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Lead Software Engineer, Tools Internals (Core)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03413 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Jul. 26, 2022

Job Summary:

Our Software R&D department (Tools) is responsible for developing Pixar’s open source and in-house software. We work very closely with both artists and engineers to build innovative filmmaking tools that enable our film production and continuously extend artistic reach. We are looking for a lead engineer for the Internals team in the Core group. As the team lead, you will guide the development of Presto’s proprietary evaluation engine and in-memory scene representation. Presto is our in-house content creation application. You will work closely with the group’s director and manager, and collaborate with production and other tools teams to define the roadmap, as well as balance short-term needs with long-term strategic direction. As the lead, you also play a critical role in mentoring individual contributors on the team, supporting and enabling their career development. Engineering leads also uphold the department’s engineering practices while ensuring the timely delivery of projects and fixes.


  • Contribute to world-class 3D graphics applications and frameworks (e.g., USD) that enable Pixar’s film production

  • Take ownership of challenging problems that arise from evolving the architecture of software that is heavily exercised in an active production environment

  • Work closely with other tools and production teams to identify needs, discover dependencies and prioritize tasks and available resources

  • Balance short-term needs with strategic direction while keeping focus on long-term goals and continually ensuring that production users are not blocked

  • Provide team members with regular feedback, support them in developing a plan for growth, and deliver annual performance reviews


  • Maintain a solid understanding of parallel programming, multithreading, as well as scene graph and data flow representations and algorithms

  • Start with a strong understanding of C++ that you continually expand upon

  • Express curiosity in deepening your understanding of modern CPU hardware and compiler architecture

  • Take pride and passion in planning software architecture that minimizes complexity, scales well, and remains malleable to an ever evolving film-making pipeline

  • Hold yourself and others to a high bar when it comes to engineering methodologies, like writing maintainable code, providing good documentation and embracing automated testing

  • Have the ability to listen well and communicate clearly

  • Find fulfillment in mentoring and inspiring individuals, as well as supporting their career growth

  • Thrive in a collaborative and diverse environment where you exchange knowledge with accomplished technicians and draw inspiration from world-class artists

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-renoinswned 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.

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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