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Sumo Digital

Senior Animator

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Sumo Digital
🇬🇧 Royal Leamington Spa

About Lab42

Lab42 is a best-in-class cross-platform game developer based in the UK. Our headcount has grown with fantastic, experienced people supported by a veteran management team with backgrounds from Activision, Codemasters and EA.

We developed the officially licensed photo-realistic, sports/simulation Snooker19 with World Snooker for all major Consoles and PC. That’s in addition to providing a range of development services and special projects to a growing client list which features Paradox, Sega, Codemasters and Curve Digital.

Lab42 is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

The role @ Lab42

Lab42 is looking for a Senior Animator, capable of creating dynamic and compelling animations for gameplay systems using both keyframe and motion capture data. You will be well versed in the principles of animation and videogame production pipelines and how Animation, as a discipline, fits within that process.

The ideal candidate will enjoy being involved in a friendly, hard-working environment and be able to communicate well within the art team, as well as with other development disciplines. If you are looking for a role that provides a huge amount of creative input, ownership, and responsibility for important features within the game, this is the job for you!

Within this role you will:

  • Be responsible for creating, high-quality character and environment or incidental animation in multiple styles or genres, through keyframe and mocap.
  • Be able to define, communicate and implement memorable, characterful animation that works with the project gameplay and design goals.
  • Ensure the animation style supports the overall vision of the game with the project art director.
  • Have good communication skills and work cross-discipline.
  • Proactively seek feedback from Leads or Directors.
  • Mentorship skills in directing junior team members.
  • Have a high degree of proficiency with Maya and/or Motionbuilder.
  • Proven experience working with animation graphs and systems, including the prototyping of new gameplay features.
  • Be able to implement your work in engine.
  • Work with production and leads to break down tasks and schedule your own work.
  • Document / create process and knowledge share.

To be successful you will need to have:

  • Experience contributing to the design and execution of complex gameplay systems.
  • Have industry experience: 5+ years of videogame animation experience.
  • Have been through the whole development cycle and shipped at least 1 AAA title.
  • Provide detailed input about the character creation process, from concept and design, through to modelling, rigging and final animation.
  • Be heavily involved in the continued development of tools and pipeline processes, maintaining an understanding of industry best practices.
  • Assist in planning and directing motion capture sessions.
  • Serve as an active participant in team discussions, critiques, and reviews.
  • Meet production schedules and deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively with peers.
  • Be a strong team player with a desire to push the quality of animation in the game.
  • Unreal Engine 4 experience is a plus.

On application, please include your current CV and any relevant portfolio content.

What We Offer:

  • Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
  • Electric car scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working
  • 27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
  • Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
  • 5 Paid Learning Days, including 1 volunteer day per year
  • Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
  • Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
  • Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
  • Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
  • Free Dental Insurance
  • Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
  • Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
  • Additional flexible benefits scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Payroll Giving Scheme
  • Game & Book Libraries
  • Long service & project completion awards
  • Wrap Parties
  • Alternative Travel Prize Draw
  • The Sumo GameJam
  • Great family events
  • Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
  • Life Drawing
  • Yoga Classes
  • Free fruit and drinks
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Career Development
  • Relocation Support to the UK
  • Visa Sponsorship

Why should you work at Lab42? 

Lab42 was formed with just one developer, and we have grown organically over the last five years. Now part of the Sumo Group we’re based in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa; a thriving town with a bustling game-development scene.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Sumo family, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

We are a small, dedicated bunch with experience, drive, passion and creativity. Lab42 has a flexible working environment that make this a relaxed and friendly place to work. By prioritising the happiness and wellbeing of our staff we have been able to hire many industry veterans, and we are proud to have one of the lowest rates of staff attrition in game development.