Contract Job

Manager, Motion Product Design


San Francisco, CA 02-19-2021
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  • Paid
  • Contract
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

Project Manager, Motion Product Design

We're looking for a talented, and team-oriented Project Manager to join our San Francisco based Product Design Motion & Prototyping team. Through excellent communication, organization, and experience with workflows pertaining to Motion & Prototyping, you will drive planning, managing and executing projects. You will be responsible for supporting the product design Motion & Prototyping team members, managing communication with other teams & stakeholders, and facilitating design delivery. You have a deep understanding of motion design processes and rituals with a keen ability to define motion design deliverables.. You will play an integral role in promoting the continuous improvement of motion design workflows, engaging key stakeholders, and working to constantly review and iterate on supporting the team as we scale through launching the Disney+ service around the globe.

• Partner with Design Director in putting forward the best motion & prototyping team members for each project
• Identify and remove blockers to enable Motion & Prototyping Product Designers to work productively toward project goals
• Communicate regularly re: process gaps or areas to improve; work transparently to identify areas for process improvement
• Ensure the team is delivering great design quickly, predictably, and with appropriately defined scope
• Ensure the team has a clear definition of success for outcomes/deliverables before starting a project
• Manage multiple competing cross-organizational projects/programs simultaneously on a global scale
• Create visuals and mental models to describe, clarify, debate and align around motion workflow changes
• Track progress throughout the duration of a project (from definition to launch and beyond) with a mindfulness toward dependencies, and facilitate effective communication within and across teams
• Maintain documentation and dashboards that allow for quick and efficient understanding of resource capacity and project status
• Meet regularly with cross team business partners (Engineering/Product) to give/gather feedback on motion projects & drive performance forward
• Foster an environment of successful delivery and continuous improvement

Basic Qualifications:
• Experienced 3-5 years managing processes and workflows across a product design team; Has a solid understanding of production/post-production workflows, timelines and creative solutions
• Understanding of production techniques and software, and how each are used to complete projects (After Effects, Cinema 4D, Premiere, Nuke, Maya, Flame, etc.)
• Thorough understanding of motion & video file formats & delivery specifications
• Is excited by being the orchestrator of the production process and actively problem solving the integral pieces we need in creating a motion deliverable
• Experience within the media entertainment industry is highly desirable and strongly recommended
• Experienced with working on projects with distributed teams, making use of technology and process to overcome the challenges of working with remote staff
• Experience managing large teams on complex high-profile projects, and are viewed as the ''go-to'' individual
• Experience with JIRA and Confluence including tool administration, customization of issues/workflows/forms and attributes
• Comfortable in fast changing environments, with fluctuating demands, building and managing relationships with cross-functional stakeholders
• Ability to build project management systems and timelines, continuously improve those systems and use
• those systems to accomplish product design initiatives
• Strong communication and presentation skills; proven ability to effectively get buy-in at all levels and across cross-functional teams
• Experienced in planning for and effectively managing project risks
• Working knowledge of technology concepts including SDLC and Agile methodologies
• Able to prepare and interpret flow charts, schedules and step-by-step project plans
• Builds strong relationships throughout the company and earns the trust of team members
• Excellent problem solving & conflict resolution skills; thrives when working with complexity; Cool, calm, and collected under pressure
• Strong listener: able to deeply understand the team's needs, ask the right questions to keep a project moving in the right direction, and proactively pursue feedback

Company Profile

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ and Disney+.