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Technical Director Supervisor

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  • Full Time
  • Madrid

Skydance

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.

The TD Supervisor at Skydance Animation is a production role that partners with the production leadership team and the studio technology teams to ensure all technology needs of a specific production are delivered. The TD Supervisor will oversee all production Technical Directors. Their team will provide both technical support and user-facing tool development, define requirements for the Pipeline Engineers, and IT/Infrastructure teams. The TD Supervisor partners with all production department heads and the VFX Supervisor to produce and deliver the film. The TD Supervisor is also a member of the Technology department, contributing to the long term, multi-production technical and pipeline vision for the studio.

Responsibilities
Stakeholders:
Collaborates with the diverse range of stakeholders to define software and other technology requirements
Create a technical roadmap based on prioritized production needs, available resources, and project development strategies
Reports on the status of technical development projects, tool performance, production operations and support
Regularly examines their production’s user experiences, satisfaction, and level of understanding to identify areas of improvement to the production pipelines
Management:
Acts as the primarily contact person and is responsible for the success of the TD team
Actively sets the direction of technical development goals of the production, ensuring the schedule and budgetary requirements are met.
Works with the technical leads on the design and architecture of the production department tooling, making sure they are properly integrated and scalable
Gives guidance to the team and supervises the quality of the developed products
Coordinates closely with the Production Technology, Pipeline and IT Supervisors to assure that core infrastructure and production facing tools are well integrated and working harmoniously
Collaborates with the VP of Production Technology in regards to strategic planning and staffing of the current and future development projects
Partners with HR and TA to source and recruit the best talent in the industry
Mentors technical developers to guide them in their career paths
Acts as a company ambassador utilizing his/her extensive network in the industry and plays a key role in advocating for the studio
Technical:
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
Coordinates with other departments to develop and implement solutions for the show using procedural techniques
Collaborates with the Production Technology, Pipeline and IT Supervisors to assure that the core infrastructure and the production facing tools are of the highest standards and address the needs of the productions

Requirements
Professional experience:
8+ years in VFX or animation industries
At least 6-7 years of experience in Lead roles in the animation industry
Collaborates with the Production Technology, Pipeline and IT Supervisors to assure that the core infrastructure and the production facing tools are of the highest standards and address the needs of the productions
Artistic and or technical qualifications:
Demonstrated advance tools development experience in 3 or more out of the following of platforms: Maya, Houdini, Mari, Katana, Nuke, or Shotgun
Deep understanding of the 3D animation film production process, production pipelines and workflows (artistic and technical)
Ability to document Digital Processes and Technical Solutions
Practical knowledge in continuous delivery and agile methodologies
Advanced experience in Python
Solid Software Engineering skills with experience in software architecture code craft, and technical debt management
Language qualifications:
Advanced English level
Spanish oral and written is desirable