Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melbourne, Australia, Toronto, Canada and Guildford, UK – Sledgehammer Games is the videogame development team behind Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty®: WWII, and Call of Duty®: Vanguard. Since our founding in 2009, our greatest passion has been making AAA games. The strength of our team makes us not only excellent at what we do, but also how we do it. We firmly believe in supporting our passionate employees to be the best they can be. Here at Sledgehammer Games, everyone is a game maker.

We are constantly evolving and innovating – which are some of the most rewarding aspects of game development. With our outstanding audio, design, engineering, and art teams, we’ve been able to achieve some of the highest-quality game execution of any studio in the industry. We love making games and we work hard to make sure that each new game we make is even better than the last. Creativity is key, and we’re looking for dedicated game developers for our exciting upcoming projects.

Your Mission

We are in search of a Lead Animator to guide our local Melbourne team in creating animation of the highest quality. We are interested in the best of the best character animators with vision - if you're crafting and inspiring sophisticated, believable, human animations in a timely manner, then we want you.

Completing your work will require you to build relationships with many production teams, such as Design, Engineering, and Environment Art, as you all collaborate to produce the best visual and narrative results for each game. The ideal candidate will have an ability to adapt to new tools and tech while also being responsible for bringing in new tech, processing and proven industry knowledge.

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • 8+ years professional animation experience, with knowledge of Cinematic and Motion Capture Editing and cleanup.

  • 2+ years’ experience as a game animator

  • Strong understanding of animation fundamentals with a focus on human movement

  • Solid knowledge of camera animation, cinematic framing as well as shot continuity and facial animation

  • Expert animating in the Maya environment and animation editing through the "Graph Editor"

  • Solid leadership or team management experience

  • Strong technical problem-solving skills

  • Ability to balance scope of production and work to resolve cross department misalignment

  • Ability to provide concise feedback

  • The strive to do to what is vital to achieve the polish level we require for our AAA titles

Extra Points:

  • An understanding of character creation (modelling, texturing and rigging)

  • Experience with mocap planning

  • The team values well-rounded artists. A portfolio that shows strong character drawing, modelling and texturing skills, in addition to outstanding animation is a plus

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Sledgehammer Games is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.