Lead Technical Animator (Horizon Call of the Mountain)


United Kingdom


  • Animation Designers
  • Animation Designers


  • Horror
  • Horror


  • Unreal Engine
  • Unreal Engine

Would you enjoy the freedom to create AAA first party PlayStation games working from anywhere in the UK including our Liverpool studio?


We are looking for Lead Technical Animator to join us at Firesprite to work on upcoming PlayStation VR2 title, Horizon Call of the Mountain. You will be welcomed by a talented team, creating an exciting new adventure in the Horizon universe, in close collaboration with Guerrilla.


Created for PlayStation’s Next-Gen VR hardware, this unique experience has been designed to push hardware technology, innovation, and gameplay.



A visionary game development studio founded in 2012,  Firesprite creates showcase games as part of the PlayStation Studios family. 

Our people are at the heart of our success. 


Upon joining Firesprite you’ll be welcomed by talented creative colleagues from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, focused on learning and supporting each other. We build innovative experiences that surprise and delight our audiences. 


We are committed to wellbeing, equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging.  In support of this we are proud to be partners in Safe In Our World #LevelUpMentalHealth and a UKIE #RaiseTheGame Partner 



Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of Tools and Technology as well as Animation and Code Lead to develop and refine technical animation workflows and pipelines
  • Build, mentor and lead a team of Technical Animators and Riggers
  • Develop a positive and energetic team culture
  • Ensure that the work of the team follows the quality standards, technical direction and set deadlines
  • Work with Dev Managers to ensure a realistic project scope and time estimates.
  • Oversee the creation of assets/tools/scripts that provide efficient workflows and great visuals in maya and engine
  • Identifying shortfalls in technical animation/rigging skills and driving the recruitment process



  • Proven experience as a Lead Technical Animator on at least one shipped PC or Console title
  • Experience with team leadership, people management, skills development, and mentoring
  • Proven experience with workload planning and risk assessment
  • Proven experience producing high quality rigged and skinned characters
  • Excellent knowledge of animation and the processes involved in creating animations
  • Experience with implementing animation and animation logic in Unreal Engine
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience with Unreal Engine
  • Excellent experience working with Python/Maya 


Additional or Desired Skills

  • Experience with Motion capture
  • Console development experience


  • Private Healthcare Plan
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Enhanced Holiday Allowance
  • Pension Plans
  • Work remotely within the UK
  • Training & Development
  • Employee Assistance Programme - Counselling


Firesprite is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


We welcome and encourage applications from all suitable applicants regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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