2D Animation Lead/Manager

Art – Art /
Full Time /
As a leading mobile games developer, Jam City is looking to “level up” our talent.  We’re searching for innovators who consider themselves dynamic, collaborative, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. 

Competitive salaries
Professional Development Opportunities

Jam City is seeking an experienced, Lead Character / VFX Animator to lead an animation team. This team will be responsible for creating content for the  Disney Emoji Blitz, mobile game. You will have the opportunity to work with the full spectrum of Disney IP, and help tell their stories in our game. We’re looking for a passionate and talented animator who can bring our animations to life with their creative vision and technical expertise. Our ideal candidate has a deep understanding of the animation process, from pre-production to post-production, someone who is comfortable working within tight deadlines and directing the work of others. If you’re excited by the idea of joining an innovative, dynamic team and helping to create exciting experiences for our players, then this could be the role for you.


    • Lead a growing team of animators based in Montevideo and Buenos Aires
    • Lead by example and provide mentorship to other content team members
    • Work closely with the lead animator and the art director of our Los Angeles office to define direction, methods, and approaches to solving creative animation challenges
    • Work with production and project managers to accurately scope and size level of effort and deliverables
    • Ensure animation/storyboard assets are delivered and shipped successfully and on time
    • Communicate updated and creative goals
    • Create high-quality, 2D character and effects animations for the Emoji Blitz mobile game.
    • Create storyboards planning out the animation to be done
    • Collaborate with artists, game designers, and engineers to define and improve our animation pipelines
    • Ability to work with and oversee fully remote teams


    • Animation degree or equivalent work experience
    • 5+ years of professional animation experience
    • 2+ years of of managerial experience
    • A strong portfolio/demo-reel showcasing an understanding of timing, momentum, effects, weight, and anticipation.  This includes a solid grasp of the ’12 Principles of Animation’.
    • Extensive experience animating in Unity using keyframes and utilizing the graph editor for polish passes.
    • Proven track record of creating compelling and beautiful animations in the face of artistic, technical, and gameplay challenges or limitations
    • Has a clear understanding of animation game beats and timing.
    • Broad animation skills with the ability to execute various performance styles
    • Extensive experience with Unity’s particle system as well as particle animation optimization 
    • Solid understanding of drawing and visual design principles and techniques regarding 2D, 3D, layout, color theory, and lighting
    • Experience storyboarding.
    • Bilingual: Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present feedback and ideas in a clear, concise, and professional manner in both Spanish and English.
    • Affinity for Disney/Pixar/Lucas is a plusPassion for video games a must!
    • Able to multi-task like a pro
    • Sense of humor and a positive, enthusiastic attitude
    • Ability to take direction, and able to iterate animations/VFX when necessary
    • Self-starter, reliable, and passionate about their work
    • Eye for detail with a clear understanding of the big picture
    • Team player who understands the value of regular and effective communication
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Jam City is an award-winning mobile entertainment studio providing unique and deeply engaging games that appeal to a broad, global audience.

Led by CEO Josh Yguado, former 20th Century Fox executive, Jam City is the creative powerhouse behind some of the highest-grossing and most enduring mobile games. Jam City’s global franchise Cookie Jam has generated more than half a billion dollars, and Panda Pop has more than 120 million downloads to date.

The company also is the go-to studio for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative-rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands. The company’s popular RPG game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was the #1 game in more than 40 countries at its launch in April 2018.

Jam City has ten studios located in Los Angeles (HQ), Berlin, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Montevideo, Burbank, Cedar Falls, San Diego, San Francisco, and Toronto.