Jobs Update December

This is our Datascope jobs update for December 2019. As part of our service, we want to ensure that you are kept well informed about new career opportunities.  It is not tailored to anyone’s specific skills and will enable you to appreciate the wide picture.

Have a look at our selection of games jobs…

CONTENTS

  1. Jobs in Games
  2. One additional opportunity
  3. The Lucas Lounge
  4. Training Manager Writes

JOBS IN GAMES – LATEST

Art & Animation

Lead Artist, Netherlands, AAA, €70,000 + Benefits 
Our client, a top AAA games studio in the Netherlands, are currently looking for an experienced Lead Artist who is talented in many areas of video game art, to take a hands-on approach in leading the art style for a brand-new AAA special project.
Contact: lucas@datascope.co.uk

Cinematic Artist, Mobile, London, £35,000 + Benefits
This award-winning mobile games studio is currently looking for a cinematic artist to take on range of video editing tasks, and create fantastic and exciting trailers and marketing materials for their new projects.
Contact: lucas@datascope.co.uk

Environment Artist – Contract – Midlands – AAA
A loved and renown AAA studio is looking for Environment Artists to join them on their hit series. I’m looking for Environment Artists with some prior experience to join the studio for this contact role.
Contact: madeleine@datascope.co.uk

Game Design

Lead/Senior Game Designer – London – AAA console – up to £65k 
This well-known AAA studio who have released many titles is looking for a designer to join the team. You will be working on a very exciting new title and we are looking for candidates who have worked on console/PC titles from concept to completion ideally.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Lead Systems Designer – Spain – up to €80k
The role is for a AAA game studio based in Spain. I am looking for candidates with experience in Systems Design at seniority level.
Contact: yasmin@datascope.co.uk

Mission Designer – France – DOE
The role is for a AAA game studio based in France. I am looking for candidates who have worked on VR/Simulation and have experience in Mission Design.
Contact: yasmin@datascope.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: Lead Mission/Quest Designer – Barcelona, Spain – new AAA studio
If you are interested in working with a team of veterans on a new AAA Open World project, please do get in touch. You must have shipped at least 2 AAA titles in a senior role as well as strong leadership experience.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Lead & Principal Game Designer – Midlands, UK – AAA, racing

You will be working closely with the Chief Designer. For this role, you should have at least 6+ years of design experience as well as full dev cycle in a senior role on a released AAA title.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Production and Product Management 

Producer – Live Services – Midlands UK – AAA studio – £30k to £40k 
Our client is an AAA game studio who have been making games for decades. We are looking for an experienced Producer with some games experience, either console or mobile to join the team on a permanent basis.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk


Sales, Analytics & Marketing

Business Performance Director – AAA, 90k euros region, Sweden
An exciting new triple-A project is seeking an experienced Business Performance Director to look after their monetization, analytics and data functions, coordinating multiple internal teams and production around these core elements of the game as it develops and towards live operations.
Contact: adam@datascope.co.uk

Social Media Manager – £32k region – Letchworth Garden City
Our client is seeking an experienced Social Media Manager to run UK and EMEA campaigns for their game titles. You would plan, run and analyse campaigns using a good professional knowledge from prior experience in a similar role.
Contact: adam@datascope.co.uk

Product/Senior Product Marketing Managers, £30k – 50k, Cambridge      
Calling all Product and Senior Product Marketing Managers! I’m recruiting for one of Britain’s biggest and most beloved independent studios based in Cambridge. They have several very exciting openings to lead marketing on a number of unannounced titles so get in touch if you’re interested.
Contact: jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Digital Marketing Managers, The Netherlands, €60k         
I have two openings for Digital Marketing Managers for studios based in the Netherlands. Give me a shout if you’re a UA/Digital Marketing specialist looking for a change of scenery in 2020.
Contact: jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Commercial Manager – Amsterdam – £50k-£60k
Our client is looking for a professional individual to join the fast-growing game studio based in Central London as a Commercial Manager. You will report to the CFO and leverage your experience to take responsibility for a variety of projects and support the rest of the Commercial team to deliver on agreed objectives and strategy.
Contact: anita@datascope.co.uk

Game Data Analyst – Salary up to €45k, based in Netherlands.
Our client is looking for Game Data Analyst, someone who enjoys combining their analytic skills, business acumen, and understanding of games to provide our creative teams with the data and insights that will drive our continued success.
Contact: anita@datascope.co.uk

Programming

Technical Director, Midlands, £90,000 + bonus and benefits 
Small, growing studio working on their 3rd title is looking for a Technical Director with Unreal Engine experience to join the team. Package on offer to £120,000
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

Technical Director, London, £100,000 + bonus and benefits 
Accomplished game studio is opening a studio in London and looking for an experienced Technical Director to help grow the team and lead this new project. Salary to £100,000 + £50,000 bonus
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

Senior Gameplay Programmer – Canada – $155,000(CAD) + Benefits 
Titan of the game industry, spawn of multiple franchises and multi award-winning game studio. Looking for a passionate Senior Gameplay Programmer help elevate their titles to new heights.
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Unity Game Developer – Midlands – £40,000 + Benefits 
With a successful library of games under their belt and eagerness to grow and develop further. With multiple hit titles in the casual market, this studio has set their eyes on being consistently first place on the charts
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Lead Graphics Programmer – Canada – 160,000 CAD
Successful game studio based in Canada are looking for a Lead Graphics Programmer to join their friendly studio and work on an upcoming AAA title. Looking for someone who is familiar with Graphics APIs such as DirectX and has exceptional C++ skills.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

Senior Software Engineer – South East UK – £75,000
Rapidly expanding game studio based in the South East of the UK are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to work on studio critical projects. Looking for someone who has real-time simulation/games and C++ experience.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY – want to join our team?

Recruitment Consultant for Games industry – London
£20-22,000 DOE plus commission OTE £30,000 first year

Working with a senior consultant your initial role will be to search for candidates for a variety of roles in the games industry. Full training is given.
We are looking for intelligent, commercially minded people who can persuade us that they have the drive and ambition to succeed in this field.
Please send your CV and cover letter to malsara@datascope.co.uk

The Lucas Lounge 

What a decade it has been for gaming. Each year studios present us with fantastic content to sink our teeth into, and overall the 2010s has been fantastic for gaming. Now that 2019 is coming to an end, we asked the team what they thought was the best game to come out of this decade! Who knows what the 2020s will bring…?

Adam – Alien Isolation: ALIEN! ISOLATION! The best soundscape of any game ever. It’s terrifying and awesome.

Jonathan
– League of Legends/The Witcher 3: If we’re judging it on most hours, most addicted, most rage-inducing, most excitement and happiness given; it has to be League of Legends. If we’re judging on overall best experience from story, gameplay, beauty and overall just the best bloody game EVER – it’s The Witcher 3.

Madeleine
– Nier Automata: It’s a really beautiful game, both in aesthetics and art, with a lot of different play styles and endings. It’s also spawned a new genre of games called “Nier-likes” due to the popularity the series gained.

David
– League of Legends: League of Legends is a blackhole of addiction, that no matter how hard you try to escape, its gravity will bring you back. The immense world building concepts were what attracted me to the game, mixing pirates with dream eating monsters and powerful witches. what’s not to like? But the static landscape of the game and its familiarity, mixed in with the variety of playable characters and skill caps, is why I stay. Each loss leaves you frustrated at your mistakes and a need to improve; each win feels hard fought but no two games ever feel the same. With a constant stream of new content to devour, there will always be one more game.

Stefan
– Bloodborne:  This is the game that I spent over 3000 hours playing and streaming on Twitch.
•    Hunt Showdown is my best FPS
•    Dark Souls 3 had my best wow moment; recognising Anor Londo once you reach the top of the elevator.
•    Uncharted the Lost Legacy was my most entertaining story driven game – Claudia Black worked wonders again and Laura Bailey’s terrible Saffa accent left me laughing

Yasmin – Overwatch: Overwatch is my game of the decade because it has amazing artwork and is continually updated with new characters and buffs! It has a variety of game modes to choose from including a competitive mode for when things get really serious and season’s that run every 2 months! You will never get bored with Overwatch.

Kane
– Zelda: Breath of the Wild: It changed the standard on what to expect from an open-world game, every area felt new and was a different experience. It was a true system seller and contributed to the Switch’s massive success.

Anita
– Red Dead Redemption 2 (SPOILERS): I think I will go with Red Dead Redemption 2 – such a cool game… and Arthur, he died and I was over. But I think I told you that before?

Lucas
– Skyrim/Red Dead Redemption: I was torn between these two, Skyrim offered me countless hours of exploration and a thrilling adventure unlike any other I had experienced prior in gaming. The latter brought me such strong levels of emotional investment, I really thought I was racing back to reunite with my wife and son!

Training Manager’s blog

New decade; new job? Tips to get you what you want 

The biggest influx of applications every recruitment agency experiences is always in January of each year. Historically, it is the month when most people are looking for a change, often in line with New Year’s resolutions. With so many applications, how can you stand out from the others and ensure you get a faster and more positive response?

1.    Take some time to do your CV in detail. Ensure your current and most recent roles have the most information. A neat and concise CV will help the reader.

2.    For each job you apply to I recommend you tailor your CV to highlight your skills based on the job you are applying for; this is often done in a cover letter if you choose to write one.

3.    It goes without saying that a CV should start with your name and contact details at the top. If relevant, make sure you add a link to your ArtStation portfolio, GitHub, YouTube or any work examples you can showcase to the reader. Make sure they’re current work examples.

4.    Add a brief profile; a few introductory sentences about yourself that could include how you got into the industry, how long you have been in the industry, any standout achievements or even what makes you tick, even managerial experience or other transferable experience. Steer clear of listing your objectives as this could hinder you getting the role.

5.    Make sure your dates match those you have on LinkedIn – covering months and years. Don’t leave any months out as these will raise questions just as mismatched dates will.

6.    Bullet-point your responsibilities and achievements. When it comes to responsibilities: describe what you do in your current job on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Then list your achievements in the job role; improvements you have made for the business, promotions received, staff mentored etc. Everything counts.

7.    List any game titles you have worked on. If under NDA then give a description of it so the reader has an idea of what you have worked on.

8.    Finish your CV off with Education and Qualifications followed by your interests to add a bit of a personal feel to your CV.

If you are using an Agency for your job search they should offer to do this as a service free-of-charge. Ask them for a copy thereafter so you can keep it updated later down the line.

And don’t list references on your CV. No one wants to be rung up, out of the blue, about someone they worked with a few years ago and try and remember to give a good reference.