JOB TITLE:            Animation Director

LOCATION:          Novato, US

FUNCTION:          Animation - Gameplay

REPORTS TO:      Game Director

CONTRACT:         Permanent


What We Need:

As the Animation Director for an incredibly exciting new game from Hangar 13, you'll set the bar for animations across the entirety of the project and drive toward the highest quality at every phase. From keyframe animation on amazing new enemies to directing mocap shoots with stunt actors, you’ll partner with the Game Director to define and deliver a unique vision and style. You'll build and grow a team of highly skilled and incredibly creative animators and ensure they are given the proper guidance and feedback to meet the quality bar you've set.


What You Will Do:

  • Work closely with the Game Director to define and hold the vision for animation style
  • Collaborate with the Design, Art and Technical Directors to set the standard and drive the visual quality across all animation content in the game
  • Drive and empower designers and artists to understand your vision for character and enemy animations, bringing those elements to life
  • Define the standard for animations at every stage, from concept to ship
  • Build out, manage and mentor the studio's animation teams


Who We Think Will Be A Good Fit:

  • At least 10 years' experience working in the game industry with at least 2 shipped titles in a management role.
  • Experience in AAA game development
  • Experience directing mocap shoots and managing data
  • Expert knowledge of Maya or Motion Builder
  • Superior knowledge of current games and trends and strong opinions about animation techniques and quality
  • Strong creative and technical problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Comfortable working within proprietary engines and tools


Who We Are:

Hangar 13 is an internal 2K development studio based in four locations: Novato (California), Brighton (UK), and Brno & Prague (Czech Republic), working collaboratively as one team.

Each of our locations provides the opportunity to Bravely Create on big-budget, AAA console titles in a diverse and inclusive environment.

At Hangar 13, we want people driven by curiosity — Visionaries who aren’t afraid to explore new territory.  Intrepid individuals who embrace the weird, the challenging, the unconventional.

We’re continuing to build a space that empowers you to take risks and redefine what’s possible,

Where your inquisitive nature is nourished —

A home for people who aren’t satisfied with what is, but who are obsessed by what could be.

So bring your talent,

Your unique point-of-view, Your fearless tenacity,

And together, we’ll Bravely Create



Located just 30 minutes north of San Francisco and 30 minutes south of Napa Valley wine country, Hangar 13’s Novato location has found its home within 2K’s headquarters in Northern California. Situated in Hamilton Landing inside a renovated United States Air Force base hangar, you will find our talented and passionate team within invigorating Marin County. You can walk out the door and explore famous hiking and mountain biking trails as well as the gorgeous coastline. In addition to working in an exceptional setting conducive to Hangar 13’s inclusive and creatively diverse work environment, the Bay Area also provides employees with access to vibrant nightlife, world-class cuisine, local farmers markets, great public schools, and cultural metropolitan experiences. Onsite amenities include fully equipped break areas, company sponsored food trucks and raffle prizes, new state of the art gym, subsidized fitness classes and massage therapy, electric car charging stations and much more! We are only 5 minutes off of highway 101 and a 15-minute walk from the nearest SMART station.

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