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Lead Animator

Location

Liverpool, UK with Remote / Flexible working considered.

Duration

Permanent

Salary

We offer a very competitive package, which is dependent on experience.

The Role

We're looking for a Lead Animator to lead a team of Animators on a dark, story-driven next generation ‘Narrative Adventure’ with genre defining goals    

This huge, highly ambitious partnership project takes atmosphere, storytelling, player agency and narrative firmly into ground-breaking territory on next-generation hardware technologies.

This project has AAA ambitions with a heavy focus on art, animation and delivering unique character performances to heighten player presence and immersion to new levels.

Key responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the Art Director and Technical Animation Lead to develop and refine animation workflows and pipelines
  • Liaise with the Technical Animation Lead to drive the rig and iteration of character rigs
  • Ensure that the work of the team follows the quality standards, artistic direction and set deadlines
  • Develop a positive and energetic team culture
  • Bring your own experience of best working practices to the team
  • Build and lead a team of Animators
  • Work with Dev Managers to ensure a realistic time estimates are given
  • Identify shortfalls in skills and support ongoing recruitment efforts to grow the Animation team
Role requirements:
  • Proven experience as a Lead Animator on at least one shipped PC or console title
  • Experience working on a AAA title
  • A good level of technical expertise
  • Excellent knowledge of Maya and Motion Builder
  • Experience working with motion capture data and pipelines
  • A deep understanding of body movement, spatial awareness and ability to adapt to different animation styles
  • Previous experience with Unreal Engine or a proprietary engine
  • Have an understanding of mo-cap rigs at a high level
  • Experience with people management, skills development and mentoring
Additional or desired skills:
  • Any experience with UE4 Maya Animation Rigging Toolset (ART)

If you believe you have the right skills and experience for a role on an exciting new project, please email your C.V. and supporting portfolio to jobs@firesprite.com with the Job Code or hit the apply button below.

Job Reference: HB-AN-05