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About us

This is an exceptionally exciting time to be at Activision, a period of phenomenal change and ambition throughout the organization! Activision Central Tech (or "CT") is a global, multi-disciplinary team dedicated to supporting the technological needs of our games. We work alongside Activision studios around the world to build the most compelling entertainment experiences ever seen.

Your role

Activision is searching for an Animation Programmer to join its CT group based in Manchester. This is a full-time permanent position, learning and working in a friendly and inclusive environment alongside some of the best game creators in the world. You will help us craft the next generation of the massively successful Call of Duty® series of games.

Responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the maintenance and development of Call of Duty’s animation technology, engine and tools.

  • Help with and engage in the research, design, and implementation of new features.

  • Provide support to content and engineering teams across our studios.

What does the future hold for game tech? We need you to help us find out!


  • A degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent experience.

  • Some familiarity with C or C++ programming, problem-solving, debugging etc.

  • Experience working as a C++ programmer in the game industry or a related field.

Skills & Attributes

Our ideal candidate for this role would possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Passion for advancing high-fidelity interactive animation in AAA games.

  • A proven understanding of computing fundamentals, 3D maths and algebra.

  • Experience working directly on low-level game animation systems.

  • Produce clear and maintainable code that performs and scales well across multiple platforms.


These are not firm requirements, but we would be especially interested in talking to anyone with:

  • In-depth knowledge of one or more areas of animation technology, such as inverse kinematics, blend trees, ragdolls, state machines and secondary motion techniques.

  • Example programming projects featuring 3D animation, from demos to published games.

What we offer

  • A friendly, international team of game technology experts ready to guide and support you.

  • A healthy work-life balance. We create our best work when our free time is valued and respected.

  • Access to counselling services and mental health support through our wellness programs such as AbleTo and our Employee Assistance Program.

  • Opportunities to work flexibly from our new office in Manchester.

  • Generous benefits package.

  • Comprehensive relocation support.


We love hearing from anyone who is talented and enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Activision is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this role regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or whether they are parents, carers, a person with disabilities or any person protected by applicable law.

If you need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. Lastly, in your application please feel free to let us know which pronouns you use.