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jobby: Lead Character Designer, Nerd Corps Entertainment, Vanocuver

 nerdlogoNerd Corps Entertainment, established in 2002, is a DHX Media company, boasting a diverse portfolio of award-winning original properties such as Slugterra, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Rated A for Awesome. With six shows in production, there is always a genre or character to keep you interested and challenged. But we’re more than just an animation studio. Our 400 creatives build stories, worlds, and experiences for kids that cut across platforms from television to online, games, toys, mobile—wherever kids are spending time. We handle all stages of our process in-house, from the IP creation and development to post-production, finance, sales and distribution, licensing and consumer products, and interactive development, making us a rarity in the industry. Our studio near Vancouver’s trendy Commercial Drive is a vibrant mixture of rookies and veterans, where those fresh out of college can continue learning from mid-career and senior artists, and where every level of experience can make the most of their talent on some of the best kids shows and games in the world.

Leo, Gemini, Emmy…been there, won that.
Come work for an award-winning studio and make cartoons, not war. Department: Design
Location: Vancouver
About the Position

We are looking for a lead character designer who will be an essential creative member of the design team. This is a fun and creative opportunity to bring a wide range of characters to life in many different universes. Working under the supervision of the art director, you will strive to maintain the show style with your designs and keep them working within the story specifications. You will train, mentor and motivate new designers on the crew and communicate effective and production-friendly solutions when requested.


  • Create original, appealing, production-oriented character designs through a procedurally iterative process (including facial expressions, turnarounds, and design details)
  • Meet with the design supervisor and supervising director to discuss asset requirements
  • Work in line, greyscale, and colour
  • Complete work assigned within the scheduled timeframe
  • Keep designs manageable and in line with the modelling days allotted for each asset
  • Work directly with modelling to build characters, sets, and props, offering advice and design support throughout the process
  • Accept feedback on designs and execute on changes quickly
  • Participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
  • Stay up to date with shows by reading scripts and watching animatics
  • Maintain the production’s show style and optimize designs for storytelling needs
  • Communicate effective and production-friendly solutions when production requests are not possible within production timelines
  • Assist with paint-overs and provide feedback to design and modelling teams
  • Keep your work orders current and accurate in the design approval system
  • Keep design coordinator in the loop on all activities and any issues that may arise
  • Keep files efficiently organized
  • Identify gaps that may exist on assigned episodes and implement solutions to rectify them
  • Identify potential risks or issues and work on a mitigation strategy
  • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively as part of the senior production team
  • Be a positive and creative force on the team


Be part of the recruiting process by assisting the HR department with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process


Crew Management

  • Train design team on an ongoing basis both technically and creatively
  • Communicate expectations to design team while balancing creative desires with the requirements of production
  • Oversee the daily activities of the design team
  • Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development by providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues, and maintaining positive morale among the team
  • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
  • Set goals for others that can be achieved using available resources and use previous measurable performance to establish goals within projected timeframe
  • Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team
  • Provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback that will help others further their career development


  • 5+ years in CG animation design
  • Design education is an asset, but not required
  • Must have strong design experience for 3D animation and be able to design a wide variety of characters, facial expressions, creatures, machinery, vehicles, and props
  • Experience interfacing with other designers, modellers, animators and directors
  • Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to effectively give direction and communicate storytelling
  • Able to identify strengths and weakness of design team
  • Able to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
  • Able to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
  • Proactive work ethic, capable problem solver with the ability to implement solutions
  • Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Able to think creatively to resolve technical challenges
  • Able to communicate in a professional and positive manner
  • Able to adapt to multiple show styles
  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

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THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the Nerd Corps team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.


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