Lead Technical Animator

Art & Animation Bellevue, Washington


ProbablyMonsters is looking for a creative, technical, and team focused Lead Technical Animator. You will join a team in the early stages of developing a new franchise. Our team will be focusing on action game play, world building, level design, AI, and character design during the early pre-production phase.

We are seeking a Lead Technical Animator who stays current with the techniques of your craft and you strive for excellence and growth. We are all enthusiastic about helping to shape a culture of collaboration and trust while creating best in class action game experiences.

The salary range for this position is $147,816 to $221,700. This range represents the salary for the position commensurate with experience, knowledge, and demonstrated success in the field.  

  • You love creating animator-friendly rigs and related systems and enjoy working closely with animators to better empower them.
  • You are highly experienced and knowledgeable in rigging technologies and 3rd party rigging tools.
  • You are proficient in scripting to streamline the animation pipeline (Python, MEL or other scripting languages) to aid workflows and repetitive tasks.
  • You understand the importance of documenting workflows and sharing knowledge.
  • You provide clear written and verbal feedback and direction, and are effective at presenting your positions and ideas to positively influence the project.
  • You are an emotionally intelligent manager who is enthusiastic about mentoring and coaching other professional creatives.
  • Strategize and create rigs and rigging tools from the ground up and update and maintain them throughout production.
  • Skin characters and their equipment.
  • Be a conduit to other disciplines and stakeholders of animation systems, such as animators, character artists and technical artists.
  • Help coordinate the effort to establish workflows and best practices for the animation discipline.
  • Manage other technical animators and develop a strategy for how the technical animation department will realize the animation goals of the project.
  • A portfolio, reel or website demonstrating rigging projects that demonstrate a mastery of character and creature rigging.
  • Experience making autorigging tools.
  • Experience making retargeting tools.
  • Expert knowledge in Maya
  • Experience rigging characters on games that have shipped.
  • At least 7+ years of experience as a technical animator/artist working on character rigs and 3+ years as a manager.
  • A people-centric culture founded on respect, trust, approachability, and accountability.
  • A stable home that values your potential, deeply cares about your work-life balance, and is committed to investing in your craft and long-term career.
  • We offer a competitive benefits package, including sign-on bonus, annual stock option grants; health coverage (medical, dental, vision) paid at 100% for the employee and subsidized by the Company for dependents; Flexible Spending Account eligibility; life, accidental death, and disability insurance coverage; annual 401K contribution by the Company; Employee Assistance Program; and extensive paid time off plus holiday closures.

About ProbablyMonsters™

ProbablyMonsters is an independent video game company that aims to change the way games are made and inspire a better industry for all. Our mission is to unite, guide, and empower talented teams to redefine what it means to create exceptional games. We secured the largest Series A raise in gaming history at $250 million, providing our teams the resources and creative environment needed to foster stable, life-long careers while delivering industry-defining games within a healthy, rewarding culture.