Senior Technical Artist

About Sumo Leamington

Established in 2019, Sumo Leamington is led by a team of industry veterans with a wealth of experience in the games industry.

With three core specialisms: service-based games, free to play titles and mobile, the team at Sumo Leamington are focussed on creating games which players keep coming back to – day after day, year after year.

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. 

The team at Sumo Leamington is growing, and we’re looking for the industry’s brightest stars to help bring a series of incredible projects to life.

The studio vision statement is quite simply "We make you look forward to tomorrow", we have a vision to make games which players will keep coming back to - day after day, year after year.  We also believe that by putting people and purpose first, our studio culture is one that drives performance, boasts enthusiasm, and is something that the team are proud to say they are part of.  If you are looking for somewhere that is a little bit special and unique come and join us. 

This role is offered as fully remote, although on-site visits to our Leamington Spa office are possible for candidates who live within a commutable distance.

To be successful you will have:

  • Expert knowledge of Unity, including mobile development and the associated constraints of mobile devices.
  • A deep understanding of shader creation for the Universal Render Pipeline (Shader Graph and/or written shaders) and HDRP pipeline.
  • Strong knowledge of lighting techniques and the creation of visual effects.
  • Knowledge of profiling and optimisation techniques.
  • Excellent asset creation skills within software such as 3dsmax, Maya and Photohsop.
  • Experience of working with QA to resolve development issues that may arise.
  • A strong portfolio demonstrating art skills such as modelling, texturing and lighting of realtime assets.
  • Good experience of version control systems such as Git and Perforce.
  • What do we want from you:

  • Familiarity with a wide array of areas within the Unity game development cycle, including the use of prefabs (nested and variants), animation controllers and Timeline, UI implementation, particle systems and project/hierarchy organisation.
  • Strong 3D art fundamentals – modelling, UV creation (for texturing, lightmapping and use within shaders) and texturing for both PBR and more traditional pipelines.
  • Knowledge of modern art pipelines including ZBrush and Substance
  • The ability to demonstrate organised and non-destructive workflows wherever possible.
  • A desire to seek out the latest developments in game tech, to discover and learn new skills; to apply that knowledge in ways which benefit the projects and team as a whole.
  • A creative approach to problem solving and an eagerness to help to maintain a high quality bar across a wide variety of projects.
  • Good communication and time management skills, and the willingness to mentor other members of the art team.
  • Additional skills:

  • The following are areas of knowledge that whilst not a requirement, we would love to hear about in your application if you feel you have relevant experience:
  • Unreal Engine 4 or other game engines (e.g. in-house engines, Lumberyard, CryEngine, etc.)
  • Skinning / Rigging in Maya  or 3dsmax (e.g. custom rigs, biped)
  • Scripting – e.g. C# for Unity, Python, Maxscript.
  • Adobe software such as Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.
  • Other 3D software – e.g.  Houdini. Marvelous Designer, Blender
  • What We Offer:

    ·               Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
    ·               Electric Car Scheme
    ·               Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
    ·               Flexible Working  
    ·               27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
    ·               Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
    ·               Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
    ·               Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    ·               Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
    ·               Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
    ·               Free Dental Insurance
    ·               Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
    ·               Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
    ·               Additional flexible benefits scheme
    ·               Cycle to Work Scheme
    ·               Mental Health First Aiders
    ·               Payroll Giving Scheme
    ·               Game & Book Libraries
    ·               Long service & project completion awards
    ·               Wrap Parties
    ·               Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·               The Sumo GameJam
    ·               Great family events
    ·               Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·               Life Drawing
    ·               Yoga Classes
    ·               Free fruit and drinks
    ·               Employee Referral Bonus     
    ·               Career Development      
    ·               Relocation Support to the UK
    ·               Visa Sponsorship

     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.


    More about Sumo Leamington:

    Sumo Leamington is situated just outside of the town centre and was recently awarded the Games Industry BIZ Best Diversity Award – a testament to its ongoing commitment to creating a home for everyone. The Studio features many onsite facilities  – everything needed for the team to create the world’s best games!
    Ranked the happiest town to live in two official polls, Leamington Spa is a hidden gem nestled amongst the stunning countryside of Warwickshire and remains a hotspot for talented individuals and creative minds within the games industry.  Those living in Leamington Spa can enjoy:

    o   Local attractions such as Jepson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms
    o   A rich and diverse culture
    o   An expansive history and stunning architecture
    o   Picturesque scenery, outstanding gardens and walking routes
    o   Beautiful museums and galleries

    More about 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.

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