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Principal Animator – Netherlands – AAA Games

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Salary: Negotiable

Job ID: #24067 Posted: 12 months ago

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

Project: AAA Console & PC Games



OPM is proud to be working with one of Europe’s leading game development companies who are on the hunt for a Principal Animator to join development and push the quality of dramatic storytelling in their open world titles.


The successful candidate will bring to life their player characters and NPC’s with great keyframe skills. You will collaborate closely with game designers and programmers to create animation networks that push their animations to the world-class level as part of the Character Animation team.




· Strong professional experience working as an animator on stylised bipeds.

· Demonstratable skills with realistic keyframed animations on human stylised characters.

· Comfortable with body mechanics, with an understanding of weight distribution and timing.

· Solid knowledge of traditional animation principles and how to integrate them to boost appeal and gameplay.

· Ability to cooperate with the Animation Supervisor to ensure that the animations meets expectations of quality, consistency, and style.

· Good knowledge and experience with setting up animation networks and blend trees.

· Good understanding of additive, partial and layered animation systems.

· Great communication skills, strong problem-solving skills, and a keenness to assist the team, leads and production where necessary.

· Growth minded and driven towards teaching and enabling other animators.

· Knowledge of current animation techniques using Maya, and ideally MotionBuilder.




· Creating stylised keyframe animations for real-time movement.

· Helping with the output of their internal animation team to maintain the high-quality standard.

· Create compelling and visually appealing gameplay animations for the player character and/or NPC’s.

· Create stylised handkeyed or motion captured animations that have a strong foundation in realism.

· Work closely and collaborate with multiple departments to realise the vision of the team.

· Mentor and encourage the animation team, helping them grow and develop.




· Relocation support including VISA application assistance if required

· International and national tax assistance

· Profit share bonuses, milestone bonuses and discretionary bonuses

· Contributory pension scheme

· Training and development opportunities


Interested in finding out more about the studio and project? Apply now or call me directly today on +44 (0) 1206 214425!

Tagged as: AAA, Senior Animator

Tags: AAA , Senior Animator Categories: Animation , Creative


Jon Norfolk

Lead Recruitment Consultant

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