Lead Animator

El Segundo, California | Permanent | Job ID #60491 |
Posted Last Month

Job Description:

  • Plan, prioritize, assign and regularly follow up on tasks and the advancement of the team’s work with regards to deliverables
  • Create character animations through a blend of key-frame animation and motion capture
  • Anticipate and recognize potential conflicts or production issues and recommend solutions
  • Work with motion capture data for both cinematic and in-game features
  • Implement gameplay animations into state machine
  • Facilitate and inform tool development
  • Ensure that the work of the team follows the quality standards, artistic direction and set deadlines
  • Experience giving both positive and negative feedback in a constructive way that achieves artistic and technical goals while maintaining team morale
  • Collaborate with designers, artists, and programmers to establish, iterate, and refine the animation pipeline
  • Motivate and develop the team members and act as a mentor in terms of technical/artistic aspects


  • 4+ years of professional gameplay animation experience with at least one shipped title as Lead Animator
  • A strong demo reel that demonstrates expert knowledge of fundamental animation principles
  • Demonstrate proficient command of weight, timing, and posing through manipulating motion capture data as well as key-framing
  • High level of proficiency in Maya
  • Work well in a creative, team-oriented environment, exhibiting excellent communication, time-management, positive attitude and organizational skills
  • Experience in a management role
  • Strong leadership skills, time and priority management
  • High proficiency in technical problem solving

Bonus Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree or diploma, with an emphasis in animation
  • AAA game development experience
  • 1 or more published titles working with first person or third person perspectives
  • Good technical knowledge of UE4 or other game engines
  • Knowledge of Perforce

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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