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Senior Animation Programmer

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🇪🇸 Barcelona

Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior Animation Programmer to join a team of highly skilled coders. We are looking for an individual to foster a culture that balances productivity, innovation, learning, and healthy communication.

We are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to code high-level systems to low-level performance tweaks in C/C++.
  • A strong understanding of the animation pipeline for AAA games.
  • Good understanding of the common pitfalls in the first person as well as third-person animation systems.
  • A deep desire to be part of a brand new team and project.

What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with designers to build a structure to support rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.

  • Coordinate with engine coders to define the best programming environment for each development phase.
    • Be the representative and champion for the Animation code to all other parties.
    • Coordinate and complement work from Technical Animators.
  • Work with the rest of the animation and gameplay coders establishing code guidelines, quality goals, and performance budgets.
    • Work hand in hand with the combat design teams to make sure they have the most efficient tools.
    • Analyze, validate and incorporate feedback from the team and external user testing.
  • Help build up a world-class animation and gameplay programming team by being involved in interviewing and hiring process.
    • Be a mentor for other coders to foster a continuous learning environment.
    • Provide meaningful feedback to your team through team meetings, 1 on 1 session, and 360 feedback.

Role requirements:

  • Experience with physically simulated animation is a plus.
  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 1 shipped AAA game.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge of animation systems.
  • Experience in a modern console environment is a plus.
  • Innovative thinker with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and iterative environment.
  • Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools.


  • 23 vacation days per year + Christmas Holiday (From Dec 24 ~ Jan 1)
  • Flexible Working Hours & Flexible Friday.
  • Restaurant Tickets: approx 180 € per month (2.160€/year).
  • Private Health insurance including dental coverage.
  • Breakfast in the Office.
  • Company parties and events.
  • Relocation package and VISA support.
  • Friday beers and the most important....very nice SmileMates

Are you ready to join our Smile-family? We are already excited to have you!