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Department Manager

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03054 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Sep. 10, 2021

Job Summary:


  • Partner with Producers
    • Partner with the Producers and Production Manager to complete a feature film on time and on budget
    • Exercise strong leadership skills to inspire and guide a team to success
    • Skillfully negotiate with both internal and external groups to solve problems and broker agreements; earn trust.
    • Apply critical thinking to problem resolution; communicate needs, provide options and make recommendations; know when to listen, question, and report
    • Establish a positive rapport with the Production Manager and other Managers, communicating relevant information in the spirit of collaboration and mutual support
    • Responsible for moving creative inventory through the Production pipeline

  • Schedule and Budget
    • Partner with Department Supervisor to create and manage the department budget and schedule
    • Ensure budget and schedules are current and accurate
    • Create alternative strategies in the event of significant changes to story complexity and/or resources
    • Communicate scheduling goals and guide the team toward milestone deliverables

  • Personnel Management
    • Mentor the Department Coordinator and Production Assistant:  Delegate, set the tone, be the example
    • Unify and motivate the department; exercise keen awareness skills
    • Liaise with Producers, Production Manager and Human Resources to ensure timely and effective responses to issues or concerns
    • Participate in the department’s hiring, training, and performance evaluation processes

  • Process and Tools
    • Comprehensive understanding of the production process
    • Schedule and facilitate Director reviews, team check-ins, and other relevant meetings: Set agendas, goals, monitor pace and shift priorities as needed
    • Strong ability to command a room
    • Look for ways to maximize efficiencies; develop collaborative practices
    • Influence people and results without micromanaging
    • Oversee production database input and reporting

  • Support the Creative Process
    • Preserve and promote Pixar’s culture of respect and innovation
    • Balance multiple perspectives: Individual, Department, Show and Studio; Creative and Production


  • 5 or more years of experience in a feature film production environment or equivalent industry experience
  • Minimum 2 years managerial experience in film production or related field preferred
  • Must have superior communication, feedback, and follow-through skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in feature animation production preferred


  • Superior budget and resource management skills
  • Excellent leadership skills - experience at building teams, partnering with others, motivating creative talent, managing crew performance, and identifying and resolving personnel issues
  • Excellent working knowledge of the pipeline process in feature-animation or short-animation film production, feature production, or VFX production preferred
  • Ability to prioritize the department’s workload with attention to schedule and budgetary limitations
  • Flexibility; able to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, situations, and people
  • Ability to anticipate and manage multiple tasks within a dynamic, fast-paced, and deadline-driven production environment
  • Ability to maintain calm professionalism in a stressful production atmosphere
  • Must be enterprising, innovative, highly organized, and resourceful
  • Proficiency at Excel and Word; experience with project-planning applications and database systems a plus.

To be considered, please include a cover letter with your application

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 Pixar Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar Inc. 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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