Senior Technical Animator/Rigger

At Rocksteady Studios, the technical animation team sits at a crossroad to provide quality and support across content and animation teams. From tools to standards and workflows, debugging, providing easy and fun to use animation rigs and great deformation – there is always a variety of need from our team to make sure the teams are running as smoothly as possible.

Here at Rocksteady Studios we are seeking two exceptionally talented Senior Technical Animators/Riggers to join our cause and ready for the challenge of producing our next AAA title.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain, improve and create in-house asset, animation and rigging pipelines, standards and toolsets.
  • Work with other teams to create and design models, rigs and systems that works with and supports project needs and solve technical problems.
  • Enhance visual quality of our assets and deformations while keeping project performance and time constraints in mind.
  • Support for scene setup, export and testing in-game and cinematic assets.
  • Motivation to learn and develop techniques and pipelines to streamline animation/asset/rigging workflows.
  • Debugging any animation related issues.
  • Support and mentor more junior members of the department.

Technical Requirements

  • Complex rigging/technical animation experience in Games or VFX/Feature Film.
  • Experience with advanced puppet/body/facial rigging in Maya and/or Motion Builder.
  • Strong working knowledge in Python in Maya and coding standards and practices.

Skill Requirements

  • Keen eye for anatomy and form for deformation quality.
  • Experience working with cloth, physics and ragdoll setups.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in 3Ds Max and PyMax
  • Experience with gameplay technical animation – such as state machines.
  • Experience working with Jira/Shotgun and their APIs.
  • Experience with C++/Maya API + plugin writing.
  • Interest and experience with machine learning.
  • Interest and knowledge in maths!

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.