Head of Department - Pipeline
We are recruiting for the Head of Department – Pipeline to join the Wētā Digital at Unity Management team, reporting to the Director of Technology of Wētā Digital. The Pipeline Department leads and contributes to cornerstone projects on the R&D roadmap project as well as maintains an extensive list of libraries, plugins, and tools. The department is made up of multiple fields across six teams.
We’re looking for someone with leadership and management experience, confident in building and fostering excellent leaders, and who empowers them to do their job. The Pipeline Head of the Department guides, advises, and collaborates. The focus of the role will be to work with the department leads and teams, Senior leadership within other departments of Wētā Digital and Wētā FX, Production, Project, and Crew managers to set direction and priorities, to unblock, and resolve conflict.
This is a tactical role, rather than a technical role. We are looking for someone who has a proven understanding of the technologies used at Wētā Digital and has an eye on what’s happening within the industry as a whole. You’ll be happy to set strategic direction while your crew delves into the detail.
Please note that this role is situated in Wellington, New Zealand.What you'll be doing
- Ensuring the Pipeline Department is a safe, effective, and rewarding place to work
- Growing and strengthening an outstanding team passionate about delivering the best tooling for Weta’s VFX artists.
- Delivering quality software that aligns with the studio's strategies and technical roadmap
- Ensuring the Department has the appropriate crew to deliver on the roadmap and maintain its large collection of libraries, plugins, and tools* Working with the department and the wider R&D to define and maintain extraordinary processes and standards – both technical and managerial
- Mentoring Leads within the department
- Collaboration with the Director of Technology, Head of Departments, and Wētā FX leadership to develop a technical strategy for the studio and a roadmap that delivers it
- HOD to work with their department and others to define, implement, and deliver projects at scale
- Identify missing skills and launch training initiatives to remedy them. Elevate skills within the team through mentoring and coaching.
- Build strong client and internal relationships at all levels of the business.
- Effectively lead team members, helping them improve in their fields and ensuring they have a stimulating and challenging career path. You’ll have an understanding of what makes teams successful and what role a manager can play in that process.
- Experience/background in the Visual Effects (VFX) industry
- Familiarity with USD - Universal Scene Description
Only domestic relocation support is available for this position.
Immigration - Work visa/immigration sponsorship is not available for this position.Life at Unity
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