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Fabrication Technology Manager

Company: LAIKA
Location: Hillsboro
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:

General SummaryThe Fabrication Technology Manager is responsible for the high-level development of LAIKA's digital design systems for fabrication departments and the integration of those systems with the Studio's other digital pipelines. This position manages a team of Technical Directors specializing in physical fabrication workflows to build tools for puppet, set, prop and precision parts manufacturing processes. This position will work directly with Production and other Technology Managers to develop innovative technologies for visualization, collaboration and the large-scale fabrication of LAIKA's hybrid stop motion and CG worlds.

Job Functions

  • Lead the design and development of new pipeline initiatives that remove technical barriers for Designers and allow digital assets to flow between design, fabrication, stage and VFX workflows.
  • Plan and execute large-scale software engineering projects that affect multiple departments and improve our production technology infrastructure.
  • Work with other Technology Managers to utilize and maintain established standards for digital asset creation, revision control, review, approval and delivery to Fabricators and VFX teams.
  • Research emerging technologies and drive innovation in our fabrication technology that improves collaboration, efficiency, and production at scale.
  • Work with Studio Leadership, Technical Directors, Lead Artists and Designers and technology partners to develop a long-term strategy for our fabrication technology.
  • Develop scanning and CG Modeling capabilities in fabrication departments, and establish a workflow for creating a digital archive of hero environments and legacy characters.
  • Build and maintain a strong team of Technical Directors through regular performance feedback, setting goals and supporting learning and development.
  • Work with the team to establish and maintain coding standards and platform consistency.
  • Collaborate with Core Technology Engineers to improve systems and infrastructure for Fabrication TDs.
    • 10+ years' experience in software engineering, R&D or technical design in a feature film, games, or industrial manufacturing setting.
    • 5+ years' experience in a technical supervisory or management role.
    • Advanced experience asset development for film or games.
    • Advanced experience with the application of real-time rendering systems in film production or games.
    • Knowledge of industrial design and manufacturing systems, experience with CAD/CAM, 3D printing, and mechanical fabrication.
    • Experience with Agile development, Kanban, Scrum and related methodologies.
    • Experience with physical production in film or theater settings, preferred.
    • Experience with AR/VR development, preferred.
      Physical Demands and Work EnvironmentThe physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
      • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate.
        LocationOn-site in Hillsboro, OR (and hybrid eligible).

        SalarySalary is commensurate with skills and experience.

        DisclaimerThe above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Keywords: LAIKA, Hillsboro , Fabrication Technology Manager, IT / Software / Systems , Hillsboro, Oregon

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