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Director of Engineering, RenderMan

Emeryville, California, United States

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Job ID R-03094 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Nov. 03, 2021

Job Summary:


  • Implement and promote engineering standard methodologies

  • Collaborate with Product Management on strategic roadmap planning and roadmap execution
  • Lead the definition of requirements, priorities and planning of engineering projects.
  • Establish and manage processes for efficient team execution
  • Recruit, mentor and maintain ​​a high-performing, cohesive team
  • Manage communication to customers, executives, peer teams, product management, and the studio
  • Collaborate with Managers and Directors across the Studio
  • Manage team budget 
  • Build a diverse, inclusive, fair, collaborative, and dynamic team environment.
  • Represent Pixar and RenderMan at industry events 


  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

  • Demonstrated experience managing or leading development teams through full product delivery cycles
  • 10+ years of industry experience (as engineer and manager)
  • Strong working knowledge of modern software development methodologies and software design patterns and experience leading significant software projects/products
  • Demonstrated success building significant applications  
  • Expertise in one or more programming languages like C++, Python, GPU programming with CUDA, OpenCL or other equivalent language
  • Experience building stable and scalable software systems
  • Practical knowledge with production technologies such as Digital Content Creation Tools like Maya, Houdini, Katana, Game Engines like Unity/ Unreal or similar
  • Excellent English / written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in a global environment and managing global teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in rendering or realtime systems, digital content creation space (e.g., working in a 3D pipeline or software development).

  • Experience in managing multi-sided businesses, creating a strategy that balances and optimizes different partners’ incentives.
  • Experience with successful execution and bias towards action, even in areas of uncertainty, with multi-functional teams across multiple locations and time zones, to get things done.
  • Experience in film or game production pipelines

About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

Pixar's objective is to combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.

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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