Art Director (Environment) – Video Games

Grinding Gear Games


We are Grinding Gear Games, creators of the online dark fantasy Action RPG Path of Exile and honoured recipient of the 2020 BAFTA award for Best Evolving Game. We’re a studio of 160 world-class artists, animators and programmers based in Auckland, New Zealand.

We’re growing and seek an experienced Environment Art Director to join us at our studio in Henderson, Auckland. 

        Location: Onsite in Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand

        *Relocation assistance if required 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide artistic leadership, direct and lead your team to produce and maintain high quality and consistent aesthetic across all areas in the game and related material.
  • Facilitate and lead art reviews, directing and providing positive, constructive feedback across your team.
  • Lead the delivery of assets that fit artistic, production and technical performance goals.
  • Manage external outsourcing studios and maintain a consistent aesthetic across all of the areas in the game and related material.

Requirements:

  • 10 years experience in games development with 3 years as an Art Director.
  • Experience with high budget AAA game development.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Understanding of how to create awesome gaming experiences.
  • Working knowledge of game development tools and their limitations.
  • Excellent communications skills, with an ability to train other artists.
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance; ability to proactively seek out solutions to unblock progress and make work easier for others.
  • Understanding of Path of Exile and its themes.
  • Must have a firm grasp of artistic fundamentals 
  • A strong portfolio, and/or reel, which shows shipped projects.

Pluses:

  • A traditional arts background and/or a BA in Fine Art or 3D/Game Art 
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Portfolio, and/or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required.

Must be willing to complete an animation test if requested to do so.

Covid-19 hiring policy:

Some roles can expect to begin as remote positions, but our expectation is for you to join us in Auckland as travel restrictions ease.

Who can apply:

If you meet the role’s requirements and are legally permitted to work in New Zealand or if you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident willing to relocate to Auckland when travel restrictions ease, we want to hear from you!

How to apply:

If you meet the requirements in your relevant job description, send us an email with a cover letter and your CV including link/s to your portfolio/reel (whichever is relevant to the role you are applying for).

Email your cover letter and CV to: [email protected] with your name + position you are applying for in the subject line.

No phone calls or agencies, please.

  • Employment type


    Full-time


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