Full Time Job

Senior Manager Of Production

Sony Interactive Entertainment

San Diego, CA 10-08-2020
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

Senior Manager, Production

The Senior Manager of Production works with the Visual Arts Service Group across varied short to long-term project assignments in the areas of Animation, Art, Scanning & Motion Capture. Visual Arts is a dynamic service group with the goal of assisting the developers of PlayStation Studios achieve incredible quality for their titles and this role is a crucial link in that production chain. You will be required to supervise multidiscipline project teams across departments in potentially tight schedule timeframes.

In this role, you will orchestrate efforts between internal teams and distributed global production partners across the world via email, phone & video conferences, Shotgun and proprietary project management tools. Your focus will be on focusing the efforts of the entire Visual Arts team to achieve the industry leading services and deliverables for our clients and effectively manage resources across multiple demanding projects. We are looking as an advocate for solid production practices and harnessing the Production group to establish and maintain those practices.

This position will forecast and resolve a wide range of issues pertaining both to staffing, resourcing and project demands. It requires continuous and cross-departmental interaction and reports to the Visual Arts Director.

• Act as a point of contact between SIE Visual Arts Service and the developer clients. Ensure day-to-day operational and functional needs are effectively broadcast.
• Work directly with developers and clients all over the world and advocate on their behalf to the internal team about project and resource requirements.
• Gather information from clients, vendors and internal team members to initiate a project and communicate with the discipline-hiring managers with a staffing plan.
• Work with Production Supervisors and appropriate Departments leads to generate project budgets and scope parameters.
• Responsible for tracking and modifying the project budgets as developer work scope evolves. Communicate those potential changes both internally and to the developers.
• Communicate the budget modifications to ensure SIE financial stakeholders input them into the financial system at the appropriate intervals for evaluation and approval.
• Work with Production team and Department Stakeholders to develop a Project Budget and Production Plan that includes a Project Scope Statement, Work Scope breakdown, staffing schedule and Risk Management Plan.
• Track project progress, work with team to make corrections if the project is not tracking to plan. Regularly communicate status to project stakeholders. Monitor & Control project progress including tracking and projecting actuals and burndowns.
• Proactively manage the needs, issues and expectations of the clients and internal team as project scope and schedule evolves. Manage scope creep via proactive actions such as trend analysis, baseline planning and effective communication of those statuses.
• Be the central advocate for the needs of the developer clients and the internal resources to anticipate and resolve production issues; present solutions for those issues.
• Responsible for delegating tasks and area of responsibility to project managers, associate project managers and coordinators. You will work with the Director, Production Supervisors and Department Stakeholders to ensure that projects are staffed and resourced properly in alignment with scope and budget.
• It will be your responsibility to bring concerns about staffing to the attention of the Director and Department Stakeholders to ensure production efficacy.

• 5+ years' experience as a Senior Producer or Senior Project Manager in games or entertainment.
• A thorough understanding of Game Development, Film or 3D Animation processes and pipelines. Production in AAA Game Development environment or Game service provider a plus.
• Strong interpersonal, verbal & written communication, conflict resolution, and diplomacy and facilitation skills.
• Must be able to quickly identify issues, problem-solve, prioritize, forecast needs and work independently in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to understand and facilitate practices and processes in the following areas – project management, financial cost tracking, hardware and software needs as they relate to game art & cinematic development.
• Demonstrated written and verbal presentation skills concerning scope gathering, especially technical requirements and reporting project progress and risks.
• High functional knowledge of Excel and general financial knowledge.
• Proactive self-starter and a great teammate. Strong leadership skills and ability to multitask in a technically sophisticated and fast-paced work environment.
• Works well under pressure, has a positive attitude and demeanor.

Desired Skills:
• Expert knowledge of AAA Motion Capture Cinematics, Game Animation and Art Asset production. Appreciation of Industry trends and practices in these areas.
• Experience with Shotgun, Perforce or other industry standard tasking and version control software. Ability to modify those tools to work with the studio standards as defined by the Senior Manager of Production. Provide feedback on the tools with the eye on improvement of the systems.
• Demonstrated expert ability to produce Film, Videos, Commercials but preferential consideration given to video game cinematic animation and art assets at a AAA level.
• Bachelors in Business Administration, Game Art or Film/Commercial Production or equivalent.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Animation, Art & Motion Capture as those disciplines relate to Video Games.
• Experience working with remote outsource partner teams in the above capacities.
• Demonstrated ability to provide professional and feedback and suggest optimal ways to manage and improve production workflows via new tools, techniques or approaches.

Company Profile
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services.

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