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Principal Animation Programmer – AAA Games – Liverpool, UK – Permanent

Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom Salary: Negotiable

Job ID: #24967 Posted: 6 months ago

This vacancy may offer a work-from-home start until it is safe to work in-house or relocate to the location.

Project: AAA Games

OPM’s client is rapidly growing with many high-end games in development across multiple genres including Narrative Adventure and Action Shooter titles.

They are a team of professional, friendly developers who form a world class studio staffed with excited, passionate creators who love to collaborate across varied, inspiring, and challenging games.

The successful candidate will join development on a ground-breaking PvP shooter with a powerful focus on art, animation and delivering distinctive character performances to amplify player presence and immersion to new levels.


  • Experience as an Animation Programmer on at least one shipped PC or Console game.
  • Passionate about character animation.
  • Solid understanding and experience programming in C++.
  • Knowledge of Unreal Engine Animation Graph, custom animation nodes, behaviour trees.
  • Experience in debugging, profiling, and optimising CPU performance of large real-time systems.
  • Software engineering understanding, such as OOP, design patterns & API development.
  • Confident in 3D maths, vectors, matrices, linear algebra.


  • You will prototype, implement, iterate, and polish character animation and locomotion.
  • You will act as a point of contact for artists and other coders for the systems you create and maintain.
  • You will take ownership of one or multiple game systems.
  • You will be responsible for developing and maintaining the animation pipeline and state machines.
  • You will mentor junior programmers.

DESIRED SKILLS (good to have):

  • Having an instinct ‘game feel’
  • Experience with Console development


  • Private Healthcare Plan.
  • Bonus Scheme.
  • Enhanced Holiday Allowance.
  • Pension Plans.
  • Work remotely within the UK.

Interested in finding out more about the studio and project? Apply now or call directly today on +44 1206 214 418!

Tagged as: Animation Programming, C, Character Animation

Tags: Animation Programming , C , Character Animation Categories: Programming , Technical


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