Senior Animator

Position at NaturalMotion

Senior Animator
We are BossAlien, part of NaturalMotion. Our mission is to bring AAA console visuals and deep compelling gameplay to mobile platforms. As a key member of our animation team you will have the opportunity to create amazing diverse and unique animations working from initial prototypes to a final launched product.

In 2018 we were named one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by gamesindustry.biz!

We are an ambitious team, responsible for crafting amazing animations that wow our players and partners, ensuring that animations portray the Star Wars brand. Do you enjoy working in highly motivated teams? If so, this is a great opportunity to develop and share your skills, working with experienced peers and collaborating with modellers and character artists.
Key Roles & Responsibilities
As a Senior Animator you will be responsible for creating consistent levels of work and ensuring that each animation has the right energy and personality, as intended by the project vision. The position will require ownership of characters and working with external teams, reviewing animations and giving feedback.

  • Good knowledge in hand keyed and motion captured animation.
  • Knowledge of in game engine implementation.
  • Clear communication skills, especially in written form.
  • Understand core principles of animation such as 'timing' and 'weight'.
  • Good understanding of human and animal body mechanics and anatomy.
  • Passionate about and have good knowledge of animation, art and culture.
  • An excellent portfolio which demonstrates your ability to create excellent game animations and validates that you are able to create in different styles.
  • Collaborate with engineers and designers to get the best results in animation.
  • Identify production and pipeline issues and communicate them appropriately.
  • Participate in reviews; respond to critical feedback in a professional manner and contribute feedback to your peers.
  • Experience working as a 3D animator in games.
  • Strong proficiency with Maya.
  • Genuine passion for games and animation as well as strong self-management skills.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Experience using Unreal 4
  • Knowledge of Unreal Blueprint system.
  • A liking for the Star Wars brand.
  • Project Management
  • Video Editing Experience
Desirable Experience & Skills
  • Knowledge of Unreal Blueprint system.
  • Working with external teams.
  • a real passion for Games.
  • A love of the Star Wars brand
What we offer?
  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme and Zynga stock allowance.
  • Create next-gen games that will be played and loved by millions of players around the world.
  • Work in a family-friendly, collaborative team that invests in your development and growth on-the-job.
  • A diverse team of friendly, fun and supportive co-workers.
  • Flexible working hours & crunch-free working culture.
  • Communal music and laid-back atmosphere.
  • Summer/Christmas parties and Happy Hour in the studio each Friday.
  • 25 days holiday plus Christmas shutdown and public holiday.
  • Private medical care and healthcare cash plan.
  • Life insurance and critical illness insurance.
  • 6 months fully paid maternity leave or 3 months fully paid paternity leave.
  • Annual rail season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme.
  • Well stocked office kitchen and free Monday studio lunch.

NaturalMotion is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, pregnancy, marital status or veteran status.

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