Ubisoft’s 19,000 team members, working across more than 40 locations worldwide, are bound by a joint mission to enrich players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their dedication and talent have brought to life many acclaimed franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, and many more to come. Ubisoft is an equal opportunity employer who believes diverse backgrounds and perspectives are vital in creating worlds where players and teams can thrive and express themselves. If you are excited about solving game changing challenges, cutting edge technologies, and pushing the boundaries of entertainment, we invite you to join our journey and help us create the unknown.
Ubisoft Toronto is one of the largest development studios within Ubisoft, employing talented developers from around the world. We create worlds and tell stories that grip you, inspire you and challenge you. Since opening in 2010, we have shipped innovative game projects on some of Ubisoft’s biggest brands: Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
Most recently, we launched Far Cry 6, the most ambitious Far Cry game to date, featuring the talented Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo. Our studio has also led the development of the newest game in the Watch Dogs franchise – Watch Dogs: Legion (2020), a stand out for its tech and design work, play as anyone gameplay in an open world, and rich and detailed rendition of a future London. Starlink: Battle for Atlas (2018) was Ubisoft Toronto’s first new IP, using technology that seamlessly blended physical and digital gameplay. Splinter Cell Blacklist was the first title released by Ubisoft Toronto in 2013. We have an exciting roadmap of projects for the future and can’t wait to share more details.
Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling industry-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft Toronto, we are always striving to get better, be better and do better – embracing innovative ideas, exploring new technologies, and working together courageously and collaboratively.
The daily life of a Team Lead Animator at Ubisoft Toronto:
Support and drive AAA quality standards for the animation team;
Work with Directors and Production Management team on animation style and quality expectations;
Collaborate with our other project function and studio teams.
Create, prioritize, assign, and regularly follow up on tasks and the advancement of the team’s work with regards to deliverables;
Represent the team;
Organize and lead team meetings and/or reviews with directors;
Know the game’s story and narrative gameplay (through game design documents) and understand the technical/artistic constraints so as to be able to lead and coach the team;
Draft regular reports for the Production Management team on the advancement of the team’s work and recommend corrective measures whenever necessary to meet project objectives;
For the team, anticipate and recognize potential conflicts and recommend solutions to the Production Management team;
Be a mentor in terms of technical/artistic aspects for team members (where necessary);
Take part in performance assessments in collaboration with the Production Management team;
Coordinate bug correction as it pertains to the team’s work;
Help recruit, manage and mentor team members;
Ensure that new employees integrate the team;
Support and drive the strategy of Animation pipeline, tools and processes;
Carry out working unit-related tasks (depending on the size of the team the incumbent must supervise);
Perform any other related tasks.
What it takes to make it:
5+ years’ experience in animation or other relevant experience;
2+ years of experience in a team lead, supervisory, or management role;
College Diploma/Degree in animation or area of expertise for video games;
Certification in project management or equivalent is an asset;
Participation in at least one complete game production or equivalent;
Strong understanding of animation software applications (3D Studio Max and Motionbuilder), principles and fundamentals;
Ability to work as part of a team;
Time and priority management;
Ability to assemble productive teams;
Good interpersonal and communication skills;
Flexibility in organizing work;
Resourcefulness in problem-solving;
Ability to delegate;
Stress and change management skills;
Self-driven with a sense of initiative;
Database knowledge an asset (JIRA, Perforce, etc.);
Knowledge of the technical constraints of real time, 3D engines and level editors;
Resourceful in pushing innovation, optimization and new ideas;
Knowledge of the tools used by team members;
Project management knowledge an asset;
Knowledge of the other game production working units an asset;
Knowledge of the MS Office suite an asset.
A hybrid, flexible work model
Six weeks of vacation
An enhanced parental leave program
Comprehensive Total Rewards Package:
Extended medical insurance
(Optional) RRSP contribution
Bonus (If Applicable)
Life at Ubisoft
At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our individuality helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.
When you’re a member of our team, your professional development is a priority. You’ll have opportunities to be challenged, learn and grow in your role. Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within game development while working with Ubisoft’s most powerful technologies – from game engines to performance capture and more. Annual performance reviews and salary increases will help you further your career and grow with our studio. We also offer hybrid remote work options, six weeks of vacation for all employees, an enhanced parental leave program, a comprehensive health benefits package, generous RRSP matching, industry education support, training and career development.
We celebrate the big and small moments together – with virtual events, get togethers, giveaways and more. In addition to our “right to disconnect” philosophy, the studio offers a variety of health and wellness initiatives including yoga, an on-site gym, flexible work hours, and other programs to create a better, sustainable work environment for our teams.
We encourage you to read our Code of Conduct prior to applying. It is our collective responsibility at Ubisoft Toronto to maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment, and be the best possible place to work and grow. Knowing and respecting our Code of Conduct’s principles and guidelines is key to achieving that goal. Join Us!
At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe diversity is our studio’s biggest strength. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of our player community, is inclusive and respectful of the individuality of our team and embodies our core values – trust, integrity, excellence and care.
We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQIA+.
If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for?
Ubisoft Toronto is committed to providing accommodations for accessibility upon request.
We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.