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Vice President, Software Research & Development

Emeryville, California, United States

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Job ID R-02766 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Feb. 23, 2021

Job Summary:


  • Maintain and continue to evolve a coherent and forward-looking technology strategy and roadmap

  • Collaborate and work closely with studio partners (e.g. VFX Supervisors) in production and technology to identify emerging production challenges and implement effective, innovative solutions

  • Lead and represent the engineering and project management teams

  • Collaborate with Production to facilitate rotation of Production personnel into Tools and Tools personnel into Production

  • Build and cultivate relationships with researchers and colleagues at Pixar, Disney Research, and the other studios within The Walt Disney Company

  • Maintain a relationship with major 3rd party vendors (e.g. Autodesk, SideFX, Foundry)

  • Participate in external events; in particular, SIGGRAPH

  • Build and sustain a healthy, positive, and inclusive working environment that facilitates the efficient and creative development of world-class technology


  • 10+ years experience managing and leading a software development/product team or similar leadership experience

  • MS or equivalent experience is desirable

  • A good track record of demonstrating strong leadership and communication skills

  • Strong project management skills required

  • Entertainment industry and/or computer graphics experience required

  • You have the ability to learn and converse fluently in technical discussions

  • You closely follow industry trends and new technologies

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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