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Lead Production Manager

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10076962 Location Sydney, Australia Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Feb. 12, 2024

Job Summary:

ILM Sydney is seeking a Lead Production Manager to join the team and be a part of this exciting opportunity as we continue to expand our Sydney capability.

The goal of the Lead Production Manager is to support and develop the production team through furthering a trusting, open and supportive environment that encourages continuous improvement.

You will partner with the Director of Production and Production Talent Manager to ensure the production team is supported and performant. . The Lead Production Manager is not assigned to a show themselves but as we are a busy studio, at times the role may involve stepping onto projects, if needed, for short durations.

Reports to: Director of Production - Ben Pickering

What will you be doing?

  • Partner with the Sydney Director of Production,  Executive Producers and Producers in furthering the trusting, open and supportive environment for the production team. 

  • Develop a framework that encourages a culture of shared purpose and collaborative problem solving.

  • Aggregate and diagnose findings from surveys, think tanks and feedback sessions.

  • Design, plan and implement production initiatives to reduce operational friction and further enhance the production working experience.

  • Contribute to and update latest ILM production best practices and tools globally. Provides dedicated support to the local production team on production methodology. 

  • Form a close working relationship with the Workflow Production Manager to roll out global production processes, in line with all studios.

  • Support in impact areas such as production casting and recruitment 

  • Mentor production team members who need support in specific areas in addition to their show production team.

  • Perform the role of a Production Manager on shows for short durations, as required.

 To be a contributing member of this team, you will have a mix of these skills:

  • Ideally, 5 years experience in production to include strong working knowledge of Visual Effects techniques and terminology.

  • Evidence of successful production team leadership

  • Proficiency in Macs/PCs, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of UNIX. And familiarity with Google Suite is favorable.

  • Strong scheduling experience required.

  • Must possess very strong organizational and communication skills and be able to handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner while meeting deadlines.

  • Able to plan and oversee projects from the initial ideation through to completion.

  • Worked with a variety of stakeholders, ranging in seniority. You will have experience in building strong working relationships, training and mentorship skills.

  • Strong influencing and partnership skills and a positive outlook

  • Genuine interest in people management, and an ability to teach and inspire

  • Able to quickly establish credibility and respect and build strong working relationships with a production department.  Demonstrable maturity, professionalism and gravitas.

  • Works with others in a collaborative and solutions focused manner to achieve win-win outcomes 

  • Excellent attention to detail - this is an operational role as much as a people one!

  • Ability to recognise the value and responsibility of working in a team, actively assists and develops team members, quick to identify and problem solve any issues 


At Lucasfilm/ILM we believe that diversity, inclusion and belonging are integral to our company. We are at our best when our people at all levels reflect the vast life experiences of our audiences, and we thrive when ideas and decisions from all are valued and represented. If you are passionate about the role, but don't fit every criteria of the posting, we encourage you to still apply. We want to hear your story.

About Industrial Light & Magic:

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 ILM (Australia) Pty. Ltd., which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

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