Cold Iron Studios

Position Summary

Cold Iron is seeking an experienced Senior Animation and Rigging TD to join us in creating our next game for consoles and PC! This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country.

Do you excel in creating tools and pipelines for animating characters, and love seeing the results come alive in the game? Are you a passionate game developer looking to create the best player experience possible? Join our creative, collaborative studio where you will help forge a visually inspiring, technically challenging new game world.

Here’s the most important one: Do you do it all for the game? Because you know that your talents are needed to make sure that even the best development teams get an awesome experience out the door? Awesome. Come join our creative, collaborative studio where you’ll own the product management responsibilities for a tight, integrated team of game developers.

Your Day to Day

You can expect to be responsible and accountable for the following:

  • Help establish processes to fulfill the game vision and elevate the art
  • Develop and maintain custom animation rigs, skeletons, and motion capture tools for both player and enemy characters
  • Skin in Maya and implement character art assets inside of Unreal Engine 4
  • Create and maintain Animation tools inside and outside of Unreal Engine 4
  • Collaborate with other artists and designers to accomplish technically challenging goals
  • Collaborate with design to drive the player experience through movement
  • Assist in establishing pipelines for the best results in a given amount of time
  • Help define and maintain the high quality bar for the game
  • Assist in scoping work for on time milestone deliveries
  • Guide and mentor other team members

Your Career Progression

Do the best work of your career! No, really, that’s what we expect of you. Come aboard and work with industry veterans all working to improve their craft and become better game developers. Your portfolio of experience will grow, and the size of the audience you reach will expand exponentially. The small team atmosphere allows you to contribute more and have greater ownership over what you do day to day.


  • Portfolio of work demonstrating strong proficiency as a Character Tech Artist or TD
  • Professional experience with animation technical work; rigging, skinning, implementation
  • Strong knowledge of current game art pipelines and methodologies
  • Ability to tackle challenges and problem solve with a strong sense of ownership
  • Ability to work closely with many other disciplines and be a team player
  • Understanding of core principles of animation and how they translate to games
  • Understanding of how animation can help drive the player experience
  • Experience with Maya and/or other scripting languages
  • Passion for playing and creating games

Would Love to See

  • Experience with Unreal Blueprints and animation system
  • Experience with character customization systems
  • Experience with Unreal Engine and/or 3D art creation applications


  • Fully remote

Please Note: Applicants without a portfolio will not be considered.

About our Location

Cold Iron is a team of passionate game developers located in San Jose, California. We’re a diverse group of veterans with decades of experience developing and launching award-winning shooter, MMO, and action titles on PC and console. We launched Aliens: Fireteam Elite in August 2021 to critical acclaim and to a very devoted fan base.

Exceptional employee benefits, Remote work; 18 days PTO first year in addition to 11 paid holidays plus company-wide shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Day; Robust Medical, Dental, Vision insurance coverage for entire family; Company matched 401k vested immediately; Flex Spending Accounts, annual stipend to help cover work from home expenses, ultra-creative environment.