Lead Animator

Visual Concepts
Foothill Ranch, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Visual Concepts is one of the world’s top game development studios with a flat, entrepreneurial, and non-corporate work environment. We have a proven track record having shipped over 100 multi-SKU titles to great critical acclaim.

Our studio in Foothill Ranch, CA is committed to gaming and technical innovation and offers top candidates the opportunity to learn and grow with some of the smartest and most creative minds in the industry.

We are seeking an Animation Lead to join our development efforts on an exciting new open world project! Within this role, you’ll be responsible for leading and managing the animation team, setting long-term and short-term objectives, driving quality standards, and collaborating with outsourcers.


  • Set and drive AAA quality standards 
  • Help define our animation style, direction, and quality expectations
  • Drive the strategy of the animation pipeline, tools, and processes 
  • Hire, mentor, and manage the animation team
  • Collaborate with outsourcers to achieve the best animations possible
  • Work closely with designers to ensure a fun, responsive, and entertaining game that looks great
  • Be a leader in pushing innovation and new ideas
  • Since we are a small team, being hands-on with the creation process will be required

Skills & Requirements


  • 6+ years’ experience in animation for video games
  • 1+ year experience in a leadership role 
  • Strong understanding of animation principles and fundamentals
  • Strong ability to work within established boundaries yet push what’s possible
  • Capable of creating personality-filled, whimsical animation
  • Good knowledge of 3D animation software and technical constraints related to the production of video games
  • Experience implementing and troubleshooting animations directly in-engine
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized, self-driven, and great team player


  • Experience with Unreal Engine

Along with your application, please submit a portfolio of professional or personal work samples, demonstrating successful understanding and application of industry standard practices.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Visual Concepts has been a driving force in the videogame industry for more than 30 years. We have made some of the coolest and most high profile games anywhere, across almost every conceivable hardware platform, and are dedicated to putting the consumer first through great technology, innovation and passion for true excellence in gaming. At studios located throughout California, China, South Korea, and Hungary we are always looking for the best and brightest to join our team. Check out our open positions. If you see something that sparks your interest and matches with your experience, we would love to hear from you.