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VFX Manager - Gaming

Remote | Burbank, California
Permanent | Job ID #69260 | Posted 12 months ago

Onward Play is looking for a VFX Manager to join one of the most respected & award-winning studios in AAA gaming. In this role you’ll be leading a best-in-class team of VFX Artists. You’ll be responsible for maintaining quality and artistic consistency by ensuring visual standards are met. You’ll also be responsible for career management, training and well-being of your team!


  • Works closely with Art Director to maintain quality and style consistent across all visual effects
  • Provides direction to visual effects artists for aesthetic and technical considerations
  • Creates and animates real-time digital effects elements to meet and enhance art direction, including effects that reflect physical dynamics of natural phenomena
  • Works closely with the design and gameplay teams to produce visual effects that support gameplay, accessibility, and the user experience
  • Works closely with the Tool and Engine team to develop new or improve upon old technologies to improve visual effect quality
  • Works closely with art and animation teams to produce spectacle cinematic moments and support game narrative
  • Works with Project Management to maintain a clear and consistent schedule
  • Works to develop the skills of other Visual Effects Artists
  • Participates in the planning for a project’s visual effects
  • Works with other departments to ensure that assets are delivered in a timely manner
  • Supervise bug distribution and verify bug fixes
  • Ensures that all complaints and concerns related to inappropriate or unprofessional conduct in the workplace, are addressed immediately to foster a safe work environment


Need to have:

  • Eight plus years of professional experience preferably working on big budget, AAA titles
  • AAA VFX gaming pipeline and real time VFX experience
  • A passion for people management, promoting career paths, and advocating for reports
  • Expert understanding of Maya and visual effects packages, competent working with joints and locators, keyframing, rigid body simulations. Advanced understanding of complex node-based shader networks such as those used in Unreal Engine 4, Houdini, etc
  • Proficient in Photoshop for painting and editing textures. Knowledge of other visual effects software a plus
  • Excellent foundations skills, including composition, design, and color theory
  • The ability to work with detailed concept art or reference art/ materials
  • Strong traditional painting skills in both stylized and photorealistic styles. Strong leadership and mentoring abilities and interpersonal skills

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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