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Senior Animator

Remote | Austin, TX
Permanent | Job ID #72220 | $100,000 - $120,000 yearly | Posted 2 months ago

Join our team of dedicated and experienced developers to establish a new studio and project. Bring energy and life to Player and Enemy characters through handkey animation. Play a critical role in defining the visual experience and responsive gameplay.


  • Create AAA Handkey animations, focusing on combat for player and enemy.
  • Collaborate closely with Animation and Art Director for unique user experiences.
  • Develop expressive action gameplay animations in coordination with Design and other departments.
  • Contribute to animation tools/pipeline enhancement alongside colleagues.
  • Initiate and engage in quality reviews through feedback and open forums.
  • Implement and polish animated assets within the game engine.
  • Research and play games in the genre to push industry standards.

Skill Requirements:

  • Strong sense of animation principles in relation to gameplay.
  • Keyframe gameplay animations at a high level.
  • Take characters from concept to polish and handle existing data.
  • Proficiency in Maya or equivalent animation software.
  • Self-motivated with excellent task management in a remote setting.
  • Collaborative mindset and constructive feedback communication.
  • Adaptability and startup mindset for embracing change.

Bonus Skills:

  • Solid understanding of UE4+ animation systems and workflows.
  • Experience in working with animation outsourcers for direction and feedback.


  • 5 years of character animation experience in game development.
  • Prior involvement in shipping at least one AAA product as an Animator.

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: $100,000 - $120,000 yearly


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