LEAD TECHNICAL ANIMATOR

Rocksteady Studios is looking to add to its family of permanent staff. We are looking for an exceptionally talented Lead Technical Animator who is ready for the challenge of leading a team of Tech Animators towards our next 90+ Metacritic title, on next-generation platforms.

 

Key Responsibilities & Duties

PRODUCTION

  • Work closely with the Lead Animator, Cinematic Director, Lead Tech Artist, Lead Character Artists and Lead Environment Artist in ensuring the project vision is shared.
  • Responsible for working with the Production team to create schedules/roadmaps for the Tech Animators, delivering across the stages of the project.
  • Manage and prioritise the Tech Animators backlogs, bugs and risks in an effective manner, to ensure the smooth running of the department throughout the project.
  • Scope, manage and run the Outsource plans for Gameplay Animation, when required. This will include:
    • Assembling benchmark internal asset packs and documentation.
    • Quality control and providing clear and regular feedback.
  • Meet strict production deadlines/goals, be malleable and have clear strategies for times of change, due to the nature of the schedules.
  • Liaise with key members of staff and dependency departments, to identify workflow issues and potential requirements.
  • Be a point of contact for all communication in and out of Tech Animation group.
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of all relevant documentation for the project(s), including,
    • Naming & terminology for all gameplay animation assets and folder structures.
  • Ability to interview and hire exceptional members of staff when staffing plans need addressing.
  • Ability to professionally represent the Tech Animation department in-house or externally, regarding PR and external partners is a plus.

 

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  • Liaise with all key staff to identify workflow issues, process concerns, and toolset requirements in order to further improve function.
  • Responsible for managing and developing the individuals within the Tech Animation team to ensure they are achieving the best results, are happy and set up to excel in the studio.
  • Organise and regularly hold Tech Animation staff 121’s.
  • Ensure high working morale of the Tech Animation members.
  • Perform numerous desk-to-desk informal reviews with members of staff.
  • Be a role model for all members of the Tech teams by emphasizing project and company goals and providing regular feedback on personal performance.
  • Be a mentor for junior and new members of the Tech Animation team.
  • Distribute workloads to members of staff according to their individual skillsets in a bid to achieve the best results possible.
  • Encourage/promote new learnings from members of staff.

 

Technical Requirements

  • UE4 experience is hugely beneficial.
    • Skill with cloth, physics and ragdoll setups is a plus.
  • Solid working experience of Motion Builder is extremely advantageous.
  • Experience rigging games characters with a focus on cinematic quality.
  • Experience rigging complex non-character assets such as weapons, props and vehicles.
  • Experience designing, tooling and maintaining streamlined rigging and animation pipelines.
  • Meticulous working methods and well organised, including:
    • Solid working knowledge of Excel and other MS Office products.
    • Solid working knowledge of tracking tools such as Jira and Shotgun.
  • Good working knowledge of 3DSMax and Maya is desirable.
  • Experience writing tools in Python for applications as well as standalone tools.
  • Any Knowledge of the following languages and packages are a bonus:
    • Maxscript:
      • Net
      • MaxPlus
      • PyMax (2017)
    • 3Ds Max SDK.
      • C++
    • Maya:
      • General Rigging Practices.
      • Mel
      • PyMel
    • Fabric Engine:
      • KL
      • Canvas
      • Kraken

Skill Requirements

  • Exceptional ability to lead.
  • Exceptional eye for detail.
  • Experience working in AAA games.
  • Experience working in large teams, with studio sizes of 150+ people.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including morale, influence and motivation.
  • Experience in leading/managing external teams (outsource) is highly beneficial.
  • Able to work well on their own to develop ideas, vision and direction for the team, as well as work as part of the larger team.
  • Self-motivated to learn new techniques and methods.
  • Strong ability of writing clear, detailed documentation.
  • Strong animation background.
  • Passionate about creating games!

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.
  • Studio closes between Xmas and New Year (Discretionary)
  • Comprehensive Relocation Support.
  • Tons of studio clubs to help you get to know people:
    • Comic book, War gaming, Board games, Home brewing, Chess, New Parents, Photography, Film nights
  • Yoga 4x 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 entire DC back catalogue on Comixology.
  • Monthly team meals
  • 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 based 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 190+ 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 encourage 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.