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Caution: Monkeys at Work

 

SockMonkey is an ambitious studio, looking to continue recent expansion, with a great work environment, and cool projects to work on. If you’re looking for a great challenge in a growing company, we’re looking for enthusiastic and talented people to join us.

We have a open structure, and encourage the whole team to get involved in every project when it comes to ideas and development. After recent successes, we’re looking to build the team further, working on high-profile IP’s and helping create our own original games.

SockMonkey is based in Teesside, on the North-East coastline, at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, and a short distance from major city hubs such as Newcastle, York and Leeds.

If you don’t see an exact match for you in the positions below, feel free to send through a speculative application.

 

Benefits of SockMonkey

 

Here’s just some of the benefits we offer for our staff to enjoy, with more being introduced throughout 2020.

 

    Flexible Working Hours    
    Zero Crunch Culture    
    Nest Pension Scheme    
   Team Building Events  
    Staff Growth Plans    
   Free Drinks, Snacks & Refreshments   
   Office Pug   

 

Check out all available roles at our Teesside HQ

 

Senior / Lead Programmer

SockMonkey are looking for experienced SENIOR / LEAD PROGRAMMERS to work on a number of exciting projects, including licensed IP, and original games. Leading small teams, and reporting to the CTO, in addition to programming you will lead, mentor, train and set coding standards across your team.

The ideal candidates are passionate about programming, are great communicators, and looking to have a significant impact on an exciting and growing studio.



REQUIREMENTS - 5+ years of games programming
- Numerous Console / PC titles shipped
- Experience of working with Unity or Unreal, preferably both
- Familiar with source control systems
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience guiding and leading other programmers
- To be able to establish best practices, development processes, documentation and coding standards
- Work with other disciplines to understand their requirements and work proactively with them to ensure any limitations are clearly communicated and understood
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE - Experience and understanding of console certification processes
- Have worked with external contractors, development teams and publishers
- Experience leading a team of 5+ programmers
- Experience of tools development
- Ability to estimate work project complexity and timescales
SALARY Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on experience.

APPLY To apply send a CV and portfolio link HERE

Programmers

SockMonkey are looking for experienced PROGRAMMERS to work on a number of projects, including licensed IP, and original games. Working as part of a team, and reporting to the Lead Programmer, responsibilities include programming game systems, solving technical problems and debugging.

The ideal candidates are passionate about programming and games, work well as part of a team, and looking to join an exciting and growing studio.



REQUIREMENTS
- 2+ years of games programming
- Worked on at least two games titles
- Experience of working with Unity or Unreal
- Work with other disciplines to implement gameplay and UI elements to their specification, and ensure clear communication
- Write high quality source code
- Familiar with source control systems
- Strong communication skills

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE
- Experience on multiple gaming platforms
- Ability to assess task / timings to assist in schedule production
- Experience assessing, working with and debugging other programmers code
- Ensure games are compliant with manufacturers guidelines
- Liaise with QA to fix bugs

SALARY
Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on experience.

APPLY
To apply send a CV and portfolio link HERE

Unreal Programmers

SockMonkey are looking for experienced UNREAL PROGRAMMERS to work on a number of projects, including licensed IP, and original games. Working as part of a team, and reporting to the Lead Programmer, responsibilities include programming game systems, solving technical problems and debugging.

The ideal candidates are passionate about programming and games, work well as part of a team, and looking to join an exciting and growing studio.



REQUIREMENTS
- 2+ years of games programming with Unreal
- Worked on at least one game in a professional studio
- Work with other disciplines to implement gameplay and UI elements to their specification, and ensure clear communication
- Write high quality source code
- Familiar with source control systems
- Strong communication skills

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE
- Experience on multiple gaming platforms
- Ability to assess task / timings to assist in schedule production
- Experience assessing, working with and debugging other programmers code
- Ensure games are compliant with manufacturers guidelines
- Liaise with QA to fix bugs

SALARY
Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on experience.

APPLY
To apply send a CV and portfolio link HERE

Lead Artist

SockMonkey are looking for a LEAD ARTIST to work on a number of projects, including licensed IP, and original games. Managing a team of artists, you will work on an exciting range of projects creating player characters, creatures and enemies for a variety of different game types and styles.

The ideal candidates are passionate about art and games, work well as part of a team, and looking to join an exciting and growing studio.



REQUIREMENTS
- At least 5 years of industry experience and 2+ years in a similar or leadership role
- A fantastic portfolio of shipped titles
- Able to lead a team consisting of both experienced and newly graduated artists
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to create and lead new and different styles for new gaming titles, as well as direct existing styles
- Ability to sculpt/model and texture both high-resolution and low polygon characters
- Ability to produce meshes that have a good structure and are suitable for animation
- Ability to work in a variety of styles
- Good understanding of anatomy
- Ability to create normal-maps using Maya/Max, Zbrush or Mudbox
- Ability to map characters with high quality textures utilizing photo manipulation techniques - Excellent knowledge of Max/Maya, Zbrush or Mudbox
- Experience with Substance Painter
- Experience with shaders
- A strong understanding of character design with respect to a target audience with the skills to create iconic characters

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE
- At least 2+ years in a similar role - Game engine experience (Unity or Unreal)
- Hard Surface modelling experience
- Technical art experience
- Shaders and material creation ability
- Scripting experience

SALARY
Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on experience.

APPLY
To apply send a CV and portfolio link HERE

Office Manager

SockMonkey are looking for a Part Time Office Manager with HR admin experience to aid in the everyday running of our Middlesbrough office.

The ideal candidate will be excellent at multi-tasking in order to ensure the efficient organization of our award winning studio through administrative, HR and financial support - helping to shape the continuing growth and success of our studio.



RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities for Office Management - Monitor & purhase the stationary, office equipment, catering and other office related products and services - this will include sourcing the most cost-effective suppliers, negotiating and managing online accounts
- Maintain and improve the overall appearace and effieicent of the office environment - Organise the company morale events, nights out, festive parties - Manage the benefits packages for each member of staff Responsibilities for HR Administration - Provide support in the recruitment of staff, including admin of the recruitment process and new starter info as well as monitoring and maintaining the probation documentation - Help induct new members of staff, including new starter paperwork - Schedule bi-annual review meetings for all staff and maintain the relevant documentation - Create offer letter and employment contracts for new starters (from supplied templates) - Maintain and update our internal HR software, including holiday and sick logs - Monitor and update HR policies and procedures as advised by our external HR specialist Responsibilities for Financial Support - Submit monthly info to our accountant on invoices and receipts - Inform the payroll of changes to salary, including pensions and new starters - Run payroll with online banking REQUIREMENTS
- Be comfortable welcoming people into the office and being the first face seen in the studio
- Excellent IT skills and experience in the use of Microsoft Office - Good time management - Understands the importance of confidentiality Approachable and helpful manner - At least 3+ years of experience in a similar role
- Ability to prioritise competing workloads demands - Basic understanding/interest in the games industry is good to have but not a neccessity Please note - This is a part time role, with 21 hrs / 3 days a week starting hours.

SALARY
£20,000 - £24,000 (pro-rata) depending on experience.

APPLY
To apply send a CV HERE