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Technical Director- Animation

Keywords / Skills : Technical Director- Animation, animation, rigging, programming field, Technical Animation integration, scripting languages, motion capture, and animation state machines, game engines, 3D software

7 - 17 years
Posted: 2019-11-18

IT/Computers - Software
Software Engineer/Programmer
Posted On
18th Nov 2019
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Job Description
The Offer
  • Attractive salary & benefits with great working culture
  • Lead and help the team grow with innovation and creativity
The Job 
As a Technical Director on Skull & Bones, your role is to own the technical aspects of Animation production, including ensuring that we use the best techniques and practices available, while meeting delivery requirements.

Your responsibilities include:
  • Offering Animation solutions and innovations that create value for the consumer
  • Quality, stability, scalability and improvement of Animation production pipeline
  • Rapidity of iteration for the content creation team
  • Management of the Animation performance to ensure framerate targets
  • Mentoring and growing TD Animation expertise in the studio
  • Act as the technical reference for Animation, including tools, methods, etc. to realize animation of the game.
  • Representing Animation needs and requirements to engineers implementing systems.
  • Accountability for Animation budgets (performance and memory) and help animators realize the best quality while fitting in budgets in the worst case.
  • Help develop and push a roadmap/vision along with rendering/tools/etc and establish short/mid/long-term priorities.
  • Test Animation tools before deployment and make sure they function correctly throughout production.
  • Anticipating and detecting potential issues or negative interactions between systems and workflows.
  • Produce and maintain documentation using Confluence on tools, methods, trainings, processes, and engine limits for consultation and future reference.
  • Help guide and build pipelines for Animation creation based on best practices, take ownership of important or risky modifications to the pipeline.
  • Technical planning and coordination of the animation pipeline.
  • Evaluate Ubisoft’s existing engines in order to identify product strengths and weaknesses and recommend those that meet our needs
  • Foster inter-team coordination. Help coordinate communication between Animation/Core Tech/TDs groups and achieve consensus for the requirements necessary to ship a high quality title. Help make a group a team.
  • Coordinate and act as liaison between the animation team and programming team. Use Jira to track and manage with programmers needed improvements and bugs fixes.
  • Establish an open communication canal with your peers on the project, particularly with other Technical Directors but also with artists, and leads.
  • Coaching and mentoring TD Animators/TD Characters with best development practices and technical constraints.
  • Work closely with HR recruitment and producers to identify, hire and grow promising candidates in your area of expertise.
  • Researching, initiating and implementing strategic technical changes for the project.
  • Reach out to other collaboration / knowledge sharing from/to other relevant teams (e.g. Pioneer, Silex, FC, Hero, etc.) or events (e.g. UDC)
The Profile 
  • You have at least 7 years of experience in animation, rigging or programming field, including at least 3 years as a Technical Animation Director / integration of game animation system or equivalent;
  • In-depth knowledge of game engines (e.g. Unity or Unreal) & 3D software (3DS Max, MotionBuilder and Houdini) & understanding of scripting languages (e.g. C#, Python, MaxScript), motion capture, and animation state machines;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, mentorship, time management, organizational, and presentation skills;
  • A highly innovative, collaborative, attentive, and solution-oriented spirit;
  • Critical thinking, curiosity, resourcefulness, and plenty of flexibility
  • A passion for sharing your knowledge and helping others learn and grow
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