Lead Technical Designer - Remote/Hybrid

With a rich history of developing multiple AAA franchises such as Little Big Planet and Crackdown, as well as contributing to genre-defining titles like the Forza Motorsport and Hitman series, Sumo Sheffield’s vast development experience spans multiple genres and platforms.
 
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 have a track record of working on some of the world's biggest and best games and received two BAFTAs for their work on Sackboy: A Big Adventure. As the scale and exclusivity of projects continues to grow, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the Sumo Sheffield family!

In this role, you will champion design and system architecture to a high quality. You will be instrumental in supporting our multi-disciplined development teams from concept, prototype and tools chains through to final quality gameplay experiences.
 
Within this role you will:

·       Collaborate with all the different disciplines to uphold and execute the game vision.
·       Oversee and guide the creation of technical workflows and production pipelines.
·       Assess and validate game features for technical feasibility.
·       Act as a technical expert on the team and ensure the tools, documents, technical support and dissemination of best practices.
·       Obtain in-depth knowledge of the engine, its capabilities, and auxiliary development tools.
·       Uphold good system architecture across the technical design department, including reuse and optimisation.
·       Be responsible for guiding and aiding team members careers progression.
·       Prototype, review and tweak gameplay, tools, and systems.

We need you to have:

·       Shipped multiple commercial titles with at least one AAA game in a key position.
·       Excellent technical scripting skills, ideally in visual and/or text-based scripting.
·       Technically proficient with at least 1 modern game engine (e.g., Unreal, Unity or Custom).
·       Ability to work cross-discipline and provide constructive and easy-to-understand feedback to any team member.
·       Good knowledge of game and level design principles.

It would be great if you also have:

·       Experience managing workloads of multiple team members.
·       Good knowledge of programming languages such as C++ and C#.
·       Understanding of optimization and technical limitations.
·       Knowledge of network replication and limitations.
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           
. 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     
. 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 Sheffield
 
Sumo Sheffield is located just outside the city centre in Sumo Digital’s HQ, just off J34 on the M1 and a stone’s throw from the city’s primary shopping and leisure complex. With a multi-building campus comprised of industry-leading facilities, an onsite gym and subsidised canteen, Sumo Sheffield provides everything needed for all teams to create the world’s best games.
 
Sheffield is the fifth largest city in the UK and is easily accessible by road and rail from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. The city enjoys a wealth of facilities to suit a wide array of interests, including:

o   World-class sports facilities
o   Iconic theatres and galleries
o   Multiple retail and shopping experiences
o   Diverse and renowned restaurants and eateries
o   The award-winning National Video Game Museum

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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