Outsource Artist

About the Employer
Important note:
To our wonderful friends and followers around the world, Jagex is not pausing its search for the most talented people to join its ranks. We’re a successful, robust and growing business, after all.

In light of the current situation concerning coronavirus, we have already made changes to the way we recruit, and of course are mindful of following all necessary processes to ensure the safety of our staff and anyone we might come into contact with.

Jagex has switched to working almost entirely remotely, and in line with that our recruitment and selection process has moved to an entirely remote one with video calls being the preferred method of interview.
Our hiring managers are engaged, we are well-prepared and we sincerely look forward to talking to you soon. Our team of expert recruiters will be in touch with you to talk you through the process and changes and what to expect.
So, don’t delay, get that application in today!

Company Overview:

A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.

Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.

Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.

Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.

Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.

Job Purpose:
The outsource artist is a critical conduit between both our internal content creation teams and our external content partners. They work to harmonize the production of external content with the internal teams’ work and time lines. They help make both internal and external production work as one system that reliably delivers content to plan, scope and budget.
They are highly organized with great communication skills that enable them to keep information up to date and transparent to all parties keeping alignment and momentum high.
The role requires a solid knowledge of art and animation processes and workflows combined with a strong understanding of effective production methods. They demonstrate a clear ability to schedule and track creative workflows, to document effectively, and to feedback feed-back giving clear, understandable actions to our partners. They are effective and knowledgeable about working in art software and game engines as required.
They review work as it comes in and feedback to vendors to ensure work is on style, matches concept and target quality and matches technical specifications. They support creation of briefs, gathering material for briefing and writing briefs as well as creating the OS packs that contain example material.
As work is finalized they assist internal teams with integration and bug-fixing to ensure the assets achieve the standards set by the art leads.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Effectively communicates with third parties, producers and internal production on status and progress of work. Facilitating the correct information flow between vendors and the team.
  • Applies processes to quality assure all art and animation assets produced by third-party vendors to be complaint with style and production guides.
  • Guarantees vendors are supplied with all materials needed for successful asset creation.
  • Maintains a fluid outsource production pipeline that consistently meets product delivery targets and team wellbeing. Suggests improvements to processes.
  • Coordinates and documents best practice outsourcing guidelines that drive results
  • Build and maintain a strong creative relationship between external and internal art teams
  • Actively mentors and guides those more junior to themselves to success
  • Briefing
  • Checking concept art, requesting additional breakdowns and amendments where necessary, feeding these back to the concept team.
  • Able to research such lore as is necessary to support the brief notes by talking to the team.
  • Creating Greybox objects in Maya if necessary
  • Maintaining filenaming and technical standards
  • Suggest efficient build solutions and breakdowns to best create assets within existing technical and artistic guidelines.
  • Proactively suggesting asset ideas, collaborating with devs/designers and concept artists.

  • Feedback
  • Off-shotgun queries and discussions are copied into shotgun where necessary to maintain clear decision threads.
  • Feedback reviews are checked with the team and Leads and additional feedback is sought as appropriate.
  • Support all members of the team in their feedback implementation and techniques to make feedback easier.
  • Timing and types of feedback are logged to highlight and possible issues and areas for improvement.
  • Integration
  • Incoming assets are tested against existing standards and integrated into the correct stream in a timely manner. The team notified at all stages
  • Incoming assets are provided to the team fit for purpose, as tested and bugs fixed, seeking help with bugs from colleagues as needed.
  • Pipeline
  • Actively suggesting improvements to tools and processes.

Requirements

  • Experience in an outsourcing position on released titles
  • Strong understanding of game production processes and can problem solve, schedule, communicate and monitor complex tasks
  • Broad exposure to a variety of art disciplines (character, animation, environment etc.)
  • Hands on art creation process and workflow experience to a professional level
  • Comfortable with production tracking and scheduling software such as Jira
  • Understanding of agile principles and frameworks such as Scrum
  • Highly organized and process driven
  • Comfortable multitasking with an ability to prioritize business needs.
  • Highly effective communicator with excellent soft skills
  • *BONUS* Shotgun software knowledge
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

Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application!
Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.