Technical Art Director

Redmond, WA, United States

343 Industries is looking for a Technical Art Director to join our team, working on the next big Halo shooter experience. This role will focus on graphics & rendering, partnering with our Art Director to ensure we are making the best technical decisions to execute on our Art vision & helping drive the development of our proprietary rendering technology to enable our team to achieve incredible graphics and build an immersive, exciting Halo experience. We’re looking for someone with extensive technical rendering experience but who is an artist at heart. Someone with both a deep understanding of the latest industry techniques and the passion, drive and vision to help pioneer future graphics techniques & technology. Extensive knowledge of real-time rendering, shading, lighting & post processing will all be required along with the artistic knowhow of the various ways these can be utilized to develop a final visual look. If you are an expert in real-time rendering, shading & look development who wants to work on a team investing big in the future, on one of the most exciting franchises in the industry, this is where you should be.



• Partner with the Art Leads and collaborate with our Graphics Engineers to develop world class rendering technology and runtime visuals

• Drive the content teams vision and priorities of various rendering technology including: HDR/Wide Color Gamut/Exposure/Anti-Aliasing/Post Processing

• Work with Art leads to establish and educate technical best practices to ensure content is being built in the best and most efficient way to hit our Art style

• Identify areas across teams where consistent content authoring or rendering techniques could help unification

• Partner with Engineers and work in our proprietary game engine to establish solutions for specialized/complex rendering needs such as Water/Foliage/Hair

• Oversee look development efforts across the team to ensure consistency of technical execution and unification

• Be the content team driver of R&D; efforts, investigate and pioneer cutting edge graphics technology, establishing potential usage and feasibility

• Ensure that we have a good performance budget process in place across the content teams

• Work directly with Artists and Engineers to troubleshoot rendering issues in our proprietary engine


Minimum Qualifications:

• 6 years experience in technical art, technical animation, VFX, lighting, graphics or rendering in gaming or film


Qualifications and Skills:

• 6+ years’ industry experience in games and/or VFX industry

• Experience working in shading/lighting/look development for on one or more shipped game titles

• Professional portfolio demonstrating technical art experience in rendering, shading, visual effects, lighting, post processing and look development Preferred:

• Expert knowledge of AAA game engines & render pipelines

• Extensive knowledge of current industry graphics technologies and standards including lighting, shading, post processing, HDR, Wide Color Gamut, texture compression and anti-aliasing

• Ability to drive cross discipline strike teams to collaborate on visual targets and rendering technology

• Experience with Maya, Substance Designer, Photoshop and ability to quickly learn new DCC software

• Experience creating applications, plugins and tools in Python, C# or C++

• HLSL shader authoring experience

• Experience working in or developing color managed pipelines/workflows

• Experience managing performance budgets and process for games

• Passion for making groundbreaking games, with a passion to push boundaries and forge new industry standards 




Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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