Director, Animation Engineering

May 15, 2024
Santa Monica, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

Job Title:

Director, Animation Engineering

Requisition ID:


Job Description:

Your Mission:

Activision is looking for a Director, Animation Engineering to join the development of a new IP. 

You will help direct and define our project's game engine technology, and how we optimize content, workflow, and performance. By leading a team of engineers and working in close partnership with fellow directors and leads across the project, you will boldly craft, coordinate, and prioritize explicit and attainable objectives for the engineering teams within the Engine organization.   


As a leader on the project, you’ll help take the studio and our game from great to even better—with a focus on inclusivity, mutual respect (for ourselves and our players), thoughtfulness, empathy, professionalism, and collaboration.  

You’ll help us by… 

  • Push the animation system to the forefront

  • Drive the vision and roadmap animation systems for the next 5 years and beyond

  • Working with other engineers, to actively implement the core animation systems

  • Collaborate with engineering, design and art teams around the globe

  • Participate in the design, performance and code review process

You’re awesome because you have… 

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Math, or a related field

  • At least 10 years experience in computer animation or related field

  • Comfortable with of the state of the art in computer animation

  • Have shipped at least 1 AAA games

  • Proficient with code and data optimization

  • Strong C/C++ skills

  • Comprehensive understanding of object-oriented programming

  • Excellent math skills

  • Good knowledge of CPU and memory architectures

  • Proven debugging skills including the ability to debug at an assembly-level when necessary

  • Creative, motivated, focused, passionate

Bonus Points:

  • At least 2 years of experience as a lead or technical director

  • Have shipped multiple AAA games

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science

  • Experience with shader programming languages

  • Experience with animation compression and streaming

  • Confident with writing efficient, clean, readable, portable, and reliable code

Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply. 

Our World 

At Activision, we strive to create the most iconic brands in gaming and entertainment. We’re driven by our mission to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences for the world to enjoy, together. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™, and Guitar Hero®. As a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and products, our “press start” is simple: delight hundreds of millions of players around the world with innovative, fun, thrilling, and engaging entertainment experiences.


We’re not just looking back at our decades-long legacy; we’re forging ahead to keep advancing gameplay with some of the most popular titles and sophisticated technology in the world. We have bold ambitions to create the most inclusive company as we know our success comes from the passionate, creative, and diverse teams within our organization. 


We’re in the business of delivering fun and unforgettable entertainment for our player community to enjoy. And our future opportunities have never been greater — this could be your opportunity to level up. 


Ready to Activate Your Future?


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $167,500.00 - $309,876.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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