The systems manager is responsible for the infrastructure and computer systems within a VFX/CG animation organisation. The manager will be in charge of a staff of pipeline technicians, programmers and database administrators.
The manager will need experience in areas such as technical support/operations as well as a good overview of the CG pipeline plus significant knowledge of the needs of a modern VFX/CG production house i.e. File size processing and space needs for the more Data intensive parts of the pipeline. Ideally the manager will have wide experience in data governance and management.
This role is critical as it directly affects the ability of the entire studio to deliver work on time. The system manager’s input is key in providing adequate IT infrastructure to allow for quick turnaround changes from the client.
To succeed at this job you need:
Experience in computer systems support, ideally in a lead role.
Experience managing people as an IT manager.
A Bachelor’s (BS) in Computer Science, MIS or in a field related to IT management. Excellent knowledge of technical management, information analysis and of computer hardware/software systems.
Knowledge of the VFX pipeline.
Ability to present clearly effectively various IT considerations to other managers/producers in a clear way to aid hardware/software choices.
Strong ability to work calmly under pressure, particularly in a storage/power outage crisis.
Solid organisational skills and ability to inspire and mentor junior staff.
Knowledge of the software utilised by artists and the advantages/ drawback of particular software choices.
Career Path: Work in the support team, building experience of systems, leading support team.