Senior Animation Programmer

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Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior Animation Programmer to join a team of highly skilled coders. We are looking for an individual to foster a culture that balances productivity, innovation, learning and healthy communication.

We are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to code high level systems to low level performance tweaks in C/C++.
  • A strong understanding on the animation pipeline for AAA games.
  • Good understanding on the common pitfalls in first person as well as third person animation systems.
  • A deep desire to be part of a brand new team and project.

What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with designers to build a structure to support rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.

  • Coordinate with engine coders to define the best programming environment for each development phase.
    • Be the representative and champion for Animation code to all other parties.
    • Coordinate and complement work from Technical Animators.
  • Work with the rest of animation and gameplay coders establishing code guidelines, quality goals and performance budgets.
    • Work hand in hand with the combat design teams to make sure they have the most efficient tools.
    • Analyze, validate and incorporate feedback from the team and external user testing.
  • Help build up a world class animation and gameplay programming team by being involved in interviewing and hiring process.
    • Be a mentor for other coders to foster a continuous learning environment.
    • Provide meaningful feedback to your team through team meetings, 1 on 1 sessions and 360 feedback.

Role requirements:

  • Experience with physically simulated animation is a plus.
  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 1 shipped AAA game.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge of animation systems.
  • Experience in a modern console environment is a plus.
  • Innovative thinker with creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work in highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and iterative environment.
  • Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools.

    Additional information

    • Remote status

      Flexible remote

    We usually respond within a week

    Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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    08008 Barcelona Directions View page

    Why join us?

    We offer you an excellent place to work in the center of Barcelona, well communicated in a sunny office. We will keep you engaged and motivated. You will be part of the next AAA open world game and you will enjoy the process.

    But let's go to the details:

    • Medical Insurance

      Smilegate will cover you with our medical plan.

    • Office perks

      Weekly fresh fruit, tasty coffee, and other office daily needs.

    • More benefits incoming

      Stay tuned! We're working to get an amazing welcome pack for our new joiners.

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