Senior Animation Programmer

Discipline: Programming

Location: Cambridge

Employment Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 31 October 2019

Salary: Competitive

Senior Animation Programmer

Frontier are the studio behind Jurassic World Evolution, Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster. We are Britain’s biggest independent publisher and developer of videogames, based among the world-leading technology cluster in the historic city of Cambridge, England.

We are proud to be named one of the UK’s Best Places to Work by GamesIndustry.biz.

Our catalogue of games covers a wide range of requirements to fit different animation targets and art styles. We have proud history of great character animation, ranging from heavily stylised to realistic behaviours, across both cinematic sequences and realtime motion. Many of our games also feature mechanical animation and physically-driven responses, presenting many novel challenges beyond established skeletal animation techniques.

We have an opportunity for an experienced animation programmer to work with our highly talented animation team. You will develop and design new systems in our proprietary engine Cobra to create reactive and believable animation for all our titles.

Fantastic animation will play a huge part in our future success, with games such as Planet Zoo leading the way. Your passion for animation and game technology will be pivotal to delivering the quality that we strive for in all our games.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the animation department to deliver the animations that each game needs.
  • Expanding and improving animation technology within the COBRA engine and supporting tools.
  • Optimising the animation development processes and runtime game performance.
  • Design and development of animation systems.
  • Coaching and mentoring junior members of the team.

About You

  • An eye for animation principals and detail, helping to bring smooth, dynamic and reactive animations to our game.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with developers from all disciplines.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback in order to strive for continuous improvement.
  • Good at managing competing demands for your time.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

Essential

  • Advanced understanding of C++, software engineering principles and 3D maths.
  • Experience developing animations systems, handling complex locomotion and naturalistic behaviours.

Desirable

  • Familiarity with game asset pipelines and animations authoring tools.
  • Experience with profiling and optimisation for console development.
  • Track record of animation programming in released AAA games
  • Experience with Maya and scripting in python.

What we can offer you

At Frontier we believe your work should be rewarding in every way. We offer the chance to work on blockbuster franchises and world-leading IP in a studio environment considered one of the best places to work in the UK.

We also offer a range of flexible benefits to our 400+ team, including life assurance, private family healthcare, pension, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, regular in-house wellbeing sessions, regular social events, and annual bonus and sharesave schemes for everyone to share in the studio’s success.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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