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Lead Exdev Animator – Star Wars

Art & Animation (Austin-TX, Brighton-UK, London-UK)

We are BossAlien, part of the NaturalMotion family. Our mission is to bring AAA console visuals and deep compelling gameplay to mobile platforms. For the past four years NaturalMotion Studios have been named one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by gamesindustry.biz.

Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

Job Purpose

We are looking for Lead Exdev Animator to join us at BossAlien, a division of NaturalMotion, in creating Star Wars™: Hunters, a competitive arena combat game for the Nintendo Switch system and mobile devices. Star Wars: Hunters will bring players together to engage in thrilling, team-based, multiplayer battles featuring a diverse array of distinctive new Star Wars characters. 

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

As Lead Exdev Animator you will be part of a dedicated in-house team reporting to the Lead Animator, You will be responsible for leading the work with our Exdev partners. You will be ensuring that each animation has the right energy and personality, as intended by the project vision.  Reviewing, pushing quality as well as tracking and approvals.

  • Support the Game Art Director’s vision. Ensure all animations are consistently aligned with the game vision and at exceptional high quality.
  • Steer and direct our partners through all the production gateways.
  • Review and give good quality feedback.
  • Define the work details and create specifications for the animations
  • Collaborate with engineers, designers and producers to ensure consistent product vision.
  • Identify production and pipeline issues and communicate them appropriately.
  • Participate in reviews; respond to critical feedback in a professional manner and contribute feedback to your peers.

Required Experience & Skills

  • Experience working as a 3D animator in games.
  • Strong proficiency with Maya.
  • Good knowledge in hand keyed animation.
  • Knowledge in game engine implementation and familiar with game pipelines and their restrictions
  • Ability to edit animations in engine to bring up to final quality level
  • Experience working with External developers
  • Experience in reviewing and giving feedback
  • Knowledge and understanding of tracking software
  • Self organised and willing to participate in team meetings.
  • Understand core principles of animation such as ‘timing’ and ‘weight’.
  • Good understanding of human and animal body mechanics and anatomy.
  • Passionate about – and have good knowledge of animation, art and culture.
  • An excellent portfolio which demonstrates your ability to create excellent game animations and validates that you have a good knowledge of animation creation in different styles.
  • Genuine passion for games and animation as well as strong self-management skills.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of Unreal Blueprint system.
  • Management of a team / group
  • A liking for the Star Wars brand.

What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme, Zynga stock allocation and Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday, plus public holidays and Christmas shutdown
  • Private medical care, dental and healthcare cash plan
  • Life insurance, critical illness insurance and income protection
  • 6 months fully paid maternity leave or 3 months fully paid paternity leave
  • Discounted gym membership and free weekly (virtual) fitness classes
  • Annual season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Summer and Christmas parties 

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

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