Senior Animator

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Sumo Digital

Specialising in AAA PC and console development, Red Kite has a proven track record in the creation of cutting-edge games across varying genres.
 
Having set up home in the beautiful Grade-II listed Park Row House in Leeds city centre, Red Kite continues to develop top-quality games for multiple world-class AAA publishing partners such as Sony, Microsoft, Activision, 2K, SEGA, Epic, Warner Bros., 505, Rare, Codemasters, Mediatonic and Remedy.
 
Several titles include Hogwarts Legacy, Fall Guys, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia III: Definitive Edition, Control Ultimate Edition, Two Point Hospital, Knockout City, Battletoads, Crackdown 3, Payday 2, Team Sonic Racing, DiRT 4 and God of War III: Remastered.
 
It’s a very exciting time to join Red Kite; not only are we working on multiple high-profile games for gen 9 platforms, we're also developing our own IP. Here’s what we can tell you about:
 
·       We’re helping to develop the much-anticipated Hogwarts Legacy with the teams at Warner Bros. and Avalanche Software
·       We’re partnered with Mediatonic working on the smash-hit, Fall Guys
·       We’re working on a brand new PvE 1st person shooter based on an award-winning IP
·       We’re working on a high-profile AAA 1st person shooter in UE5
 
One of the most interesting aspects to working at Red Kite is the diversity of projects present within the studio. It's certainly never boring and we constantly find ourselves pushing the boundaries when it comes to the gameplay that we're creating and the technologies that we're engineering.

The Role @ Red Kite Games

Red Kite has a fantastic opportunity for a senior animator to join our team. You will be influential in helping our studio develop original and innovative IP, alongside supporting projects across a multitude of platforms, genres and game areas.
 
In this role you will be expected to champion art quality and help to create visually stunning game experiences in collaboration with our multi-disciplined development teams.

In your new role you will:

    • Produce high quality keyframe and motion capture animation
    • Contribute to the design and execution of complex gameplay systems
    • Implement animations into engine with full ownership of your work
    • 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 your work and the work of others
    • Mentor less experienced people, sharing knowledge and best practices with the team
    • Want to work in-studio alongside a very social and close-knit team

To be successful you will have:

    • Demonstrable experience in creating animation of a high standard while maintaining visual and functional specifications for game mechanics
    • Exhibit a strong understanding of the fundamental principles of animation
    • High degree of proficiency with Maya/3D Studio Max and/or Motionbuilder
    • Proven experience working with animation graphs and systems, including the prototyping of new gameplay features

Experience in any of these areas will be advantageous but not essential:

    • Shipped multiple titles with at least one AAA game in a key position
    • Prior console development experience
    • Unity Engine
    • Unreal Engine
Red Kite is located in central Leeds, a major European city connected to London by rapid rail links and the M1 motorway – plus the rest of the world via Leeds Bradford airport. It's home to some of the best restaurants, bars and museums in the North of England, and is within easy reach of spectacular countryside (the Yorkshire Moors and Bronte Country), historical York and the Yorkshire East coast (you should definitely check out Whitby and Runswick Bay).
 
We offer a superb flexible benefits package – which includes but is not limited to:
 
·         Flexitime – Including work from home on Fridays
·         35 hour working week
·         Early finish Fridays
·         Annual Bonus
·         27 Days Holiday (Minimum) – Including your birthday, Duvet Days and Christmas Eve
·         5 Learning & Development Days per year – Including Udemy Access
·         Employee Assistance Programme – Including health, mental health and wellbeing support
·         Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption pay
·         Life Assurance, Income Protection and Critical Illness
·         Relocation Support & Visa Sponsorship
 
Nurturing Red Kite's studio culture is at the heart of everything we do and has been proudly recognised by the following awards:
 
·       GI.biz – Best Places to Work 2022
·       Best Companies – A World Class, 3 Star place to work for 2022
·       TIGA STAR Award for excellence
 
Red Kite is a social studio – the team regularly gather for drinks, game nights, film nights, to play sports etc. – making this a great place to build a career whilst making friends...and let's not forget Red Kite's legendary Summer BBQ and our epic Christmas party – plus much more!
 
Red Kite's studio is relaxed and friendly. Every team member has the opportunity to shine and we pride ourselves on providing a positive social atmosphere, facilitated by shared interest groups, afterwork clubs and charity fundraising events. Red Kite are proud supporters of the gaming charity SpecialEffect.
 
Come join the team, build a rewarding career, and help to make great games with a lovely bunch of people!
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Location: Red Kite Games, Leeds

Date posted: 2023-01-03