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Unity Developer

Location: London / New York / Cheltenham

We're looking for talented developers to help us with our C# and Unity projects in our London, Cheltenham or New York office.

About the Job

Your role will be working as part of our development team creating apps, games and large screen interactive experiences. We need someone happy to work on all elements of the development side of projects, able to pitch in wherever necessary and you will need to be able to work with a high level of autonomy, but also be comfortable working closely with the rest of the team. You'll also be happy talking directly to clients and external stakeholders. We need passionate coders in our London, Cheltenham or New York offices.

About Us

We’re an informal and friendly working environment with 100% focus on delivering amazing interactive experiences, games and apps for some of the biggest brands, exhibitions, attractions and events.

About you

You will have:

  • A passion for interactive software with a cracking portfolio of projects we can play with.

  • A good general knowledge of games programming (including gameplay, AI, maths/physics, 2D, 3D and UI).

  • A creative approach to solving problems.

  • Expertise in Unity and experience with C#.

Please send all applications to our team at people@squintopera.com.

Senior Graphic Designer

Location: London

We are looking for a dedicated full time senior graphic designer to be part of the Squint/Opera team


Overview
  • You must be adaptable in working across a broad spectrum of projects: print, branding, motion graphic, animation and UI;

  • Must be able to think spatially (content is often connected to a context or environment which needs consideration).

 

About you
  • You are deeply passionate about working on cultural and exhibition projects and strive to be the best in your field.

  • You are creative, innovative and original in your thinking. You look for the detail that sets your work apart from the rest.

  • Incredible attention to detail

  • You are friendly and enjoy working in an open studio environment.

 

Responsibilities


Department Responsibility:

  • Works well with a team of specialists in 3D, animation, sound composers, interactive media designers and creative technologists;

  • Provides good creative direction internally and externally;

  • Ensures with experience that the projects run in time and on budget;

  • Presents ideas to clients clearly and with passion.


Technical Aspects:

  • Excellent photoshop / indesign / illustrator skills expected;

  • Must be able to artwork or direct artworking;

  • Must be up-to-date with software and hardware technologies and terms;

  • Good understanding of the full audio/visual pipelines is a plus.


Software Skills:

  • Full Adobe Suite

  • Excellent AE skills

  • Intermediate C4D (not essential)

  • Bonus - 3Ds Max


How to apply:

If this sounds like you, we really want to get to know you and what inspires you. Please be sure to include a CV, Cover Letter and  a showreel of not only your professional work, but also personal projects, things that inspire you – anything that gives us a true sense of what you will bring to the team.

Remember, we receive a lot of applications every year. We want to be inspired by your application!

Please send all applications to our team at people@squintopera.com.

Animation/Production Coordinator

Location: London

Doodle Productions is seeking an Animation Coordinator / Production Coordinator to join our production team for Messy Goes to Okido Series 2.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Producers with planning of the production, including day-to-day scheduling of artists and resources

  • Manage the day-to-day operation of the departments assigned, monitoring progress of tasks in those departments and flagging potential issues

  • Work closely with Team Leads & Supervisors to ensure clear communication and flow of information across all departments

  • Create and follow departmental schedules and reporting systems, based on the master production schedule and tracking system, ftrack

  • Identify existing or potential problem areas that may affect the production schedule; coordinate with Producers and Department Heads to troubleshoot and find solutions

  • Maintain tracking documents and keep asset database up to date with all necessary information, feeding accurate reports to Producers when necessary

  • Arrange internal reviews for assigned departments

  • Take notes during reviews and meetings and assign / distribute tasks accordingly

 Specific Requirements:

  • 2+ years industry experience on animated productions working as a Production Coordinator or similar role

  • Experience in 3D animation production essential, experience in 2D animation production a distinct advantage

  • A thorough knowledge of animation process and pipelines and good knowledge of the creative side of animation producing

  • Excellent knowledge of project management tools and methodologies, including Excel and Google Docs

  • Knowledge and experience with tracking software a distinct advantage, particularly ftrack

  • Knowledge and experience of creating department schedules a distinct advantage

  • Good oral and written English language communication skills

  • Strong team player with good communication skills and ability to facilitate resources across departments and divisions

  • Strong ability to multitask, work to tight deadlines and stay calm and diplomatic under pressure

  • Capable of motivating and leading teams with enthusiasm

Please send your application to people@doodle-productions.com.

 

Layout Artist

Location: London

Doodle Productions is looking for experienced previz and layout artists to work on their second series of Messy Goes to Okido.

The function of the Layout artist will be to create shots and sequences working with the staging, camera position, camera movement and character blocking.

Specific Requirements:

  • Previous experience in sequence and shot composition 

  • Experience with previz animation and cameras

  • Good communication skills and ability to work interactively with production and other departments to solve production challenges.

  • Experience using Maya

  • Ideally have 2+ years of industry experience in tv shows or feature films

  • Strong understanding of story and visual storytelling ability

  • Attention to detail and continuity

  • Able to multitask and work to tight deadlines

  • Thorough understanding of various production pipelines; the show incorporates 3D and 2D animation and live action backgrounds

To apply for the role please contact:  people@doodle-productions.com

Digital Producer

Location: London

We are looking for a Digital Producer to manage client and creative production team to ensure projects are delivered according to brief, timelines and budget.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

  • Google Docs/Gmail

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • Strong with Project Management tools/software

  • Strong understanding of the digital landscape and emergent technologies  

CREATIVE MIND

  • You will have a creative eye to review final products before they go to clients 

  • You work successfully alongside the Creative Director and Technical Director to encourage their creative ownership and development 

  • You ensure Squint/Opera standards are adhered to and inline with creative standards

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 

  • Passionate about the built environment, art and architecture

  • Sets standards of behaviour and acts as a leader and a role model

  • Approachable, flexible attitude adapts well to changing priorities 

  • Strikes the balance between creative and analytical thinking 

  • Planning and organising - leads a range of complex and simple projects, involving significant production effort and resources

  • Takes decisions which have substantial impact on the direction and/or achievement of production objectives. carefully considers the effect on the perceived quality of output

  • Skilled in applying a range of techniques to influence positive outcomes 

  • Sustains performance and remains calm and in control when under pressure or in difficult situations  

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT 

PROJECT EXEC (INTERNAL)
  • Assess project briefs with HOP and Creative Directors to establish initial pitch presentation and creative/technical concept

  • Once signed off, ensure each project is staffed according to schedule and budget

  • Regularly update and manage projects via a selection of online production tools 

  • Provide production schedules to team members and ensure teams are aware of deliverable dates - drafts and final 

  • Collate information and assets from the various parties involved and distribute these to relevant individuals on the team

  • Managing the workflow for each project to ensure all team members are aware of their responsibilities and deadlines, in order to achieve the project deliverables 

  • Keep management informed of the project's progress and deliverables and highlighting any potential problems that may arise - eg. over-spends, shortfall of resource

  • Plan working schedules and resources in line with production milestones 

  • Organise and liase with hardware and exhibition contractors and external collaborators

  • Overseeing project team output and assess areas for improvement 

PROJECT EXEC (EXTERNAL- CLIENT)
  • Establish strong client relations and act as the central point of contact for designated projects

  • Attend client meetings with relevant director/team member as required

  • Produce minutes from meetings and distribute to client/relevant team members

  • Ensure clients are aware of feedback dates and help guide them on the kind of feedback S/O requires

  • Liase with the client and project teams, to obtain necessary information on time and to answer any queries that may arise from either parties

  • Facilitate communication between production team, CD, MD and clients to ensure everyone is aware of project expectations 

  • Negotiate production variables with clients through a project's duration

REPORTING
  • Reporting directly to the Head of Production 

  • Working collaboratively with Creative and Technical Directors on projects 

  • Project Team Leads reporting to the Digital Producer on project deliverables 

FINANCIAL
  • Calculate individual project PCM's (Production Cost Multiples) based on suggested storyboards/scope of works

  • Inform HOP if PCM is expected to be above or below target so that scope of works may be amended or reduced

  • Once budget is set, monitor production costs by regularly updating PCM sheets with costs

QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrable experience (3-5 years) within Digital Project Management in a Creative Agency environment 

  • Degree Qualified in relevant field

TO APPLY

Please send your CV to people@squintopera.com with 'Digital Producer' in the subject line.

Business Development Manager

Location: London

We are looking for a new Business Development Manager to manage business development activities for the company, driving sales and the aquisition of new business

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
  • Google Docs/Gmail

  • Microsoft Office

  • Familiarity with CRM systems

  • Strong understanding of data and analytics tools (Google Analytics)

  • Familiar with Project Managements tools/software

  • Illustrator / Indesign / AE / Photoshop (is a plus)

  • VR and AR experience

  • Proven track record of generating sales leads in our core sector, which means: real estate sales experience (an understanding of how a real estate developer thinks/works)

  • Existing relationships with real estate developers, large/international engineering and architecture firms

CREATIVE MIND
  • Committed to promoting both the Creative and Innovative element of the business internally and externally at all times

  • Problem solver

  • Able to identify and build a business model around a creative idea

  • Strikes the balance between creative and analytical thinking

 PERSON SPECIFICATION
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Passionate about the built environment, VR, AR and new technologies

  • Approachable, flexible adaptable to changing priorities 

  • Enjoys networking and meeting new contacts 

  • Persuasive yet perceptive with good closing skills

  • At ease with public speaking and presenting

  • Strong research skills

  • Motivation for sales, prospecting and and sales planning 

  • Identification of customer needs and challenges

  • Strong territory management and market knowledge 

  • Ability to meet sales goals as set by the Managing Director

  • Utmost professionalism internally and externally

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

  • Planning and organising - leads a range of complex and simple projects at the same time

  • Takes decisions which have substantial impact on the direction and/or achievement of business objectives

  • Skilled in applying a range of techniques to influence positive outcomes

  • Sustains performance and remains calm and in control when under pressure or in difficult situations

  • Willingness to travel  

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT - NEW BUSINESS
  • Responsible for expansion in VR/AR market globally as well as continued expansion among existing clients 

  • Attend major industry events and functions

  • Promote VR and AR capabilities of S/O with existing and new clients 

  • A good awareness of current challenges in VR and AR

  • Making sure accurate information is given to Producers and Directors in order to price a potential job

  • Building relationships with existing clients in order to upsell

  • Drive performance and sales success

  • Create, negotiate and close new business sales 

  • Devise and implement the strategy for meeting sales performance targets

REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROLE
  • Client retention 

  • Present new products and services, promote VR and AR, and enhance existing relationships

  • Work with Head of Production, Producers and other colleagues to meet customer needs 

  • Arrange and participate in internal and external client meetings on a regular basis

  • Help the team to design programs in order to increase lead flow and create pipeline 

  • Identify potential permanent vacancy requirements in own team, and inform Directors with appropriate recommendations 

PROJECT EXEC
  • Achieves marketing and sales operational objectives by contributing marketing and sales information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; and customer-service standards; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying trends; determining system improvements; implementing change

  • Accomplishes marketing and sales objectives by planning, developing, implementing and evaluating advertising, merchandising and trade promotion programs; developing field sales action plans

  • Identify marketing opportunities by identifying consumer requirements; defining market, competitor's share, and competitor's strengths and weaknesses; forecasting projected business; establishing targeted market share

  • Improve product marketability and profitability by researching, identifying, and capitalizing on market opportunities; improving product packaging; co-ordinating new product development 

  • Sustain rapport with key accounts by making visits; exploring specific needs; anticipating new opportunities 

  • Provide information by collecting, analysing, and summarising data and trends

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities ; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organisations

  • Financial planning and Strategy

  • Looking for potential opportunities outside existing territories

SALES PLANNING
  • Competitive Analysis, Client Relationships, Creative Services

  • Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and provide feedback and information on on market and creative trends

  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales 

  • Use knowledge of the market and competitors, identify and develop the company's unique selling propositions, particularly in AR and VR

REPORTING
  • Reporting directly to the Managing Director

  • Working with the sales team, monthly reporting in sales team meeting

  • Working collaboratively with the Heads of Production on quotes, enquiries

  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products and client leads

  • Work with the HOP on ensuring production pipelines are streamlined and aligned with the Business Development Strategy

FINANCIAL 
  • Meet marketing and sales financial objectives by forecasting requirements and working alongside the CFO and MD in preparing an annual budget

  • Determine annual and gross-profit plans by forecasting and developing annual sales quotas for regions

  • Project expected sales volume and profit for existing and new client base

  • Analyse trends and results alongside the Finance Manager

  • Establish quoting strategies

  • Monitor costs of competition

  • Work with Finance to demonstrate supply and demand 

TO APPLY

Please send your CV to people@squintopera.com with "Business Development Manager" in the subject line.

Senior 3D generalist (moving image 3D)

Location: London

We are looking for an enthusiastic 3D generalist to be part of our London team.

Overview

Works with the Creative Director, 3d Leads and Producers to make sure project production process is smooth and shots within budget. Manages the technical aspects of projects, will focus on one large or several small projects at one time so must be flexible and able to prioritise. Work with the Pipeline Developer and Head of 3D to implement change to process and workflow where required.


About you
  • You are deeply passionate about working on architectural visualisation and strive to be the best in your field.
  • Incredible attention to detail and enjoys solving problems / anticipating
  • Good at estimating time for tasks and creating process to make tasks more efficient
  • Keeps up with industry trends
  • You are friendly and enjoy working in an open studio environment.

Responsibilities
  • Work alongside Creative Directors, Producers and team leads to deliver high quality work within deadline, budget and to client brief.
  • Acting as the Technical Lead on stills and/or animation projects.
  • Discussing creative direction and being able to estimate the time and resources that will be needed to complete the project as well as coming up with more time efficient solutions to creative problems
  • Ability to identify any issues that might come up, flag at beginning of project and create ways of managing and solving technical issues whilst maintaining quality 
  • Have a good understanding of the workflow and pipeline for stills and film.
  • Manage project deliverables and quality of output.
  • Collaborate with project members and help decide on the need for any new tools that can help with the production.
  • Very interested in all aspects of 3d graphics.

Skills
  • Experience 3DS Max, Nuke and VRay essential
  • 3D Animation skills, with an emphasis on moving image
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe creative suite, with an expert hand in Photoshop.
  • Thorough knowledge of modeling/texturing/lighting/rendering of 3d architectural scenes.
  • Understanding of film-making and experience compositing 3D into filmed shots
  • Knowledge of scripting an advantage

Pipeline Technical Director

Location: London

At Squint Opera the Pipeline TD is responsible for developing and maintaining the production pipeline, liaising between different departments and providing solutions to technical problems.

The right candidate will be able to increase the overall efficiency of the studio, and contribute to improving the quality of work being done.

This role will see you predominantly partner between various divisions inside of the business, including our Architectural Visualisation, VFX, Interactive and TV production pipelines. This is an en exacting opportunity for the right person to work in a progressive and forward thinking team on how to merge pipelines and provide tools to all our team in a seamless fashion. You will be responsible for really driving innovation across our teams and taking ownership on how best to do this.

Key tasks
  • Maintain current production pipeline maintain various systems, primarily supporting the 3D Max pipeline using maxscript

  • Analyse current workflows and provide plans on how they can be improved

  • Develop new tools to further increase productivity across the board

  • Assist with planning difficult or unusual production shots

  • Supporting the artists with technical issues

  • Assist with production work if required

  • Troubleshoot technical problems as they arise

  • Analyse and design improved workflows

  • Ensure company standards are being met

  • Develop new tools to support artists

  • Keep up to date with industry trends


Key s
kills required:
  • Scripting ability to a professional level.

  • Knowledge of  Python, V-Ray, MAXScript, web API (ftrack, shotgun) Deadline, Maya, JavaScript, mySQL,

  • Ability to analyse systems and design new systems

  • High degree of problem solving skill required, and the ability to rapidly learn new software/tech

  • Passion for improving studio output through enabling others

  • Excellent communication, and willingness to be a technical 'go-to' guy

  • Basic understanding of content creation, 3d generalist skills in modelling, texturing, animation, etc.

  • Working knowledge of git or similar version control system.


Bon
us skills:
  • Previous experience creating renders with vray

  • Previous experience wrangling and scripting for deadline

  • University or equivalent qualification in computer science

  • Shotgun / Ftrack development


To apply for the role please contact: jonathan.harris@squintopera.com



London

1-5 Vyner Street

London, E2 9DG

United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7978 7788

E: London Studio

Cheltenham

Royal House

Parabola Road

Cheltenham

GL50 3AH

T: +44 1242 515320

E: Cheltenham Studio

Melbourne

11, 46-50 Regent Street

Richmond 3121

Vic, Australia

T: +61 3 8560 1601

E: Melbourne Studio

New York

​86 Forsyth Street

New York, 10002

USA

T: +1 347 525 1951

E: New York Studio

Dubai

Office 1105

Marina Plaza Building 

P.O.Box: 26917

Dubai, UAE

T: +971 43 392 755

T: +971 56 282 0770

E: Middle East Studio