Animation Outsourcing Manager

ZeniMax Online Studios @ Hunt Valley, MD, US


ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for an experienced Animation Outsourcing Manager to manage an external team of animators. The role involves critiquing and managing work while providing benchmark examples for the external team to follow. He/she will coordinate between internal animators, technical artists, and the external team. The ideal candidate is an experienced character animator with management experience.


  • Well-developed communication, negotiation, and personal skills
  • Provide a portfolio of work demonstrating excellence in animation, technical art, or related experience
  • 2+ years of experience in a leadership position and at least one year of experience in outsource management
  • Highly organized with an eye for quality and the ability to review deliverables for quality and accuracy
  • Experience in Max and Maya
  • Experience with project management and delivering to required schedules and deadlines
  • Strong aptitude for art/animation software
  • Experience with skinning, rigging, animation production for video games


  • Review deliverables for quality and accuracy and provide feedback as required
  • Create benchmark examples based on the Animation Director’s feedback and direction
  • Revise and adjust animations as needed in an effort to achieve the best quality possible
  • Maintain a production schedule and manage multiple deliveries from different animators on a daily basis
  • Coordinate daily with our internal artists, tech artists, animators, and leads in order to process and export animation assets into the game
  • Test and troubleshoot deliverables to ensure they work correctly in the game engine

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with 2D art, illustration, and figure drawing
  • Experience with motion capture pipelines, deliverables, and setup
  • Experience with Motion Builder functionality and workflows

What to Expect

Submit to a Position

You will receive an automated email confirming we have received your resume.

Due to the high volume of applications received, it's not possible for us to respond directly to each candidate.

Don't see your desired position listed? Apply under "General Application" instead!

Recruiter Call

If you are selected, you will be contacted by our team for an initial phone screen to chat about your previous experience.

You may go through one or two phone interviews, and possibly a follow-up Skype call.

If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file.

Site Visit

The next step will be an invitation to come out and meet the team at the studio for onsite interviews.

In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.