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Technical Animator

Hove, GB

Studio Gobo is an established AAA games studio, part of the Keywords Studios family. Our team has worked on multiple world-class projects for companies such as Tencent, Disney, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Projects include Synced: Off-Planet, For Honor, Marvel Super Heroes: Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire playsets for Disney Infinity 3.0.


At Studio Gobo, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, and our community. Studio Gobo is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We offer you a comprehensive benefits package and an award-winning environment to work in, rating 4.9 out of 5 stars for employee satisfaction on glassdoor.com!


The team is currently looking for a talented Technical Animator to join us to work on a next-gen AAA character-action game. You will produce work that is at the highest level of quality and difficulty and have a proven track record of resolving the most complex and broad reaching challenges in relationship to content construction, pipeline management and cutting-edge visuals.


What you will be doing:
  • Set up complex animation state machines and runtime solutions in engine
  • Provide technical art and animation tool support for the animation team
  • Enforce asset organisation and standardisation
  • Analyse and troubleshoot all aspects of the animation pipeline
  • Work with animation team on optimization and performance strategies
  • Be the communication conduit between programming and art disciplines
  • Collaborate and share knowledge on latest advancements with other technical experts within the company
  • Participate in setting vision for content and tools and collaborate with engineers to develop cutting edge tools and technologies
  • Review / integrate animation solutions or help develop new ones
  • Advise the animation team on technical issues as they arise

Qualifications

  • Comfortable scripting tools in DCC / engine to support the animation pipelines (examples include Python, C#, C++, Lua, MAXScript, MEL)
  • Experience working with version control systems like Perforce or Git
  • Deep knowledge of one or more digital content creation packages (examples include Maya, Houdini, Blender, 3DSMax, Motionbuilder) and open to learn new ones when required
  • Experience of industry standard game engines such as Unreal Engine, Unity or Lumberyard
  • Experience working with motion capture data
  • Deep understanding of an animator’s needs and requirements
  • Genuine interest in playing games


Please also let us know if you have:

  • Previously shipped a AAA title for desktop, console or mobile
  • Experience setting up character ragdolls
  • Tools development experience in Lumberyard
  • Experience with FACS
  • Experience working with motion capture suits
  • Experience baking destruction to animation
  • Knowledge of physical based animation / motion matching
  • Machine learning knowledge
  • Experience working with source control APIs (perforce, git, ...)
  • Experience with data visualization (Excel, Plotly, Dash, Tableau, ...)
  • Understanding of C++, graphics API (DX11/12, Vulkan, ...)

Benefits

When you join Studio Gobo you can expect to enjoy a unique culture. Whether its participating and relaxing with one of our wellness benefits or discussing the latest games over lunch cooked by our in-house chef. The Studio knows that it’s the best people that make the best games and this is what Studio Gobo invests in. Below you will find all the benefits and perks you can enjoy as a Studio Gobo team member.


  • Holidays: 20 days’ annual leave entitlement, plus 3 days’ studio closure over the Christmas period, giving a total of 23 days paid annual leave plus all 8 UK bank holidays.
  • Bonus Anniversary Holidays: An additional day of annual leave for each year’s anniversary working at Studio Gobo, to a maximum of 7 extra days!
  • Generous Team Project Bonuses
  • Company Pension Scheme – Employer contribution matching award winning pension scheme provided by NEST under the UK governments automatic enrolment scheme.
  • Volunteer Time Off: 'Studio Gobo in the Community' – Spend one day per year on full pay volunteering for the non-profit organisation of your choice.
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme – Full private medical cover provided by BUPA Private Healthcare.
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Private Dental Insurance Scheme – Full private dental cover provided under our Dental plan company scheme.
  • Group Income Protection
  • Cycle to Work Scheme – Salary sacrifice cycle purchase scheme with tax savings through Evans Cycles.
  • Eye-care Vouchers – Free eye tests.
  • Train Travel Season Ticket Loan – Interest free company loan to spread the cost of an annual season ticket.
  • Personal Trainer Sessions – Free gym sessions with our own Gobo personal trainer.
  • Health and Wellbeing Allowance - £50 per month to spend on your choice of a range of healthy activities.
  • Fast Growing Studio – Plenty of room for career advancement
  • Industry Conferences Budget – A generous annual studio conferences budget. Many of our employees benefit from attending conferences such as GDC, E3 or SIGGRAPH, THU, Develop etc every year.

PERKS

  • Free locally roasted Coffee & Speciality Teas
  • Gobo Cereal Bar – Extensive granola, muesli and breakfast cereal selections.
  • Full Chefs Kitchen & Equipment – Free use of our large full-sized chef’s kitchen ideal for whipping up a quick snack or a culinary feast.
  • Fresh Home Cooked Gobo Friday Lunch – Our world-famous lunch prepared and served every Friday by our own in-house Gobo chef. Sit, eat and chat with your work colleagues
  • Fresh Fruit & Healthy Snacks – Provided every day, with a suggestion board for new treats!
  • Pastries, Cakes & Doughnuts – For the odd naughty pleasure.
  • Soft Drinks Fridge – A large range of free chilled soft drinks.
  • Gobo Beer & Wine Fridge – Free beers, ales and wine and even the odd gin and tonic! Grab a beer at our end of week Show and Tell sessions and see what everybody else in the company has been up to!
  • In-house Social Clubs – There are lots of ways to socialise with your colleagues here! From day one you’re invited to join in clubs for D&D fans, board games, bouldering, drawing nights, yoga, cooking club – the list goes on and there is always space open for new members!
  • Extensive Video Game & Book Library – Borrow a game, a book or even a whole console.
  • Spacious Industrial Chic Studio Space – Many visitors comment on what an amazing studio space we have. We’ve invested a lot of time, thought and money into our studio. And we get to work in this space every day. Our working environment makes an incredible difference to our mood and productivity.
  • Dogs with Jobs – Studio Gobo is a dog friendly employer. Bring doggo into the studio to meet and hang out with the rest of the team any time!
  • Project Wrap Parties, Cinema Nights & Team Nights Out – We work hard together so it’s good to let off steam and spend some time together seeing what the wonderful city of Brighton & Hove has to offer.
  • Monthly Studio Social Nights – Once per month the studio plays host to the biggest party in Brighton & Hove (probably). The drinks fridge is open for all. Invite a loved one to join us for food, drinks and anything in an array of board games, Smash Bros tournaments, 10-person Overwatch multiplayer bouts, Beer Pong or even a bit of karaoke.
  • Summer Festival– Every year on a hot summer’s afternoon, we all leave work early to enjoy the sun with company organised pop-up diner, cocktail shack, bouncy castle, face painting and other fun amenities. The whole family is invited to spend the day coming to socialise with us, on us :)

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