Manager, Animation

Regular/Full-Time

Posted 02.15.2019

Come join our award-winning God of War development team!

We are looking for an Animation Manager to work closely with all members of the animation team, including Motion Capture, Gameplay Animation, and Cinematic Animation. As Animation Manager, you will be responsible for the smooth running of the team. You will also be involved in recruiting and wider studio strategic planning. Help us create amazing world-leading games that will set the PS4 apart from the rest!

RESPONSIBILITIES

Managerial Support

  • Must have the necessary skills and knowledge to manage a team of animators. Sufficient knowledge of the terminology and processes associated with the department is essential.
  • Partner with team leads to deal with personnel issues and facilitate individual growth, such as meeting task expectations. General staff feedback will include mentoring and guidance delivered via regular one on ones and also annual reviews.
  • Manage performance within the team in a way that encourages innovation and creativity, while establishing and codifying best practices and processes. Maintain an inspiring creative culture, where experimentation, feedback, and iteration are encouraged. 
  • Establish responsibility and accountability within the team. Create, develop, and support new leaders.
  • Represent the team at the studio level. Ensure that appropriate communication flows freely within the team. Escalate and resolve team needs, issues, and concerns in a responsive, effective and visible manner.
  • Ensure that communication flows smoothly between the animation team and the rest of the studio.
  • Act decisively to remove roadblocks and smooth out interdisciplinary issues.
  • Provide regular and meaningful feedback to all reporting staff.
  • Contribute to studio planning around personnel issues, headcount planning, project strategy, budgets, studio culture and other needs as required. 
  • Coordinate knowledge sharing with other WWS studios.

Recruiting Support

  • Attract and retain top-tier talent, to build an industry leading team. Coordinate with the recruiting team to refine the process. Guarantee a positive, respectful and responsive experience for all candidates. 
  • Function as the studio point person for the Animation internship program. This involves working closely with the SIE University Relations team and maintaining direct relationships with top universities.

Production Support

  • Assist with the creation, implementation, and improvement of the production process and workflow.
  • Collaborate with Studio Leadership and Production Team to ensure a consistent, transparent and effective production process across disciplines.
  • Evaluate and adjust workflow, tools, and communication, as needed, as well as software and hardware requests.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 5 years game industry experience with at least 3 years of experience as a manager within an internal development team.
  • Prior experience working with large development teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively across Product Development and Management teams.
  • Proven ability in conflict resolution with a high level of empathetic and listening skills.
  • Proven experience producing cross-functional, creative development teams and resources to quality and schedule goals.
  • Familiarity with traditional production management techniques.
  • Excellent organizational & prioritization skills, attention to detail, process knowledge and ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to identify other business units with necessary technical knowledge and cultivate relationships.
  • Ability to adapt quickly in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Knowledgeable of current industry trends: stay up-to-date on competitive products and best practices.
  • An undergraduate college degree - or - equivalent skill set.
  • Must love games and have a passion for creating them!

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