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Associate Technical Supervisor

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10060505 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 18, 2023

Job Summary:

Associate Technical Supervisors work with Technical Supervisors to strategize solutions to achieve the technical goals of the production within a particular domain (Animation and Character-related departments, Lighting and Environment-related departments). They advise and directly supervise TDs, liaise with Technology on development efforts, and help with development tasks directly. They are the “eyes on the ground” for the Technical Supervisor and show leadership. This is a regular, full time, staff position that will be located at our Vancouver, BC studio. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance.

Role Specifics

  • Working with the Technical Supervisor to realize their vision to define and implement the General TD style and practices for the show.

  • Work in conjunction with the show leadership to identify and implement production workflow processes and create technical standards and conventions

  • Coordinate development efforts between the production and Technology, and between concurrent or overlapping productions

  • Directly architect and implement new tools, systems, and processes

  • Work closely with the show leadership to ensure the successful collaboration, handoff and execution of data through the entire production

  • Predict, identify, and resolve technical and process issues inhibiting production quota in all departments within domain

  • Attend and be an active participant in Tech Check reviews to help identify and diagnose issues, and ensure data is ready to be consumed by downstream departments

  • Proactively watch for and address data integrity issues, and identify and implement areas for data and performance optimization

  • Develop and maintain the show documentation, specifically in relation to technical workflow and tools

  • Identify opportunities to share knowledge and educate others on production process.


  • Responsible for consumability and efficiency of artist deliverables into downstream departments. 

  • Participates in department processes, bidding and reviews

  • Assesses resource needs and collaborates with department leadership in helping find staffing solutions. 

 Leading People

  • Creates an inclusive and safe work environment by carefully managing sensitive information, making rooms feel open and comfortable, creating space for everyone to have a voice and addressing bias when it occurs. 

  • Guides the creative and technical vision/expectations for the team members. 

  • In tight conjunction with the Technical Supervisor, Production Management and AM, inspires and motivates the team. 

  • Contributes to the overall craft and development of team members through setting expectations, delivering consistent constructive feedback, recognition, and accountability. 


  • Models and fosters a collaborative work environment between individuals on the team and across departments. 

    • Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with other supervisors.


  • Provides regular updates to direct leader on the progress, health and direction of the team. 

  • Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates. 

Studio Stewardship

  • Studio Culture-Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels. 

  • Technology, Tools and Workflow-Engages in the creation and execution of technical standards, pipeline conventions and workflows to support the department, show and studio.

  • Department Stewardship-Partners closely with peers and Artist Manager support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation.  Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Minimum 2 years of leadership experience that demonstrates a strong ability to lead and mentor others.

  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to WDAS standards, pipeline, tools and workflows with a good understanding of its technical underpinnings, especially in regard to the data management and visualization of data by various departments

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering, related field, or equivalent experience

  • Extensive experience with computer graphics

  • Ability to architect new technology and processes

  • Strong knowledge of each of the following technical areas (as appropriate for the domain of the position):

    • 3D Modeling, Rigging, Camera and Animation, Simulation and Effects

    • 3D Texture painting and mapping techniques

    • 3D Lighting and Compositing techniques

    • The Unix/Linux environment

    • Python scripting

    • C/C++ programming

    • CVS, git, or a similar version control system

    • Maya®, GI Rendering, Nuke® (or comparable compositing system)

    • File management systems

    • Queueing systems

    • Data management, storage and optimization

    • Strong understanding of the filmmaking process

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Disney Animation continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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