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Lead 3D Modeller AO

Department
Brand and Marketing

Location
Manchester

A Bit About Us

We’re a bunch of people who go to great lengths to make sure our customers are the happiest customers out there. We may sell everything from washing machines to PlayStations, but at our core we’re a people business. We roll up our sleeves and work together to make things happen. From logistics, recycling to our award winning IT teams, almost everything we do, we do ourselves to make sure every aspect of our customer journey is done properly. We launched in 2000 as a result of a £1 bet in a Bolton pub. 18 years later we have a 5* TrustPilot rating (after 100K reviews), expanded our business into Europe and floated on the London stock exchange, but we never lose sight of what we’re about.

More About the Role

We are looking for someone with a high level of 3D modelling expertise and creative passion to take responsibility for the production of high quality, animation ready 3D assets You will be responsible for leading a team of Jr and Mid modellers Provide art direction, have a keen eye for photorealism and the ability to bring life into any product or environment Lead the creation of new environments when required and frequently review and revise the existing environments and props to ensure the team is working at the highest standard Conduct the final checks and provide sign off on the quality and accuracy of models Lead by example and provide encouragement to maintain an engaged, creative team Working to tight deadlines to deliver 3D models to the animation team Provide guidance on more complicated modelling requirements when needed and have the ability to undertake ad-hoc work for marketing campaigns and innovation projects Oversee day to day operation of the team by delegating tasks and organising workflows Communicate deadlines and set goals to ensure work is completed on time and to the highest standard Keep senior management informed on the progress of projects providing weekly updates on team planning and performance Collaborate with the other team leads across the creative department to develop new techniques and processes, ensuring the 3D team are operating as efficiently as possible Use your experience to help the team build best-practices and asset management pipelines Conduct regular team meetings to discuss achievements and expectations Conduct regular 121’s and appraisals to assess team and individual performance Provide guidance and coaching to develop the skills of the Jr and Mid modellers
Assist with recruitment and training

Here's What You Can Expect to be Doing

Strong experience in 3D modelling, particularly hard surface modelling , with the ability to model and texture quickly and efficiently Strong high and low poly modelling experience Strong photoshop skills Great understanding of proportion, scale, perspective, lighting and colour Experience producing photo-realistic models and environments with excellent lighting skills Experience using Cinema 4D, Maya, 3dsmax or other similar 3D packages. Our team currently work on Cinema 4D and training will be provided for candidates with experience in another software package. Experience using Octane, Thea, Arnold, V-Ray or similar renderer Experience and knowledge of other 3D tools and processes including rigging and zBrush Knowledge of the modelling tools, techniques and pipelines required to produce 3D models for a variety of end usages, such as AR.

A Few Things About You

Has a passion for all aspects of 3D creation Obsesses about the detail and has a huge passion for delivering quality work Has creative flair and is not afraid to try new ideas Has a good understanding of the end to end 3D pipeline Has a keen desire to keep up to date with new technology and ways of working Can multi task effectively, taking accountability for the work of the team Has experience managing and developing team members Is able to work under pressure and to deadlines Is organised with the ability to prioritise production needs and tasks Has the ability to collaborate and offer solutions with great problem solving skills Is proactive and has a passion for driving improvement Has strong interpersonal and communication skills

Why Choose AO?

At AO, our culture and our AO’way of doing things is vital to our success. We’re passionate people, determined to do whatever’s necessary to make our customers happy. The AO motto is "treat every customer like you’d expect your nan to be treated, and make decisions your mum would be proud of". To do this, we train and empower each and every AO’er to strive for better ways of doing whatever they are doing. Our AO’ers don’t just go through the motions and follow processes, it just isn’t our thing. We don’t follow trends, we set them.

Great People Deserve Great Things

As an AO employee you can take full advantage of our benefits package. As well as the fundamentals, like pensions and holidays, we have designed our "AO Perks" to help you out financially and make your work life a little easier.