Lead VFX Artist

Black Forest Games logo
Posted 03 November 2023
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
Contact NameJoe Sutcliffe

Job description

The largest studio of THQ Nordic Vienna, Black Forest Games, are searching for a Lead VFX Artist to come in and work on the studio’s upcoming projects, which are being developed in Unreal Engine 5.

As a Lead VFX Artist, you will be creating VFX which are stunning, well-timed, often interactive, and still performant. They are looking for someone who enjoys pushing for innovation with very strong communication and organizational skills.

From their base in Southern Germany near the border with France, Black Forest have created a studio that combines the creative freedom and culture of an independent studio with the financial security of a big publisher. The studio has assembled an international team which fosters diversity and operates with a model where sharing is a must.

Your responsibilities…
  • Create visual effects using Unreal 5 and a variety of technical approaches, matching the visual style of the game
  • Create the required VFX assets, meshes, textures, flow maps, image sequences, vertex animations
  • Communicate with designers to collect all relevant information for effective creation and to brief team members
  • Work together with the VFX director, Tech Art, and Code to ensure the highest quality and best performance for effects
  • Follow through with an effect and keep it on the radar until it is fully implemented and working as intended
  • Plan and create VFX task lists, assigning tasks and monitoring them until approval
  • Feeding and Maintaining the VFX pipeline with outsourcing companies
  • R&D for the effect pipeline – new tricks and techniques
  • Work on further improvements and customization of their existing effects toolset, helping to build a library of useful material functions, Niagara module, VFX blueprints
  • Manage the team by having 1-2-1s, conducting annual reviews and mentoring team members
  • Communicate with Art Direction and HR about team-related topics, training, career opportunities
  • Participate in recruitment processes for the team, evaluate CVs and portfolios, interview candidates, give feedback, assist with decision making
The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • 5+ years’ experience as a VFX Artist in game development
  • Experience with Unreal 5, Niagara, Blueprints, etc
  • Experience with Realtime VFX
  • Capable of VFX asset creation, meshes, textures, flow maps, image sequences, vertex animations
  • Ability to create custom shaders and post effects
  • Inquisitive mindset and creative approach to work
  • Able to create effects in a constrained environment, project-specific performance requirements, number of emitters and particles
  • Organized and responsible workflow to maintain file hygiene
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to work within a team
  • Self-driven mindset and being able to take over complex tasks and construction sites
Bonus points if you have…
  • Experience with video visual effects software particles e.g.  Adobe After Effects
  • Keen interest in CGI effects production
  • Basic programming or scripting skills
  • General CG artistic skills, such as animation, camera work, and hand drawing skills
Perks and benefits include…
  • Flexible working hours and a work-life balance
  • Additional health insurance and accident insurance
  • Competitive salary and pension plan
  • 30 days annual leave
  • Green office, fresh fruits, coffee, and drinks
  • Mental health support
  • Fitness area in the studio
  • Free English & German language classes