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.