PitStop Productions are looking for a highly-motivated Technical Sound Designer to join their Sound Design department in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The successful candidate will join the 100+ passionate creatives based in South Yorkshire and London, across the Voice, Sound Design, Music and Visual departments who are working on a range of video game titles from indie to AAA, so they can deliver amazing audio content to our worldwide clients across the games industry.

 

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who loves working with a caring audio team of all levels and all backgrounds, and is looking to further hone their craft to contribute to technical audio systems in AAA games and more.  This exciting opportunity would suit someone who is passionate about working in the games industry, self motivated, highly organised and enjoys a challenge.

  • We are an independent audio production team running multiple projects worldwide in the ever-evolving video games industry. 
  • Over the past 25 years, we have grown our reputation and team, making us renowned for reliably delivering high-quality work in sound design, music, voice and performance capture.
  • We have a friendly and supportive team, who have built up a culture of really looking out for each other.
  • We encourage collaborative working and sharing of skill sets across all levels through regular project demonstrations, a social workspace and team playtesting.
  • You will have the freedom and security to fulfil your true potential, by making a meaningful impact on all manner of titles big and small across multiple audio departments.
  • Recently completed titles include: Baldur’s Gate 3, Horizon: Call of the Mountain, Returnal: Ascension, Little Nightmares II: Enhanced Edition, and the latest Minecraft Dungeons expansion packs.
  • Implement a wide range of high quality sound effects, assisting on conceptualisation and execution of technical systems, and help determine technical requirements for well-known titles.
  • Act as a final line of audio QA within the creative team, being aware of each project’s delivery requirements, to ensure project audio standards are always maintained.
  • Adapt to using a whole host of different game engines and audio middleware (including proprietary engines) to construct and maintain efficient and effective audio systems.
  • Problem solve and devise creative solutions to complex challenges that can arise within interactive audio, including bug fixing and unique platform optimizations.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues in collaboration with external development teams, while maintaining excellent standards of communication.
  • Learn and apply different clients’ codebases and audio management systems to maintain and streamline audio workflows on multiple projects.
  • Assist the wider department and audio leads, from recording in-game captures for asset creation to playtesting and profiling playthroughs in order to contribute information to reported audio issues.

Essential

  • Strong understanding of game audio concepts, and technical sound design best practises in a range of scenarios
  • A great understanding of any of the following game engines and audio middleware: Unreal Engine/Unity/Wwise/FMOD
  • A good knowledge and eagerness to advance understanding of a given scripting solution (including UE Blueprints)
  • Proven ability through showreels, personal or commercial projects, and demos to implement a diverse range of sound effects to a high standard, while maintaining optimisation principles
  • Confidence in adapting to a range of different developer workflows, being able to effectively build on audio systems in a way that is consistent with the development team’s own approaches
  • Confident communication and interpersonal skills with a positive team attitude
  • High proficiency with industry standard DAWs (REAPER preferred), audio editing tools, and audio plugins
  • Demonstrate a proven reliability with time management and an understanding of the importance of meeting self-set and externally set targets
  • Understanding or experience in using version control software, for example Perforce or Github
  • Good proficiency in using Microsoft Excel / Google Docs
  • Be open to criticism and be willing to learn from our knowledgeable and supportive audio team

 

Desirable

  • BA/BSc degree in audio production/sound design or equivalent experience
  • Relevant technical audio experience in the games industry, although other work in entertainment, engineering and art are welcome
  • Experience designing, implementing and maintaining bespoke interactive sound or music systems, preferably on multiple platforms
  • Demonstrable experience in audio scripting including, but not limited to, UE Blueprints and coding in C# or C++
  • Basic experience creating scripts for Reaper using Python or Lua
  • Good understanding of spatial audio concepts in gaming, including VR and surround sound, with an ability to implement these concepts where applicable
  • Experience using advanced profiling in middleware, game engines and IDEs to identify and troubleshoot issues in audio implementation
  • Practical knowledge of bug tracking workflows such as JIRA or Redmine
  • Awareness of 3rd party tools and add-ons used in AAA games such as REV, Wwise Motion and Wwise Reflect, as well as new audio approaches such as Metasounds
  • Collaborative culture within a team with a wealth of knowledge to share
  • Generous holiday allowance increasing with length of service
  • Relocation package
  • Bonus scheme
  • Finder’s fee commission on projects
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Pension contributions
  • Personalised career development
  • Company funded social events / nights out / team meals
  • Regular games nights / tournaments
  • Access to acoustically treated recording studios / creative spaces
  • Entry to industry events
  • Access to company paid Health Cash Plan
  • Mental health and wellbeing support through an Employee Assistant Program
  • Discounted gyms and shopping
  • Holiday closure at Christmas

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary depending on their skills and experience.

 

This position will be held at our South Yorkshire office in Dodworth, Barnsley.

You must be willing to commute or relocate in order to attend the office, otherwise your application will not be considered at this time. This is also a strictly technical position, and as such we will not be reviewing creative sound design reels. Please be aware of this when applying to this role.

 

We’re an equal opportunities employer, understanding the value of diversity in every sense and recognizing the importance of inclusivity in the workplace. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, and consider applicants for employment without attention to gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.

 

How to apply

 

Please email your CV, covering letter and any relevant portfolio, in the form of a website or showreel that demonstrates your abilities and experience as a technical sound designer, to: jobs@pitstopproductions.co.uk, ensuring the email subject is “Technical Sound Designer”.

 

Applicants under consideration will be invited to a short remote interview, followed by a remote technical test, and finally an on-site interview where they’ll be able to meet the team and see the facilities on offer.