AVAILABLE POSITIONS Principal Technical Artist – Words With Friends

Zynga is seeking an experienced Principal Technical Artist to join a dynamic team within one of Zynga’s most established games! We are looking for driven individuals to contribute to the growth and development of our product in a highly-collaborative environment. Our ideal candidate is an expert in their craft. You are innovative, a great communicator, possess expert knowledge of Unity, and have a strong grasp of asset optimization and mobile game performance. You are a contributor of ideas, overseer of pipelines, and collaborator across discipline lines. You thrive when collaborating with others, providing expertise while drawing from a wide range of technical skills, to deliver the best achievable results.

Additionally, you will confidently and respectfully challenge the status quo in order to improve things. Assertive when needed, you voice concerns, generate ideas for improvements, and stay on the cutting edge of mobile gaming technology and technique. Confident in your decision making, you nevertheless think mindfully before you speak and act. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Work closely with the Art, UX, Production, and Engineering teams to construct and implement game assets in Unity
  • Enforce optimal performance and efficiency of the game’s final visual assets, as well as work to effectively solve any art-related bugs or hitches that may arise during production
  • Develop a foundational understanding of all systems in the game that touch art assets and effectively maintain these systems while rapidly addressing issues before they become problems
  • Define, maintain, enhance and troubleshoot pipeline for in game assets
  • Develop and maintain tools for the production pipeline, particularly for animation and technical art tasks
  • Create and leverage materials/shaders to achieve unique styles and hit amazing visual quality
  • Create, maintain, and communicate technical art guidelines and implementation techniques with other team members
  • Maintain clean, optimized project, periodically auditing assets and sprite atlases, etc
  • Profile builds and provide and implement solutions to address performance issues
  • Be confident and comfortable providing original ideas and solutions to challenging issues in the game production environment.
  • Act as a go-to source of knowledge and provide training to other team members

Desired Skills and Experience 

  • Highly skilled at communication with team members across disciplines, including the written documentation of pipeline processes
  • Driven to stay knowledgeable of industry trends and technologies and share those learnings with the larger technical artist community
  • Deep understanding of technical requirements of mobile game development
  • 5+ years of experience with Unity
  • Proficient at 3D modeling, rigging and UV texturing with professional 3D software such as Maya or ZBrush
  • Scripting with C#
  • Working knowledge of MVVM software architectural pattern
  • Experience with shaders in Unity -authoring and updating
  • Proficient with optimizing 3D and 2D assets for memory and performance considerations
  • Animation and VFX proficiency
  • Knowledgeable with DoTween and Spine 
  • Proficient with Photoshop and template creation
  • Prior experience with version control software such as Perforce and Git
  • Technical background in developing scripts, Photoshop actions, and other automation tools necessary for art implementation and optimization
  • Proficient with profiling tools
  • Collaborative and self motivated
  • Ability to support the game team with troubleshooting and technical assistance
  • Strong problem-solving methodology
  • 6+ years experience in game development, with shipped titles
  • A passion for mobile games!

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Zynga RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.

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Zynga does not  engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov.

Careers Category: Art & Animation

Careers location: Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Remote, US, Remote, Canada, Toronto, Canada

Connected Worker Type: Connected, Onsite, Offsite

Requisition ID: P210943

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Zynga does not engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov