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Keywords Studios, is the number one technical and creative services provider to the global video games industry and beyond. Keywords has over 13,000 staff across +70 studios in +26 countries delivering services to more than 950 clients across the globe.

We are actively looking for a Lead Animation Artist who will contribute to the team delivering consistent unmatched quality to our clients (including Microsoft, Square Enix, Rare, Bandai Namco) since 2004. With over 500 employees in our India location and contribution to more than 150 AAA titles across all major platforms and genres, our studio is one of the largest Game Art and Animation service providers in the world.

As a Lead Artist, you'll play a vital role in guiding the growth and success of our creative teams. You are expected to possess comprehensive and current technical knowledge, along with extensive production experience within the game industry. The role entails understanding project requirements and implementing appropriate strategies to guide the team toward achieving project objectives.

Here at Keywords, your expertise will drive innovation and shape the immersive gaming experiences enjoyed by millions of people around the world.


Keywords Studios and our global network of independent studios offers a variety of benefits as per below:

  • Competitive salary and benefits

  • Projects aligned with your expertise

  • Collaborate with industry leaders on AAA titles

  • Professional growth opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements

  • Relocation and visa support

  • Dedicated to diversity and inclusion

  • Additional perks: cycle-to-work, IT schemes, pensions, healthcare, social events, and more.

Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Commitment: Keywords Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. If you require any adjustments during the process please let us know in your application. We are committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation. We especially welcome applications from candidates of underrepresented groups in the industry.

Experience & Requirements

  • 5 years+ animation experience in games or relevant industry

  • Solid animation skill, familiar with animation principles, such as timing and rhythm

  • Proficiency in Maya, knowledge on 3dsMax, MotionBuilder, Unreal/Unity, experience in mocap clean-up and rigging/skinning is preferred

  • Good time management and communication skills to ensure work is completed with expected quality and time

  • Passion for animation, with good learning ability, strong sense of responsibility and patience, good teamwork spirit


  • Lead the team in finishing high quality animation, mocap cleanup related work, based on project requests, including action/expression/prop animation, involving multiple styles of characters, creatures, monsters, etc.

  • Communicate with PMs/senior management, estimate timelines and adhere to plans, analyze and assign different tasks

  • Guide/train the animators, review assets, and ensure project quality control and reduce the feedbacks

  • Research new technology/software to facilitate the development of animation team

We strongly encourage applications from women and individuals from minority groups. Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace means that we value the unique perspectives and experiences that each team member brings. Join us in creating an environment where everyone can thrive and contribute to our shared success.