Senior Technical Animator - SUMO SHEFFIELD

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

Within this role you will:

  • Develop, manage and maintain a class leading character pipeline.
  • Work with code and design to achieve a solid and engaging player experiences.
  • Exhibit a strong understanding of the fundamental principles of animation as they apply to the animation design.
  • Assist in Lead responsibilities such as mentoring, scheduling and R&D into new features.
  • Contribute to the conceptualization of character behaviours and abilities.
  • Provide detailed input during the character creation process, from concept to modelling to final rigging, identifying character performance and functionality requirements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pipelines and procedures within the project as a whole.

We need you to have:

  • At least 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 Hannah Burton on +44 (0)114 2426766 or email hburton@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 spread across four UK Studios; Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and The Chinese Room in Brighton, along with our India studio in Pune. It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo; we are growing across all our studios to support a very bright and busy future.

We have a host of well known partners that we work with including Microsoft, Sega, Sony, Disney and many more. Working alongside them our previous 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).

Looking down the road we have several exciting but unannounced projects that we are working on (all very hush hush!), but we can share that we are incredibly proud to be working on the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 (Xbox One), Dead Island 2 (multi-platform), Project Nova (PC) and Team Sonic Racing (multi-platform).

Here at Sumo we are planning for big things. Don’t miss out. Join us.


What We Offer: 

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, on site free gym 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.

We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.