Lead Animator

Art | Vancouver Timbre Games
Full-Time / Permanent

Welcome to Timbre!
We are Timbre Games (part of the Sumo Digital Group), a new studio in Vancouver, Canada focused on making exciting, innovative game experiences. Timbre’s vision is to change the games industry through the original games we make, as well as how we make them. We’re building an inclusive, supportive culture that allows us to explore fresh, new (and sometimes weird) ideas. We’re searching for more visionary explorers to join our team of diverse voices, coming together to develop games that are accessible to a wide audience.
If you’re thinking about your next adventure, send us your resume to talk to our team about how you can add your voice to the games we’re working on.
Art at Timbre Games  
We are visionaries, sculptors, painters and landscapers of virtual worlds. Together, we breathe life into creative concepts and ideas while defining experiences and quality. We collaborate with multiple departments to establish our vision, and absolutely light up as we watch it all come together. We are utilizing advanced tools and technologies to shape our vision of building diverse and accessible AAA games.
As the Lead Animator at Timbre, you will be driving the visual standard behind some of our most beloved characters! Using your passion and understanding of traditional stylized and keyframe animation, you’ll coach our diverse team and deliver a unique, fun and responsive player experience on a family-friendly ARPG. You believe the best lessons are shared and through your knowledge and expertise, you will help mentor and grow the Animation team, fostering an inclusive animation culture in the process alongside our Art Leadership team! Your advocacy for animation and the player experience will be delivered with clarity for both our internal and external teams, aligning key humans to deliver our first project! 

As a Lead Animator at Timbre, you’ll:

  • Lead and coach a team of skilled Animators, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and Artistic excellence
  • Champion the visual fidelity and excellence to our characters as we continue delivering assets into the game, raising the bar for quality and consistency to new heights in Unreal 5!
  • Partner with Production team to plan Animation development milestones, timelines, and resource allocation
  • Create organizational best practices for our development team, ensuring our data management is easy to use and track
  • Own and drive the Animation experience in partnership with our Art Director, providing clarity and direction to our Animation and art teams on the moment-to-moment player experience
  • Partner with recruitment on inclusive and diverse hiring, evolving a team to execute on the projects vision

What you bring:

  • 3 years of Animation Lead experience in a creative industry, where you’ve coached Animators, scoped and planned tasks, and worked with external partners
  • A demo reel that showcases a variety of high-quality stylized, keyframe animations, bringing the fun to the projects you’ve worked on!
  • Previous experience collaborating with publishers as an Animation Lead
  • Experience integrating and implementing features within a video game engine, preferably Unreal
  • An inclusive approach to Recruitment and mentorship, that brings out the best and authentic elements of your team
  • A collaborative and open approach to communication: you are experienced in delivering clear, concise and solution-focused messages, that are easily understood by a cross-discipline team
What you'll gain:
Timbre aims to foster a workplace environment that empowers our team to do their best creative work. Below are a list of some of the benefits we offer to ensure you reach your full potential. As we continue to grow, we are co-creating more values-driven benefits to support our team. 
• Competitive salary & comprehensive health benefits, including extended health, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, short / long-term disability, 24/7 counselling through an employee assistance program and a health spending account available to you from your first day
• Annual bonus & up to 5% RRSP matching available to you from your first day
• Flexible paid time off, plus holiday closure between Christmas and New Years, as well as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
• Work with us in Vancouver or remotely across Canada, utilizing our $500 work from home allowance
Yearly access to a game subscription of your choice, renewed on your work anniversary each year!
• My Pathway - a Career Development Program to provide a clear path for you to grow at Timbre
• 8 learning days per year and unlimited access to Udemy online courses
• A values driven culture with direct access to leadership
Timbre’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Timbre Games is located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada and on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Although our roots are in Vancouver, we work with a remote, distributed team across Canada. If you are interested in an opportunity at Timbre Games but are not presently residing in Canada, please note that we may be able to offer assistance in immigrating / relocating under the right conditions.
Timbre Games is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law. We celebrate all backgrounds and attributes that make us unique and amazing - in this world and the ones we create!
At Timbre, we try to be mindful and not set unrealistic requirement expectations in order to apply. If you don’t tick all of the boxes of the role that you’re excited about, we encourage you to send your resume to our General Application inbox on our careers page, or, follow Timbre on LinkedIn to stay in touch with our newest openings.
Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
If what we’ve shared above resonates with you, connect with us today!