Full Time Job

Technical Consultant


Toronto, ON 08-24-2023
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Position Overview

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our talented Technical Consulting Team, reporting to the Technical Consulting Manager.

As a Houdini Technical Consultant (Games) your main role is to develop workflows and create tools with Houdini that enable a broad community of artists to create content procedurally. You are a Houdini advocate, communicating Houdini's value and features to our customers. As an experienced Games industry professional with strong and well-rounded Houdini skills, you are comfortable with on-the-spot troubleshooting. You are an excellent listener who takes the time to understand what our users hope to achieve and helps them reach their goals.

With strong communication skills, you love to share your knowledge with others and are comfortable presenting in a variety of media, both online and in person. We continue to expand rapidly into game development studios worldwide and would like you to bring your expertise to the thousands of artists who use our technology.

As part of the Technical Consulting Team, you will also work closely with R&D, Sales, Marketing and Education. You can expect occasional travel, sometimes internationally whether, for example, to visit customers or attend professional events.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Learn existing tools and workflows in Houdini.
• Communicate with customers both in person and on-line in meetings, webinars, live streams, and the like.
• Explore and prototype workflows and share the results with our R&D team.
• Identify, develop, test, document and deploy tools and workflows that solve real production problems for our customer.
• Support our Sales Team as needed by providing specialized knowledge to further relationships with both prospective and existing customers.
• Report on industry trends and relay customer feedback to internal teams as appropriate. Keep track of your interactions and make notes available to others at SideFX.
• Be a champion of our company and represent SideFX to the larger CG community.
• Participate as needed in public channels where Houdini tools are discussed.
• Occasionally visit studios and provide guidance on applying Houdini to production challenges, answering questions and solving technical problems on site.
• Occasionally create demo content to be shown at various trade shows and Houdini related events.
• From time to time conduct training for customers.
• Collaborate on materials to assist sales team in communicating with customers.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience
• Fluency in using Houdini for a runtime context, preferably game production.
• Knowledge of the game development pipeline and related tools, including
demonstrated proficiency with Unity or Unreal Engine.
• Must have great interaction skills and the ability to connect with others in person and
• Strong presentation skills, must be able to create and present content in Houdini fluently.
• Minimum of 3 years experience game industry, or related industry experience.
• Minimum of 3 years Houdini experience with demonstrated competency in a production setting.
• Must be willing and able to travel occasionally (~25-35 days per year), sometimes internationally.
• Ability to work and operate remotely.
• A demonstrated passion for procedural processes and tools, and a drive to share that
passion with artists.
• Strong written and verbal English communication skills.

Bonus Skills
• Realtime character experience strongly preferred.
• Experience with machine learning.
• Business development, marketing, education or sales experience.
• Bachelor's degree in a field relating to Game Development, Computer Science, Computer Graphics, or equivalent experience/education.
• Have experience as a Technical Artist or Lead Character Artist at a Games Studio.
• Experience creating learning materials or teaching production software.

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Toronto or Los Angeles office; Other locations will be considered within our company's possibilities.

SideFX is committed to inclusion and diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities, upon request.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d9q0k7-18-206-194-21-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Company Profile

For over thirty years, SideFX has been providing artists with procedural 3D animation and visual effects tools designed to produce the highest-quality cinematic results. We are passionate about what our customers do because our roots are in production, both as artists and as pioneering technical innovators.

SideFX has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science multiple times - including with an Oscar® - for the development of our Houdini software, and its breakthrough procedural-based technology.

Houdini is used by the world's top film, TV, and game studios to create blockbuster movies such as Black Panther and Moana, captivating TV shows like Spider-Man, The Lion King and Godzilla vs. Kong, TV shows like The Crown, Game of Thrones and S.W.A.T., and video games like Ghost Recon, Far Cry and Age of Empires. Our customers include Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, Sony Pictures, Imageworks, Weta Digital, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, and many more.

What we offer:
• Hybrid Work option - A great office in Downtown Toronto (right across from Union station) with the flexibility to work from home (most roles).
• 3 weeks' vacation to relax and re-energize
• Health insurance coverage including a Health Service Spending Account (HSSA only for Canadian employees), for you and your dependents (only permanent employees)
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP); because sometimes we need a bit of extra support
• Retirement Plan with company matched contributions (only permanent employees)
• A highly competitive bonus structure (only permanent employees)
• A generous sick time entitlement to care for yourself and your loved ones

Why join SideFX?
• Because you want to be part of a unique experience and winning team that has won an Oscar and an Emmy (Cool, right?)
• Because you want to be part of an industry-leading company that is constantly mindfully growing
• Because you want to work with some of the most talented people in the industry on a ground-breaking product
• Because you want to work with people from all around the world
• Because you want to be part of an exciting and fun industry
• Because you want to join and add to a positive, supportive and respected company culture
• Because you want your job to be GREAT!