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Associate Technical Director, Animation

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Associate Technical Director, Animation in Toronto, Canada

  • Ubisoft
  • Full time
  • Intership
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  • Toronto, Canada
  • 06/12/2020
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Ubisoft Toronto Inc.

224 Wallace Avenue. M6H 1V7

Toronto, Ontario


Location of position: Toronto, Ontario


Our Mission

Ubisoft is committed to enriching players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. We create worlds where people can express themselves, explore, and discover new possibilities.


Ubisoft Toronto was founded in 2010 and has contributed to many award-winning Ubisoft brands including: Assassin’s Creed®, Far Cry®, For HonorTM, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, and Watch Dogs®. In 2018, the team at Ubisoft Toronto developed its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and is leading development of Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft Toronto is one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2020.


Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling game-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft, we offer an open environment where bright ideas have a chance to shine and everyone is eager to share knowledge.


Challenge accepted? Join us and Create the Unknown.


Associate Technical Director, Animation

As an Associate Technical Director, Animation you will determine, prepare, and adapt the animation tools used in production. You will train animators on the selected tools and methods and supervise the integration of the animation into the game engine. You will participate in assessing production risks from the design proposals and prioritize tools and technologies needed to achieve creative direction and production goals.  You will also participate in director review and provide technical feedback to the team.


Type of Position: Permanent, full-time.




The main and routine tasks of the Associate Technical Director, Animation are to:

  • Participate in game and technical design meetings and determine the project’s technical animation needs;
  • Work with programmers to define implementation of tools and features;
  • Test the selected/developed engine, request improvements, verify all related documentation, and correct and\or produce new documents if necessary;
  • Develop or find the best tools (e.g.: 3DS Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, etc) and methods to improve and facilitate the work of animators;
  • Test the tools before they are deployed and ensure that they work properly throughout the production process;
  • Create, organize, and carry out training sessions so that all animation team members are able to properly use the tools and methods;
  • Produce documents on the tools, methods, training sessions, processes, and engine constraints for later reference;
  • Coordinate and act as the point of contact between the animation and programming teams;
  • Regularly communicate technical constraints and their rationales to the animation team;
  • Establish the nomenclature of all of the files created by the animators so as to structure data location and facilitate retrieval;
  • Provide constant technical support for the tools and engine to every member of the animation team;
  • Supervise the design, integration, and validation of the in-game animations and cinematics in the engine and facial animation pipeline;
  • Be the technical point of contact for all technical animation issues;
  • Be the animation point of contact for others during knowledge-sharing activities;
  • Carry out all related tasks.



College Diploma in game-oriented 3D animation technique or any other equivalent training.



  • 10+ years’ in-game animation experience;
  • 2 years as technical director animation / integration of game animation system is a must;
  • Leadership experience an asset;
  • Experience on a minimum of 2-3 console games productions.


Other Skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to draft technical documents;
  • User focus;
  • Vision;
  • Time and priority management skills;
  • Coaching skills;
  • Stress and change management skills;
  • Resourcefulness in problem-solving;
  • Curiosity.


We Offer:

·         Competitive Salary

·         Comprehensive Benefits Package:

o    Disability Insurance

o    Dental Insurance

o    Extended medical insurance

o    (Optional) RRSP contribution

o    Relocation assistance

o    Bonus (If Applicable)


Why Ubisoft Toronto?

Located in Toronto's up-and-coming Junction Triangle neighbourhood since 2010, Ubisoft Toronto is a studio full of passionate and experienced game developers focused on making innovative and exciting games.  With over 35 languages spoken, Ubisoft Toronto is as diverse as the booming city it calls home. At Ubisoft Toronto, we are passionate about positive culture. We host monthly team celebrations, organize events for employees and their families, and we offer a variety of health and wellness initiatives like on-site yoga, on-site occupational therapists, flexible days, and an abundance of fresh fruit to promote a balanced life. 

Ubisoft Toronto conducts annual performance reviews to help our team develop their careers and grow with our studio, and we provide the opportunity for salary increases annually as part of the performance review process. Ubisoft Toronto also offers a comprehensive health benefits package, generous RRSP matching, industry education support, training, and career development.

Join us and see for yourself why Ubisoft is rated one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People multiple years running!

Join Us!

At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our differences helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.

We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome applications from all interested candidates. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, neurodivergent people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation for people with disability upon request.

If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for? Apply to join us now!

We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


Ubisoft is a creator of worlds, committed to enriching players' lives with original and memorable gaming experiences.

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