Senior Animation Engineer

By March 25, 2019Jobs

We are Criterion. We love games.

We’re Criterion Games. You’ll know us from the Burnout series, Black & two recent Need For Speed games: Hot Pursuit & Most Wanted. After years of dominating the driving scene, we are growing our team to work on projects that will extend our reputation as a ground-breaking British studio, bringing cutting-edge technology and innovation together to make awesome new AAA games.

Our studio is an exciting place to work. Criterion Games seeks out the most creative, passionate and talented people in the industry and we give them an environment where creative collaborations flourish. As a studio, we’re passionate about inspiring, supporting, educating and working with a new generation of game makers as well as experienced industry veterans.

What a Senior Animation Engineer does at Criterion:

  • Work with designers & animators to understand requirements and plan out functional requirements
  • Design, architect and document technical designs for Animation systems
  • Rapidly prototype new mechanics to prove designs and iterate on mechanics
  • Design and develop new content creation tools, workflow tools and general productivity tools
  • Support Designers using tools and workflows with debugging tools, documentation and usability
  • Work with the Frostbite Engine and Frostbite Team to develop shareable code and interface correctly with the engine
  • Identify bottlenecks and performance issues involving CPU time and bandwidth and optimize them
  • Provide solutions that consider multi-threading, hardware requirements, skeleton optimizations

The next great Criterion Senior Animation Engineer also needs:

  • Experience with Animation features such as skeletons, rigs, animation compression, blending, ragdolls, IK, procedural animation solutions, motion fields, character physics, secondary motion
  • Experience with Data-driven State Machines
  • Experience with Animator tools to control blending, controller trees, and transitions
  • Passion for Animation technologies
  • Strong proficiency with C++
  • Multithreaded programming and debugging experience
  • Experience with Agile development philosophies
  • Experience with Unit testing frameworks a bonus
  • Capable of responding to Code Review feedback and deliver quality Code Review feedback
  • Knowledge of source code management


What’s in it for you? Glad you asked!

  • Competitive salary plus annual bonus scheme
  • Central location in Guildford (5 minutes from main train station)
  • Private medical insurance & dental care
  • Pension scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Stock plans
  • Free onsite gym
  • Employee discounts
  • Rail season ticket loan
  • Annual game points and digital download allowance
  • Onsite café
  • 25 days holiday (including 3 days company shutdown days between Christmas & New Year)
  • Two annual staff parties (Summer & Christmas)
  • Casual dress code
  • Games Area

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