Lead
Animator

About Splash Damage

We believe that games play better with friends. For more than 20 years, we’ve been creating team-based multiplayer experiences that have entertained tens of millions of players all over the world and forged countless new friendships along the way.

Our studio culture is rooted in our open, friendly, and collaborative environment. Our games are made by people from all over the world, from our entry-level Fresh Talent hires to industry veterans, and we believe that fostering that diverse culture is the best way to build both our games and our studio. We have won numerous awards, including a ‘World-Class’ accreditation by Best Companies and being named one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to work for.

We utilise a hybrid working pattern that gives our employees the perfect balance between the comfort of home working and the perks of office working.

Benefits:

  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package for you and your family, including:
  • Substantial performance-related pay system on top of your basic
  • compensation, along with enhanced pension contributions and our life assurance scheme
  • Bespoke VISA and relocation packages for you and your family, with support from our team throughout the whole process
  • 25 days of holiday and 8 Bank Holidays a year, plus our annual studio closure between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Private Medical and Dental Cover for you and your family, along with a 24/7 digital GP service
  • Extensive Mental Health support, with Line Manager Mental Health training, a group of Mental Health First-Aiders, and on-site or remote counselling
  • Our bespoke Learning and Development course framework helps you grow as an employee, manager, and leader
  • Industry-leading fully paid 30 weeks maternity leave & 10 weeks paternity leave

The Role

We’re looking for a Lead Animator to join the team at Splash Damage and help bring our characters to life. As a Lead Animator, you will be responsible for driving the team to conceive, prototype, and implement exciting gameplay features and sequences while collaborating with the Animation Director and Art Leads to strive for high and consistent quality animations across the game.

Requirements
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in animation, video games, films or
    equivalent.
  • Demonstratable strong biped, creature and mechanical animation skills.
  • Aesthetic sense and in-depth understanding of movement in space
  • Knowledge of the human anatomy, physiological reactions, body language
    and proportions in character concepts in order to express character
    emotions through movement.
  • Proficiency in mayor 3D animation software packages, particular Maya
    and/or Motion Builder
  • Strong leadership, time and priority management skills
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, open-minded and adaptable to change
  • Ability to receive, seek and provide constructive criticism
  • Ability to work effectively with members of the animation team and other teams on the project
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English
Responsibilities:
  • Work in close collaboration with the animation director, game designers and programmers to understand the direction, quality, objectives, gameplay intentions in order to communicate them to the team.
  • Work with the production team to define, schedule, prioritize, assign and regularly follow up on tasks and the advancement of the team’s work with regards to deliverables across all the stages of the project.
  • Define, prioritize, assign and regularly follow up on tasks and the advancement of the team’s work with regard to deliverables 
  • Ensure that the work of the team follows the quality standards, artistic
    direction and set deadlines.
  • Working closely with animators, programmers, artists and designers to
    create, implement, and debug animations into the game.
  • Collaborate with the Animation, Code and Design teams, to achieve
    balance between animation fidelity and gameplay responsiveness.
  • Quickly prototype animation systems that will serve as a basis for
    animation and gameplay-related discussions
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of all relevant documentation for
    the project(s), including naming & terminology for all gameplay animation
    assets and folder structures.
  • Coach and share best practices with the animation team
     Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • A minimum of 7+ years of character animation experience in video games
    and or have worked on a released title
  • Extensive experience in Gameplay Animation in a Leadership position
  • Proficiency in UE4/5
  • Positive, solution-orientated individual, with a deep-rooted interest in
    video games, and game development.
  • Strong skills in animating the human/creature figure to create high-standard character animations.
  • An exceptional eye for detail
Pluses
Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.
  • Solid working experience of MotionBuilder.
  • Experience of working with motion capture data.
  • Experience working with facial animation, blendshapes, facial animation pipeline.
Splash Damage is an equal-opportunity employer. We believe our teams create
better work when they have a range of perspectives to draw from, and we are
committed to creating an inclusive working environment that celebrates diversity.

BENEFITS & PERKS

  • HEALTH
    Private Medical and Dental Cover for you and your family along with the Babylon 24/7 digital GP service. We also offer onsite counselling and an employee assistant program, along with covering eye tests, gym memberships and more.
  • HOLIDAYS & SOCIAL EVENTS
    With 8 public holidays and an additional 3 day studio Christmas closure our staff have a total of 36 days off. We also offer flexible working hours and regular company social events.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY
    Industry leading fully paid 30 weeks maternity leave & 10 weeks paternity leave, along with flexitime and life assurance, helps new parents manage their time and put their family first.
  • PENSION
    All of our staff have enhanced company pension contributions, meaning that we invest in your future together.
  • BONUSES & REWARDS
    We offer generous referral bonuses and staff are enrolled in our new bonus scheme.
  • ADDITIONAL PERKS
    We have cycle to work and car leasing schemes, a free car park, game and book libraries, complimentary weekly onsite haircuts and discounts at many local businesses.

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