Art Outsource Manager

People Can Fly
February 16, 2024
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Company Description

People Can Fly is one of the leading independent AAA games development studios with an international team of hundreds of talented individuals working from offices located in Poland, UK, US, and Canada, and from all over the world thanks to our remote work programs.

Founded in 2002, we made our mark on the shooter genre with titles such as Painkiller, Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgment, and Outriders. We are one of the most experienced Unreal Engine studios in the industry and we are expanding it with in-house solutions called PCF Framework.

Our creative teams are currently working on several exciting titles: Gemini is our new project being developed with Square Enix; Maverick is a Triple-A game developed in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation; Bifrost, Victoria and Dagger are projects we're growing in the self-publishing model. We also have one project in the concept phase – Red; as well as two projects in VR technology – Green Hell VR and Bulletstorm VR - an exciting VR version of our cult-classic shooter.

With over 20 years of experience, PCF sets out to explore new horizons. We aim to combine our expertise with creativity of the best and most forward-thinking talents in the industry to work together on the new generation of action games for the global gaming community.

If you decide to accompany us on this journey, you'll have a chance to perfect your craft and expand your knowledge, working alongside leaders in the industry on bringing a brand-new unique experience to the players worldwide.

Job Description

PCF is looking for an Art Outsource Manager to drive outsource content for our next title. You will be responsible for overseeing the management and coordination of art outsourcing activities, ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality assets that meet our artistic and technical standards. Your exceptional communication skills, deep understanding of asset workflows, and ability to build a cohesive pipeline will be vital to fostering a consistent flow of assets from external partners.

As an Art Outsource Manager, you will be expected to:

  • Manage the end-to-end art outsourcing process, including sourcing, onboarding, and maintaining communication with external art studios and individual artists.
  • Collaborate closely with internal art leads and our art director to understand project requirements, establish asset specifications, and communicate these effectively to external partners.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of a variety of asset workflows (3D models, textures, animations, etc.), and ensure smooth integration of outsourced assets into the project pipeline.
  • Create and implement a cohesive pipeline that supports efficient asset delivery, reviews, revisions, and final approvals.
  • Proactively identify potential issues or bottlenecks in the outsourcing process and implement effective solutions to ensure timely delivery and adherence to quality standards.
  • Foster strong and transparent communication channels with external partners, providing clear feedback, guidance, and support throughout the asset creation process.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, such as Art Directors, Producers, and Project Managers, to align project goals, schedules, and expectations.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluations of external partners to assess their capabilities, quality, and adherence to project requirements.
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors, establishing costs and deliverables, requesting approval from legal and finance on during negotiation phase, then continuing to maintain and monitor the costs/budget after contracts are in place
  • Qualifications
  • Previous experience as an Art Outsource Manager or a similar role within the gaming industry, ideally at least one shipped triple AAA project.
  • Strong knowledge of asset workflows for various types of game assets, including environment assets, character models, vfx and concept packages.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to effectively convey artistic vision, feedback, and technical requirements.
  • Strong organizational and project management abilities, with a track record of successfully managing multiple outsourcing tasks simultaneously.
  • In-depth understanding of the game development process and the ability to align art outsourcing activities with internal project milestones and deadlines.
  • Familiarity with industry-standard tools and software used for asset creation and management.
  • A creative eye for detail and a deep appreciation for visual aesthetics, ensuring the delivery of assets that align with our artistic vision.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and the ability to think strategically to address potential challenges and optimize the outsourcing process.
  • Firm Understanding of how to use project management tools such as Jira and Confluence.
  • Additional Information

    What we offer

  • A competitive salary and performance-based annual bonuses.
  • Private medical healthcare (Vitality) and BUPA dental insurance for PCF's employees and their families.
  • Access to wellbeing platform - Gympass for employees and family members.
  • Online Polish, English and French language classes.
  • Access to the pension scheme.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Free virtual health and mental wellbeing sessions included in the plan for members and their dependents.
  • Personal development opportunities and ability to work in a global environment.
  • Work in a creative team with people full of passion for what they do
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