Pocketgems

Art Outsource Manager

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What Pocketgems is looking for in applicants

Pocket Gems seeks to build the greatest mobile games and most compelling interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with, in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009, and it continues to inspire us today. Since then, we’ve grown to over 200 people headquartered in San Francisco, and with $155 million in backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground in mobile entertainment.

Our products have been downloaded over 500 million times by players around the world and have grossed over $1 billion in revenue. We continue to release brand new content for Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game. 

As our community of players continues to grow, we’re committed to building diverse and inclusive environments across our teams, and in our games.

As a Prototype Outsource Artist your job will be twofold, work with the prototype teams to create a variety of art as well as contribute creative solutions to the needs of these projects.  When the need arises, you will also ensure art assets from external vendors meet the visual quality, style, technical specifications and deadlines of both the prototypes you support and War Dragons. With your excellent communication skills, you will have the ability to maintain partnerships with external vendors, and work as a professional 3D production artist. You will collaborate with interdisciplinary internal teams and external vendors to manage priorities, maintain pace and quality, and bring clarity to the production process.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with Prototype game teams to provide solutions to their art requests.  This will be a combination of building the art yourself, or sending the request to offshore partners.  
  • Own art asset review process with vendors, giving clear daily feedback on art assets they are responsible for. 
  • Follow outsource processes, and give feedback to improve outsourcing process efficiency.   
  • Collaborate with the internal art team to communicate the aesthetic style, template use and processes to external vendors
  • Asset management: make sure assets are saved, uploaded, tested, named and tagged correctly
  • Train with the War Dragons team to understand and be able to manage their outsourcing efforts should the need arise.  
  • Balance deadlines and resources with style and quality requirements
  • Identify potential problems in the art pipeline and work with the Empire leads to prevent them

What You Bring to Art Team:

  • At least 3 years of game development experience
  • Proven art skills in game development
  • Outsourcing reviewing and communication experience
  • Asset management experience required
  • Experience as a 3D modeler for environments or characters.    
  • Good grasp of art fundamentals: anatomy, color, lighting, perspective, environments.
  • Ability to design and render a diverse range of characters and outfits
  • Ability to render a broad variety of hair styles, updos and textures
  • Shipped a minimum of 2 exceptional games or interactive media titles
  • Previous experience managing external vendors
  • Please have a Portfolio available for review

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

 

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At Pocket Gems, we're building teams that value originality, inclusivity, and accountability -- and we hope to engage with talent based on these and other core values. We also offer competitive perks, such as flexible vacation, 401k matching, and a generous benefits package, 

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status. 
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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