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Sr. Technical Animator

Remote | Austin, TX
Permanent | Job ID #71752 | $70,000 - $117,000 yearly | Posted 3 months ago

Our AAA gaming studio is looking for a skilled Senior Technical Animator to join our dynamic team! As a Senior Technical Animator, you will play a vital role in our studio, focusing on character rigging, scripting, and collaborating across disciplines to ensure seamless integration of animations into the Unreal Engine.

Your primary responsibilities will involve working closely with artists and engineers to establish efficient and intuitive animation pipelines. You will contribute to the development of production animation tools and identify key performance metrics. Additionally, you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside a dedicated and experienced group of developers in establishing a new studio and undertaking a new project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct support and maintain the animation pipeline, while developing tools and workflows for the animation and character art teams.
  • Collaborate with engineering to establish best practices, technical guidelines, and performance metrics for character setup and animation.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of cutting-edge Unreal Engine character technologies related to rigging and deformation.
  • Document workflows and advocate for the adoption of best practices within the team.
  • Collaborate with the Animation team and Design to set up and maintain Animation Blueprints.


  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the game industry as a Technical Artist.
  • Proficiency in character rigging and scripting tools.
  • Extensive knowledge of Unreal's Animation Blueprints, State Machines, and Locomotion.
  • Experience in driving the development of animation pipelines.
  • Fluent in one or more programming languages (e.g., Mel script, Python, C#, C++).
  • Strong technical background with the ability to design and implement systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Extensive character experience in Maya.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A deep passion for games and a strong understanding of the gaming industry.
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4/5.
  • Previous experience in developing and maintaining modular rigging solutions.

If you are a talented and motivated Senior Technical Animator with a passion for innovation and teamwork, we would love to hear from you. Join us in creating exceptional gaming experiences and pushing the boundaries of what is possible!

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.

Pay: $70,000 - $117,000 yearly


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