Senior Technical Animator

Sumo Digital
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

We have an unmissable opportunity for a highly creative Senior Technical Animator to join our Sheffield studio. This is a fantastic opportunity to influence, define and manage the character pipeline of a large, genre-defining AAA console title. You need to have a wealth of experience and impressive track record backed up by a body of work demonstrating your highly creative approach. A strong ability to produce polished rigs, animation and character pipelines that are world class is essential. You will need to clearly demonstrate experience in setting up and managing character behaviour graphs and in working with code and design to achieve solid and engaging player experiences. Strong scripting skills and examples of problem solving are also essential. Experience using Unreal/Unity and Maya is an advantage.

Skills & Requirements

  • Minimum 4 years of industry experience animating characters for console and/or PC games with a minimum of 1 published game.
  • Evidence of previous games completed in a senior technical animation role.
  • A strong demo reel that adequately reflects this experience.
  • Solid knowledge of Maya and/or 3DstudioMax.
  • Scripting vial mel, MaxScript or Python.
  • Thorough understanding of animation fundamentals for human and non-human characters.
  • Understanding of character creation process from concept, to modelling and final rigging.
  • Demonstrable experience in creating animation of a high standard while maintaining visual and functional specifications for game mechanics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

Please apply via our website job listing

For a confidential chat about this role please call our Recruiter Rebecca Askham on +44 (0)114 2426766 or email raskham@sumo-digital.com

About the Company

Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team of over 280 staff currently based in Sheffield. A second UK studio in Nottingham opened in March 2016 and has rapidly grown to a 45 strong team with many fantastic new opportunities on the horizon.

Since our inception in 2003 we have had a string of successful titles across all gaming platforms for partners that include Microsoft, SEGA, Sony, Disney and many more.

Our most recent successes include Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360), LittleBigPlanet 3 (PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3), Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box Speedway (multi-platform), and our first self-published title Snake Pass (multi-platform). We are also incredibly proud to be working on the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 (Xbox One) and Dead Island 2 (multi-platform) plus several other exciting but yet unannounced projects.

We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays, flexitime and excellent employee benefits. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.
 
Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

2018 will be Sumo’s biggest and best year ever. Come and be part of it.