Full-Time LEAD TECHNICAL ANIMATOR
Deep Silver Dambuster Studios have an exciting opportunity within their highly talented and experienced Animation department for a Technical Animation Lead.
———- Key Purpose ———–
To ensure timely successful delivery of work, in accordance with the milestone schedule
Manage and Lead a team of Animators, creating a fun and vibrant working environment
Support Animation Director with overall departmental strategy
Work with other co-dependent functions to ensure smooth pipelines and processes
Monitor and maintain quality of team’s work to deliver the highest quality product
Evangelise the culture and support in Change Management initiatives
——— Responsibilities: ———–
Design, develop and implement animation workflows and systems that integrate into Unreal 4 engine and game.
Design, develop and implement animation tools and pipelines that facilitates animators work in Maya and Motion Builder character animation systems, including facial setups and performance capture workflows
Provide technical support for animators, offer solutions to maximise the efficiency, diagnose issues and fix in a timely and intelligent manner.
Manage technical animation team, identifying strengths, problem areas, and developing plans for improving performance. Scheduling of tasks including tracking dependencies, managing change requests, and guaranteeing quality of deliveries and educating the team on technical best practices. Evaluate interview candidates for technical positions.
Coordinate with Animation Director and Lead Animator and ensure tools and pipelines are ready for production. Report risks to Animation Director in a timely manner and proactively fix issues as they come along.
Collaborate with other game departments and contribute to the overall development of the project and raise any other issues that may need to be addressed
Provide input to the other disciplines on the practicality of initial design goals and impact to the overall project timeline.
Identify weak software systems that need code improvement and schedule corrective action, when possible.
Create automated test process for system features, where possible, and contribute to the build system. Aid in all stages of post-production including during finalizing
Scout for and evaluate new technology and tools as opportunities for innovation and development excellence.
Raise schedule/team issues and present solutions in a timely fashion
Manage, motivate and lead direct reports, evangelising our studio’s culture and values
Ensure new hires are allocated a buddy, attend 3 & 6 month reviews for new hires
Conduct appraisals and 360 reviews in line with studio deadlines; set team objectives and KPIs team adherence to company policies and culture
Oversee technical design documentation process for correctness and timeliness.
Write and maintain tutorials and documentation for animation tools and pipelines
———–Knowledge and skills:———–
Extensive experience developing pipelines and toolsets in for Maya and Motion builder in Python.
Experience developing and maintaining animation engine system across a large studio environment.
Complete understanding of Python OOP programming to help maintain the current metadata based back-end systems.
Experience using Motion Capture technology and facial performance capture, retargeting and processing data.
Experience of developing body and facial rigs.
Good communication skills and a great team-player attitude
Good knowledge of Unreal 4 engine
Maya API and C++ knowledge.
Experience in PySide / PyQT
Working knowledge of CryEngine and the according toolset
Production experience developing a first person shooter game or open world game
Experience with animation middleware (Havok, Morpheme) a bonus
To apply for this position please email [email protected] including your CV, website link/portfolio and cover letter.
**Please note we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to work in the UK. Deep Silver Dambuster Studios Limited’s ability to sponsor employees under Tier 2 (General) of the Points Based System is very limited. Candidates from outside the EEA are therefore encouraged to explore immigration routes which will allow them to work in the UK without such sponsorship.
During the recruitment process all candidates are required to provide the necessary right to work information and documentation.
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