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Project Manager, Studio Tools

Emeryville, California, United States

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Job ID R-03103 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Nov. 10, 2021

Job Summary:


  • 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 12+ 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 Leads 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

  • Project manage the software release schedules/efforts of multiple development teams on mission critical projects with accelerated time schedules

  • Facilitate interdepartmental and inter-lead communication across the various Tools Teams and Production Teams

  • Work with the Sr Mgr, Tools, team leads 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

  • Work with the VP, Sr Mgr, Tools and the Leads to facilitate career growth and training for your teams

  • Partner with team leads on performance management and administer regular feedback to the engineers

  • Mentor and develop the Project Coordinator and/or Project Manager I


  • Minimum of 8-10+ years in the software industry and/or film production, preferably with experience managing commercial software development projects and process

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

  • Ability to work autonomously and with project stakeholders

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

  • Experience working with technical and non-technical software users

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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

  • Excellent tracking and follow-through ability

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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