Animation Programmer (UK Remote)

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Posted 19 December 2023
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
DisciplineGames Programming
Contact NameChristopher Redgrave

Job description

We’re working with Sumo Newcastle to find a creative Animation Programmer to join the Programming team and collaborate with Animators, Technical Animators, and Gameplay Programmers to implement, refine, and enhance animation features.

Your work will support the team in achieving high-quality results while effectively communicating the engineering implications of their design choices. You will also be responsible for developing and expanding animation tools and systems as needed for the task at hand.

Sumo Newcastle is a dynamic game development studio that creates ground-breaking games and content for major publishers such as Microsoft, Sony, Apple, and Sega. Part of the Sumo Digital family since January 2018, the team, previously from CCP Games, has a rich history of cutting-edge development and an exciting future in 'AAA' game development for some of the industry's top publishers.

The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • Comfortable using Unreal Engine's animation system
  • Experience working on multiplayer games
  • One or more AAA game credits in an Animation Programming role
  • Knowledge of animation technologies, including rigging, state machines, physics ragdolls, inverse kinematics (IK), compression, facial animation etc
  • Strong C++ programming skills
  • Excellent understanding of 3D mathematics
  • Ability to convey technical information to both Programmers and non-programming colleagues
  • Previous involvement in the development of at least one released game
  • Capability to work effectively as part of a team
  • A degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, or equivalent industry experience
  • A genuine passion for game development
Beneficial but not essential…
  • Experience in console programming
  • Practical experience in optimizing and debugging multithreaded C++ code
  • Familiarity with common digital content creation tools and animation content pipelines
Perks and benefits include…
  • Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension
  • Flexible working options
  • Life Assurance, Income Protection, Dental Insurance
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity & Adoption pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme, including remote GP, Mental Health, and Physio appointments
  • 21 days annual leave that increases with service, plus public holidays
  • Studio festive shutdown, your birthday off, plus a duvet day
  • Monthly allowance for enhancing benefits
  • Career Development Pathway
  • 5 learning days, including 1 volunteer day, Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
  • Free financial and home buying support consultations
  • ULEV car scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Studio Game/Creative Jams
  • Project Completion Awards, Wrap Parties, Big Family Events
  • Studio social activities, such as running, board games, film, yoga, and life drawing