Outsource Animation Supervisor, Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Tracer, Winston, Pharah, Hanzo… these are just a few of the memorable heroes that inhabit our world. Our talented animators put their heart and soul into bringing these unique and visually stunning characters to life, and their ranks are growing. We want to meet an Animation Supervisor ready to step up and break new ground in the Overwatch universe.

Blizzard is looking for a highly motivated and talented Animation Supervisor to join its Overwatch art team in Irvine, California.  This is a position requiring hands on direction, management, and engine integration of a range of assets including characters, weapons and props.

Do you have strong animation direction and leadership skills? Are you able to manage, art direct, and provide detailed feedback to external art vendors? Are you an experienced and flexible animator that is comfortable in communicating feedback clearly, as well as put final touches on animations before implementing final assets in game? If yes, then this may be a phenomenal fit for you!

Responsibilities

  • Manage communications and provide feedback to external animators and help maintain a strong creative relationship between external and internal animation teams
  • Help create and maintain the personality of new and established hero’s directly by creating in game animations alongside supervisory duties
  • Generate detailed documentation, visual reference, and examples of animation asset production, procedures, and engine requirements to support the external vendors
  • Own the quality control over all incoming animation assets, providing detailed feedback and approvals to the vendor to deliver quality assets to the development team
  • Implement approved assets into the game engine, along with making any needed fixes to keep assets consistent and game ready.
  • Work closely with the animation lead, senior animation supervisor, production team, and outsource manager to determine outsourcing needs, pipelines, budgets and costs for animation assets
  • Ability to level up animation ability of 3rd party Vendors through clear and consistent teaching
  • Coordinate with the outsource manager and producers to schedule and track incoming assets
  • Identify and research possible vendors

Skills & Requirements

Requirements

  • Experience in game animation asset creation in Maya
  • Strong action and acting animation experience and skills
  • Clear and concise communications, leadership, and people skills
  • Must be highly organized, self-driven, customer focused, and a great team player able to excel in a collaborative environment
  • Understanding of the visual style of Overwatch and a passion to push it to the next level
  • Have shipped AAA PC or console title as an animator

Pluses

  • Experience working with outsourcing teams
  • Experience in a lead animator or teaching role  
  • Love of the world and characters of Overwatch

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

To Apply, please visit our website here:

https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/ocBz9fwf 

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter 
  • Portfolio and / or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required (PDF Format Preferred)
  • Only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog or online album)
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so

About the Company

Blizzard Entertainment has been rated by Fortune as one of the "Best Places to Work" for several years running (and our ranking continues to rise!).  We are a community of 4000 global employees who are passionate about not only gaming, but entertainment and the technology that drives our users experience. Our goal is to delight our customers by never settling for anything but the highest quality and providing worlds filled with creativity and adventure around every corner.  You are bright, engaging, eager to learn and ready to make an impact. We've been waiting for you!

Blizzard Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.