Art Outsource Supervisor - Animation
Overwatch Irvine

Blizzard is looking for a highly motivated and talented Animation Supervisor to join its embedded outsourcing team in Irvine, California.  This is a position requiring hands on direction, management, and engine integration of animations.

The ideal candidate would have strong leadership skills and be able to manage, direct, and provide detailed feedback to external animators. They must also be an experienced animator who understands the process and challenges of making a AAA game.  Finally, they should be able to coordinate with production and the internal animation team to build relationships, and help identify animation needs.

Responsibilities

  • Manage communications and provide feedback to external vendors, and help maintain a strong creative relationship between external and internal art teams.
  • Generate detailed documentation, visual reference, examples, procedures, and engine requirements to support the external vendors.
  • Own the quality control over all incoming art assets, providing detailed feedback and approvals to the vendor in order to deliver quality assets to the development team.
  • Implement approved assets into the game engine, along with making any needed fixes to keep assets consistent and game ready.
  • Work closely with the lead animator, production team, and outsource manager to determine outsourcing needs and pipelines.
  • Coordinate with production and the outsource manager to schedule and track incoming assets.
  • Identify and research possible vendors.

Requirements

  • Expertise in 3D animation software including Maya
  • Strong demonstrable character animation skills
  • Clear and concise communications, leadership, and people skills
  • Must be highly organized, self-driven, customer focused, and a great team player
  • Good understanding of the visual style of Overwatch and Blizzard games and has a passion to push it to the next level
  • Have shipped AAA PC or console title as an animator

Pluses

  • Experience working with outsourcing teams
  • Experience in an art director or lead role

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Blizzard
    • What games you are currently playing
  • Portfolio, and / or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills

**Only submittals with Cover Letters will be considered.

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