Art Outsourcing Manager

Art · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Art
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Schell Games is a highly talented group of artists, programmers, producers, and game designers led by game industry veteran Jesse Schell.  We're the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States.  Since 2002, we've worked with world-class clients and partners to create interactive experiences that engage and inspire players of all ages across all platforms.  Presently, we are focused on virtual reality, augmented reality, location-based experiences, and social games.


Do you like to work on innovative projects in a motivating, friendly atmosphere? Would you agree that games can engage and inspire?

If you answered "YES!" to both questions, you might be a fit for our studio!  


ART OUTSOURCING MANAGER POSITION 


Our artists honor the unique aesthetic vision of each project and work to make all aspects of the experience beautiful. The team is comprised of 2D/conceptual artists, 3D modelers, technical and effects artists, and animators.


AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:


  • This candidate will report to the Art Director of your assigned projects and act as the principal reviewer and main communication channel between vendors and our team.
  • Candidate will be responsible for the quality of art from vendors, working with them to meet the visual fidelity, hit style, and meet technical requirements. 
  • The above includes communicating the art style of the AD with vendors, in both written and visual methods for best result.
  • Candidate will be responsible for managing the outsourced assets, including saving, uploading, and being sure they meet our source control standards.
  • Our goal is for this role to include helping us to form, establish, and consistently execute on outsourcing standards and pipeline for our studio. 


EXPECTATIONS OF SENIOR LEVEL ROLES AT SCHELL GAMES:  


You are an expert in your discipline and share your knowledge with the studio. You have formed strong relationships inside and outside of the studio that allow you to leverage your expertise for the greatest impact. You think strategically about your craft and contribute heavily to your discipline community. You can be relied upon by your department leadership to represent your craft discipline.


You consistently build highly productive relationships by respecting your team members and clients, while effectively giving and addressing feedback. You set a high bar for delivery and hold others accountable, leveling up your team. You do this by demonstrating humility and empathy, building others' trust in you, and defaulting to trusting others. You maintain composure in the face of change and challenges.


You are deeply familiar with development methodologies and best practices. You identify and help improve faulty processes. You help solve problems. You drive consensus and move your projects toward their goals. You recognize and build off others' contributions.


Others consistently look to you as a leader (whether or not you are formally in that role). You quickly resolve conflicts, involving yourself or among others. You use empathy to seek understanding and common ground. You are a prime example to others of what a member of your discipline should be, and you actively promote those values. You respect and empathize with your colleagues and clients.



REQUIREMENTS:


  • Portfolio or reel demonstrating examples of Outsourcing direction/guidance.
  • At least 3+ years prior game industry experience in an art outsource manager, art director or lead artist role. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of game production design process and methodology.
  • Previous experience with outsourcing and managing external vendors or art teams, and guiding that process via verbal and written/documented direction.


DESIRED:


  • Experience with 3D asset creation for PBR and Mobile platforms
  • Optimization experience for mobile/AR/VR products
  • Experience with Source Control (SVN, GIT, Perforce and/or others) 
  • Formal management of individual artists/teams for career growth


DEI COMMITMENT: 


Our studio is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive work environment that ensures that all applicants and team members are treated with dignity and respect.  We will not tolerate any type of discrimination or harassment directed at any applicant or employee because of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran, family or parental status or any other protected group characteristic.  This equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.


Prohibiting discrimination and harassment is only one part of the equation.Diversity makes us strongis more than just something we say.  We value diversity in all forms because it is essential to our success, and we want every member of our team to feel their best creative self.  Our development environment and social culture are based on welcoming, respecting, and celebrating differences among our team members and our players.  We rely on each person to add their own unique skills and perspective to our culture.  Every member of our team is responsible for making the studio as inclusive and equitable as possible.


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Candidate selected for this position will be subject to standard employment verification and criminal background check upon offer of contingent employment.

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  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Art
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced