Art Outsource Manager – Star Wars

Art (Brighton, East Sussex)

We are BossAlien, part of the NaturalMotion family. Our mission is to bring AAA console visuals and deep compelling gameplay to mobile platforms. For the past three years NaturalMotion Studios have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by

Job Purpose

We are looking for Associate Art/Art Outsource Manager to join us at BossAlien, a division of NaturalMotion, in creating Star Wars™: Hunters, a competitive arena combat game for the Nintendo Switch system and mobile devices. Star Wars: Hunters will bring players together to engage in thrilling, team-based, multiplayer battles featuring a diverse array of distinctive new Star Wars characters. 

You will work with the Art Directors, Leads and the Production team to supervise the creation and completion of art content, ensuring the overall artistic vision of the game . In this role, you will be responsible for supervising the delivery of outsourced assets and submissions to the IP holder. You will ensure Art demands are met on time and to schedule without sacrificing the high-quality ethos of the studio and are delivered in support of design and technical requirements. 

You must be flexible, highly motivated and conscientious in a role that will see you harmonize with all fields. Your keen eye for detail and production experience will allow you to identify project risks and dependencies, proposing solutions where issues emerge.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining the outsource pipeline
  • Working with the relevant Artists to collate art materials
  • OS vendor management and IP client relations
  • Supervise, lead & evaluate outsource process from hand over to final delivery
  • Support the Game Art Director’s vision
  • Manage and communicate the flow of assets to vendors
  • Marking up images to accompany text feedback
  • Crafting presentations, and status reports
  • Creating specs and Work Orders for Outsource
  • Identify inconsistencies and opportunities for improvement within the creative process
  • Highlight potential risks associated with IP assets art tasks and requests. Also, ensure detailed documentation is completed where appropriate

Required Skills & Experience  

  • Experience in working with outsource partners
  • Experience working in a team that has provided effective and constructive feedback
  • Experience in how to maintain visual consistency throughout the development
  • A good understanding of art, design and technical fundamentals
  • Good Photoshop knowledge
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both written and verbal

Desirable Skills & Experience 

  • Experience in leading a team
  • Traditional art skills (drawing, sculpting, painting)
  • Passion for games and Star Wars 

What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme and Zynga stock allowance.
  • Create next-gen games that will be played and loved by millions of players around the world.
  • Work in a family-friendly, collaborative team that invests in your development and growth on-the-job.
  • A diverse team of friendly, fun and supportive co-workers.
  • Flexible working hours & crunch-free working culture.
  • Communal music and laid-back atmosphere.
  • Summer/Christmas parties and Happy Hour in the studio each Friday.
  • 25 days holiday plus Christmas shutdown and public holiday.
  • Private medical care and healthcare cash plan.
  • Life insurance and critical illness insurance.
  • 6 months fully paid maternity leave or 3 months fully paid paternity leave.
  • Annual rail season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme.
  • Well stocked office kitchen and free Monday studio lunch.

NaturalMotion is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, pregnancy, marital status or veteran status.