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Senior Director of Art

Company Overview:
A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.
Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.
Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.
Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.
Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.
Job Purpose:
As the Senior Director of Art, you will drive the vision and strategy of art across the company and promote best art quality and related practice in all areas. You will represent and champion the quality and position of art and challenge new ways of thinking from individuals and teams.  The role is multifaceted requiring expertise to guide, mentor, and coach both teams and individuals in numerous areas of art including concept, character, UI, animation, environment, and technical art.  You are responsible for fostering an art community by stimulating and inspiring passion for the craft at all levels. You will be the voice of art at a senior management level representing the craft to exec and be part of a studio leadership team that drives change cross functionally.  Developing others is key to this role, you will lead art training initiatives and by leveraging your extensive industry network seek opportunities for the studios teams to learn and grow. By always striving for excellence, you keep Jagex up to date and future proof with the latest international art trends and theories.  It is expected you will be the public face of Jagex’s creative vision and mission, reaching out to the industry and wider community to promote Jagex.  
Key Duties Include:Personnel

  • Challenge and raise the art skill level of current staff 
  • Identify and mentor top talent within the studio to wider roles and greater responsibility 
  • Guide the art staffing & development of multiple projects and pipelines 
  • Develop and actively maintain clear and concise art career tracks and job descriptions 
  • Use industry networks to spot, attract and drive talent into Jagex 

Projects

  • Continuously review and improve processes and pipelines 
  • Identify areas of improvements, establish and refine a vision, and work directly with game teams to implement 
  • Guide the art staffing & development of multiple projects and pipelines 
  • Define art requirements for greenlight and gateway milestone processes 

Studio

  • Accountable for the continued improvement of our art process, and charged with pushing the studio forward into new art thinking and practices 
  • Stay current on art trends, recommend new tools & techniques 
  • Perform technical due diligence on potential 3rd party publishing partners 
  • Grow our creative community and define opportunities for innovation 

Essential Requirements

  • Expert knowledge of end to endgame development, from pitch andconcept to full production and live games 
  • Capable of building studio level art strategies and plans. 
  • Multiple projects shipped in a Director/Lead Art role 
  • Experience building game teams & mentoring art leaders and managers 
  • In depth knowledge of online games  
  • Expert knowledge of game art production, theories, processes, timelines, tools, and methodologies 
  • Familiar with Agile / Scrum development framework 
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral 
  • Bonus: MMO Games Development Experience

Company Benefits:
- Flexible Working- Bonus Scheme- Private Health Care - Gym Membership- Monthly Energy Allowance- Generous Pension Contributions- Life Insurance- Free Cycle Repair- Income Protection- Dental Plan- Free Fruit and Drinks- Subsidised Canteen
Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application! Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Senior Director of Art

Cambridge, UK
Full time

Published on 09/30/2022

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