Lead Animator

AAA Games - UE5 Project - Flexible Hybrid Working

Job Type
23 days ago

Skillsearch is looking for a talented and experienced Lead Animator skilled in a broad range of animation styles and capable of creating dynamic and compelling animation (including hand-keyed and/or motion capture based). This full-time Lead Animation role is based in Guildford and offers a salary of £55,000 and an excellent benefits package. 

As a Lead Animator, you will be responsible for driving the team to conceive, prototype and implement exciting game-play features and sequences.  

In your first few weeks in this Lead Animator role, you can expect to: 

  • Collaborate with the Art Director in realising the animation style and direction for the project 
  • Work in close collaboration with the game designers and programmers to understand the direction, quality, objectives, game-play intentions in order to communicate them to the team 
  • Work with the production team to define, schedule, prioritise, assign and regularly follow up on tasks and the advancement of the team’s work with regards to deliverables across all the stages of the project. 

To apply for this Lead Animator role, you will need a minimum of 7 years of character animation experience in video games - this role is the lead in animation and requires experience and expertise. In addition, you will require the following: 

  • Proficiency in UE4/5 and experience with game engines 
  • A good understanding of modern video game animation systems 
  • The ability to receive, seek and provide constructive criticism. 

In return for your passion, collaborative approach and commitment, you will receive a salary of £55,000 and a generous benefits package, including flexible/hybrid working, increasing holiday benefits, a discretionary bonus scheme, a private healthcare plan, mental health support, online GP, pension plan and life assurance. 

Please get in touch with Jake from the Skillsearch team today at jc@skillsearch.com to apply for this full-time Lead Animator position in Guildford. We're looking forward to meeting you. 

Here at Skillsearch, we're a recruitment company. In the simplest form, this means we place people at new companies - but it's so much more than that. For the past 30 years, we've been busy helping people (like you) with sought after skills find jobs in the Games, Interactive and Enterprise Systems industries all around the globe. Our company comprises a team of dedicated consultants that work across various niche technologies, including Games, Virtual Reality, AR and XR, Workday, Oracle, Peoplesoft, and eCommerce. We are always exploring other cutting-edge markets. Follow us to see a few of the jobs we're working on, find out which events you can see us at, and keep up with news in the technology, gaming and interactive world. Welcome to Skillsearch! 

Years of experience and salary levels are shown purely as a guide. We will only consider applications from candidates that can demonstrate the skills or experience required for the role.

Please be aware that while we would love to respond to every application we receive, due to high numbers we cannot guarantee this. We do however appreciate any time you invest into the application and will make sure to get in touch should anything in future more closely fit your skillset.

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Jake Catterall

Game Animation & Marketing Consultant

Jake is a key part of our ever growing game animation & marketing recruitment team, and we know he’ll nurture you in your job search just as he’s used to nurturing his many plants! Despite his deep seated fear of jellyfish, you can find Jake swimming in the Brighton sea in his spare time, in an effort to conquer his phobia... Looking for a new role in animation/marketing or a new swimming partner?! Get in touch with Jake today!

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