Head of Animation

Vancouver, British Columbia, ca
Company: DNEG
Published on 2021-03-25 10:28:11


Position at DNEG

As one of the worldwide leaders in VFX, DNEG prides itself on the creative, collaborative, and passionate atmosphere we create within each department. We are excited to announce our search for an experienced VFX professional to join our Vancouver team as Head of Animation. This amazing role is a senior leadership position within DNEG working with the Global Head of Animation, the Head of CG in Vancouver and all leaders in technology to aspire to produce the greatest, most creative and innovative Animation within the world of VFX.

We are looking for an inspiring, progressive minded person who believes in the importance of cultivating a creative, supportive and enriching work environment. The Head of Animation understands that great work flows from great relationships. The ideal candidate will use strategic leadership qualities to bring out the best in every team member as well as employ essential casting techniques to position the team in the strongest possible way.

As our Head of Animation, you will support consistent workflows in your department, ensuring the right tools and technology are being used to delivery a variety of work to the highest standard in an effective manner. You will be required to collaborate on these workflows and approach in order to maximise efficiency of the show teams. By keeping abreast of current advances in animation technologies, you will help design and set standards for the Animation Pipeline in order for your team to create the highest standard of work in the most optimised manner. You will engage in the creative process with positive & supportive attitude and can demonstrate an excellent aesthetic eye and ability to anticipate potential problems.

Working alongside the other Head of Departments at DNEG, you will be responsible for communicating on behalf of the animation team, being the point of contact for animation needs for all shows, including pitches and initial client meetings, and implementing strategies to improve operation efficiency on an on-going basis.

DNEG is a truly international company working with one pipeline and one vision to provide the very best visual effects and managing international communication across departments and shows is key to this role. Working closely with the Global Head of Animation, Head of Animation counterparts in our other studios, you’ll contribute to planning the division of work between locations to maximize resources and productivity.

The line management of your Animation team including Supervisors is a core part of this role. You will be accountable for providing encouraging leadership to your team and capable of generating team dynamism to allow your artists to grow and develop in all aspects of animation. You’ll be responsible for establishing close relationships with your team to understand their strengths and create key training and leadership paths for them to reach their utmost potential. You will conduct probationary reviews, annual appraisals including salary discussions, performance management and succession planning alongside hiring for your team when required.

Must Have

  • Deep Understanding of Animation within visual effects for high-end film and television.
  • At least 10 years experience in the VFX industry
  • Significant supervision and/or management experience in the VFX industry
  • Previous experience line managing a team and providing a supportive work environment
  • Extensive knowledge of animation software such as Maya and ability to keep up today with industry advances
  • Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes initiative to propose ideas and suggestions
  • Experienced in project management, able to prioritise tasks & time efficiently and can give accurate time estimates on work.
  • Ability to establish close working relationships with your team, coaching and mentoring your artists in new techniques and efficiencies to advance their skills and career goals
  • Comfortable being the face and advocate for the animation team, both internally and when liaising with clients
  • Talent to influence and build strong working relations within an organisation
  • Ability to understand the needs and demands of a production driven environment
  • Nice to Have

  • Previous knowledge of the DNEG pipeline
  • Previous experience working in or with production technology teams
  • About You

  • Highly motivated
  • Organised, pro-active and a self-starter
  • Ability to work with competency, energy & enthusiasm with little supervision
  • Excellent listening & communication skills, able to take direction and receive criticism
  • A team player withclear communication, and a keenness for collaboration
  • A leader, approachable and personable, with strong motivational qualities
  • Adaptable and with a willingness to learn new skills and techniques – including proprietary software
  • Problem Solver
  • Organized
  • Calm under pressure and committed to help productions meet deadlines
  • Effective People Coach
  • Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes initiative to propose ideas and suggestions

  • About Us
    We are DNEG, one of the world's leading visual effects, animation and stereo conversion companies for feature film and television, with studios in London, Vancouver, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Chennai, Montréal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Goa.

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