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Ubisoft

Technical Animation Director

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Ubisoft
🇨🇦 Sherbrooke, QC

Job Description

With a high-level understanding of the capabilities of our technology combined with your visibility on the project as a whole, as a technical animation director at Ubi Sherbrooke, you provide expert insight, tools, and support to steer a game – and its creators – towards success.

Unafraid to innovate, you establish an actionable plan to bridge the gap between coming up with ideas and putting them into practice. Though every day of development brings a mix of expected and unforeseen challenges, you never lose sight of the big picture. As a strategic thinker and tactical planner, you balance short-term priorities with long-term goals while consistently considering the future impacts of your choices.

What you’ll do

  • Collaborate with other core team members to develop the overall vision & determine technical feasibility.
  • Review game design concepts + identify and analyze risks (engine, memory, frame rate, etc.).
  • Work closely with programmers to assess existing animation and rigging tools + occasionally design custom ones to improve pipelines.
  • Support animators, game designers, and riggers with their technical needs + informatively and constructively explain the root causes of risks, blockers, etc.
  • Train team members on tools and techniques + raise awareness of new processes.
  • Resolve complex, escalated issues & make technical validations.
  • Prepare post-mortems + recommend cost- and time-efficient solutions to evolve our animation content & tech.
  • Anticipate technological advancements and stay up to date on market trends to define our best practices + share them with our studios and the industry.
  • Participate in recruitment to build the animation team & foster their professional development.

Qualifications

What you bring

  • Around 7 years of animation, rigging, or programming experience (or related experience) + 3 years of leadership
  • In-depth knowledge of game engines (e.g. Unity or Unreal) & 3D software (3DS Max, Maya, and MotionBuilder) + an understanding of scripting languages (e.g. C#, Python, JavaScript, MaxScript), motion capture, and state machines
  • A degree in 3D Animation, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering (or related training)
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, mentorship, time management, organizational, and presentation skills
  • A highly innovative, collaborative, attentive, and solution-oriented spirit
  • Critical thinking, curiosity, resourcefulness, and plenty of flexibility
  • Familiarity with bug tracking software (e.g. Jira) and version management systems (e.g. Perforce)
  • A passion for sharing your knowledge and helping others learn and grow

Additional Information

About us

Ubisoft Sherbrooke is set to open its doors in 2022.

In the heart of Sherbrooke, this new studio will be composed of multidisciplinary teams dedicated to developing iconic franchises that engage millions worldwide.

We're looking for passionate creators who want to make exceptional games and deliver memorable experiences to our players. Joining Ubi Sherbrooke means playing a major role in the video game industry. It represents contributing to advancing Ubisoft's tech and shaping the economic and social landscape of the Eastern Townships. These are local efforts with positive, far-reaching impacts!

The world of work is changing. And so are we. Our universal vacation time, hybrid and flexible work, competitive benefits, and host of learning opportunities will allow you to reach your full potential. Here, work-life balance is at the core of our day-to-day.

At the Sherbrooke studio, you’ll discover a workplace that sparks inspiration and connection: an environment with an array of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Our desire to dream big, take risks, and constantly improve will contribute to the innovation and boundary-pushing that will result in our collective success.

At Ubisoft, you can come as you are. We embrace diversity in all its forms. We’re committed to fostering a work environment that is inclusive and respectful of all differences.