Lead Sound Designer

About the Employer
We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sheffield is our largest studio and headquarters, situated just north-east of the city centre, where we’ve built and contributed to some of the world’s best-loved game franchises.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The role @ Sumo
We are seeking an experienced, talented Lead Sound Designer to join our growing team and help create incredible games!
You will be using our leading-edge facilities to create and implement sound effects in our most exciting projects yet! Working alongside our design, art and code teams you will create and integrate audio as a central pillar of our games. You will take responsibility for driving quality throughout, with involvement in every aspect of audio development from concepting through to final mix.
We are passionate about all aspects of audio and this is a great opportunity for an experienced designer who shares that passion and wants to be part of this exciting studio’s future.

Within this role you will:

  • Create world-class, original SFX using a range of sound design methods and techniques.
  • Work with the Project Audio Director to define and maintain vision.
  • Organise regular reviews with the audio team. Provide feedback and identify opportunities for iteration.
  • Be a focal point for the Production team.
  • Manage contractors and external resource.
  • Identify new audio pipelines lead the optimization and refinement of current audio pipelines
  • Evangelise. Have audio at the forefront of everything you do, presenting audio interests within cross-discipline feature groups
  • Mentor the audio team and embed best practice principles in their work.

We will need you to have experience of:

  • Full cycle work experience as an Audio Designer on at least 3 shipped titles
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Wwise middleware
  • Good knowledge of field and studio recording
  • Familiarity with Foley recording and application.
  • Experience in working with sound to picture.
  • Ability to mentor and lead team members
  • Strong communication skills and ability to liaise with clients.
  • Experience with sprint planning and review
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Well organized and self-motivated
  • Strong creative sound design skills
  • High technical ability.

It would be great if you also have experience with:

  • Current gen console development/production
  • Experienced Reaper user
  • Comfortable running dialogue sessions
  • Experienced working alongside composers to integrate and optimise music
  • Experienced in multichannel sound design
  • An understanding of current developments in interactive audio
  • Working experience of creating UE4 Blueprints or similar visual scripting
  • Experienced in project management software such as TFS.
What We Offer:

We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym 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.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, the National Video Game Museum, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.