Lead Animator

PUBG San Ramon, CA

About the Job

Welcome to Striking Distance Studios!

Striking Distance Studios continues to grow. We are looking for talented developers with experience working on large-scale, live service games to join us in our San Ramon studio.

What we need:

The Lead Animator's main responsibilities are to plan, organize, follow-up and evaluate the work of his/her team and its impact on the project.


  • Create high quality, hand keyed character, creature and environmental animations.
  • Work with both keyframe and motion capture data.
  • Problem solve typical game dev issues
  • Define, prioritize, assign and regularly follow up on tasks and the advancement of the team's work with regards to deliverables;
  • Schedule planning and centralize tasks;
  • Ensure that the work of the team follows the quality standards, artistic direction and set deadlines;
  • Know the game's story and gameplay (game design documents); understand and communicate to the team the technical and artistic constraints;
  • Anticipate and recognize potential conflicts or production issues and recommend solutions;
  • Motivate and develop the team members and act as a mentor in terms of technical/artistic aspects
  • Manage and mentor team members


  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in animation within the gaming industry
  • Experience in a management role
  • Unreal Engine 4.x experience
  • Good knowledge of a 3d package - Maya, Character Studio and MotionBuilder;
  • Good understanding of animation principles - timing, weight and staging;
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize the team's work in the context of given timescales and quality requirements;
  • Strong leadership skills, time and priority management;
  • Ability to create and develop productive teams;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Critical thinking and problem solving;
  • Self-starter with proactive attitude to improve own qualifications;
  • Knowledge sharing attitude and ability to coach less experienced people;
  • Experience in the gaming industry will be considered an advantage