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NOW HIRING AT VYTAL STUDIOS

Head, Business Development

Are you an energetic top-of-the-class sales manager who thrives in challenging and dynamic environments? Do you want to join the exciting world in the growing sector of Virtual Reality and Augmented Realities? Ready to combine your business career with enduring social impact?

At Vytal, we are on the cusp of a transformative period of growth and impact as we establish a new hub in East Africa. Join us on our exciting journey, where your contribution will help shape the future of creative technology while creating thousands of jobs in Africa.

Position Summary:

The Head of Business Development is responsible for exposing our various constituencies to the incredible potential of extended realities and how its applications can educate, engage and delight their clients. As the Africa lead, you will develop innovative opportunities and work closely with the delivery and field teams to close the new business. You will also collaborate with the Corporate office to design and execute exciting partnership and outreach opportunities for advocacy and thought leadership. From day one, the HBD will have an immediate impact on our profitability and impact, mobilizing communities across Africa to embrace their role in positioning Africa as a global leader for cutting edge technologies.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to business planning, including market analysis, territory segmentation and use case development
  • Create territory account plans including opportunity development, competitive strategies and targets
  • Identify and respond to key account technical and departmental decision makers’ needs
  • Continually develop and test use cases and pitches for delivery to prospective clients
  • Canvas, initiate, qualify sales leads and follow through to ensure a solid sales funnel
  • Drive KPIs to achieve the annual target and develop countermeasures if behind target
  • Build and nurture strong business relationships, earning a reputation for consistency, integrity and delivery
  • Establish and maintain Sales Operations Standard Operating Procedures, funnel management and CRM tools
  • Ensure hygiene and compliance for all opportunities (ethics, pricing, process, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of competitive products and their activity in the marketplace
  • Track and communicate market trends to and from the field including policy and other relevant data
  • Represent the company at tradeshows, conferences, and other professional activities
  • Remain engaged in professional, policy and other communities to remain current on macro- and sector trends
  • Be available for overnight travel up to 30% of time; or as required.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10+ years experience in enterprise sales, with a preference for new technology sales in Africa
  • Documented experience in solution selling both direct and through distribution or system integrators
  • Demonstrated success in driving aggressive revenue growth with new products
  • Strong sense of understanding of the value proposition to end-users
  • Business acumen engaging different levels of decision-makers from senior management to technical support
  • Effective communicator and influencer with outstanding writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects/ tasks simultaneously effectively
  • Resourceful self-starter with a passion for impact.

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

Senior Software Engineer

Vytal Senior Software Engineers design, develop and deploy functional applications. They serve as highly regarded team members for technical design, implementation, and delivery of products.

Scope of Work

  • Researching, implementing, and maintaining software solutions using C#
  • Testing and evaluating new programs and applications
  • Reverse engineering and debugging other developers code
  • Identifying areas for improvement and modification in existing programs
  • Resolving complex technical design issues
  • Compiling timely, comprehensive, and accurate documentation and or reports as requested
  • Helping and supporting the coaching and training of other team members to ensure all employees are confident in the use of software applications

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, similar technical discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience in a software web development role utilizing .NET technologies and frameworks including .NET Core
  • Experienced C#, JavaScript, TSQL, REST API and MVC
  • Strong knowledge of automated testing and proper test design
  • Strong knowledge of database structures and data access methodologies
  • Strong analytical, Problem Solving/Troubleshooting skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills and good customer service orientation
  • Experience working in an agile environment
  • Experience with Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo and Octopus is a plus.
  • Strong team player and build efficient programs and systems that serve user needs and follow team coding standards and design.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to existing infrastructure (comprised of a wide variety of languages and back-end data)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong attention to detail and foresight
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team
  • Experience creating and consuming APIs that follow FHIR standards is highly desired.

 

Plus 

  • Understanding of High Availability Design and Architecture
  • Experience with microservice designs and implementation

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

Front End Engineer

Vytal developers are responsible for architecting and building performant mobile apps on both the iOS and Android platforms, as well as coordinating with the teams responsible for other layers of the product infrastructure.

Scope of Work

  • Build mobile apps for both the iOS and Android platforms within the React Native framework
  • Create pixel-perfect, buttery smooth UIs across both mobile platforms
  • Leverage native APIs for deep integrations with both platforms
  • Diagnose and fix bugs and performance bottlenecks for performance that feels native
  • Reach out to the open-source community to encourage and help implement mission-critical software fixes: React Native moves fast and often breaks things
  • Maintain code and write automated tests to ensure the product is of the highest quality

 

Qualifications

  • Strong team player with a commitment to perfection
  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming
  • Firm grasp of the JavaScript — and TypeScript or ClojureScript — language and its nuances, including ES6+ syntax
  • Ability to write well-documented, clean Javascript code
  • Rock-solid at working with third-party dependencies and debugging dependency conflicts
  • Familiarity with native build tools, like XCode, Gradle, Android Studio, IntelliJ
  • Understanding of REST APIs, the document request model, and offline storage
  • Experience with automated testing suites, like Jest or Mocha

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

Junior UX/UI Designer

As a Junior UX/UI Designer, this role will work collaboratively with designers, researchers, product managers, engineers, and other stakeholders throughout the software development lifecycle. The position requires a pragmatic, user-centered, and data-informed design approach to enterprise design.

Scope of Work

  • Produce high-quality UX/UI design solutions through wireframes, visual and graphic designs, flow diagrams, and prototypes based on requirements, research, and direct input from business leads.
  • Utilize human-centered design principles, an iterative approach, and collaboration with the integrated, cross-functional design team to generate effective design ideas.
  • Manage the post-build design review process, by employing usability testing, customer feedback, usage analytics, and other feature effectiveness validation tactics to continuously improve user experience.
  • Gather, define, and document requirements, conduct original research, evaluate user analytics, and use best-accepted practices to drive design insights.
  • Create designs that are highly functional, user-focused, simple to use, and reduce complication while at the same time are streamlined and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Develop and continuously maintain a design framework/design language and UI kit, including color palette, typography, design standards, and UI patterns/components.
  • Desired: Functional knowledge of the opportunities and limitations that come with web-based software delivered in HTML5 and CSS3.

Qualifications

  • UX design experience for software
  • Bachelor’s Degree in UX, HCI, Design, or a related field
  • Direct experience across a range of design approaches and methodologies, from personal development to prototyping and the many steps in between
  • A proven track record of delivering excellent experiences that meet user needs, product requirements, and strategic business objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to clearly articulate a problem space, sometimes in various ways to meet the needs of different
  • Strong conceptualization and visual communication abilities
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to manage multiple workstreams
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe XD and other design tools
  • Understanding of common software project management practices and Agile development

Plus

  • Skilled at developing logos, branding, and identity guidelines
  • Experience with Unreal’s UMG/Slate framework
  • Experience with LUA, Python, C#, or other programming languages
  • Proficiency with Axure, Sketch, XD, UXPin, or similar enterprise-level UX too

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

3D TECHNICAL ARTIST

We are currently recruiting qualified personnel to fill the position of 3D Technical Artist.  Under the supervision of the Art Director and project leads, the 3D Technical Artist will visualize and bring to life realistic high-end 3D content for a new form of virtual experiences and cinematics. The right candidate has the artist mindset to continue growing and expanding their creativity along with a multi-disciplinary team of like-minded creatives. The 3D Technical Artist has an eye for design and deep technical knowledge of bringing that vision to life for Extended Reality and Cinematic. The selected candidate will assist in establishing the guidelines, processes, standards, and tools required to build and maintain a heavy content pipeline. Our team offers an exciting opportunity for candidates with a top-notch proficiency in modeling, texturing, lighting, shaders, and an established background in creative problem-solving.

Scope of Work

  • Support content production art teams in achieving top-quality results.
  • Developing technical tools and solutions to solve performance issues while executing artistic and game vision.
  • Identify and develop art-pipeline optimizations and tools for new and existing production workflow.
  • Create technical benchmarks to be used in production, implement optimizations and monitor the performance of the game.
  • Implement technical art features with the help of the programming team.
  •  Offer technical support to the art team in day-by-day production issues.
  • Developing 3D art pipeline tools and extensions with an eye towards usability and efficiency
  • Working on new R&D projects with a prospective client
  • Create tools and processes that assist in authoring environment art, VFX, destruction simulations, animation, lighting, and post-process effects

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in either the game, film, or research industries in either Artist or Technical Artist roles
  • Experience communicating in a multi-disciplinary team, including engineers, artists, and designers
  • Experience with one or more commercial game engines preferably Unreal Engine
  • Knowledge of 3D modeling and asset creation packages like Maya, Houdini, Substance Painter, Substance Designer, ZBrush, Mari, Marmoset, Photoshop, etc.
  • Generalist knowledge in skills such as modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, physics and particle systems
  • Ability to mentor/train other artists on the production floor
  • Share best practices, identify process improvements and operational waste reduction.
  • A passion for virtual production and creating interactive experiences
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle large workloads efficiently
  •  Excellent communication skills, being able to communicate ideas and critiques through different disciplines
  • Desire and ability to put in the time and effort necessary to make a product great.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related fields or equivalent work experience

Plus

  • Experienced programming in C++
  • Experience building Houdini assets
  • Experience creating shader and effects using HLSL
  •  Experience building WPF .Net applications using the C#

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER

Scope of Work

  • You have a broad delivery capability that may span strategy, technology, and/or business but have a strong focus on technical implementations or enhancements
  • You are an expert in Project Management activities: creating and managing a project plan, managing resources, scope, schedule, and budget, and providing status reporting
  • You can set expectations and hold individuals and teams accountable to their commitments.
  • You are comfortable working under pressure and independently handling multiple projects and deadlines
  • You are flexible and experienced with juggling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • You demonstrate expertise in industry best practices and delivery excellence
  • You are a natural leader with strong communication and collaboration skills; able to navigate challenging group dynamics with consensus-building skills.
  • You can be a liaison between developers and business stakeholders
  • You can mentor junior resources to help them grow professionally and to lead small to large team

 

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and presentation skills, with the ability to explain solutions, provide alternatives, and have difficult conversations at executive levels
  • Passion for delivering successful projects and are results-oriented, with a proven track record of increasing team’s velocity and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive projects to timely completion
  • Experience in end-to-end delivery of custom and packaged technology solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to identify business and technical impacts of user requirements and incorporate them into the project plan
  • Understanding of and experience in systems development life cycle (SDLC) methodologies (i.e.Lean, Waterfall, Agile)
  • Understanding of and experience in compliance and quality assurance regarding various delivery phases (i.e. estimation and scope planning, design and code reviews, test plan development, triage, various testing stages, formal reviews, and sign-offs)
  • Scrum Certification a huge plus
  • Proficient in MS Project, MS Excel, MS Word, and Jira
  • An undergraduate degree in technology or business

 

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

SENIOR UX DESIGN

Scope of Work

  • Design and develop icons, widgets, full-screen layouts, and immersive overlays
  • Work closely with the UX Lead, UI Art Lead, and Creative Lead to ensure all usability and experiential goals are achieved while yielding a visual design that’s harmonious with the game’s overall style
  • Work with the Engineering team to export and integrate engine-ready assets and ensure the artistic vision is maintained in-game
  • Participate in critiques and revise work based on feedback from team members and product stakeholders

Qualifications

  • A deep passion for VR/Games
  • Made contributions to the UI of at least two shipped VR Experiences or games
  • A keen eye for aesthetics and graphic design
  • Good analog & digital drawing skills with an ability to render in a variety of styles
  •  Good visual communication skills and the ability to deliver and receive constructive criticism
  • Expert proficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator, and After-Effects
  • Familiarity with producing multi-resolution source assets
  • Ability to create animated motion comps and develop interactive prototypes of your designs
  • Demonstrate user empathy when designing interfaces for experiences that may not be the type of game you would typically play
  • Manage time and priorities across multiple projects in an efficient manner
  • A desire to work in a diverse and inclusive environment

Plus

  • Skilled at developing logos, branding, and identity guidelines
  • Experience with Unreal’s UMG/Slate framework
  • Experience with LUA, Python, C#, or other programming languages
  • Proficiency with Axure, Sketch, XD, UXPin, or similar enterprise-level UX too

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated CV to vytaljobs@africadigitalmedia.org  by 28th January 2022

Meet the Partners

Headquartered in Richmond Virginia, Vytal Studios is a technology company that uses immersive virtual and augmented reality technologies to design and deliver innovative digital media, entertainment, and learning content under its Vytal Studios, Vytal Experience, and Vytal Learning brands. Vytal is collaborating closely with the Africa Digital Media Institute and the Virginia Commonwealth University to establish extended reality clusters in Nairobi, Kenya, and Richmond, Virginia. 

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI) was founded in 2011 as Eastern Africa’s premier creative design, media, and technology training institution. The Institute offers a wide range of globally recognized courses at foundation, certificate, and diploma levels in Film & Television Production, Animation and Motion Graphics, Music Production, Sound Engineering, Graphic Design, Photography, Multimedia, Digital Marketing, and Game Development. ADMI’s unique learn-and-work model is practical, industry-relevant, and targets above-market placement rates.

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