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Job Title:
Senior Expert Animation Rigger
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Job Description:

Your Mission

Activision is looking for a Senior Expert Technical Animator to join our growing team focused on the future of Animation in our games. Our group’s goal is to make radical improvements to the way our characters move and behave. We are seeking technical animators with a passion for realistic human and creature creation and movement. The successful candidate will be ready to tackle the wide variety of challenges vital to deliver believability and style across diverse situations and game modes.

Responsibilities include:
• Work with animators and engineers to research, design, prototype, and implement new features to continuously improve our character fidelity and believability at ever increasing scale and complexity.
• Develop and upgrade workflows to allow the efficient building, improvement and debugging of animation behaviors by animators and engineers alike.
• Support and proactively collaborate with team members at Activision studios across the world.
• Build and optimize character rigs for animators to use on a variety of character types.

Player Profile
• 5+ years of professional experience with a focus on character rigging and animation.
• Extensive knowledge with content creation tools such as Maya.
• Experience working with game engines
• Experience working with motion capture and motion capture pipelines
• Passion for advancing high-fidelity interactive animation in AAA games.
• Good knowledge of animation topics such as inverse kinematics, blend trees, ragdolls, state machines and secondary motion techniques.
• Strong Python skills

Bonus Points:

These are not firm requirements, but we would be especially interested in talking to anyone with any of these additional skills:
• Credited on 1 or more AAA game titles for PC or consoles.
• Proficiency in C/C++
• Experience with State Machine Authoring, Motion Matching, or other animation systems
• Experience with Physics, Ragdolls, and Active Ragdolls
• Experience with procedural animation solutions
• Experience working with facial animation
• Experience working with non-biped characters|

We love hearing from anyone who is talented and enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Activision is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this role regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or whether they are parents, careers, a person with disabilities or any person protected by applicable law.

If you need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. Lastly, in your application please feel free to let us know which pronouns you use.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:
• Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
• 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
• Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
• Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
• If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $97,200.00 - $179,900.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed
Santa Monica CA USA


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