About Aurora44

Aurora44 is an independently owned company based in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Established in 2013 by ex-Weta Digital artists and veterans of the local games industry, Derek Bradley and Leighton Milne, Aurora44 is currently developing their first game, Ashen.

CURRENT OPENINGs

We are looking for additional team members to join the Ashen team. The ideal candidate will have experience in games and eagerness to push boundaries of what an indie game is. You must also be willing to relocate to Wellington. We’re sure our office pug, Broccoli, can convince you! 

To get in touch, please email your CV and Cover Letter to: jobs@aurora44games.com


RIGGER

We are looking for a new team member at Aurora44. As a rigger, you will work with both modellers and animators to help bring characters and more to life. In this position, you need to be independent, be able to build technical solutions and always ready to tackle challenges.

Requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge of rigging in Maya
  • Ability to create tools in Python/MEL
  • In-depth knowledge of anatomy and modelling topology
  • Excellent communication skills

Pluses:

  • Expert knowledge in Unreal Engine 4
  • 2+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Knowledge of modelling and animation
  • Knowledge of Motion Builder and/or HumanIK

If you're interested, send your cover letter and CV to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com

We would definitely love to hear from you!


ANIMATION  TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Aurora44 is currently seeking a talented, motivated Animation Technical Director to join our characters and animation team. You will help define the path for character/creature rigs, both in Maya and Unreal Engine. You will be the architect of extensive game creation pipelines and tools/scripts. Excellent communication skills are required as you will be the bridge between the art and code teams from various standpoints, including tools training and Unreal Engine content integration.

Skills and Requirements:

  • 2+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Expert knowledge in Maya and Unreal Engine 4
  • Solid rigging/skinning skills
  • Scripting experience, Python is preferred
  • Experience in character set up in UE4
  • Good knowledge in human anatomy
  • Ability to provide front line support and guide other developers with debugging technical problems
  • Must be a team player and have the ability to work well whilst under pressure

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

Send your CV and Cover Letter to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com


PRODUCER

You will work closely with directors and leads to organise and drive the game production processes, ensuring smooth and efficient operations and helping the team keep on schedule. Additional responsibilities include curating project documentation, providing support for studio operations and everything in-between.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Assist directors and leads with their management task load
  • Create and maintain roadmap documentation, project schedules, milestone objectives, status reports, and other documentation clearly and accurately
  • Identify and resolve potential blockers and dependencies to manage workflows for all departments
  • Help identify and implement processes and practices that will enable our  growing team to deliver successful world-class games on time
  • Foster and facilitate communication and collaboration between all departments
  • Provide support for studio operations and administration as required

Skills & Requirements

  • 3+ years of game production experience with at least 1 shipped title in a production role
  • Excellent project management skills, particularly in managing schedules and project resources to deliver results on time
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to keep cool under pressure
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to think ‘outside the box’
  • Strong time-management skills with the ability to focus on priorities, manage change and deliver against agreed deadlines
  • Excellent multi-tasking and prioritisation skills in a fast-paced environment

FX ARTIST

We are looking for a passionate and talented FX artist to join our team. We are looking for someone who will be able to effectively conceptualise, present and execute ideas within a schedule as well as actively contribute to technical and artistic problem-solving. A sound knowledge of best practices relating to game FX is vital to this role as you will need to be comfortable working quickly in an agile environment.

Experience and abilities:
•    1+ shipped console title or equivalent
•    Must be comfortable using Unreal Engine 4
•    Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the games industry
•    Good understanding of physical dynamics, natural phenomena, ambient, environmental and UI effects
•    Can problem-solve both technically and creatively in a collaborative environment with artists, designers and programmers
•    Must be a team player who can collaborate with the development team and work individually with minimal supervision
•    Solid time management skills are essential


ANIMATOR

We are looking for an Animator to join the team. You will have the drive to create our vision for the game and must be able to develop convincing performance and movement for combat, characters and creatures. Working directly with the Animation Director, you will also be mentoring other animators, so it is essential that you have good leadership skills and are an effective team player.

Experience and Abilities:

  • 1+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3+ years' experience in the games industry
  • Excellent knowledge in Maya and Unreal Engine 4
  • Understanding in all areas of character creation such as Rigging, Modelling and Texturing
  • Experience working in Motion Capture Animation
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail

To apply, please email your CV and showreel to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com

 


DESIGNER

As a Designer, you will create and design multiple parts of the game to optimise overall player experience. You will work closely with the project leads to deliver a creative vision for the game. Ideally, you need to be an effective team player who can contribute to new and existing ideas as well as adjusting to change in design choices as necessary.

Experience and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in Unreal Engine 4
  • Overall knowledge of game processes such as level flow, engagement design and storytelling
  • Ability to be in sync with the team's creative development process to have a consistent vision for the game
  • Clear understanding of schedules and milestones
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent written, verbal and communication skills

To apply, e-mail your CV to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com


TECHNICAL ARTIST

We are looking for a technical artist to help us create a visually engaging and effective world for players to enjoy. The ideal candidate will be a good problem solver with a strong technical and creative background.

Experience and Abilities:

  • 1+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in the games industry
  • Ability to create and troubleshoot tools and processes in the art pipeline and workflows
  • Expert knowledge in Maya and Unreal Engine 4
  • Strong knowledge of 3D techniques, environmental effects, cloth simulations, lighting and dynamics
  • Strong knowledge in rigging and procedural animation system

3D CHARACTER ARTIST

As a Character Artist, you will develop and contribute remarkable quality art to the game. You will work with leads, other artists and designers to ensure art supports the overall gameplay experience.

Experience and Abilities:

  • 1+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in the games industry
  • Strong proficiency in Maya and Photoshop
  • Strong technical modelling skills
  • Understanding of the human and creature anatomy (structure, shape, form, etc.)
  • High attention to detail and ability to translate concepts and ideas
  • Be able to prioritise tasks to ensure that deliverables are completed on time
  • Must be able to mentor and train other artists as required

To apply, e-mail your portfolio to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com


CONCEPT ARTIST

We are looking for a concept artist to join us in creating original and imaginative art for our game. You will be the central overall art vision, so you need to be able to collaborate effectively with leads and other artists.

Experience and Abilities:

  • 1+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in the games industry
  • Strong proficiency in Photoshop 
  • Understanding of anatomy, colour design and lighting
  • You must be adaptive to the existing art style and direction
  • Ability to work well under pressure

To apply, email your portfolio to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com


QUALITY ASSURANCE

Aurora44 is looking for a Quality Assurance Tester with previous games industry experience to join our team. As a member of the QA department, you will work closely with designers, programmers and content creators to identify, log and track issues to ensure they are resolved as quickly as possible. The ideal candidate can self-manage, is proactive and has a high attention to detail.

Experience and Abilities:

  • 1+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3+ years' experience in the games industry
  • Previous knowledge of QA testing process, procedure and methodologies 
  • Familiarity with different bug tracking softwares
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Good knowledge of and strong interest in computers and video games

To apply, email your CV to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com


PROGRAMMER

Requirements:

  • 1+ shipped console title or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3+ years' experience in the games industry
  • Experience working with the game engine source code
  • Experience with optimization
  • An interest in rendering technologies
  • Extensive experience working on gameplay sytems
  • Working knowledge of Unreal Engine 4
  • Working knowledge of C/C++

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has effective communication skills and actively collaborates with the team
  • Can teach and guide junior team members
  • Ability to estimate work and work within a timeframe
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Work well under pressure

To apply, email your CV to Lar at jobs@aurora44games.com