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Senior Software Engineer, Animation

31st Union


31st Union is seeking an experienced Senior Animation Engineer to work on a stylized game. The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of C++ code, experience in providing networked, high-fidelity character animations for characters in multiplayer AAA action games, and experience in designing animation pipelines. The candidate will be responsible for the development, feature iteration, and maintenance of various animation systems and rigs for the game. The position offers a pay range of $130,000 to $190,000 per year, depending on the candidate's skills and experience. The company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities.

Job description



Who we are:

We are a diverse team of developers driven by a passion for our art, united by our core values and inspired by a culture of inclusivity to build amazing games that thrill players everywhere. We pursue growth and innovation in an environment of safety and trust. Our culture is built on the belief that the more varied voices in our collective will strengthen our team and our games.  We are looking for our next teammate who will raise our bar and make us better.

31st Union is looking for an experienced Senior Animation Engineer who enjoys a collaborative and creative work environment and is looking to work with equally driven professionals to create a truly amazing game. You will work in close collaboration with concept artists, art direction and other engineers to push the engine towards a combined vision. You will pair existing technologies with novel use and solutions to implement this creative vision at quality within performance requirements.


What we need:

We are looking for an expert animation engineer to help bring our stylized game to life. You will own the development, feature iteration and maintenance of various animation systems and rigs for our game. You will collaborate with animators and technical artists to bring the vision of our game’s characters to life. You will also collaborate with engineers in other disciplines to ensure that implementations remain performant and within runtime gameplay budgets. Over the lifetime of the project, you will identify and provide solutions to animation/rigging issues. Finally, you will mentor junior engineers and effectively break down and delegate tasks as needed.

Who you are:

  • Strong understanding of and ability to write effective C++ code
  • Experience providing networked, high-fidelity character animations for characters in multiplayer AAA action games
  • Experience designing animation pipelines including secondary and simulated animation
  • Experience with runtime facial animation techniques
  • Console development experience is desired
  • Unreal Engine experience is desired


The pay range for this position in California at the start of employment is expected to be between $130,000 and $190,000 per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an 'at-will position' and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.


SECURITY NOTICE -  We have recently been made aware of increasing occurrences of bad actors posing as company HR personnel to gain information from "potential candidates", in the form of job interviews and offers. These scams can be quite sophisticated and appear legitimate.

Please know that 31st Union and 2K never uses instant messaging apps to contact prospective employees or to conduct interviews.

If you believe you have been a victim of such a scam, you may fill out a complaint form at and detailing as much as possible. We are taking these matters very seriously and apologize for any inconvenience.


Join our mission: Bring fun, inspiration and awe to our lives and to our community:

31st Union prides itself on the diversity of its team members, partners, and communities.  For this reason, we remain committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment and hiring through compensation, benefits, discipline and termination.  This means that employment at 31st Union depends on your substantive ability, objective qualifications and work ethic – not on your age, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), height, weight, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), alienage or citizenship status, transgender, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition, AIDS/HIV, denial of family and medical care leave, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, pregnancy status, childbirth, breastfeeding (or related medical conditions), marital status or registered domestic partner status, political activity or affiliation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, arrest record, or taking or requesting statutorily protected leaves, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are also committed to ensuring that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the job application and/or interview process, to perform their essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.  Please contact us if you need to request a reasonable accommodation.

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Location: San Mateo, California, United States

Country: United States

Date found: 2023-03-13

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