Expert Animation Engineer - (Open to Remote)

Jul 04, 2023
Santa Monica, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Full remote

Job Title:

Expert Animation Engineer - (Open to Remote)

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Job Description:

Job Description

Your role 

Activision’s Central Animation Technology Group is looking for dedicated Animation Engineers to join our growing team focused on the future of Animation in our games.  Our group’s goal is to make radical improvements to the way our characters move and behave. We are seeking engineers with a passion for realistic human and creature movement.  The successful candidate will be ready to tackle the wide variety of engineering challenges vital to deliver believability and style across diverse situations and game modes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with animators and other engineers to research, design, prototype, and implement new features to continuously improve our character fidelity and believability at ever increasing scale and complexity.
  • Develop and upgrade workflows to allow the efficient building, improvement and debugging of animation behaviors by animators and engineers alike.
  • Support and proactively collaborate with team members at Activision studios across the world.


  • 5+ years of professional programming experience with a focus on skeletal animation.
  • Proficiency in C/C++ in multithreaded environments

Skills & Attributes

Our ideal candidate for this role would possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Passion for advancing high-fidelity interactive animation in AAA games.
  • Strong 3D math and linear algebra.
  • Experience working directly on low-level game animation systems.
  • Good knowledge of animation topics such as inverse kinematics, blend trees, ragdolls, state machines and secondary motion techniques.
  • Capable and eager to take a leading role on projects.
  • Multitasking: ability to work on multiple tech threads with different teams


These are not firm requirements, but we would be especially interested in talking to anyone with experience of:

  • Credited on 1 or more AAA game titles for PC or consoles.
  • Familiarity with content creation tools such as Maya.
  • Experience with mentoring, hiring or leading teams.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all the 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 Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply. 

What we offer 

  • A friendly, international team of game technology experts ready to guide and support you.
  • A healthy work-life balance. We create our best work when our free time is valued and respected.
  • Access to counselling services and mental health support through our wellness programs such as AbleTo and our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Opportunities for working remotely and from our new office in Manchester.
  • Generous benefits package.
  • Comprehensive relocation support.


Activision is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this role regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or whether they are parents, carers, a person with disabilities or any person protected by applicable law.

If you need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. Lastly, in your application please feel free to let us know which pronouns you use.


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 $121,500.00 - $224,880.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. 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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