Senior Character TD / Rigger


Smilegate Barcelona

What we need:

Smilegate Barcelona is expanding, and we are looking to add a Senior Character TD / Rigger to our incredible team here in Barcelona!

The Senior Character TD / Rigger is responsible for constructing character rigs and establishing muscle, skin, hair, fur, and clothing photo-realistic physical simulations to AAA quality and ensure that they are integrated into the game according to its vision technical limitations of the project.

What the role involves:

  • Establish and develop the pipeline to deform and animate photo-realistic characters in Maya in an AAA game production
  • Create and maintain photo-realistic character rigs that are modular and support multiple sizes, as well as non-biped characters
  • Create and maintain photo-realistic facial rigs which are shared across multiple characters
  • Setup and maintain clothing and hair dynamics for all characters, as well as complex props for gameplay and cinematics
  • Collaborate with character modelers to setup modeling guidelines and provide character publishing tools
  • Collaborate with character riggers to define skinning best practices for photo-realistic characters and create tools to ease their workflow
  • Work closely with animators to understand animation requirements and facilitate controls to improve their workflow.
  • Work closely with programmers to define character and animation performance targets and optimization solutions inside Unreal.
  • Research and share knowledge of existing VFX and AAA game character skinning and rigging working practices.

Role requirements: 

  • 3-year experience designing, creating, and supporting complex character and facial rigs in Maya
  • Knowledge at implementing animation tools and pipelines in Maya
  • Inside of a high-level coding language. (Python, C#, C++, etc.)
  • An exceptional eye for anatomy and animation.
  • 3D modeling and texturing skills are a plus


  • Breakfast in the Office.
  • Restaurant Tickets: approx 180 € per month (2.160€/year).
  • 23 vacation days per year + Christmas to the new year (the office is closed from 24th December to2nd January).
  • Develop your career working in a super exciting environment with a great working atmosphere, international work environment
  • Fully stocked studio kitchen (Nescafe coffee, organic fruits, snacks, and beverages).
  • Flexible Working Hours & Flexible Friday.
  • Flexible working conditions of Work From Home.
  • Private Health insurance, including dental coverage.
  • Incredible office in Barcelona in the heart of 22@ (games room, shower, auditorium, canteen, gym, etc.) 15min from the beach and 1 min from Glories Mall.
  • Team Building Events.
  • Relocation Package/assistance and VISA support.
  • Much more still to come…

Are you ready to join our Smile-family? We are already excited to have you!

We value diversity and as an equal opportunity employer we encourage applications from all suitable applicants. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Location: Barcelona

Date posted: 2023-01-03