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Production Manager
- Animated Feature

Animal Logic – the studio that brought you The LEGO Movie – is looking for a Production Manager. The Production Manager is responsible for the overall production management of the project from story through to final delivery, including accountability for the master project schedule, production priorities, production reporting, crew and quota planning, and projections. This is a fulltime, contract role that reports to the Associate Producer and Artist Management.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Create and maintain the overall master schedule incorporating the departmental schedules from the Production Supervisors
  • Communicate clearly priorities, milestones, quotas and deadlines to Production Supervisors and Associate Producer
  • Communicate asset and shot production priority changes to all Production Supervisors and work with Production Supervisors on solutions for such variances
  • Work closely with CG Supervisors, Creative Leads, and Associate Producer to resolve any conflicting priorities
  • Ensure that all breakdowns that support bid and schedule are accurate and in line with current brief and budget, and report all variances which affect schedule and budget to Associate Producer
  • Understand all project tracking and asset management systems and work within such systems
  • Responsible for the accuracy and delivery of all project reports, and ad hoc reports as required by Associate Producer
  • Keep abreast of all reviews and ensure production team are following appropriate note taking and sharing etiquette
  • Identify issues in reviews that may affect budget or brief and pro-actively share this information with Associate Producer
  • Line-manage the Production Supervisors, the Department Co-ordinator and the Scheduling Co-ordinator on day-to-day basis ensuring all tasks are understood and executed
  • Responsible for mentoring, coaching and developing production management team ensuring they have the required equipment and knowledge to carry out their roles
  • Create and publish project guidelines for TIL (Time in lieu) in accordance with company policy and in conjunction with Associate Producer
  • Collate all project leave and ensure all leave works within the project schedule and manage the project leave schedule, flagging any issues with the Associate Producer
  • Ensure that all communication is conducted in a professional and timely manner
  • Pro-actively identify issues, problems or changes, recommend solutions and communicate to the relevant people in a timely manner
  • Liaise with Associate Producer and all crew where appropriate to facilitate the efficient communication and transfer of elements between departments or between Animal Logic and its clients

What you bring:

  • 7 + years’ experience working within a production team on a large VFX or animation production
  • 2 + years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven senior production experience working on at least two feature animation or VFX projects
  • Proven experience in managing large teams of people
  • Exceptional scheduling skills and working knowledge of database tracking software
  • Thorough understanding of live-action and CG based VFX workflows
  • Technical knowledge/experience in film formats, digital media and film techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Excel and MS Project
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills; strong attention to detail
  • Proven organizational skills, including proactive prioritization, effective time-management and comfort level with rapid context-switching
  • Highly developed English written and oral communication skills
  • Self-awareness: calm and focused presence and approach, even when under pressure
  • Works well independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment
  • Fosters strong relationships and communication both within his/her team and across departments
  • Ability to inspire, mentor, and motivate the team
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with all personality types

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