we stand on diversity?

At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, we know it’s part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment.

We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Who are Sumo Nottingham?

We are a studio with a friendly, fun vibe, committed to maintaining our family feel culture with strong team relationships both inside and outside of work. For this reason, we call ourselves Sumo Nottingham Family or SNF for short. We genuinely care about each other and support each other through our successes and failures, through our good times and bad. When we celebrate success, we are proud to shout about it.

We take huge pride in our inclusive working environment and in making our teams happy and comfortable at work.

We thrive on our Studio traditions, including our Friday treats, our birthday celebrations, our milestone celebrations and our socials.

Everybody in the Nottingham family has a voice and all ideas are encouraged and listened to.

Where are we?

We’re just a mile outside the City Centre, ten minutes walk from the train station, with good tram and bus links. The Nottingham Cycle Superhighway is also on our doorstep as is PureGym, where we offer a free membership to staff. We also have two big supermarkets located close by, together with some fast food options, very handy for a lunchtime treat.

Nottingham is bustling, busy city of nightlife, culture, sport and stories. For the seventh year in a row, Nottingham has been awarded a Purple Flag as being recognised as one of the best nights out in the UK. It has a diverse offering of bars hidden down alleyways, under pavements, indie hotspots, cosy pubs and cocktail bars.

Visit England awarded Nottingham the Home of Sport title in 2015 and Trent Bridge International Cricket ground, the National Ice Centre, the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham Forest and Notts County football grounds are all within walking distance of the studio.

We’re a cultured lot and we like to get our fix at the Theatre Royal, Royal Concert Hall and the world renowed Nottingham Playhouse where some of our greatest actors got their starts. The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery has some incredible exhibits and, if you’re a history buff, take a trip to the newly refurbished hilltop Nottingham Castle and visit the Robin Hood statue whilst there.

Further afield, Wollaton Hall and Park is an amazing venue to visit and was used as a filming location for Wayne Manor in Warner Bros’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ film. We also have Sherwood Forest around 15 miles away from the city centre where you can visit the Robin Hood visitors centre and see the Major Oak.

We are so lucky that Nottingham is surrounded by glorious countryside. To the North, we are only and quick journey away from the majestic Peak District and the beautiful Vale of Belvoir sits to the East of the City.

We are confident that you’ll love not only our studio but the city and its surrounding areas.

Who are Sumo Digital?

Sumo Digital is an award-winning international family of studios. Recent releases from Sumo Digital studios include: BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Control Ultimate Edition on Google Stadia, Apple Arcade Award-winning Little Orpheus, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.

As winners of the TIGA Star Employment Award for 2021, recipients of the GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work Award and listed as one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work for in 2021, Sumo Digital has enjoyed 18 years of stability and growth since its formation in 2003 and continues to strive for excellence across every single project.

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