Animation Lead HOUSEMARQUE / Helsinki, Finland

PUBLISHED: March 22, 2022

Housemarque is looking for an Animation Lead for our next big game!


As Animation Lead you will join the team behind RETURNAL. You will work closely with a team of animators, animation programmers, co-development studios and others to help drive the next evolution of Housemarque games. Drawing from a strong game character animation background you will develop the role of animation in our projects, making sure animation is in a position where it can provide quality and improve the game. You will plan animation resourcing for internal and external work and lead both internal and external animation teams. Internally you will also facilitate animator improvement as individuals and as teams. The ideal candidate is an experienced animator, with notable leadership and management expertise. Teaching and documentation skills are also very valuable.

Animation Lead’s responsibilities:

  • Plan animation resourcing.
  • Schedule animation production.
  • Collaborate with design and creative leadership, and internal team, develop the role of animation in gameplay.  Be the bridge from design to animation and code.
  • Lead internal and especially external animation production.
  • Supervise animation teams.
  • Communicate animation matters with project teams and coordinate work with external partners.
  • Meet with External Development Director, for external, and Lead Producer, for internal Animation developments, at regular intervals.

We expect you to have:

  • Experience as an Animation Lead or Director of Animation on a AAA game or related experience.
  • Deep understanding of current techniques and processes utilised in creating character animation for AAA games.
  • Strong skills in prioritising and resolving issues through creative solutions.
  • Senior animation level ability to help resolve issues and guide others.


Housemarque has a track record of 25+ years of developing top-notch games with focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. We are a part of PlayStation Studios and our latest game Returnal was released for PlayStation 5 in 2021.

At Housemarque, Game is King. We develop great games that bring happiness and joy to gamers and our fans. We aspire to be a great workplace where people develop professionally and as a person.

We offer:

  • Exciting and ambitious projects executed with the best tools
  • 25+ years of experience in video game development
  • Brilliant, diverse and empathetic colleagues to work with
  • Freedom, flexibility and openness in a collaborative culture
  • A warm and welcoming atmosphere at our cozy Helsinki office
  • Competitive salary, benefits, healthcare, Nordic work-life balance
  • Tailored relocation package to help you get settled into Finland
  • Access to Playstation Studios collaboration, games and more!

This is a permanent, full-time position based in Helsinki, Finland. We will start interviewing promising candidates immediately so please apply as soon as possible.