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Project Manager (Project Hire); Agile Software Development

Burbank, CA - US

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Job ID 687115BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios,The Walt Disney Studios Date posted 15/07/2019

Job Summary:

***NOTE: This is a 1 year Project Hire (PH) position***

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ world-class filmmakers, artists and technical wizards collaborate

to create the magic of animation. Bring your unique talents, passion and ideas to our team and

prepare to play in a creative, artist-friendly environment.

The Engineering Services team is looking for an experienced Project Manager to partner with

artists, production leadership, technical directors, software engineers, and technology

leadership on the implementation of technologies enabling Production to continuously elevate

their craft and efficiency.

The ideal candidate will enjoy the diversity and challenges of working concurrently with multiple

teams to build, test and deliver solutions that may include artist tools, information systems, and



Project Managers are expected to understand and be adaptable to the needs of each team,

guiding teams on the appropriate level of process and tools, and using common agile practices

where practical.

You must be comfortable interacting with engineers at all levels of experience, leadership in

technology and production, and other stakeholders. Consistent and relentless follow-through is

also an essential skill in this position.

Project managers also assists teams with creation and management of backlogs and roadmaps,

the identification of project risks and dependencies - especially as they relate to other teams.

Independent judgement is expected, especially when considering the escalation of issues,

including project blockers, technical risks and team dynamics.

In addition to fostering collaboration between teams, the project managers will also provide

technical leadership with metrics, reports that enable data-informed decision making.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of project management experience in an agile development environment.
  • Solid communication, team working, and problem solving skills, with a desire to continue to grow in these areas.
  • Must be an effective listener who engages with stakeholders and engineers to ensure expectations are being met.
  • Experience guiding teams in the use of Kanban/scrum techniques.
  • Ability to grasp technical concepts and project risks sufficiently to prioritize and communicate to others.

Required Education

  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field; or comparable industry experience

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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