Lead Animator

Animation · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Animation
Employment Type Permanent - Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

ABOUT US: Archiact Interactive is a Vancouver-based Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Studio that develops new and unique ways for people to play games and interact with each other. We partner with IP holders, large publishers, and tech brands to create and deliver immersive, high-end game experiences across multiple platforms with a special focus on building new tools for cutting edge emerging technology.


OUR GAMES: Recent titles include DOOM 3: VR Edition (on PSVR), FREEDIVER: Triton Down (on PC, PSVR and Oculus Quest), and MARVEL: Dimension of Heroes (a smartphone-powered Superhero experience built for Lenovo Mirage AR). We are currently in the early stages of several new and highly innovative projects with prominent industry partners and are searching for the best and the brightest to help us transform the world of VR and AR game development. Interested? Read on.


OUR VALUES: At Archiact, diversity is developed and directed by our employees. Inclusion is the way we show our commitment to this core value. Diversity in all areas of our workforce helps us build innovative and immersive experiences that are accessible to everyone. From our community to our games, we are committed to respecting the rights and self-determination of all people. Our goal is simple: we seek to build a diverse team, and to nurture a safe, inclusive work environment where our teammates, especially those who are marginalized, can thrive. At Archiact, equity, diversity, and inclusivity is more than a statement, it is a core value which we continually strive to uphold through our words and our actions. We do not see that commitment as a milestone to be passed, but as a constant, ever-evolving process to be actively pursued, reviewed, and improved upon.


ROLE OVERVIEW: This is a permanent position. We are looking for an experienced Lead Animator to join our team on an exciting new project. You will be part of a small team of AAA vets who believe that VR’s time is now and want to make the next big VR game event. The Lead Animator partners closely with the Animation Director and Animators on various VR/AR/MR projects. You are responsible for mentoring and organizing the Animation team, ensuring all assets are authored and implemented in the appropriate manner while maintaining the visual quality that the project is striving for. 

This role is for anyone that is looking for a new challenge working in VR/AR/MR and as well for those that want to take the next steps in progressing their careers.

We are a Vancouver-based studio but are happy to consider candidates from all over Canada to work remotely. We also offer relocation assistance to candidates from outside of BC, Canada.


ABOUT YOU: You enjoy working in a close-knit and collaborative team with a wide range of skill sets. You are an effective communicator, organized, well-balanced and inspiring to work with. You are an expert in animation, are familiar with all the latest tools and techniques and enjoy the creative problem-solving process. You thrive in teams and are open to taking on new challenges. You live to raise the quality bar and passionately care about the final game experience and how you can contribute to it. 



RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with Animation Director, Animators and Technical Animators, to establish the creative, quality and performance bar for the animation team, creating character performances and gameplay oriented animations.  
  • Create high quality content utilizing both motion capture data and keyframe animation.  
  • Collaborate with different departments to create dynamic user-centric experiences. 
  • Troubleshoot and solve animation issues while organizing and prioritizing animation tasks.  
  • Mentor other animators in best practices and techniques. 
  • Provide concise, constructive feedback and solutions when identifying recurring issues/ needs. 
  • Document new or updated processes to ensure the team is up to date. 


REQUIREMENTS:


MUST HAVE: 

  • 3+ years of game dev experience and at least 1 shipped title as a Lead or Senior Animator. 
  • A portfolio/showreel demonstrating your skills and experience. 
  • Proficient in Unreal Engine or similar engine packages, Maya and MotionBuilder. 
  • Experience with challenging platforms. Familiar with best practices and a keen eye on its limitations as well as its future visual potential. 
  • Good knowledge of gameplay mechanics and systems. 
  • Good facial animation skills and techniques. 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic. 
  • Strong leadership skills and a team-player with the ability to collaborate effectively with various stakeholders in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Excellent organization, communication, and time management skills. 
  • The ability to give & take direction and implement feedback. 
  • The ability to think outside the box to establish more efficient techniques. 


NICE TO HAVE: 

  • Working with outsource partners. 
  • Experience working with VR/AR hardware.
  • Experience with AAA games.
  • Avid VR gamer.


BENEFITS & PERKS - WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • A competitive base salary. 
  • Comprehensive extended health and wellness benefits.
  • Generous annual vacation time and sick days. 
  • Additional bonus holidays throughout the year.
  • Flexible work schedule and remote working.
  • Relocation assistance for candidates outside of BC, Canada.
  • Fully equipped onsite gym.
  • An opportunity to work on a high-profile IP.
  • The chance to be part of an experienced, high-achieving and fun team. 
  • An international and diverse atmosphere. 
  • The opportunity to help pave the way for the future of VR/AR gaming.

Thank You

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    Animation
  • Employment Type
    Permanent - Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced