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Technical Director

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Wētā Workshop’s game studio is filled to the brim with creative game developers. Unleashing our imaginations to create immersive game worlds is what truly drives and inspires us.

From concept design to polished product, we bring our ideas to life in the games we create. Having been nominated for both VES and D.I.C.E. awards and winning the NZ Pav award, making games of exceptional quality is what we do.

We are currently partnered with Private Division, making "Tales of the Shire" - a game set in Middle-earth, a place where we feel right at home.

Our workplace is flexible, inclusive, supportive ... and dog friendly!

It's all made possible through the creativity, passion and tenacity of our talented team. That’s where you come in!

We're looking for our next Technical Director to join our crew!

About the role...

The Technical Director develops technical strategy, by assessing technical feasibility, evaluating technical requirements, and advising the team on building robust, scalable and fit-for-purpose systems.

A key member of the Game Studio leadership team, you'll be leading technical development across multiple projects, and advising on long-term strategy and growth.

You'll be responsible for:

  • Advising on technical solutions for game development
  • Managing relationships (particularly technical aspects) with external partners
  • Lifting technical expertise across our crew through training and mentorship
  • Formulating and estimating technical requirements to deliver on game vision
  • Providing pragmatic solutions to technical  problems

You can find out more about the role in our position description here.

About you...

You'll have experience leading technical teams - as well as being technically proficient yourself and able to think and operate at a strategic level.

We need you to have shipped multiple titles in a technical capacity - with detailed knowledge of the technical requirements to ship across multiple platforms (including PC, console and mobile).

And you'll be at expert level across one or more common game engines (eg Unreal or Unity)

We want our studio to reflect the diverse society we live in and welcome a range of experiences and perspectives.

As a creative organisation, we know that inspiration and amazing things can be achieved by working with people who have a range of experiences, unique strengths, and perspectives. We strive to create a culture of belonging, where our team members feel welcome and supported and diversity is celebrated. 

What we can offer you:

Our leadership team values transparency, collective decision making and respect for our wider team. Multiple disciplines are represented, and expertise and experience are respected. 

We also offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements. Maintaining a positive culture of work-life balance is incredibly important to us.
  • A unique and inspiring working environment, with plenty of professional development opportunities.
  • We love and welcome dogs, so feel free to bring yours along - they’ll get lots of pats to keep them happy.
  • Free fruit and quality coffee, including a variety of milk to cater to all dietary preference.

What next?

If you’re keen – apply today using the link below! 

If you’d like to find out more information, you can contact us at

Please apply by 11 October 2023.

If we can do anything to accommodate you during the recruitment or interview process, please let us know.

Applicants will need to undergo a Ministry of Justice check as part of our recruitment process.