Director, Production Technology

Mid-City, Los Angeles

The Director, Production Technology at Skydance Animation will be responsible for leading all aspects of the studio’s various production pipelines as well as direct oversight of the Production Technology team.  The Prod Tech team develops and maintains the working software environment used by all creative and production staff involved in all animated productions. The team is also responsible for how Skydance Animation interacts with external vendor studios, including data transfer, organization, reviews, and collaboration.


  • Oversee design, development, and deployment of the various tools and pipelines used in animated production
  • Develop short and long term technology strategies in collaboration with other technology leaders
  • Establish and maintain a long-term vision for the feature, episodic, and other production pipelines
  • Directly supervise and mentor Engineers and Technical Directors in organizing, prioritizing, and trouble-shooting projects, as well as developing and coaching to meet professional career goals
  • Develop project plans that include overall vision, goals, architecture diagrams, cost-benefit analysis, acceptance testing, rollout strategy, and deployment support that fit within approved budgets
  • Prioritize initiatives to meet production needs within stated time frames
  • Effectively communicate project status within the Prod Tech team, to other areas of technology, and to production
  • Collaborate with Production and Information Technology teams to map out and optimize workflows and tool integration
  • Present updates on projects to leadership and executive stakeholders
  • Lead product definition strategy sessions, story mapping, and other research forums to gather product requirements from key stakeholders
  • Identify areas of improvement and present those opportunities to key stakeholders
  • Keep overall studio technical knowledge current and efficient by remaining aware of industry trends
  • Attend industry events and collaborate with other studios on initiatives, research, and projects


  • 7+ years experience as a Pipeline Engineer, Software Engineer, or Pipeline Technical Director at an animation or visual effects studio, or relevant experience
  • 3+ years experience managing technical direct reports
  • Management of direct reports that supervise others a plus
  • BS degree in Computer Science, Entertainment Technology, or equivalent
  • In-depth knowledge of VFX and animation pipelines
  • In-depth knowledge of third-party VFX and animation software solutions including Maya, Houdini, Nuke, Flix, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite, and others
  • Proven experience demonstrating superior critical thinking skills, and experience in strategic planning and execution of technology architecture roadmaps
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the day-to-day tasks of diverse teams
  • Proven ability to inspire, motivate and lead a team to produce quality work in the development of solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to connect and influence others in order to achieve organizational priorities
  • Proven ability to break down requirements from customers into tangible needs
  • Proven ability to architect, then manage, solutions through delivery
  • Excellent communication skills in dealing with both technical and artistic groups

Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions. Skydance is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category.


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