Head of Environment, North America
DescriptionAs our Head of Environments and Generalist, you will develop and 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 accountable and responsible for helping define these workflows and approach in order to maximise efficiency of the show teams. You will help designing and setting standards for the EnvGen 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 EnvGen team, being the point of contact for collaboration for all shows and implementing strategies to improve operational efficiency on an on-going basis. A lot of this will consist of workflows in the handing off of assets between departments.
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 your Head of EnvGen 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 EnvGen team, including Supervisors, is a core part of this role. You will be accountable for conducting probationary reviews, annual appraisals including salary discussions, performance management and succession planning alongside hiring for your team when required. You’ll be responsible for developing your team and fulfilling their potential providing mentorship and guidance.
Deep understanding of the creation of Environments 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 in line management.
Must have extensive knowledge of tools and software such as Houdini, Nuke, Maya, Photoshop, Speedtree, Substance Suite, Mari, and other peripheral software used in the creation of environments.
Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes initiative to propose ideas and suggestions.
Excellent artistic eye for the design of CG environments to push the levels of photorealism across all of our environment work.
Advanced understanding of 3D, 2.5D and Matte Painting techniques for efficient workflows.
Experienced in project management, able to prioritise tasks & time efficiently and can give accurate time estimates on work.
Experienced in coaching & mentoring artists in new techniques and efficiencies.
Excellent overall technical skills.
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.
Experience in Python and general programming.
Background in traditional art, and/or experience doing concept design.
Previous experience working in or with development teams.
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 with clear communication, and a keenness for collaboration.
A team leader, approachable and personable, with strong motivational qualities.
Adaptable and with a willingness to learn new skills and techniques – including proprietary software.
Problem solver, with ability to think outside the box.
Flexible and easily adaptable to change.
Calm under pressure and committed to help productions meet deadlines.
Effective People Coach.
Show initiative to propose ideas and suggestions.
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation companies for the creation of award-winning feature film, television, and multiplatform content. We employ more than 10,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London), Asia (Bangalore, Mohali, Chennai, Mumbai) and Australia (Sydney).
TimeSunday, 6 August 20238am - 9:30am PDT
Session TimeSunday, 6 August 20238am - 9:30am PDT