About the Employer
We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sumo Newcastle joined the Sumo Digital family in January of 2018. As a former CCP Games studio, we have a solid history of cutting-edge development, and now with Sumo, a spectacular future of ‘AAA’ game development for some of the biggest and best publishers in the world.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The role @ Sumo

Sumo Newcastle are looking for a talented and experienced animator who can create dynamic, compelling animation (both motion-captured and hand-keyed) and understands gameplay animation and its idiosyncrasies.

The ideal candidate will enjoy being involved in a friendly, supportive and hard-working environment, and be able to communicate well within the animation team as well as with other development disciplines. You will be working under the guidance of the Senior Animator but able to take responsibility for managing your own work and schedule.

Within this role you will:

  • Production of high-quality motion-captured and/or hand-keyed animation
  • Help to design and implement gameplay features in collaboration with programmers and designers in-engine
  • Contribute to the conceptualisation of character behaviours and abilities
  • Communicate effectively with peers
  • Meet production schedules and deadlines

We need you to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of at least one major 3D package (preferably Motionbuilder)
  • Experience with animation implementation in game engines (particularly Unreal 4) is extremely desirable
  • Able to reconcile the desire for high-quality animation with the functionality requirements of code and game design
  • Able to exhibit a strong understanding of the fundamental principles of animation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of games industry animation pipelines and procedures
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with Maya is a plus
  • Passion for playing games and an up-to-date knowledge of current industry trends
  • Industry Experience: 3+ years AAA game experience

What we Offer:

Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying over fifteen years of stability and growth. We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary annual Sumo ‘Big Day Out’, plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and the upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

We are proud to be in the North-East of England in the Northern Design Centre on the Quayside next to the River Tyne, and will soon move into purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities nearby. Newcastle was voted the number one place that travellers should visit in 2018 by Rough Guide and has everything that a major European city has to offer; culture, heritage, lively bars and fantastic retail. It is an exciting cosmopolitan city while also boasting plenty of beautiful outdoor space including several beaches less than an hour’s drive away.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.