Rocksteady Studios is looking to add to its family of permanent staff. We are looking for an exceptionally talented Lead Animation Programmer who is ready for the challenge of producing a AAA title. The role involves leading and supporting our team of animation programmers to deliver world class animation techniques in collaboration with our Animation and Game Code teams. Hands-on coding is a key part too, working on animation systems and tools, with a focus on gameplay animation.


Key Responsibilities

• Leading and supporting a team of 3 experienced animation programmers
• Ensuring our AAA animation systems and pipelines are delivered successfully and implemented to a high technical standard
• Working closely with Production to plan and organise the Animation Code team’s schedule
• Implementing and driving new animation features and pipelines
• Co-ordinating with other disciplines, communicating technical concepts and requirements in a way that facilitates a smooth workflow
• With your team, acting as a first line of support for our gameplay teams, evaluating new feature requests for their pipelines and tools and implementing time-saving and quality-improving changes to help our team create best-in-industry gameplay and cinematic animation
• Working with the Technical Director and other Code Leads to help improve development processes across the Code team

Technical Requirements

  • Advanced understanding of C++ and software development
  • Advanced understanding of modern animation pipelines and tools
  • Good understanding of animation tools such as 3DSMax, Maya, or MotionBuilder, with experience developing plugins for DCC tools a plus
  • Good understanding of the main gaming platforms and the requirements needed to develop software on them
  • Unreal Engine experience an advantage

Skill Requirements

  • Experience of line management and leading teams
  • Experience working on and shipping at least one AAA video game title
  • Good understanding of game technology principles
  • Experience defining, implementing and supporting production processes
  • Experience supporting and collaborating with artists to produce high-quality content and create efficient processes


  • Private family medical care.
  • Private family dental care.
  • Excellent pension scheme.
  • Excellent annual bonus scheme.
  • £1,000 to £5,000 Finder’s fee for helping recruitment.
  • 25 days of paid holiday + 8 public holidays per year.
  • 2 days off per year to support a charity of your choice.
  • The studio closes between Xmas and New Year (Discretionary)
  • Comprehensive Relocation Support.
  • Tons of studio clubs to help you get to know people:
    • Comic book, Wargaming, Board games, Homebrewing, Chess, New Parents, Photography, Film nights.
  • Yoga 5x per week at lunchtimes in our mocap room.
  • Football 2x per week at lunchtimes.
  • Life Drawing 1x per week in the evening.
  • World-class training speakers hosted on-site.
  • Access to multiple online training websites.
  • Access to the entire DC back catalogue on Comixology.
  • Monthly team meals/outings.
  • On-site subsidised Masseuse.
  • Quarterly salary & promotion reviews.
  • Yearly Line Manager & Studio Peer Performance review process.
  • Subsidised gym in the office complex.
  • Invites to WB films in their London private cinema before their release date.
  • Discounts to WB goodies i.e. HBO, WB films, TV, Harry Potter tour.
  • Staff only merchandise store.
  • State of the art office with the entire 200+ dev team in 1 open-plan room.
  • Free vending machine snacks, fruit, juices and soft drinks.
  • National Rail Season Ticket Travel Loan.
  • Discounted bicycle equipment to encouraging biking to work.
  • Employee Support Assistance Programme (Free personal counselling and guidance support).
  • Free Eye Test & Discounted Glasses.
  • Gym Pass – 70% discount with access to 1495 gyms.
  • Back up care benefit – reduced cost of nurseries, in-home nannies, holiday clubs or adult personal care workers.
  • Game and Book library.