Lead Animator

Art · Bellevue, Washington
Department Art
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Job Title:  Lead Animator

Department: Art

Reports to:  Art Director

Work Location: Bellevue, WA



Final Strike Games is looking for a talented Lead Animator to help create some of the most inspiring gameplay moments and cinematics in the industry. The ideal candidate possesses a critical understanding of animation principals from a traditional and technical standpoint,  as well as a proven track record of leading and managing animation teams across AAA titles. This candidate can rapidly prototype blockouts and animatics, as well as produce AAA in game character motion and cinematics. In order to apply for this role, please be prepared to provide a portfolio showcasing top-notch skills in character animation, storytelling across several shipped titles, and core leadership abilities.



  • Report directly to the Art Director
  • Collaborate proactively with all departments to ensure finalized asset’s form, function and technical requirements are met.
  • Shepherd the process of building industry-leading animations and cinematics
  • Get hands on when needed and contribute through animating prototypes and finished assets
  • Identify and demonstrate animation trends that help improve pipeline and process across the animation department and studio.
  • Effectively implement feedback from the Art Director while advancing the established animation style.
  • Manage timelines and tasks across the game's needs and requirements.

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ Years of experience as a lead or senior animator
  • Minimum 2 AAA shipped titles
  • Exceptional understanding and demonstration of animation principles
  • Experience building animations for multiplayer combat/action
  • A passion for storytelling and creating character/creature movement
  • Expert skills in Maya, AfterEffects, Photoshop (or equivalent software).
  • Unreal Engine knowledge a plus
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Able to independently and creatively solve animation technical challenges
  • Absolute love for playing and making video games

About Final Strike Games

Final Strike Games is a multiplayer focused game studio founded by industry veterans. FSG is currently developing AAA experiences for PC and Console. For more information please visit www.finalstrikegames.com

Final Strike Games is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please let us know.

COVID-19 Hiring Update: We’re currently operating under a work-from-home model and even so, we're still interviewing and hiring during this time. This role is expected to start as a remote position which will transition to a more standard office position when it's perfectly safe to do so, based on science and best health practices. We understand people's circumstances may vary and will work with you to explore the best possible solutions for your individual needs during the pandemic. 

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