Full Time Job

Head Of Layout

Moving Picture Company

Remote / Virtual 11-05-2020
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Head of Creative Operations, along with the Department Manager, the Head of Department is responsible for day-to-day operations and long-term strategic management of the Layout department.

Managing the team:
• Manage the training and integration of new artists into the existing team in accordance with the global needs of the business
• Recruiting and casting of the Leads
• Cast and assign appropriate teams to the various projects, balancing the financial, technical and creative considerations of the task
• Nurture creative vision and technical ability, while ensuring balanced personal and professional development
• Assess performance of the team through appraisals (formal as well as informal), and manage career growth and promotions within the wider considerations of the company

Strategy and technical development:
• Have a compelling strategy and vision for the future of the department
• Keep up to date with industry developments and tools
• Ensure the department remains relevant in an ever changing global industry
• Propose and oversee the development of new tools, workflows or techniques as required for successful and efficient delivery of shows
• Monitor workflow and techniques used in the team
• Collaborate with other department HODs to design workflows between their teams
• Report on workflows to the Head of Creative Operations

Show planning, maintenance and delivery:
• Work with the lead artists, supervisors and show production to bid or plan shots, and ensure the project methodologies, quality and schedule expectations are consistent and achievable
• Work with show teams to plan for future challenges and problem solve current issues
• Assist other artists, departments and supervisors solve issues as they arise during production, delegating work where necessary
• Create good communication channels with other departments, show production and senior management to ensure complex information is disseminated appropriately
• Ensure that work is delivered to MPC's global standards, on time and on budget

Layout Focus

Refocusing Layout Team to become a rapid prototyping department and establishing them as a key creative group in the business

Standardized workflows
• Focusing the team on sequence based work
• Establishing the presentation standards within the department and with show teams
• Establishing rapid workflow to drive fast turnaround for client sends and presentation
• Monitoring workflows and techniques used within the team

Department planning and maintenance
• Revising Job Description and Team Structure in the layout team to make it in line with department mission
• Casting members of the shot/build teams
• Identifying existing and future key members with a creative acumen and generalist background

Training and mentoring
• Identifying and organizing training sessions for all members of the team to maintain skill levels up to the tasks
• Supporting team members with regular 1:1 with key members and leads
• Pairing up team members to encourage learning and upskilling


Technical Knowledge/Skills:
• A strong technical background is essential
• Up-to-date knowledge of VFX tools and emerging technologies
• Strong technical understanding of CG pipelines and the ability to develop efficient workflows related to layout and layout presentation and identify additional tools required
• Expert skills in cameras, layout, animation blocking, scene assembly and composition and cinematography are required
• Strong understanding of modeling, texturing, lookdev and stereoscopy; generalist background is essential
• Expert in Maya
• Experience in matchmove is a plus
• Understanding real time visualization tools, knowledge of Unity is a plus


6+ years of proven leadership and management experience in a leading VFX company or associated industry

• Excellent communication and negotiation skills
• Strong work ethic
• Strong attention to detail
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Exercise patience, problem-solving and mediation skills
• Ability to cope with stressful situations and conflict with composure
• Ability to work in an inclusive and diverse organization
• Strong creative ability and flair
• Strong sense of aesthetic
• Excellent team building skills
• Strong business acumen
• Understanding of financial impacts of business decisions

Company Profile
Moving Picture Company

Technicolor is home to the world's premiere portfolio of visual effects brands, services, and creative innovations. With locations that span the globe, and service offerings tailored to the specific creative and storytelling needs of each project, we power premium content. Our diverse family of VFX brands includes: MPC, The Mill, MR. X, Mikros MPC Advertising, and Technicolor VFX. Each studio has their own unique approach to help storytellers create out of this world experiences.