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Project Manager, Software R&D

Emeryville, California, United States

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Job ID R-03234 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Feb. 08, 2022

Job Summary:

We are looking for a Project Manager in our Software R&D Department! As the Project Manager, you will guide the deployment of Pixar's in-house movie production software, partnering with engineering leadership and key production stakeholders to create and maintain a roadmap to ensure timely delivery of projects and fixes, defining execution strategy for a set of engineering teams. The Project Manager also plays a key role in building healthy collaboration within Software R&D engineering teams and between Software R&D teams and production stakeholders, and partners with team leads to create collaborative and positive team dynamics. The Project Manager may also communicate with industry partners to build relationships and answer questions pertaining to our open source software and surrounding procedures.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Project manage the development and implementation process used to deliver software throughout the studio, including software design, software engineering and technology infrastructure activities for new 3D animation software development, including:

    • Create and update multiple complex project plans that span 6+ months in duration and schedules to track progress and keep projects moving forward on schedule

    • Clearly communicate project status and goals

    • Work with the Engineering leadership to negotiate decisions about the addition/deletion of projects and project tradeoffs to meet goals and help drive resolution of high-priority issues raised by production

  • Facilitate interdepartmental communication across the various Software R&D and Production Teams

  • Work with the team leads, Directors and production to define and specify feature requests

  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with engineers, artists and technical directors to provide world-class software development and support for Pixar’s film production

  • Plan and facilitate team events, meetings, and outings to support positive morale across the department

  • Partner with team leads on performance management and administering regular feedback to the engineers, as well as finding opportunities for career growth and training for the teams.

  • Mentor and develop the Project Coordinators on the team

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 4+ years in the software industry and/or film production, or related industry

  • Excellent personnel management and team building skills, ideally in a software or production environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to prioritize work in a dynamic environment

  • Strong problem solving skills with high attention to detail and quality

  • Excellent tracking and follow-through ability

  • A strong understanding of the different aspects of software development: planning, specification, development, QA, delivery, documentation, and maintenance preferred

  • Experience managing software development teams, projects, and processes preferred

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,” “Theer Internationalt)ouille,” “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 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.

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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