LEAD ANIMATION PROGRAMMER

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

Benefits

  • 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.