Playground Games is looking for Pipeline Technical Artist to join our talented Forza Horizon team here in Leamington Spa on a contract basis. 

About us: 

As a premier first-party Xbox Game Studio, we are passionate about making genre-defining games that are accessible, beautiful, and most of all fun. We are looking to expand our diverse team as we continue driving forward our BAFTA award-winning Forza Horizon franchise.  

About the role: 

As a Pipeline Technical Artist, you will collaborate across multiple disciplines acting as a bridge between art and engineering teams. You will be responsible for extending and improving our in-house digital content pipeline & tools.

This is a contract role based at our state-of-the-art facilities in Royal Leamington Spa. We have a hybrid work model in place with a minimum of 3 days a week in studio. Relocation assistance is available if required.

What you’ll do:

  • Take ownership of our export tools within our in-house digital content pipeline.
  • Take responsibility of our game world’s performance by creating tools and processes to ensure the best possible balance between quality and cost.
  • Identify bottlenecks and promote best practices for authoring art content to help our artists do their best work. 

What you’ll bring: 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with building user friendly digital content creation (DCC) tools and pipelines.
  • Proficiency in Python or similar language, ideally with experience creating scripts for 3ds Max.
  • C++/C# proficiency is a bonus.
  • Effective collaborator with growth mindset and desire to help others to do their best work.
  • Strong verbal and digital communication skills. Comfortable discussing rendering, memory, lighting, animation, and other art-related topics.
  • Ability to debug and write clean and performant code. Programming degree is a bonus. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a world-class game with an established, talented, and collaborative team at one of the industry’s most exciting first-party game studios.  

Playground Games is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity and inclusion fuels creativity.  We are dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming working environment.   

We strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our team members.  It drives our innovation and connects us closer to our players.  We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

At Playground Games we recognise the importance of self-development, career progression, well-being and retention of our colleagues. We celebrate difference and welcome everyone to join us and to be themselves at work. 

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“Having started as a graduate engineer, working at Playground has been an amazing experience where I get to learn from talented and experienced engineers while working on a project that is both fun and challenging. ”