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Production Technology Supervisor

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Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.

While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.

If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…

The Production Technology Supervisor for Pre-Production at Skydance Animation is responsible for managing the team of pre-production TDs. This team is responsible for the Art, Story, Editorial, and Delivery workflows as well as the Production Management and Review toolsets. A successful candidate for this role has experience supporting pre-production departments in an Animation or Visual Effects studio, including building tools and pipeline to integrate these departments into the production pipeline.

Develop and support workflows and tools for Art, Story, Editorial and Production Management departments
Technically support artists and production staff from the pre-production departments
Assure that the Productions are properly staffed with technical support
Define strategic use and best practices for tools and systems delivered to Production
Partner with other Production Technology and IT teams to solve studio challenges
Maintain, monitor, and report on the status of the pre-production pipeline to stakeholders
Directly supervise and lead the team of pre-production Technical Directors
Acts as the primarily contact person for the pre-production TD team
Ensure that pre-production facing tools are well integrated
Project manage the team tasks and initiatives to meet production needs on schedule
Coach Technical Directors to meet their professional career goals
Collaborates with the VP of Production Technology in regards to strategic planning and staffing of the current and future development projects
Keeps up on current technology trends and tools (hardware and software) that best suit the production (and the company) in the development of a stronger creative technical environment
Identify technical problems, and design practical solutions that meet stakeholder needs
Collaborates with the Pipeline and IT teams to ensure that the core infrastructure and the pre-production facing tools satisfy the needs of the productions
Deliver high-level project roadmap to executive teams
Maintain clear and collaborative communication with the other Production Technology, Information Technology and Engineering departments
Build and maintain relationships with external peers to drive technical discussions related to animation, pre-production, and studio pipelines

8+ years in visual effects or animation industries
BS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field of study, or equivalent practical experience
Experience developing tools, and solutions in an Animation or Visual Effects studio environment
Excellent problem-solving, analytical skills, and technical troubleshooting skills
Experience using and extending various third party software packages, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, The Foundry Nuke, SideFX Houdini, Pixar Renderman, and others
Experience with global software pipelines, collaborating with teams in multiple locations and time zones
Knowledge of software development best practices
Extensive coding, scripting, and debugging experience in Python
Experience with other languages, such as C++, a plus
Experience with source control services and infrastructure (GitHub, GitLab, etc)
Motivates others to assume greater responsibility, frequently, and voluntarily
Promotes teamwork in and across teams
Encourages open communication and keeps the team informed by transmitting new ideas in presentations or in writing to clearly articulate strategic ideas
Strive to deliver beyond expectations with the highest level of professionalism, commitment, and ownership
Explain technical topics clearly and accurately to both technical and non-technical audiences, including production leadership and studio executives